Author David Foster Wallace committed suicide at his home on September 12th. I never had the fortitude to make it through Infinite Jest, but remember hiding a book of his stories in my desk while working a dreadful office job in college, sneaking a few pages at a time as the place would empty out.
His short story, Good People, is one of the best pieces of fiction I know of to describe an abortion decision. It certainly rivals Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants. Picture two kids from the junior college, always known as good Christian kids, serious kids, nice kids.
Imagine them sitting on a picnic table looking out over a lake before her appointment as he tries to figure out what to say--what one is supposed to say in situations like this. I love how the main character battles between what he wants to say and what he thinks he should be feeling. As a counselor, I think it's a very accurate portrayal of how couples struggle to articulate their feelings, but often wind up not saying much at all, for fear of hurting or putting undue pressure on their partner.
Below is an excerpt. The full story is available here from the New Yorker, and definitely worth a read.