Saturday, February 23, 2008

Abortion is no big deal...

Yeah, right. Call this the horrible story of the day:

An artist killed herself after aborting her twins when she was eight weeks pregnant, leaving a note saying: "I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum."

Emma Beck was found hanging at her home in Helston, Cornwall, on Feb 1 2007. She was declared dead early the following day - her 31st birthday.

Her suicide note read: "I told everyone I didn't want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies: they need me, no-one else does."

Have a nice weekend...if you can.

(Afterthought: I wonder if Emma was suffering from the additional stress of racism, seeing as how she will soon be a minority in her own country)


Sympho said...

Terribly tragic, but I think you're only furthering the tragedy by taking the first few paragraphs out of their context. This poor woman had a history of anxiety and depression, and her relationship evidently went down the drain when her boyfriend found out she was pregnant. He may have distanced himself after the abortion, leaving her alone. She refused to see a counselor when she needed one desperately.

It seems to me that having an abortion in an attempt to save a shattering relationship was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Nigel said...

Well...I didn't exactly take the paragraphs "out of context". That's why the link is there...

As far as "furthering the tragedy", how? You mean I made it worse?

Sympho said...

By misconstruing the tragedy as something as caused by the abortion and not a whole host of problems in this woman's life, I think you've missed the point - she was facing depression and serious emotional problems before the abortion; probably long before she ever got pregnant.

We'll never know whether or not a woman in such a state would have killed herself even if she had chosen to carry the pregnancy to term. Attempting to raise two infants alone and giving children up for adoption are also extremely difficult for most women.

My point is that it's misleading to infer that what this poor woman needed was to simply not abort. She needed care from a professional who could have helped her overcome her depression and move on from the relationship.

Nigel said...


You're reading WAY too much into this.

Read what I wrote:

Abortion is no big deal. Yeah, right.

You disagree?

Call this the horrible story of the day.

You disagree?

Now if you have a differing perspective, I welcome it. You made good points.

However, I did not infer that "all this woman needed to do was not abort". Where did I make all these other points you are claiming I made? All I did was post the story and left it out there.