My aunt Matie, my dad Walter, and my mom Sherry:
Matie and my dad, brother and sister. Matie is 10 years older than Daddy.
And my cousin, Matie’s youngest daughter, Judy and her husband Joe:
Ethan….Joe is the guy in Pueblo that took all those fishing pics from the Colorado mountains, that I sent you back when you were in Italy.
Matie was so excited tonight. She just kept holding Daddy’s arm and Mamma’s hand. She hugged everybody when they got there and when we left. She had tears in her eyes when we were leaving the restaurant. She said thank you…..that this trip has really helped her to forgive, and get rid of some anger that she had. She was denied the privilege of knowing her father when she was growing up, and she was raised by her maternal grandmother. Her brother, Billy (my dad’s 1/2 brother) was raised by an aunt.
4:05 p.m…..I’ve got to get ready to go to dinner, but I am having so much fun, and I’m so excited. I just got through practicing Easter music (Beth and I are singing tomorrow morning), so I’m a little hoarse. When I practice, I really practice
I’ve been printing out pictures for Matie Ruth. And believe me….I have plenty of pictures to choose from! She’s going to be tickled to get all these. I’ll have to finish them tonight after we get back home, though.
Beth went out shopping for something new to wear (you know women never have anything to wear). She came back talking about stuff she saw that was hilarious (and I could hear a comment Ethan made once when he was here, but I’m not telling you here ). Then we started talking about the appearance of some people. We talked about Obama. We talked about Clinton and women voting for him because they thought he was cute. (I’ll never see that one! He doesn’t just have bags under his eyes – he’s got a whole set of luggage…) Then she got to talking about John Kerry She said horses are pretty and they look good to another horse, but people just should not look like horses. That one cracked me up.
I got to the hotel a little after 8:00 p.m., and didn’t leave till about 11:30. We had so much fun visiting and showing pictures.
Matie anwered the door when I knocked, and she just threw her arms around me and cried.
Matie must have brought every picture she owns to show me. Her son-in-law, Joe, had already sent me many of them in emails.
We are meeting them for dinner at 5:30 today along with a few other family members. It will be the first time my dad has seen his sister in 31 years. Then they will come to my sister’s house on Sunday for several hours of family fun. They head back to Colorado Monday.
I thought I took a picture of Matie tonight……until my camera told me the memory stick wasn’t in it But I get more chances.
Much to do, and not much time to blog.
What We Did Not Know: The Aftermath of Thirty Years of Legal Abortion
What do we know now about the impact of abortion that we did not know when it was legalized in 1973?
We did not know that the number of abortions performed nationally would skyrocket.
- The number of reported abortions in the U.S. more than doubled in the first two decades after legalization, reaching more than one million each year.1
We did not know that promises of less child abuse and fewer out-of-wedlock births were false.
After legalization, the reported number of child abuse cases more than quintupled, reaching more than 870,000 in 2004. The number of births to unmarried women more than tripled, with more than 1.4 million births reported in 2004.2
We did not know about the prevalence of repeat abortions.
In 2003, 43 percent of women who had abortions in the U.S. had at least one previous abortion.3
We did not know that the vast majority of abortions would be for reasons other than rape, incest and the life of the mother, or that most would be among single women.
These “hard case” categories represent approximately 1 percent of all U.S. abortions.
More than three-quarters (80%) of all abortions are among unmarried women.4
We did not know that abortion advocates would knowingly exaggerate the number of illegal abortion deaths prior to 1973 in order to boost their political case for repealing abortion prohibitions.
You’ve probably heard that tens of thousand of American women died in illegal abortions before 1973, the year that abortion was legalized in all 50 states. Bernard Nathanson, an early leader in the abortion rights movement and an abortionist for many years, tells a different story in this excerpt from his book, Aborting America: “How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In N.A.R.A.L. (The National Abortion Rights Action League) we generally emphasized the drama of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but when we spoke of the latter is was always ‘5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year.’ I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics.” 5
Nathanson’s admission of purposefully padding the abortion death numbers is confirmed by fellow early abortion advocate Lucinda Cisler, writing before legalization in 1973: “Another statistic that is bandied about for all the right reasons – but with much unwarranted confidence – is the figure of 10,000 U.S. abortion deaths per year. A study made in the 1930’s, before the development of antibiotics made even illegal abortion less deadly than it used to be, came up with this number of 10,000 deaths; but it is no longer anywhere near the truth and has no place in any serious discussion about abortion. The most accurate estimates are that 500-1,000 deaths occur each year because of septic abortions, and this range takes false reporting strongly into account.”6
We did not know the physical and mental health risks associated with abortion.
Women face a number of possible physical complications including hemorrhage requiring transfusion, perforation of the uterus, cardiac arrest, major unintended surgery, infection resulting in hospitalization, convulsions, undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, cervical laceration, uterine rupture, and death. 7
All women, especially young teenagers, are at risk for damage to their cervix during an abortion, which can lead to complications with later pregnancies. 8
A Finnish study of suicide after pregnancy found that “the suicide rate after an abortion was three times the general suicide rate and six times that associated with birth.” 9
Women who ended their first pregnancy by abortion are five times more likely to report subsequent substance abuse than women who carried the pregnancy to term, and four times more likely to report substance abuse compared to those whose first pregnancy ended naturally. 10
We did not know that abortionists would develop barbaric late-term abortion methods, such as “partial-birth abortion.”
Partial-birth abortion involves the partial delivery of a living child in order to puncture and crush the baby’s skull. 11
We did not know that medical advances would allow physicians to perform surgery on preborn children in the womb.
For an example, see story and photograph of “Baby Samuel”
We did not know that developments in obstetric imaging resulting in 4D-ultrasound technology would allow us to come face to face with preborn children before birth.
For an example of this imaging, see www.gemedicalsystems.com/rad/us/4d/
We did not know that the two women listed as plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court cases that resulted in legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, would later regret their involvement and ask that these landmark cases be reversed.
For details on their legal request to overturn these decisions, see www.roenomore.org/press/txjf.htm
Now — three decades and more than 44 million abortions later — we know!