Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!
Our Bodies, Ourselves
I was a young teenager when I came to know of abortion; what it is, what it means, what it does...
Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, when an agenda, pushed by the liberal, progressive left, was brought before mere mortal men, who turned out to be rogue activists in long black robes.
They came to a certain holier-than-thou conclusion:
"The Right to Life" is meant for some, it is not meant for all!
When Roe v Wade passed in 1973, it gave vulnerable teenagers and young women, what they saw as, (because that's the way it was sold) a quick, efficient and safe way out!
I remember those days very well
We were led to believe that it was perfectly okay, no harm was being done to anyone, after all, there was nothing really there, nothing more than, "clumps of cells".
Nothing more than, "little inconveniences", "nothing substantive" was present, no need to worry nor give it a second thought...
As for us girls, supposedly, we were valued, but I don't know how much consideration went into the long term effects this procedure could and would have on so many
I don't know how many Doctors, both medical and psychological, were consulted or how much long term research was involved.
Hard to say how many Doctors, Specialists and Counselors were sought out to help in determining 'the real cost'!
Perhaps, any exhaustive research or consultation (which may have been involved) was strictly and exclusively on pushing...the agenda.
The book titled, 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'., was released that very same year. It may have been required reading or my Mom may have been sold on the idea that it was the must read of the changing times!
I don't remember and neither does she.
Most likely, it was required reading...it fits with the narrative and the timing was perfection.
Such a masterful plan, in the midst of such a troubling and disturbing time, with the seemingly endless war, but for these two events to come together as they did, added to the devastation of that era!
The book was, basically, what we see in the streets during the annual women's marches...but brought to life!
While looking through pictures from various marches, I came across a picture of the authors of the book, alongside their Our Bodies, Ourselves banner and thought to myself, well isn't this just perfect, they're all still traveling together, in the same sick circles.
I remember signs from the latest march; such as, 'my body, my choice', and I thought about that book.
Other signs read, Hands off my ----
(no need to go there, we all have seen or heard, about the signs)
An abundance of very crude, very tacky, very hateful, very vulgar signs.
Some of the things these women chose to wear on their person and/or on their heads, I have no words.....
Never mind, I've managed to find a few:
What are you all thinking?
This must be what insanity looks like!
Ever heard of dunce caps?
Personally noted: a lot of me, mine, myself, my, self, signage.
Signs which have me recalling, that damned book!
Memories flood back...feelings of not just sadness for friends and classmates that I recall before and then after, the passage of Roe v. Wade.
As angered and disgusted as I was, way back then...I still feel the same today, all of these years later.
It repulses me!
God continually forgives and consistently loves...
Abortion became birth control for many girls.
I remember girls with journals, (keep in mind, this was middle school) journals which assisted them in keeping tabs of multiple partners and while abortion was a private matter for most, it wasn't for all.
It was as if girls were given permission to be promiscuous, to boast about being promiscuous, without fear of consequence, (because now there was a consequence enforcer; the big A) but, along with permission, seemed to come, the blessing of adults and adults always know what's best, right?
That's how I saw it, at that time and that is how I see it, all of these decades later!
- How does participating in adult behaviors, which sometimes lead to adult-sized situations, forcing adult-sized decisions be made, not affect young girls immediately or in time?
There are a lot of women today, you know and love them and I know and love them.
When very young and confused and in many cases, scared out of their minds, were led down a very destructive path!
They were steered wrong and many to this day...have not been able to forgive themselves or to lead a normal life.
While others were never bothered by it until recently; in light of new information, with new technology, in light of all that came out about Kermit Gosnell and his dingy back alley house of horrors, in light of Planned Parenthood and their chop shops!
Isn't it ironic...
these were the biggest arguments, selling points if you will, for legalizing abortion back in 1973.
Isn't it ironic, don't you think?
Fortunately, for these women and for all of us, while people continually screw things up and send us down destructive paths, God continually forgives and consistently loves and that's all we need to know!
Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade) figured that out.
Some of the signs at the march, (many held by very young children), many of the words that were going out from the various stages, weren't just offensive, they were heartbreaking to me!
I, personally, wondered about some of the loudest in the crowds, some that looked to be around my age...I wondered how they are really doing.
Did the permission and the 'blessing' granted back then, bring them scars?
Are they always this miserable?
Is it bitterness, regret?
There are many scars, that we just can't see.
"God continually forgives and consistently loves"
When I thought I may be pregnant with our first child, we were struggling financially.
A co-worker suggested that I go to Planned Parenthood, because it was cheap and close by!
I knew nothing of it and so I did go and found out that I, in fact, was pregnant!
I was ecstatically happy!
The employee at Planned Parenthood seemed stunned as she asked the question, "Oh you are going to keep it?"
It was spine-tingling and the temperature in the room, seemed to drop. She then turned to a co-worker and said, "she wants to keep it!"
Incidentally, there wasn't any prenatal care available for me at that facility.
They suggested that I go find an Obstetrician.
Thinking back, I would not have accepted it.
I just wanted to get as far away as possible from that dark, cold, depressing place!
My husband was at work, my Mom was 500 miles away, I was young and I was keeping my baby!
But, my happiness quickly turned to tears that day in that cold, cold place, because there was no one there who wished to Celebrate Life with me!
Three children and three grandchildren later, still loving, always celebrating.....wonderful Life! ♥️
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 24, 2019:
Just came across this statement by Senator Mazie Hirono (D) Hawaii:
“I just met eighth-graders at a public school in Hawaii, and I told them I was coming for a rally in front of the Supreme Court, and they said, ‘Why?’” she told the crowd. “And I said it’s because we have to fight for abortion rights, and they knew all about it.”
“And I asked the girls of that group of eighth-graders, ‘How many of you girls think the government should be telling us women, when and if we wanna have babies?’” she continued. “And not a single one of them raised their hands. The boys who were there, I said, ‘You know, it’s kind of hard for a woman to get pregnant without you guys.’ They got it. ‘How many of you boys think that government should be telling girls and women when and if we’re gonna have babies?’ And not a single one of them raised their hands.”
My first thought....she is a U.S. Senator, meeting with kids and this is the subject matter chosen?
If the meeting was all about having a sex talk, then have the sex talk!!!....'Raise your hand if you know where babies come from!', 'Keep those hands up if you understand how to prevent pregnancy!'
'Okay we have that out of the way, how are your test scores, are you properly prepared for high school classes, considering AP courses?
How are the sports teams doing here?
Who are your biggest rivals?
Making plans for college/tech school?
'How about plans to become a U.S. Senator?
Please, aspire big...and be in it for the best interest of your State, your Constituents, your Country and not solely as an activist...like me...kids!!!'
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 02, 2019:
‘Unplanned’, in theaters March 29, 2019
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 08, 2018:
Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, in theaters Oct. 12, 2018
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 30, 2018:
Borrowed from Chicks on the Right...Brilliant