The suicide of Emma Beck and Silence No More
By Michelle Malkin
February 27, 2008 10:45 AM
My column this week reflects
on the death of young British artist
and her unborn twins.
Copyright 2008 Creators
She didn’t have to die. And
neither did her unborn children. Over the weekend, London newspapers reported on
the 2007 suicide of 30-year-old Emma Beck, a young British artist who hanged
herself after the abortion of her twin babies. Perhaps the retelling of her
suffering can prevent more needless deaths.
The agony and loneliness in
Emma Beck’s suicide note resonate across the pond, across racial and class
lines, across generations. She was distraught over a breakup with her boyfriend,
who didn’t want the children. She was suffering intense grief from her decision
to end the lives inside her. And so she ended her own.
“I should never have had an
abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum,” Beck wrote. “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.”
Beck’s family blames the
medical establishment. The judicial system, as is so often the case, has become
a coping mechanism. A British court recently held a hearing on Beck’s suicide.
Beck’s mother revealed that her daughter “was not given the opportunity to see a
When a professional
“counselor” can’t be found, isn’t that what mothers are for?
But it’s not just jaded
abortion providers and medical assistants, AWOL counselors and MIA parents who
need to look in the mirror. We have tolerated a culture of callousness and
nurtured an entitlement to convenience for decades. Feminists shush women with
post-abortion regrets. Population control zealots and Planned Parenthood drum it
into the heads of young women around the world:
“The fewer, the merrier” and “Why carry more
their T-shirts and bumper stickers proclaim.
Last fall, in Emma Beck’s
homeland, the British press went gaga over an environmental nitwit who had an
abortion and got her tubes tied to
“protect the planet.”
She told the London Daily Mail: “Every person who is born uses more food, more
water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more
pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.”
That came on the heels of a
British think tank report on how
children are bad for the environment.
Said John Guillebaud, emeritus professor of family planning at University
College London: “The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order
of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching
off lights. The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of
the planet would be to have one less child.”
And who gets premium op-ed
space in America’s newspaper of record to talk about abortion? Idiots like
University of Iowa adjunct assistant writing professor Brian Goedde, who shared
his festive thoughts surrounding the New Year’s Eve before his girlfriend’s
abortion in an essay a few months ago in
The New York Times.
“The abortion is scheduled for two days from now, and we’re holing up,” he
reminisced. “We do the dishes brush our teeth, climb into bed and have
unprotected sex. ‘I’m not going to get more pregnant,’ Emily says. I’ve never
felt pleasure more guiltily.”
What you rarely hear are the
voices telling you that such self-indulgence is wrong. What you rarely read are
the stories of untold women (and men) around the world who know the vaunted
choice they made was wrong and need help. What you rarely see are the studies
showing that with abortion come lifelong costs and consequences - high levels of
post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, grief, ostracism, guilt and, in at
least one study in Finland, higher suicide rates.
Delivering that message here
in the United States are preventive groups like the National Institute of Family
and Life Advocates (nifla.org),
which donates ultrasound equipment and training to open up a “window to the
womb” for women in crisis pregnancies, and post-abortion healing organizations
like Silent No More (silentnomoreawareness.org).
abortion glorifiers, the Silent No More Awareness campaign makes the public
aware that abortion is emotionally, physically and spiritually harmful to women
and others; reaches out to women who are hurting from an abortion and lets them
know help is available; and invites women to join us in speaking the truth about
abortion’s negative consequences.
What Emma Beck most needed
to hear is the message abortion pushers most desperately want to drown out: You
are not alone.
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