reply to post by SilentKoala
This is a very valid thread subject. Here, let me add "my true story."
I am NOT a Christian now, but I grew up in an Assembly of God, Pentecostal environment in the mid 1900's, when "My Three Son's" and "Father Knows
Best" was the prime time family fodder.
My mother used to tuck me in and night and we'd say prayers. My mother used that time to admonish me against having children during these "end
time." "Never have children" she would pound into my head, "because they will only know tribulation."
The "rapture" was coming any minute, and I lived in constant fear of being left behind, because, the way I grew up, everything we wanted to do was a
sin, and merely wanting to listen to rock and roll could make you miss the rapture!
In the '60's birth control was new, not well understood, highly controversial and, for the most part, limited to married women. My older sister
became pregnant with an exchange student from Kenya's child. A black man!
My mother took my sister to the church, where our pastor called a meeting of the church deacons. My sister sat there while they discussed what should
happen. Abortion is what they all agreed on. They told her that if she didn't, she wouldn't be thrown out of the church, and her college, which
was a Christian college. So she did!
Abortion wasn't legal in the state where we lived, so, my parents sent to Hawaii to get it done.
Skip forward to the early '70's, and I'm 17 and in love, and oops, pregnant! I'm trotted in front of the congregation of deacons for the abortion
ruling. I refuse! I'm a tough rebellious teenager, in love!
So, I'm kicked out of the church, and out of my home. My mother tells me she can't bear to look at me, my father is silent and won't speak to me
or look at me. They packed up the belongings that they deemed mine, and put it all out on the front lawn, and changed to locks to the house.
I had a job and was working as a waitress. They fired me for being pregnant. It was a legal reason for dismissal at the time. I tried to get
unemployment, but I was disqualified, because "pregnancy was a choice." So I went on public assistance, Welfare. My social worker yelled at me and
hounded me to "do the right thing" and get an abortion, by phone, in person in her office and on home visits, all the way up to the 20 week mark!
I'm happy to say that my lovely daughter is an accomplished scientist working the HIV/AID and is recognized in a global community. No thanks to