Skip to comments.Chosen Child
Posted on 07/03/2010 2:25:15 PM PDT by NYer
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list
Excellent posting, thank you. One issue in the “feminist” mentality for abortion-on-demand that demands women to exert control over their body, etc. for the “betterment and equality” of all women; it always perplexed me that 50% of the children being aborted are female, so where’s the “strength of unit amongst the sisters”, so to speak? The hatred of men by some of them I can understand, but to murder your comrades in arms?
Abortion, like suicide, is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
If we don’t honor life we are less than a loving, caring, compassionate person no matter the rhetoric from the left.
That so many ignored Obama’s stance on not providing medical care for a baby born alive following an attempted abortion ‘because that’s not what the mother wanted’ is the most horrifying aspect of this man’s character. Or is there no soul in him?
I fear for him and I fear for his daughters. To despise unborn life so much...........
There really are no words.
Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky. Is your spouse? Is your doctor?
Do you have a source for this statistic? It is common practice in countries like China and India, to favor the birth of boys over those of girls. This has been exacerbated in China with the one child policy. After decades of the 'one child policy', the Chinese now recognize that giving birth to large numbers of boys necessitates the birth of girls, without whom, there is not future.
But I lost a little sister to SIDS when she was a week old.
I know it devastated my Mom and Dad..but I have carried it for years too.
The best friend that I didn’t have, the sister to share being a teenager with, to do all the things that sisters do.
Even as an adult, I’ve wondered about how things would have been different if she had lived.
That so many ignored Obamas stance on not providing medical care for a baby born alive following an attempted abortion because thats not what the mother wanted is the most horrifying aspect of this mans character. Or is there no soul in him?
That recalls the recent news story about the late term abortion of a baby boy in Italy.
A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly a day later. The 22-week infant died one day later in intensive care at a hospital in the mother's home town of Rossano in southern Italy. The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled. However, the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabro hospital, and was left by doctors to die.
He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.
He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.
The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neo-natal unit at the neighbouring Cosenza hospital, where he died on Monday morning.
That story bore a hole in my heart and left me in tears. Since then, I have been praying for the mother, daily. She will have to live with this decision, that resulted in a baby born alive, abandoned under a sheet with no food or water, for the rest of her life.
I have not been able to shake the image of this abortion from my mind. This child came into the world, unloved, unwanted and abandoned to live for nearly one day - alone - under a sheet. My one consolation is knowing that a priest came to offer prayers on behalf of the child and its mother.
Why did you post this in News/Activism? Dishonest.
If only ....
Thank you for sharing these emotions. I have siblings I have never met so I can appreciate what you are feeling.
I’m assuming in the United States, not other non-western countries where females are considered less desirable.
There is nothing dishonest about this thread. It is reality.
I’ve seen a work environment in which many educated, professional women have a family of two (one boy, one girl) and marvel at how so many of these women managed to be able to choose both the number and gender of their children.
It’s gotten to the point that when I see a family that breaks that pattern (only one child, two children of the same gender, three or more children) I tend to think of those children as “natural” and wanted, rather than “planned.”
Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.
I have always liked Burstyn. God bless her for speaking out.
Why do you say that?
I did not know that story about Ellen Burstyn. As I remember, she was one of the stars of Spitfire Grill, a movie (14-15-years ago) about a young woman (not Burstyn), ex convict, who works for Burstyn after she suffers an accident.
The young ex-prisoner is haunted about an abortion that was forced on her; and she, in turn, murdered the man who forced her to undergo the abortion. It’s a charming movie until the end when the young woman (who has done much good in this little town) commits suicide and all this back story tumbles out. The ending is a surprise and a shock and is abrupt.
I wonder if Burstyn read the whole script before she took the role and how she felt about making that movie. I wonder if it colored her thinking on life issues.
What an excellent article ...it touched my heart ...
The right to life movement has been able to prevent the ‘normalization ‘ of abortion as morally neutral as has happened in Europe..
My thanks and prayers for the warriors for life
Our first baby would have been a honeymoon conception. Only, I found out when I was 12 weeks along that I was carrying a dead 9 week old embryo. I hated that everyone, except my dad (family) said to “get move on” or “it’s for the best”, since my husband had lost his job staying home to take care of me when I had been having strange pains. The only good thing is afterward we tried for another baby. He, my oldest, was conceived a month before the one I miscarried would have been due. Most people tease us about having five children. Many don’t realize we really had six.
You really can long and ache for someone you never knew.
IIRC, she didn't commit suicide, her death was accidental, and it was tied up with the story of the brother of character Ellen Burstyn played. It was an outstanding movie!
The loss of a child is a pain one carries throughout life. Thank you for sharing your story on this thread.
Thanks for the ping wagglebee
>> Her angry, righteous defense of her mother’s behavior and opinion was true torture for me...
Some scientists have recently concluded the nascent human doesn’t experience pain in the early stages of life. There are so many reasons why this “scientific opinion” is irrelevant including the one I quoted above.
My prayers for those on the frontline fighting against the horrors of abortion.
It was an outstanding movie, but I got the impression her death was suicide. She walked, or fell, into the river and drowned after months of agonizing over her crime (murder). And it was Burstyn’s estranged son she’d been helping. (Estranged because he was suffering from PTSD after service in VN.)
Anyway I remember going home crying over the ending because I thought it was so unfair.
But, I saw it a long time ago, and I could very easily have gotten details mixed up. It was a little fuzzy in the story in the first place, as I remember.
I thought she died trying to get to where the brother was hiding out in the woods, and possibly get the money that he had inadvertently taken. The money was in the bags out behind the house, and his sister, the cafe owner usually left food for him there, in bags. The mean brother in law of the cafe owner was accusing the girl of having stolen from the cafe owner, assuming that everyone else would go along with him, and turn on her.
I don’t remember that at all. I do remember that she was trying to get Burstyn’s son to come in from the woods. Brustyn was the vet’s MOTHER, not his sister. She was of the WWII generation because the cafe was named by her late husband. As I said, it’s been nearly 15 years since I saw it.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Spitfire GrillAs I remember now, a number of townspeople are chasing her to find the hermit son, and she leads them away from him and falls into the river and drowns. Suicide? Accident? The plot is not clear, but the son comes in, is reunited with his mother, and attends her funeral which the town gives her.
The Spitfire Grill is a 1996 American motion picture that tells a story of a woman who was just released from prison and goes to work in a small-town café known as The Spitfire Grill. A central theme is redemption.
The film stars Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton, Kieran Mulroney, Gailard Sartain. It was written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff. The running time is 111 minutes. This film won the Audience award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, and several distributors entered a bidding war in response to the movie's positive buzz. When the movie was finally released, audience and critical response wasn't as positive as in Sundance.
The story centers on a young woman named Percy (Alison Elliott) who served prison time. Upon her release, she arrives in a small town in Maine with hopes of beginning a new life. She works as a waitress in the Spitfire Grill, owned by Hannah (Ellen Burstyn), whose gruff exterior conceals a kind heart and precious little tolerance for the grill's regular customers, who cast their suspicions on Percy's mysterious past. None are more suspicious than Nahum, Hannah's nephew, although his wife, Shelby, has a kinder curiosity.
When Hannah becomes bedridden due to a nasty fall, Percy and Shelby pitch in to save the Grill and win the approval of Hannah, who learns that she does need friends. Joe, an attractive young man in town, becomes smitten with Percy, and brings to town a scientist who thinks that the town's trees might cure cancer and arthritis. As the plot unfolds, Hannah holds a $100-per-entry essay contest to find a new owner for the grill. This creates a positive change in the town, but the plans are disrupted by Neham's suspicions and the revelation that a local hermit is really Hannah's shell-shocked Vietnam veteran son. Percy sacrifices her own life to save Hannah's son and prompts a number of characters in the town to consider their own conduct more deeply.
The film has a tremendous amount of Christian symbolism in it, mixed in with Celtic and small town, rustic charm. Percy can perhaps be seen as a Christ-like figure in the film. Overall, the film deals with powerful themes of redemption, hatred, compassion, independence, the economic problems of small towns, the plight of Vietnam War veterans and to some extent female empowerment. A "trick" of the film is that one initially expects the redemption to primarily be of Percy, but we in fact see other characters and relationships, and indeed the town itself, powerfully redeemed through the actions of Percy.
The idea for the film was conceived by Roger M. Courts, long-time Director and CEO of Sacred Heart League, Inc., a Roman Catholic nonprofit fund raising and communications organization based in Walls, Mississippi. In the late 1970s, he wished to make a film --- an alternative to the ministry of print that was a hallmark of Sacred Heart League, which published and distributed millions of pieces of literature.
With the approval and support of the League's Board of Directors, Courts began searching for a screenplay that could be produced under the direction of Sacred Heart League's film production subsidiary, Gregory Productions, Inc. Courts and his colleagues read more than 200 prospective screenplays and found most of them lacking in Judeo-Christian values and good story-telling. In the early 1990s, Courts was introduced to Warren Stitt, who eventually became the Executive Producer of "The Spitfire Grill." Stitt knew of the work of Lee David Zlotoff of MacGuyver fame, and an introduction was made. Courts agreed to field screenplay treatments from Zlotoff, and in late 1994 the story of the film was written by Zlotoff alone.
With private financing from Sacred Heart League, the film was shot in Peacham, Vermont in 35 days in April-May, 1995. After editing the film, it was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in the feature film competition, and was accepted for screening at the 1996 festival in Park City, Utah. Prior to screening at Sundance, Courts engaged composer James Horner to compose the musical score for the film.
With the three female stars in attendance at Sundance, Courts and his team enjoyed the support of an enthusiastic crowd during the festival screenings. During one sold-out festival screening, a representative of Castle Rock Entertainment viewed the film and contacted her superiors in Los Angeles. A second print of the film was sent by courier to the Castle Rock headquarters for screening by its executives, who promptly offered $10 million for the film's rights, the largest sum ever paid outright for an independent feature film.
On the heels of being sold to Castle Rock Entertainment, the film went on to win the Audience Award at Sundance. The film was then distributed world-wide with only a modest return and lukewarm critical reaction.
Profits from the sale of the film were used to construct a kindergarten through eighth grade school for 450 children in Southaven, Mississippi, located 10 miles from the Sacred Heart League headquarters in Walls. The school's cafeteria is named "The Spitfire Grill."
In 2001, a musical adaptation of the film with a brighter ending, written by Fred Alley and James Valcq premiered at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, directed by David Saint and then moved to Playwrights Horizons Theater in New York.
It has never been about women: it has always been about ME. The present-day feminism is just an offshoot of narcissism that permeates the society.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.