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Woman meets child born out of rape, given up for adoption 77 years ago
Toranto Star ^ | January 3, 2012

Posted on 01/03/2012 12:11:39 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again.

The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring love for the child. She kept a black and white photograph of the baby bundled in blankets and tucked inside a basket.

It was the last she saw of the girl — until the phone rang in her California apartment in 2006 with the voice of an Alabama man and a story she could have only dreamed.....

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On July 2, the phone rang.

It was a man from Alabama. He started asking Disbrow, then 94, about her background.

Worried about identity theft, Disbrow cut him off, and peppered him with questions.

Then, the man asked if she’d like to speak with Betty Jane.

Her name was now Ruth Lee. She had been raised by a Norwegian pastor and his wife and had gone on to marry and have six children including the Alabama man, a teacher and astronaut Mark Lee, a veteran of four space flights who has circled the world 517 times. She worked for nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart — and especially enjoyed tending to the garden area......

(Excerpt) Read more at thestar.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; adoption; life; rape

1 posted on 01/03/2012 12:11:44 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Life is amazing!


2 posted on 01/03/2012 12:14:32 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If she had an abortion there would be one less Astronaut in the world.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 12:16:39 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is an amazing story.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 12:16:49 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JaguarXKE
Mark C. Lee (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) NASA Astronaut (former)
5 posted on 01/03/2012 12:18:00 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If abortion is okay when a pregnancy results in rape, would it be okay for this 100 year old mother to murder her 77 year old daughter?


6 posted on 01/03/2012 12:19:10 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his name on the Va. ballot, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Life IS amazing. Love it. Happy New Year and thanks for posting this!
7 posted on 01/03/2012 12:20:38 PM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The hand of God was in this ...


8 posted on 01/03/2012 12:24:03 PM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wait a minute... I thought rape victims’ offspring were supposed to be better off dead. What’s all this business about happy, successful people? Astronauts, even? Come on, you’re not telling me that Planned Parenthood has lied to us all these years, are you?


9 posted on 01/03/2012 12:26:14 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: geologist

OMG can you believe that?

Imagine finding out your grandson is an astronaut!! how cool is that.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 12:26:58 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: trumandogz

Or we could just chain her up in the backyard and let her eat bugs to survive since the left will tell us her life is meaningless and worthless and no one would want her based on her “origin.”


11 posted on 01/03/2012 12:27:27 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: geologist
The Hand of God is in everything....
12 posted on 01/03/2012 12:27:52 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
God says, "I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Millions of babies in America have had God's plans cut short by the misguided philosophy of "a woman's right to choose."

13 posted on 01/03/2012 12:29:58 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Mr. K

I love this story and its happy ending. So glad she is enjoying her daughter and family before she passes. She can now go to heaven with her dream fulfilled.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 12:30:57 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That is so wonderful, glad she could finally know.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 12:32:08 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have helped two adopted people discover who their birth parents were. One of them made contact with her siblings last year and it was an extremely happy occasion. I know those things don’t always go well but in this case it made me feel great to have solved the mystery and put them all in touch.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 12:32:26 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It all comes ‘round again.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 12:39:50 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: dennisw

Life.


18 posted on 01/03/2012 12:42:39 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: flaglady47

http://lacrossetribune.com/search/?l=50&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&q=Disbrow


19 posted on 01/03/2012 12:49:10 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a dear brave lady, so often raped women are shamed into aborting a resultant baby, as if that would somehow un-rape her and make everything right.

This is a woman for whom I have great regard and respect. She is a great example of what a brave and centered lady can be. Hats off.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 12:49:20 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: clee1

YES!


21 posted on 01/03/2012 12:52:42 PM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The headline is erroneous. According to the article, the girl, born in 1929, was given up 82 years ago.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 1:13:06 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
The headline is erroneous. According to the article, the girl, born in 1929, was given up 82 years ago.

They made contact in 2006. That was about 5 years ago. 82-5= 77.

23 posted on 01/03/2012 1:21:17 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

For a photo go to:

http://images.onset.freedom.com/ocregister/gallery/lwk82c-b78888571z.120111221072015000gea147dtv.2.jpg


24 posted on 01/03/2012 1:48:15 PM PST by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut
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To: PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut

Thank you.

What a great picture.


25 posted on 01/03/2012 1:56:12 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: geologist

“The hand of God was in this ...”

The Hand of God is pretty much in everything.


26 posted on 01/03/2012 1:57:14 PM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Your welcome. What a beautiful story. This brought tears to my eyes. God is good. Happy new year to all.


27 posted on 01/03/2012 1:58:57 PM PST by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut
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To: geologist

>>>The hand of God was in this ...<<<

Especially for those people who read this story... a number that might be in the millions, but is no doubt in the hundreds of thousands. In each of those people, there will now always be a voice that reminds that that conception, even from something as horrible as rape, still means a real, live human being has been created.

In fact, any time someone mentions abortion for “rape or incest,” I now have a story in response. Not that it will matter with a hardened heart... most of the time. Still, it’s one soul at a time for the creator of the universe.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 2:07:51 PM PST by redpoll
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To: PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut

I’m 72 and they both look better and healthier than I am.A smile for them :O)


29 posted on 01/03/2012 2:11:42 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My love was adopted by two very loving people who raised her as their own. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for putting my Roxann in their arms.

MFO


30 posted on 01/03/2012 2:29:09 PM PST by Man from Oz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Amazing! Thanks for posting.


31 posted on 01/03/2012 2:31:46 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That was about 5 years ago. 82-5= 77

You beat me to it, CW. Looks like someone couldn't be bothered to read the article he decided to correct.

32 posted on 01/03/2012 3:08:49 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

Bump!

And math isn’t my strong suit!

LoL


33 posted on 01/04/2012 7:09:11 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A picture of one of her grandchildren.

34 posted on 01/04/2012 9:24:39 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Persevero
What a dear brave lady, so often raped women are shamed into aborting a resultant baby, as if that would somehow un-rape her and make everything right. This is a woman for whom I have great regard and respect. She is a great example of what a brave and centered lady can be. Hats off.

Great post. Abortion is seen and promoted as some kind of eraser. It does nothing of the sort.

35 posted on 01/04/2012 9:33:25 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: BfloGuy; Cincinatus' Wife; Fiji Hill
You beat me to it, CW. Looks like someone couldn't be bothered to read the article he decided to correct.

Actually, Fiji Hill is correct. The headline is incorrect based on the facts given in the article. They were separated for 77 years (1929 to 2006), but the baby was given up for adoption in the spring of 1929, nearly 82 years ago, based upon the date of the article (01/03/12).

36 posted on 01/04/2012 11:39:41 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: IYAS9YAS; BfloGuy; Cincinatus' Wife; Fiji Hill

Sorry, “nearly 82 years ago” should read as “nearly 83 years ago”


37 posted on 01/04/2012 11:49:16 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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