I didn't want 4 abortions but I really couldn't afford to be a mum:
STACY CUTLER listens to her 22-week-old unborn child's heartbeat - and her eyes fill with tears.
The grainy scan shows the fully developed foetus moving around inside her.
But Stacy's tears are not of joy at seeing her baby for the first time. She has made the heartbreaking decision to have an abortion at this late stage.
The 22-year-old mum-of-one has terminated FOUR pregnancies in the past three years.
She felt that she was not financially or emotionally secure enough to have another child.
The article then presents Stacy's rationale for the abortions:
Stacy believes she made the right decision when terminating four pregnancies - one only two weeks before the legal limit of 24 weeks. She says: "It was certainly not an easy decision to abort four of my unborn children.
"But I realised that it would be unfair to bring those children in to the world when I barely had the money to look after my son.
Does killing that child's unborn siblings do anything to improve his mother's financial situation?
Stacy, who was on the Pill when she fell pregnant all four times, feels that abortion is still too much of a taboo in this country.
Evidently not, if you can have four of them in three years and get your picture in the newspaper lamenting how it was totally not your fault.
And so much for the idea that throwing birth control at women is an effective "prevention" strategy. All it does is create a mindset where people are astonished that their sexual activity creates babies. For millions of years, humans understood that sex causes babies. Only in our lifetime have we lost sight of that. Only in our lifetime has the creation of a baby by sexual activity left the parents bewildered as to how such a thing could happen.
Stacy, from Cradley, Birmingham, has a four-year-old son, Jason*, with her partner of seven years, fork lift truck driver David*, 25.
She's been with this guy for seven years. He evidently isn't willing to marry her. (Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?) And he's not doing his job as a breadwinner. Or as a man. Why is he okay with his "partner" climbing tearfully onto the abortion table again and again and again and again. If he's unwilling or unable to support his children, and he's chosen to have sex with a woman this fertile, can't he use condoms? Get a vasectomy? Man up and get a job where he CAN support the children he creates?
YOU can decide whether she is selfish and irresponsible or realistic about her ability to provide.
Personally, I think there's some weird shit going on between Stacy's ears, and we're ignoring it because it's so much easier to focus on what's going on between her legs.
I Googled how much a forklift driver earns. Wiki Answers said "typically £12,000 to £20,000 a year".
This look at household income indicates that with taxes and "redistribution", the family would end up with £20,000 to £25,000 a year. That makes this family solidly working-class, not impoverished.
What is going on here, that she's so convinced that she can't handle a second child?
Is she bad with money? Is she insecure? Does she have mental health issues?
Nobody seems to be asking why she can't make a standard family income stretch to meet the needs of two kids.
We're supposed to take, "I just don't feel I can care for my son and a second child" as an accurate assessment of her situation. That she's really just too poor.
So four unborn children die. Because nobody cares enough about this woman and her kids to figure out what the hell is really going on here.
That's MY spin. We've turned the question into, "Which bad option does she choose?" And we never ask, "Is there a better way?"
Mental health treatment? Budgeting training? A part-time job? Job training for her man so he can support more than one kid? A kick in the ass and an admonition to quit whining and grow up? I don't know what this woman needs. But clearly four abortions weren't the answer. And neither was The Pill.
You have to be "prochoice" to look at that story and think that ANYBODY has been done right.