Thursday 22 March 2018

Have vote, but no say

Madam– A few years ago a man knocked on my door at two in the morning in a highly agitated state, imploring me to help him get an immediate emergency hearing with a judge, to prevent his wife going abroad the next morning to have an abortion.

For the next few hours, over numerous cups of tea, we talked as I empathised with his despairing helplessness in his situation, waiting until daylight, where he might, in his traumatised and potentially suicidal state, drive home safely.

To this day he holds a personal annual vigil in memory of this lost birth, with the haunting guilt that he did (and could do) nothing to prevent this abortion.

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