Oaks Bottom

Sunday, July 15, 2007
We hadn't been walking in Oaks Bottom for awhile, and right now it's looking beautiful with purple loosestrife in bloom. We came across a honeybee hive, and Samuel happened to fall down right in front of it...close call. He nearly disturbed the hive, but we all escaped unscathed. It was a nice walk, but after yesterday, I wasn't up for much else. Landon took Samuel swimming later in the afternoon, then made a delicious pad thai from scratch.

We started "Vera Drake." It's a film about a woman in 1950 Britain who does abortions for women until getting caught & arrested. After some reading, I found the film is actually dangerously inaccurate about the method of abortion that Vera Drake uses:
"The chief concern is the method of abortion used by Vera Drake in the film. This involves using a Higginson bulb syringe filled with a solution of warm soapy water and disinfectant, which was then expelled into the woman's uterus. This method is extremely dangerous and is usually fatal. The film itself has been called 'dangerous' as it could be shown in countries where abortion is illegal and the method depicted copied by desperate women (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Drake)." We only watched half of it, so I'll be interested to see what happens in the second half of the movie. Either way, I have to wish that the writers of films like these did their research before presenting a usually fatal method of abortion as "easy" and "successful" that women in desperate circumstances might attempt to copy. Vera Drake actually says at one point in the film that she's used this method successfully for twenty years. I read somewhere online where a midwife that practiced in Britain during the 1950's wrote that she'd never met a woman who survived this method of abortion.


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