I read an article yesterday deriding an Australian Christian politician who had put on his Facebook page a connection to Charlotte Dawson’s suicide, her depression and an abortion she had in 1999.
This is what the post said
Many I am sure are now aware of the tragic ending to Charlotte Dawson. It highlights how depression and self-harm can affect anyone.
Left unmentioned in many obituaries, is the poignant story faced by Charlotte in 1999. Charlotte Dawson revealed in her autobiography how she aborted her child with swimmer Scott Miller because he didn’t want any distractions in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics.
“Everything Scott had done was leading up to this moment and nothing could stand in his way, so it was decided that we would terminate the child and try again later. Who needed a developing foetus when a gold medal was on offer, eh?”
On the day of the termination, Charlotte says she was in “total turmoil”. Her husband accompanied her to the clinic, but “couldn’t cope with the atmosphere” so left her alone. After the procedure, Charlotte went home and tried to behave as though nothing had happened, but says something had changed forever.
“I felt a shift,” she says. “Maybe it was hormonal, but I felt the early tinges of what I can now identify as my first experience with depression.”
Her husband, did not make the Olympic swim team, and the marriage ended shortly after.
Rest in peace.
Since that I have seen more ‘Christians’ putting up similar comments around the worlds biggest social media site. Christian’s from family lobby groups, from abortion counselling groups, from individuals with passions for the abortion issue and more.
Stop it! Stop it now!
You who are linking Charlotte Dawson’s depression and death to her abortion are wolves in sheep’s clothing. You are using the story of this turmoiled woman and a moment in her life that she obviously regretted to further your own ends.
You are taking Charlotte Dawson’s name in vain…literally.
There are connections between abortion and depression, yes, there is every chance that amongst other tragic and sad parts of Charlotte’s life, her abortion was a contributing factor to her state of mind over the following 15 years, but you bunch of ungracious, sharks, who have seen blood in the water around Charlotte’s death that you are now circling and using her death for what you are selling as the greater good and the ‘true’ untold story. How arrogant you are. If you cannot help yourselves with this information, then please at least consider leaving it for a few weeks…or months…or could I suggest years?
And if you think ‘I’ve missed the point‘ and ‘we didn’t mean it that way‘ then just think of the Wonderful Merciful Saviour you supposedly follow. If he was standing in a room and had just heard of the horrific news, or this tormented soul taking her own life in tragic moment of self loathing, what would he have said? Would it have been “Aw well, but the real story is she had an abortion in 1999“?
I think not.