Attention Christians. Charlotte Dawson’s death is not your cue to speak out against abortion

CharlotteI 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. 

17 thoughts on “Attention Christians. Charlotte Dawson’s death is not your cue to speak out against abortion

  1. Lynne McDonald February 25, 2014 / 08:13

    Thank you for this cooment!

  2. Fiona February 25, 2014 / 08:28

    Totally agree Pat. I’m a pro-lifer but agree that what is happening is not what Jesus would have done.

    • Angelo Lauther February 25, 2014 / 12:14

      Oh right! And you’re highlighting the true facts? You pompous fuckhead.

      • Kate Turner February 26, 2014 / 17:55

        Angelo – that’s not appropriate language. I am offended by it and would appreciate you not using it.

  3. A. J. Chesswas February 25, 2014 / 11:58

    If she was a media celebrity who was convicted and charged for killing a human being in 1999 then we wouldn’t even be talking about her suicide. Think about the double-standards you’re applying and the way attitudes like yours continues to subtly feed the logic of the pro-choice lobby.

    • Pat Brittenden February 25, 2014 / 15:32

      The only standard I am applying here, if any, is what would Jesus do? It’s a bit of a gag-reflex way of asking what we should do, at least to those of of us who purport to follow the big guy. It seems that your suggesting that my asking Christians to be more sensitive (and in my opinion intelligent and ‘Christ-like’) in what they are writing right now aids some kind of pro-abortion lobby, if that is what you are saying, then we know a different Jesus.

  4. D Bnonn Tennant February 25, 2014 / 15:37

    Yes, we should definitely not mention the fact that by her own admission, killing her child was what kick-started the depression that led to her taking her own life. We should definitely never risk offending anyone by using tragic current events to highlight the tragic ongoing event of abortion. We should never be so politically incorrect as to stand out by refusing to pretend that abortion doesn’t have serious psychological consequences for the mother. We should definitely be too afraid of seeming insensitive to one celebrity’s death to draw attention to the nearly 1.3 BILLION children killed since 1980 — a holocaust against kids 214 times worse by the numbers than that perpetrated against Jews by Nazi Germany. Let’s never regard anything obviously related to abortion as a cue to speak out against it.

    Jesus would definitely never ruffle anyone’s feathers in order to expose grievous sin.

    • Pat Brittenden February 25, 2014 / 15:42

      So what you’re saying Bnonn here (and a carbon copy on the elephantTV facebook page is, as long as it’s the issue that you are passionate about, then any means to an end ah? Her one death is inconsequential. and should be used to highlight the horrific, disgusting, revolting abortion rate out there. See my Jesus tells me he would leave the 1.3 Billion, (or 99 if you want to be biblical) and demonstrate incredible, if not more, concern for the 1. But that’s just me, thanks for your thoughts

      • D Bnonn Tennant February 25, 2014 / 15:57

        Pat, your inability to represent a position fairly probably has a lot to do with your inability to figure out what Jesus would like us to do about abortion. Perhaps you could explain how you think I have indicated that one death is inconsequential, or that merely being passionate about something allows “any means to an end”.

        What I’m hearing you say is that if a famous German celebrity killed herself after battling depression brought on by dolling in some Jews to the gas chambers, you would not consider that a valid time to bring up the fact that it was dolling in the Jews that led to her death in the first place, and that there is actually something wrong with dolling in Jews.

        Back in the day, that would have been the attitude of a collaborator.

        Btw, Jesus leaves the 99 to go after 1 of his sheep, not Satan’s. What makes you think Charlotte was one of his sheep?

        • Pat Brittenden February 25, 2014 / 16:28

          Last response from me to you Bnonn, there’s other people who want to have a crack at me who deserve my time as well 😉

          Firstly I don’t claim to represent any position fairly, why should I, this is my blog and these are my opinions, there is nothing here, as on any individuals blog. that requires ‘fairness’. Secondly you statement “We should definitely be too afraid of seeming insensitive to one celebrity’s death to draw attention to the nearly 1.3 BILLION children killed since 1980” I think demonstrates that you are okay with using the death of this one person to highlight the abortion rate and finally, if you read the scripture of the 99 sheep, the shepherd goes after the one sheep that is lost, now there is still a lot of theological debate over this, but the most common interpretation is that the ‘lost’ sheep could be akin to a person who is away from God i.e. lost. However for me even this requires an amount of narrative that relies on a leap of faith. My one concern in your response is it seems you are in a world of ‘us’ and ‘them’ which you’re welcome to be in…but it’s not a world I want to live in. I believe that a world of inclusion, rather than exclusion is how Jesus would have us live, but again maybe we just agree to disagree and you continue to worry about ‘Satan’s sheep’ (whoever they are) and I’ll just love them, accept them and have a great time with them.

    • Evan March 3, 2014 / 23:34

      Effective use of Godwin’s law right here!

      I think it is wrong to generalise. The issue is that Charlotte Dawson lost a chance for motherhood through an abortion. And she regretted that, she said so. That does not mean that all abortion is automatically bad. We are looking at one person’s circumstances and mental health!

  5. Glenn February 25, 2014 / 17:13

    “to further your own ends”

    Pat, I have to wonder what you think pro-lifers have to gain here. Their own ends?

    I think the issue here, frankly, is that you hate religious conservatism, and abortion is an issue associated with religious conservatives, so whatever we do, we should not talk about the evil of abortion now.

    I bet I can prove it too. Cyber bullying. It’s a pet issue for some people, and it was a major player in all this. I’m willing to bet that you don’t confront people who are taking this opportunity to speak up about the harm of cyber bullying: “Stop it! Stop it now!”

    • Pat Brittenden February 25, 2014 / 17:26

      Glenn I haven’t confronted anybody in this issue. I wrote an opinion piece on my blog that went on my Facebook pages and people like u have actually come to confront me. I don’t ‘hate’ any religious perspective even if I disagree with it, but I guess we can assume that you may well ‘hate’ whatever the hell is the opposite of ‘religious conservatism’ which is fine. And to finish, as with anyone who writes occasional opinion pieces I write about an aspect if an issue, I acknowledge that there are many opinions in this, and many angles, that doesn’t make the other angles wrong, it just means this is all I have spoken about in this one post. Glenn I’ve read a lot if ur stuff and have to say you have very strong opinions and rarely, if ever, lay all perspectives out there but that seems to be what ur insisting I do. C’mon mate, you’re smarter than that.

      • Glenn February 25, 2014 / 17:48

        “C’mon mate, you’re smarter than that. ”

        Not sure what that is supposed to mean. But the point is not that you are failing to hold multiple opinions – that seems impossible. No, the point is that you appear to say that using a person’s death to highlight a factor that may have led to it is wrong – but only when it’s a conservative cause like abortion.

        Are you smarter than that?

  6. Evan March 3, 2014 / 23:31

    Actually I think the abortion WAS a major factor here. Not so much the abortion per se. But what she gave up to give her husband an opportunity and she lost the opportunity to be a mother.

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