IT WASN’T THE HANGING CHADS


Life. Death. Wanted pregnancy … or not. According to the think tank The Guttmacher Institute, in 2005 there were 3.25 million pregnancies in the US. In each and every pregnancy there was tremendous emotion, of fear, of joy, of anger, before reaching an acceptance of the outcome.

The visible and the invisible. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half of all pregnancies to American women– more than 1.6 million in 2005– are unintended. Was it always so? So half the planet was unintended? Polls were always taken? This was an American statistic? What exactly had you been trying to do on the night of the 18th? And if you did not remember, that pregnancy might remind you. Dead or Alive

For evidence of another separation and splits in the Creation story, statistics demonstrate that in 2005, more than 1.5 million single women became pregnant, resulting in 720,000 births and more than 800,000 abortions. When nearly half of all pregnancies to American women– more than 1.6 million in 2005– are unintended, it is about The Spirit within. And on matters of choosing, the choice thereafter. So is it intellectually dishonest to raise concern over pregnancies from rape and incest – with a great sympathy when 25 percent of all women have been raped – in the discussion of numbers?

Forced to carry the unwanted, like that tethered colt in the story of sacrifice. If nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended, half of the population is unwanted. And so another split in the creation of our society. The real issue, the real discussion, was about survival and quality of life. Fifty percent of women felt that government should not decide issues of pregnancy. It was too personal. All this came to pass not so much in an urban America but on issues of separation of Church and State.

On matters of imposition, in nations with one tradition no longer imposed as a state religion, there are the Old ways… followed with new owners. Change … when you don’t know, but the old ways are not working for the people not born into the old business, as new people with power desire that the old disappear and become invisible. In the world with so much money, with so many people, with ENOUGH, what is missing is the sacrifice that was part of the old business? And when sacrifice is missing, what really is missing is some kind of SPIRIT. Like in the prayer: “Receive, O Lord, all my spirit. That which You have bestowed upon me. That which has become me, I give it all back to Thee. That which was in all of my memory. Take my entire will, all my desire, along with my fertility and whatever understanding that I possess. I return the sacrifice, yet in a much smaller way, through my fertility.”

ENOUGH! When you have been given enough? If forced to do backward math, using statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, if four in 10 pregnancies ended in abortion, 1.21 million abortions were performed in 2005. It seems safe to say when it comes to daily life, ten years later, no one really cares about the missing. Do women care about a miscarriage ten years after? With so many people, didn’t this world already have ENOUGH people?

And so this society separated on issues of our own creation and replication. Life was expensive in the urban jungle, where America women do have complex lives. As the American people have become urbanized in the last hundred years, fifty percent of women felt that government should not decide issues of pregnancy. It was too personal. … and if State should not decide the issue, neither should religious doctrine. The right or wrong of abortion should be left to an individual to decide, in the midst of all the emotion? Moral issues over life and death, on war and peace should be left up only to the soldiers?

Is the real issue, the real discussion, about survival and quality of life in a society? If a civilization did not replicate, a self-form of annihilation takes place. So it is about choice.

Campaigns will always be about control.  About control and impositions through tax policy and gun control and this new age form of birth control, though the speeches seemed more like food canned, missing a freshness of another age. But the young have already decided this one issue. In America, one in three women experiences abortion. Many of those 50 million aborted since 1973 would have been alive in 2000 and probably have affected a different outcome in the election, with a different human history.

On issues of love and “surrender,” there is fertility versus infertility. With an intent.  In a day an age when the majority of young women concentrate on not becoming pregnant, like a young man sent to a war zone attempts not to die.  In 2005, of the 1.21 million performed abortions here, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 67% of these women were single (811,700). A comparative study would show that of the births in 2005, 36.9 percent were to single women. According to the Guttmacher Institute, of the 1.21 million abortions in 2005, 88% involved women who live in a metropolitan area (1,048,000). Of the 1.21 million performed abortions in 2005, 78% reported a religious affiliation; 27.4% were self-described Catholics (326,700), though having an abortion as a Catholic was similar to a Jew or a Muslim eating pork, concerning a demonstration of a respect for your tradition, or not.

So half the planet was unintended? And I think of what I read in the book, Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost: “When everything had been a stupefying void, He said, ‘Let there be light.’ This is, in fact, the first act of creation that we hear about in Bereishit. But what is interesting to me is that every act that follows – light and dark, night and day, dry land and oceans, plants and animals, and finally man from dust – is described as an act of separation. What did God do when he saw that the light was ‘good’? He separated it from darkness, and then proceeded to go on separating ….”

In the United States, there are the old immigrants, forever split in two. Some with an old Spirit, some without. Some with the loyalty to if not your homestead, to your parents in old age, even when you are so distant from them.

Presence. With a fear of the brutality and savagery of those without the old Spirit, maybe like the fear the Ukrainians had of their Slavic Russian brother, of those who never grab hold of the old Presence known in youth.

To distinguish good from evil, shouting is not allowed. Did you ever note the missing sacrifice in the story of Adam and Eve? And without sacrifice in their lives, what did they pass on to their two sons? What had God done when He saw that the light was ‘good’ but separate it from darkness. God then proceeded to go on separating …. The conflict between Abel and Cain was over their initial concept of sacrifice which led to one of them dead.

And so, in the beginning of, the missing inheritance which caused another split/separation in the story between the living and the dead. Was the problem over sacrifice …. or a conflict over relationship? The conflict between Abel and Cain was over their initial concept — their ORIGINAL idea — of sacrifice which led to one of them dead. And so a missing inheritance which caused another split/separation in the story between the living and the dead, over hidden evidence of a Spirit within which caused another split in the Creation story, over demonstrated sacrifice.

Visible or invisible: The startle…. about the depth of the relationship.  On the day you discover you are for the first time pregnant, with all the sacrifice connected to giving birth, in relationship. The discovery of a deepness within, after you were forced out, it was like that poster at the Post Office warned: Wanted, either dead or alive.

Did you ever note the missing SHARED sacrifice that every pregnant woman was looking for in the relationship?


Stalking. The anonymous call. The hang up. The great unsettling. To be born fatherless. The unwanted, fatherless, half the time, these days. Like a child these days, locate the permanent great unsettling, so much like the Creator, unwanted half the time?

Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information. With a fear in the story, doubt was always the center of either mystery or faith which moved THESE STORIES beyond the power of imagination. If you get the small details wrong, with all the fear in the story about land and women and suffering, you will get the big picture wrong – affecting if not your money, if not your land, then at least your kids.

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2 comments so far

  1. paperlessworld on

    Note the connection in historic time for a generation between the end of enforced compulsory enlistment of people for universal military service and/or military engagement for men in 1973 to Roe v. Wade, with regard to the law concerning terminating a pregnancy in 1973. Life and death in these United States.

  2. paperlessworld on

    The estimated population of Ireland in April 2009 was 4,459,300. The natural increase in the population (births minus deaths) for the third quarter was 12,651. This represents a rate of 11.3 per 1,000 population, 0.2 more than for the same three-month period a year earlier. A total of 19,289 babies were born during the third quarter of 2009, the highest number registered in the Republic of Ireland in almost 30 years. According to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, approximately 17.4 per cent of all births were to unmarried parents with the same address. As many as 42.6 per cent of all recorded births were to first-time mothers. Of the babies born in the third quarter, 6,256 out of 19,289 were out of wedlock, equivalent to 32.4 per cent of all registered births outside of marriage. This is slightly less than in the United States, when the percentage exceeds 40%. The average age of mothers giving birth was 31.2 years. Births in the third quarter of last year represented an annual birth rate of 17.3 per 1,000 population, compared to 14.7 per 1,000 population in the same three-month period in 2000.

    The latest data for those aged 65 and over record an annual death rate of 40.7 per 1,000 population, as against a rate of 42.4 per 1,000 population for the third quarter of 2008. During the three-month period under review, 80 infant deaths were registered giving an infant mortality rate of 4.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.


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