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Monday, January 09, 2006

Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

Two disturbing news items that I heard today:
  • The first one is quite bizarre: a woman was discovered dead in her home after having been missing for ten hours. She was--get this--found in her home but wasn't discovered for such a long time because of the amount of junk and clutter in the home. Her husband said she was missing, police came and helped search. At first, they had trouble even entering the house because of all the stuff. They searched for hours, outside/inside, and finally found her. It was surmised by her husband that she fell while looking for the phone. She suffocated in. her. piles. While searching, there were times when the police hit their heads on the ceiling because the piles were so high. Is this just one of the worse cases of hoarding EVER? What a way to go. Creepy. Sad.

  • In India, where the female gender is apparently not as "important", officials figure that there have been possibly as many as 10 million abortions of female fetuses in the last several years. Since the ultrasound has been introduced and families are able to determine the sex of the child, abortions have increased. And it's estimated that for every one legal abortion, there are about 10 illegal ones. Some places are now considering banning the ultrasound so as to prevent abortions. But won't that just result in baby girls mysteriously "disappearing" when, upon birth, it's discovered that the child is not a coveted male heir? I know there are similar atrocities that occur in other countries. It sounds kind of like a horror story. Is it just as horrifying there or is it business as usual? And this isn't about abortion so much as it's about abortion just because the baby's a girl. Hard to comprehend (being a girl and all). Actually, being human and all.


Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Such a cluttered home! Of course, it sounds like my home until I hired a cleaning lady.

The India story is one that has been repeated for literally thousands of year. Nothing I want to go into at the moment, but something that has disturbed me for years since I first read about it.

8:50 PM, January 09, 2006

Blogger jay are said...

yeah. sad stuff....

9:09 PM, January 09, 2006

Blogger bryan torre said...

i'm given to understand that in vancouver, BC (very large asian population) doctors refuse to tell parents the gender of their baby after an ultrasound, for this very reason.

and FWIW: not to judge anyone individually for what is undoubtedly an extremely difficult personal choice, but merely to point out what appears to me to be an inconsistency...:
if it's okay to abort because you know it would make your life hellish to have a(nother) child right now -- and i'm not even saying it isn't okay -- why is it bad to abort because you know a male child will be able to support you and a female child will not (making your old age hellish, or possibly non-existent)?

11:37 PM, January 09, 2006

Blogger Michelle said...

See!! See!! See!!, i knew there was a reason why i am obsessive compulsive about my home! That's it, i am printing this out and showing it to all my friends!

2:53 AM, January 10, 2006

Blogger mreddie said...

Back when I was working for the phone company, I had to go into some houses like that to repair the lines and the odor usually stayed with me several days. ec

6:45 AM, January 10, 2006

Blogger No_Newz said...

Our fire department went to a home cluttered like that and found bodies of many animals. Neighbors called because of the "smell of death" gross huh?
Lois Lane

8:19 AM, January 10, 2006

Blogger jay are said...

I've heard of a few cases also where people smelled some terrible odor and bodies of small animals were found buried in junk in a house. So terrible! How could they not notice?? But a PERSON?? Yikes! Makes my few piles look a little more sinister now.

And Bryan, I thought too about what you mentioned. I thought about whether it mattered what the reason was---but somehow it seems so much more callous and casual to me when someone sees "Oh, a girl" and there she goes, rather than it being for some reason that seems more "legitimate" in my own mind. Anyway, the whole topic is thick with emotions and personal histories and ethics and so on. Just a hard one all the way around.

1:27 PM, January 10, 2006

Blogger Left Coast Sister said...

how is it that the human race, being the one that can have culture and civilizations and complicated thoughts, can come up with such icky ways of life. As for the abortions, quite appalling. But I don't think an argument could be made that it would be even somewhat acceptable based on the social implications of having or being a girl... Like honor killings in Pakistan... That one continues to haunt me... A father kills his daughter in front of the family because it was *suspected* that she was having an affair which would have disgraced the family. Was it OK to kill her simply because of the disgrace that would surely come? Obviously not... But if she had lived, she may have been a burden to her family... or she could have gone on to greatness or something else... anyway, it's amazing how our beliefs can shape our actions.

3:49 PM, January 11, 2006

Blogger jay are said...

indeed so, left coast.

3:52 PM, January 11, 2006


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