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BS: I don't know what to say

Hollowfox 26 Dec 00 - 10:31 AM
Kim C 22 Dec 00 - 05:15 PM
McGrath of Harlow 22 Dec 00 - 02:29 PM
Uncle_DaveO 22 Dec 00 - 02:04 PM
GUEST,late 'n short 22 Dec 00 - 10:20 AM
catspaw49 22 Dec 00 - 08:30 AM
Gary T 22 Dec 00 - 06:46 AM
Wolfgang 22 Dec 00 - 05:08 AM
McGrath of Harlow 12 Mar 00 - 06:09 PM
wysiwyg 12 Mar 00 - 01:08 AM
wysiwyg 12 Mar 00 - 01:04 AM
GUEST,yet again, it is i! 12 Mar 00 - 12:51 AM
wysiwyg 12 Mar 00 - 12:29 AM
WyoWoman 12 Mar 00 - 12:27 AM
GUEST,me again 12 Mar 00 - 12:04 AM
WyoWoman 11 Mar 00 - 08:04 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Hollowfox
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 10:31 AM

(slight thread creep) Actually, 'Spaw, the baby was killed by a neighbor girl. "We always knew she had problems, but nothing this bad", said the girl's mother. It sounds a bit like the Attachment Disorder you mentioned above, since the girl had always been good with the baby before, playing with her, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:15 PM

Spaw, you are a Saint, which I always suspected anyhow. But I won't tell nobody. :)

It's a hard dilemma. My personal stance has always been, I do not want any children at present, so I use birth control. Used it for 14 years. Never got pregnant. For me, that's simple. But it's not so simple for everyone. Some people have no access to birth control, or don't realize that they do. Others don't know how to use it.

I don't know what the answer is. But I'm thankful there are people around like Pat and Karen!


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for that Wolfgang. The papers pick up on stories like this, but then they move on and we are left in the dark.

It's sad it has to happen, but it's good that it can happen this way.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 02:04 PM

'Spaw:

You've blown your cover, man! Never again will I be able to believe the "rude, crude, and socially unacceptable" personna!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,late 'n short
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 10:20 AM

Just heard on the radio this morning that Brooklyn, NY "safe homes" have been set up for teen-agers, un-wed Moms or I guess anyone with an unwanted baby (those words send chills through me). This time of year always seems to bring more stories of abandonments and deaths in this area. Myabe this will help.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:30 AM

Wolfgang, thanks so much for the update. That's very impressive and the city is to be congratulated.

Last week in Youngstown, a newborn was thrown from the upper window of a house after being stabbed by the teen mother. There is some groundswell among the activists here as a result which may see some action from the state along these lines.

Congrats to Hamburg for the courage to try something to make a difference. May we all learn from them.

Pat


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Gary T
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 06:46 AM

Thanks for the update, Wolfgang. It certainly does sound like an improvement.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:08 AM

This follow-up is for you, Pat, and some others who might be interested to know what happened. You know I'm a person who rather relies on data than on gut feeling when evaluating a scheme. Here are the data. But I'll start with a short summary for the newcomers:

summary: In Hamburg, there is a private organisation supported by public money that tries to prevent baby deaths resulting from them being abandoned by their mothers. They have two schemes:
(1) a 'baby hatch' with a warm bed behind and a silent alarm that allows mothers to give away their newborn and walk away unknown.
(2) A telephone hotline. You phone and somebody comes to any place you want to 'collect' the baby and there are no questions asked.

The data: In 1999, the last year before the scheme, in Hamburg (2.5 Million inhabitants) four newborns have been abandoned by their mothers and two of them have died from exposure.
In 2000, the first year of 'Operation Moses' in Hamburg, no baby has been abandoned. Six newborns, however, have been 'handed over' to the organisation, two of them by the hotline, four of them by the hatch. All six are in good health and foster care.

The project seems to be working.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 06:09 PM

Thanks "me again" for the comment. Your the kind of GUEST that's welcome here. But sign up, because it gets more fun then (there are all kinds of clever Mudcat facilities you get to use).

One thing - it's easier to read post when they are broken up into paragraphs, and the way to do that is to put a < followed by a P, followed by a > (and the reason I write it that way is because otherwise it wouldn't be seen - instead of displaying the code, the program would obey it, and jump the text to a new paragraph like now

- you see what I mean).


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 01:08 AM

GUEST You--

If I did this right, you should be able to CLICK HERE to send me a message. I will reply, if you'll provide your e-mail address in the message.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 01:04 AM

Stay tuned, I'll make you link. Be right back.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,yet again, it is i!
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 12:51 AM

praise-

i think i'll join up...eventually. right now i'm still sucking up atmosphere. and making a fool of myself before all you kind people form any opinions of me. . i'd like to send you a personal message, but i can't figure out how!


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 12:29 AM

GUEST you again,

I would welcome you as a member, or if you'd like to converse with me via personal message, go to quick links up top and click [send a personal message] where you can leave me an e-address to reply.

But really, I would encourage you to make, for yourself, a membership here. And you know what? Your thinking will probably be more welcome, more respected, and more sought after here than just about anywhere else.

Hope to see you around... notice no one flamed me for my comments--- this pace is as safe as it gets, on earth anyway...


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: WyoWoman
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 12:27 AM

yes, well, I certainly can understand your frustration. I also get pretty sick of being tossed in a basket full of thoughtless heathens when I dare to express a world view that doesn't align itself with what someone else defines as "faith" these days.

Conversation is all about finding out on an individual basis what the other is thinking and what shaped that person's approach to the subject matter. Argument is about broadcasting your opinion as loudly and insistently as possible in the attempt to bludgeon your opposition into submission. Much of what passes for public discourse these days is full of the latter and not much interested in the former. Occasionally, some actual conversation takes place here on the 'Cat, and that is most welcomed.

WW


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,me again
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 12:04 AM

well, i've got to thank you people for responding so thoughtfully to what was (in me) a somewhat knee-jerk reaction. y'see, i'm young yet (how young isn't important), actively pro-life, devoutedly catholic, and passionate about just about everything. i've been buddying around with friends who don't take my opinions seriously most of my life...i know how to dialogue, i've done a lot of it. i've also been brushed off more times than i care to count by people who assume they know what i'm thinking and why i'm thinking it. i've been told i'm brainwashed, intolerant and uncaring, bigoted, and hateful. I try very hard in all aspects of my life to be truly supportive of life, whatever stage it is in, and take seriously to tenets of my faith...but still the labels i should be proud of call to mind other labels which have nothing to do with me. I'm just tired of it, and i've come (in my time lurking) to expect so much from you guys (GG nonsense notwithstanding) that it got to me when a thought provoking thread on fostering and abandoned babies and suchlike turnes up some of the same sort of comments which i've heard directed against myself. when it comes down to it, i agree with a lot of you on a lot of things- being pro-life and pro-capital punishment *is* a contradiction in terms, and there are 'religious' people out there who are hypocrites. the world would be a better place if they weren't. There are also a lot of well meaning, genuine christians (and muslims and hindu, etc.) who are inconsistant because they're still learning, still growing...christ came, after all, for the sinners, right? a bumper sticker or news release will not tell you the state of someone's heart or the spot on the road they happen to be on... all i ask is some charity. and i'll try not to be so sensitive. deal?

my 2 cents

p.s. Praise, your posts are a pleasure to read. McGrath, thanks for saying what i should have said. you guys all rock!


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: WyoWoman
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 08:04 PM

I say some because I mean some, not all.

ww


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Osmium
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 06:46 PM

Well done Guest.
Just how many of us think we are the cause of your concerns. Perhaps I am, and so I'll try to expand a little but say first there are dangers in this very limited form of communication that a "thread" offers. So some of us, me probably, needs to think harder before posting.
By religous I only meant that when I view the whole word it seems to me that "belief" sometimes seem to skew events to an incredible degree, way beyond what commonsense can possibly tell us to be true. My problem is that that each religion seems to hold its tenets or truism's to the same degree, and somehow this seems to be at the long term cost of those "sinners" who are the one's who are truly in need.
There are those religous people who I know do a lot of good and then there are, it seems to me, those who are more intersested in preserving the power-base of a said religion and will use any evotive issue to ride the cause.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 06:28 PM

You're free to say what you want here whether you're a GUEST or not.

As you say, there are hypocrites all over the place. But I think it's a fair enough word to use. Good enough for Jesus anyway - and he used it about people he saw as religious hypocrites.

But it's not a word to be thrown around lightly, just because you disagree with someone. It's an accusation that someone is betraying what they would claim to be their basic principles in the things they do or say. In my experience its more readily used about politicians than anyone else - for example, Labour Prime Ministers who go on trips to shake hands with murderers like Putin in Moscow, for example, and still talk about having "an ethical foreign policy".

The whole abortion debate seems to be deep in what I'd call hypocrisy, on both sides, alongside honest people who aren't hypocrites, but who hold very different views. I think both labels, "pro-life" and "pro-choice" are pretty shaky ones - both invite the accusation of hypocrisy.

I can see that it is possible for people who are opposed to abortion to believe in Capital Punishment, and vice-versa - though I cannot begin to understand how. But I cannot see how it is possible for someone to accept the right of the state to kill people, and yet describe themself as "pro-life".

And I cannot see how it is possible for someone who is opposed to abortion to favour laws that make it harder for lone mothers to bring up their children.

Again, I can understand the case which people make in support of mothers having the right to decide that their child should be aborted, though I cannot agree with it. But I cannot see how a position that excludes any rights to the unborn child can validly be described as "pro-choice."

(I really hadn't meant to raise this divisive subject here - but something I said had accidentally caused a misunderstand of my position, and you have to clarify things when that happens.)


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 06:13 PM

This is in direct response to GUEST, and points raised, although others are welcome to MHO as well. I would invite those of you who are coming to know me well to respond to my page. This thread has another purpose.

As an openly religious member of this diverse community, may I say that I don't often find occasion here to be offended, excluded, or discriminated against-- I feel no sense personally of being "intolerated." Some of you may feel intolerant, and no one on the planet is free of all prejudice, but it's my choice to keep my focus on the lovability of every one of you here.

I DO find that there is a widespread lack of deep relationship between: (a) people who've been burnt by harm disguised as religion, and (b) deeply religious people who struggle just as hard with difficult issues as non-religious people do.

For those of the religious who are Christians, our obligation is to take responsibility for initiating real, honest, loving, and respectful relationships. Far too often we come at a situation using Bible as club, instead. Our own lack of skill or confidence in our ability to convey what we hold deep and dear makes it very easy to "jerk the knee of the heart" instead of "bending the knee of the heart."

Right now, for instance, another 'Catter and I are following a trail begun in the Honesty thread, in our pages. It has included lots of "religious" stuff in it that could so easily push apart two people who began with an intention to communicate. It has taken hard work to do what most of my fellow Christians acknowledge is extremely difficult and rare-- hang in without backing down, off, or around what is hard to accomplish with words. I think it's taking the two of us to do it, but it's up to me to be the Christian I say I am-- his tolerance or lack of it doesn't change that.

BTW, despite people's desire to be clear and to avoid giving offense, I (personally) don't find it useful relevant to have adjectives accompany the word "religious" in the writer's attempt to try to distunguish between "good" religious and "bad" religious. Where the prejudice is there, it comes through anyway. Where it isn't, the qualifiers aren't needed. And most of what the prejudice is responding to isn't religion, religious people, o anything to do with spirituality, it's just another brand of pride that has done damage.

I'm just sorry that being a Christian doesn't mean being perfect, and that so much harm has been done in the name of religion, and hurt so many. This Christian is still trying to figure out how to answer the friend who said, "How come a car with a fish bumper sticker on it can cut me off in traffic?" Fortunately (IMHO), she is still friend enough to be around for the next piece of the answer.

There is just no substitute for relationships made of real experiences shared.

Rant? No, a sad/tired/loving attempt to touch people who think, done too long and quite imperfectly I am sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 05:05 PM

since i'm a guest and can say what I want, can I say just one thing? Why is it perfectly acceptable and even common to put the word 'hypocrite' next to "religious"? i know you say "some" and "fanatic" to specify which you think you're talking about, but still, such comments spread a brand of intolerance which i find abhorrant. There are hypocrites on both sides of whatever issue you would like to talk about, far to much emotion, and far too little thought. Especially thought. Show some consideration, will you? And a little forethot as to what sort of world is being created where anyone who holds conservative opinions or believes that not having sex is the only sure fire method of birth control can be insulted and generalized about without penalty.

on topic: i think a baby in a chute is better than a dead baby. But really, none of this should be necessary. there is a problem with a world where women feel so alone and unsupported that they feel it is necessary to give their baby to strangers.

my 2 cents


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Night Owl
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 03:59 PM

Spaw...I have seen you make reference to your's and Karen's roles as foster parents.....have read between the lines often in what you have to say about it and the pain and frustrations and joys that come along with the roles you fill. Thank you for telling us, in more detail, your thoughts and knowledgeable perspectives. You have much to teach us!!


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: WyoWoman
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 03:11 PM

Well, hell. I wasn't going to get myself involved in any more of these opinion threads -- got tired of getting slimed -- but as Catspaw proves repeatedly, it's hard to keep a Big Mouth down...

I've written articles in two separate cities about programs designed to intervene in the lives of young women, based on the idea that a lot of inappropriate sexual behavior is more of a self-esteem issue than one of sexuality. These are effective programs, but a hard sell. The research is pretty solid, however, that the more options you give a young woman (and I'm talking life options here, not birth-control options) and the more self-respect she can build up, the fewer unwanted pregnancies happen.

It's fascinating to me how much some religious folk have made the unborn fetus almost a holy icon, but basically don't care much for the already born human person who just happens to be a female in her child-bearing years. If we could create a society that respected girls and boys' humanity, and raised them to be actual human persons rather than consumers --of sex, of music, of stuff and stuff and more stuff -- we might find ourselves with a birth rate that stays relatively reasonable. People -- not just kids, but us grownups, too -- have sex for a bazillion reasons and only about five of those reasons actually have to do with sex. More often it's about being viewed as desirable, being affirmed as potent, pleasing the one who says s/he wants you, being admired and respected, gaining status, and sometimes just getting our skin touched in a pleasing way. Maybe if we could just start focusing on taking care of some of those needs in a healthy, affirming and life-producing way, we could stop worrying so much about the end of the process: abortion or unwanted babies.

Make art, not babies.

WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 02:35 PM

kat - you're right, there aren't any lyrics on the Vin Garbutt site - I think there used to be a link to some, but not now.

I'll send you a Vin Garbutt lyric, or a file with him singing - but in the meantime here's a verse from one of his songs.

An unfamiliiar freedom now belongs to common man,
It's hard for us to say "No thanks", we're told "You can, you can"
We've even won the right the evil rich men always had,
It seems forbidden fruit is priceless, even when it's bad.
So let's scrutinise the package deals we're offered,
Like anti-nuclear, save the whale, abortion on demand,
We may feel we're so liberal and enlightened,
Like him who to defend his rights did napalm Vietnam."

I can still remember the first time I heard Vin, at Cambridge folk festival nearly 20 years ago. It was in a packed tent. He'd just sung a song, I think it was about San Salvador, and the murder of Archbishop Romero while he was saying Mass.

Then he said "Here's a song about Civil Rights", and he sang "Little Innocents", from which that quote comes. And you could see the jaws drop left and right, and when he'd done, half the crowd jumped to their feet and applauded, and half the crowd sat on their hands. And there was no way you could tell looking at them which of us would do which.

I think Vin is the bravest singer I've ever come across, and the most honest, and it's cost him an enormous amount, in money and other things.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 08:31 PM

Kevin, I might be a bit addled tonight, but I didn't see any lyrics at that site to tell me what Vin Garbutt has to say. Did I miss them somewhere? (BTW, did you notice if he had the middle initial "e", he could be "vinegarbutt", sorry, just had to mention that, struck me when I saw his webpages addy*BG*).

I know I've read stuff about him on here before and I would like to read some of his lyrics, esp. since I write a lot about the same types of issues, alhtough not in song form.

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 07:38 PM

think Spaw's question regarding biological parenting is very well put. Who says everyone with functional reproductive organs should use them?

Why, a lot of people. In fact, millions of 'em! Typically and traditionally it is a message delivered in persuasive quantities by rampant hordes of young men to tantalized hordes of young women, but often enough it's the other way around, and age doesn't matter much...

You don't have to look far afield to find out where the persuasion is coming from. May be 'Spaw is just occluding his part in it in ages gone by?


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 07:15 PM

Well, I think you mistake where I am on this, kat. I'd wish to stand in the same corner as Vin Garbutt on most issues, including Capital Punishment, disability rights, support for the Zapatistas and so forth - and abortion. Not a mix of view that goes down too well in a lot of places, either among "fundamentalists" or "progressives".

Hell of a singer and musician too.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 07:00 PM

Yes, to all of the above, but Jed, WHO gets to decide who is not allowed to have babies? And, how are THEY going to do it? Mandantory sterilizaion? Mega taxes? I can't think of a THEY I would trust, nor a way to do it.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Osmium
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:59 PM

And who is going to be so wise that they can separate those who should and those who shouldn't - which God amongst you want's that role?
But I velieve firmly that on this earth, and there are already case histories in columbia and egypt, to prove it, that the most important thing is to empower women to be able to make their own decisions and for tosterone driven religious fanatics to but out of the argument.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: JedMarum
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:45 PM

So the human race has revived an ancient tradition with a twist; in many times throughout humankind's history we have been forced to leave our newborn offspring to the elements, for what we hope is a quick and relatively harmless death - in order to be free to better provide for the living families we already have. In the instance of this story; rather than practice a ritual infanticde we service the same human need, but save the baby as well. Bravo. I hope saving the baby is the right thing to do.

The sad people faced with such decisions may or may not be in desparate situations of their own making (as the article implies) but at least their offspring need not face the same difficulties - but they may, as Spaw points out, bring new human sadnesses into the world.

I think Spaw's question regarding biological parenting is very well put. Who says everyone with functional reproductive organs should use them?


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:37 PM

oh, no problem there, Kevin. I am as prochoice as they come. I just meant that I believe women should always have other means of birth control available to them, so that abortion, which is not a pleasant experience, becomes the last option, instead of the only option. I firmly support a woman's right to choose what is best for her body and in fact have marched on Washington DC for women's rights.

And, I agree with you on the capital punishment thing, too. The other one that totally galls me is to drive up beside someone with a "Thanks mom, I was born" bumper sticker and sure enough, there they are, a bunch of little kids and not a one of them with a seatbelt on!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:14 PM

Well kat, we might possibly find ourselves arguing about abortion, I don't know. But what I think we'd definitely agree with is that there is something evil about people who say they are against abortion, and at the same time promulgate social policies that drive women to see abortion as their only way out.

And I get sickened to see people claiming who support capital punishment claiming to be "pro-life".


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 05:51 PM

Kevin, abortion should be the last resort. I meant more along the lines of readily available birth control, not just for women, but also putting the impetus on men to be more responsible, too.

It is a long row to hoe, in any case. esp. when you have schools boards in a so-called enlightened Super Power, such as the United States, passing laws which say sex education classes may only teach about abstinence as a form of birth control. Anything else is strictly taboo in some places in Utah.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 05:07 PM

There probably never can be changes that will ensure that noone ever has a baby that feel they cannot care for. No matter how readily available abortion might become, there are always going to be women who will never choose that solution. I am sure that is so, and I hope it is.

Of course there should be more in the way of help and support for women in that situation but even if it was the best saftety net in tye world, some people would fall through various reasons.

When a mother finds herself with a baby in hert arms she feels she cannot care for, it ought to be possible for her to hand the baby directly over to someone who can care for her or him, without feeling she is going to be put under pressure that she cabnot handle,.

A lot could be done to get rid of some of the things that make leaving that baby on a doorstep seem a better option for some mothers in that situation - but I'm pretty sure that there will always be some mothers who for a variety will not be able to go through with that kind of hand over. The "baby bank" idea is an imperfect option here, for an imperfect world, but better than the alternatives.

And I wish that there could be more people like spaw around to help hold the baby and pick up the pieces, and that the people who shape the laws and organise the systems could listen to them.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 09:23 AM

some bits of follow-up:
first, a link to the homepage of the private organisation supporting the hotline and the hatch. Beware, it is all German, has no own information on it (yet), and many of the links they provide do not work. Howwever, the links to the press articles work and if you can read German ...
the hatch part of the scheme doesn't work yet for several legal problems. 'Abandoning a person in a helpless state' (your proper legal term for that might be different but you should get the idea) is an offence. And helping to do that is an offence as well. Is a child legally 'abandoned in a helpless state' if she is placed in a bed behind a hatch (with a two minute delay alarm) and is the provider of the beds legally a helper in this offence? This is one of the many problems.
a scheme that is supported by both the rather liberal government and the rather conservative catholic church can#t be that bad.
Adoption is usually quite difficult in Germany as well and most difficult if the biological mother does not say 'yes' from the beginning and is perhaps only 'temporarily unable' to bring up the child herself. Nobody would(should) think that a mother who abandons her child immediately after giving birth and changes her mind two weeks later after her depression has lifted should have no right to bring up her child. But cases in which the b. mother changed her mind after 6 months, two years, 5 years have gone to several courts. I'd hate to be judge in these cases (or foster parent), for I don't know where I'd place the limit.
The overall reaction to the hotline is positive, but the overall reaction to the hatch is 'let's wait and see how it works'.
A serious theme it is, however, I'd like to end with a more funny note: The anonymous handing over has first been introduced in Germany in Amberg. Guess how the scheme was called...

...you should have been able to guess: 'Project Moses'.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 12:53 AM

And that, dear PatSpaw is why we love you so much. Thank you for all that you've posted. Wolfgang, thanks to you, too, for telling us the rest of the story.

Just one comment: I know this has been about the children and what do we do, but no one has gone into the problems of why things have come to be this way. We still have very powerful religious and governmental entities effecting women's choices, all over the world. So, IMO, we will always have the problem of unwanted children, of children having children, until the underlying issues are resolved and I am not sure there is much hope of that.

Sorry for another damper.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Amos
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 10:04 PM

'SPaw:

You admirable hunk of lard, I salute you. Saying what needs to be said is hard enough to one teenager. To scads of them from challenging backgrounds is...heroic. It also explains how you got to have such a mouth on you. I...love ya, man! :>)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,The Beanster
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 09:54 PM

Spaw,

Thanks so much for the information. I really think it's wonderful that you stay in touch with the kids. I so wish my mom had been able to...broke her little heart. You sound like a terrific Dad (and let's not forget Mrs. Spaw!) and all of "your" children are very lucky to have a Mom and Dad like you two.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 08:42 PM

Unfortunately, it depends to a great degree upon the agency Beanster. It also depends on the "new" family. Much has changed for the better in foster care and Karen and I have been quite fortunate ourselves in working with an agency that is forward thinking.

In the past few years, the "Foster-to-Adopt" concept has taken off and many people are trained and certified in fostering specifically to become adoptive parents. We developed a 48 hour training program around this and the success rate has been excellent, and especially with older kids. It was not many years ago that a foster parent was the LAST one given the opportunity to adopt. It took some time to convince the "pursestrings" and other bureaucrats that the LESS you moved a child from home to home the better. If the foster family wished to adopt, and permanent custody had been attained, it only made sense to have the foster family adopt the child(ren) if they were interested.

It is sad that changes take so long to accomplish and that some places are still in the stone age. The rules and legalities of becoming a foster parent should be strict, but within reason. Sorcha's comment above regarding their home is an example. I don't know what her home layout is, but most homes are acceptable here if they have room and are clean. The personalities and attitudes of the prospective foster parent are far more important than the number of bathrooms. Some places still look at the physical home first, which to me is unbelievable. Its important, but it isn't the priority. The child is the priority and we have WAY too many foster parents with suitable homes and unsuitable attitudes.

New adoptive parents are often intimidated by the child's previous foster parents. We try hard to ease thise transitions. Anyone adopting through our agency agrees to work with the foster family and when everyone does their job, things go much more smoothly for the child. We have had a lot of teens in recent years, a tough group. Most of them do maintain contact and we get calls on a pretty regular basis. Sometimes the news is good...sometimes not. For some of them, this place, this family, is as near to home as they know. Right now for instance, there is a large, 21 year old lump on one of the sofas across the room from me who was recently discharged and "came home." (Was in care here for three years.) He's been helpful and no trouble at all, but the time is about to come where "Dad" has a talk with the boy about getting on with his life. Gotta' do it........he's one of my sons too.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,The Beanster
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 08:03 PM

Dear Spaw,

I have a question. When you spoke about Miranda, you mentioned that you were able to keep in touch with her. Is that a new development? Or is that determined on a state by state basis or what? Because for many years during my childhood, my mom took in foster kids--maybe 25 or so, all told, and there was one, like your Miranda, who we got when she was just a week old. We named her Vicki and she was with us for almost 2 years. My mom loved her SO much, she wanted to adopt her but like you and your wife, knew that this was not her role. So one day, the social worker came and took Vicki away to be placed with her new adoptive parents. My mom of course, put on a brave face for Vicki but cried and cried and cried after they left. And any contact between our family and Vicki's new family was forbidden. To this day, my mom still keeps track of her birthdays and wonders where she is and how she's doing--and Vicki left about 30 years ago.

So do they now allow you to keep in touch with any foster child after they leave??


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 07:03 PM

Who's disagreeing with Spaw, did I miss something?

I come to this thread now to pray.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Osmium
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 06:39 PM

What a world - Spaw, I have to say that you are striking the right chords for almost everybody herein interested. I have two adopted sons and one "daughter who was adopted" who has recently come back to us. I can only say that so much of what really matters is plain common sense and, I know the "authorities" have a hard job but lets choose people that have a history of getting it right to be our social workers and stop worrying about qualifications and just maybe we could match the needs with events a bit more often.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 05:49 PM

Thank you Bert....I assume you mean to produce more methane for the energy crisis and hot air for heating.

A 'Catter sent me a message regarding my statement about orphanages. To explain in brief......No setting outside a family environment can be thought of as healthy. This includes foster care too. We have tried and we are not alone, to make the best possible family atmosphere for our kids, but at its absolute best, foster care can only be an attmempt to put normalcy into an abnormal situation. Kinship care is being used as much as possible and this is better. But the other alternatives, no matter the name, and including the "Foster Villages" now being used in some places amount to no more than leper colonies and can only make the kids stand out more. The very label "foster kid" is bad enough to segregate some of them in tragic ways. One of our early-teen girls was asked to go to a dance at school, but the boy's parents intervened and told him he could not go out with a "foster kid." What a world..............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 02:11 PM

As Penny S pointed out, this isn't a new solution. I remember an episode of "Mash" in which this a key plot element was a swing hatch in a Catholic convent in Korea. (As I remember it, there was a half-American, half-Korean orphan baby, and the US authorities, unlike other countries, wouldn't accept any responsibility for such children. So they ended leaving it the hatch for the nuns to take on.)

In the media coverage I've seen there has been a number of people attacking the idea. Given that the hatch is seen as a last resort solution, alongside attempts to make help available to mothers trying to look after their babies in difficult circumstances, and an option for them to meet with someone and hand over the baby personally, criticising the idea seems strange to me.

I suspect it's something to do with people not liking to admit that things are bad enough to require this kind of desperate solution. It's just not nice.

I used to know a great lady who ran a cat sanctuary. She was always having parcels of kittens left on her doorstep or even through her letter box. She got a bit fed up at times, but, as she said, a lot better then someone drowning them. That goes for human babies too.

I was trying to think of any songs about foundlings - the only one I can thing of right off is BASKET OF EGGS. But there have to be more.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Bert
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 01:51 PM

Wolfgang, Thanks for 'The rest of the story' it makes much more sense now.

I hate to have to say this about you Spaw, you old fart, but we need more folks out there like you .

Personally I can't imagine a family situation where a young girl wouldn't feel loved enough to bring her baby home. I know our daughter discussed a similar local case with us and she knew that 'whatever' we would still love her AND any such baby, should she be caught in that situation. Not that 'she' would ever consider giving a baby away, she collected every abandoned animal she could get her hands on. We had squirrels, possums, frogs, turtles, snakes, salamanders... you name it, we had to keep them all.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 01:39 PM

Wolfgang....I'd appreciate any other information you might run across on this situation. E-mail me if you like, my addy is in Mudcat Resources.

Thanks,

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 12:10 PM

Thanks Wolfgang. I'm glad to see the hotline in place. Moving the children to an immediate family environment is heartening too. Spaw don't like NOTHIN' that smacks of orphanage (read: leper colony).

The absolute best experience we have had as foster parents came from an infant. Her name was Miranda and she came to us one night from the ER where the doctors had called Children's Services. Her mother was phsically ill, but that was only worsened by her mental attitude. She was a nice young woman who had had more than her share of emotional trauma in a VERY short period of time. Miranda was only 30 days old, but since her birth her Mom had been abandoned by the father, lost her job (pre-birth law), lost her apartment, had no vehicle, hubby took the money and left the bills, etc. Plus...now she had the flu and was in hysterics at the ER screaming she did not want her child.

We took Miranda and the agency and ourselves got involved in Mom's life. Miranda attached herself to me for some reason.....and I certainly attached myself to her. I even found myself, quite ashamedly I can admit, wanting to keep her. Karen and I both knew our job did not involve that, but she was a very special liitle girl. And so was her mother. She took what was offered and put it to use, working hard to get her life back on track and maitaining a close relationship with her daughter (and us). This all happened about 2 weeks before a Thanksgiving and by that Christmas, Miranda was able to go home with her Mom. It was the best present we could have received. Over the next year, we were able to see the progress and the watch the growth of them both and it was a great example of how things can work. They have moved on now, remarried and out of state, but we still get the occasional card and picture which gives a few moments of smiles and tears to Karen and I. Sometimes things work. Pretty little 5 year old now...with a great smile.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Wolfgang
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 11:35 AM

I happen to have the ability to read the original sources:
-"Social workers will look after the babies for up to three months" - fact: after initial medical care the children come immediately into a foster family, but the final adoption doesn't happen before eight weeks.
- "At least 30 deaths were reported last year, while about 100 were saved after being found in time." original: "There are about thirty foundlings per year in Germany, half of them are found dead."
What the article does not say: The hatch is the last resort and not the prefered method. The main idea to help is a 24 hour free hotline with the offer to help both mother and child, if she prefers that or to give the child away for quick adoption. In that case the mother chooses whether she wants to remain anonymous (even in this case, the usual way of 'handing over' is not the hatch but the offer to come to any place the mother names and to collect the child from woman to woman but with the promise not to ask questions) or whether she wants to be in contact with the foster family. If the mother has given her child away anonymously (via hatch or from woman to woman) she has the option to call a free number to contact the helpers later if she is about to change her mind within 8 weeks.
The hotline telephone part of the scheme has already been introduced in one other German town and finds a lot of positive interest in other towns. I haven't read anything about the hatch part being introduced any other place.
Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 10:53 AM

Outside of the problems which exist and are now beyond my scope to cure, what do we do? The situation in Zimbabwe is not unique, except to cause. Every country has unwanted children, but we will never solve the problems of ethics/social values that are the root cause of abandoned kids. While we debate moral values and try to cure the physical or emotional diseases at the heart of the problem, more children are born.....children that cannot, for whatever reason, cannot be reared by their biological parents.

One of many issues that can be addressed and improved for the betterment of these kids is adoption. In the United States the current adoption laws require that prospective parents are either loaded with cash or willing to bare their souls and dance through hoops. If you go into private adoption, be prepared to spend BIG bucks whether you adopt locally or opt for foreign adoption. This is frighteningly analogous to slavery. If you decide to go through a state/county agency, you will be investigated and put through a process that is quite unbelievable. I certainly believe in some investigation and training for adoptive parents, but wouldn't it be great if BIOLOGICAL parents had to go through the same? But that smacks of "Big Brother" doesn't it? Never happen.

Any experienced adoptive caseworker will tell you that beyond a criminal background check and a few classes, anything else is a waste of time and that its a crapshoot anyway. Its true. So why not relax the current laws and make adoption easier? Well, there are a lot of reasons given, but none are worthy of discussion. Do away with monetary consideration associated with private adoption. Set up a central agency to do "relevant" case studies and background checks and get on with it.

This applies to the adoption of older children as well, although the need to adopt older kids would diminish with easier and less restrictive laws. Right now there are tons of older kids available, and in those cases, I would however, support the need for ongoing training, follow-up, and other things for the family. Because you were a successful bio parent will not, repeat, will not, make you a successful adoptive parent. But again, the process required to adopt older kids is not an easy one and could be modified.

The problem of Special Needs infants is also significant and needs to be addressed. Some bio parents are not able to care for medically fragile or babies with potential/certain mental problems.

I could do 10,000 words easy on this. I could do another 10,000 on shooting down the expectations of those wishing to adopt, because frankly, there are a lot of people go into adoption believing that love will conquer all. It won't. But we do need to change the laws (I'm trying) to make the process easier and to place more children at an earlier age.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: GUEST,Neil Lowe
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 09:35 AM

With time as the constant, the human/e factor in any social equation is subject to diminuition. Designer babies; Baby-Mart; Babies 'R Us; Dollar Bill's Used Baby Lot (As Is...No Warranty)...


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Subject: RE: BS: I don't know what to say
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 08:18 AM

This is classic line from Treebeard in Tolkien's The Two Towers!

--Mbo


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