"Honor", Appropriation, and Misuse in Pro-Life Narratives


Reading this story, one might think it was nice of Grove residents to gather and pray for the ‘unborn children that died’ at an illegal abortion clinic, but there’s more to this picture. This article in the Oklahoman makes mention of two women that died at the hands of Dr. Henrie, the doctor who performed anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 abortions (depending on who you ask) from 1939 to 1962 in the small lake town of Grove, OK. One of those women was my grandmother.

In 1962 my grandmother made a choice to have an abortion, a procedure that was then illegal. She died from complications weeks later. She left behind my mother, who was a teenager at the time, and two small children. Our family has forever been changed by this tragedy, but we are steadfast in our belief that if abortion had been a legal procedure, she would not have died.

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