This sad stone is the memorial of a woman whose real name was Kate Simpson.
A volunteer paid for a marker to be placed at her grave in September 1997, bearing the inscription:
Seduced and pregnant by her father’s friend,
unwed, she died from abortion, her only choice.
Abandoned in life and death by family.
With but a single rose from her mother.
Buried only through the kindness of unknown benefactors.
Died Feb.1875 age 21.
Victim of an unforgiving society
Have mercy on us.
I am not ready to get into a full-blown essay regarding my thoughts on abortion. The issues, for me, are too close and personal, and it would take more time than I have available to get everything sorted out in words that I’m happy with. But this little bit I can share for now:
Regardless of what I believe personally, we must never return to a place where women are given no choice but to endanger their own lives, because of laws made by a body overwhelmingly populated by men who will never have to face the choices about which they are legislating. That place makes no sense at all.
The Old Wolf has spoken.