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My cousin who voted for Trump came over the other day. She wanted change but I am convinced she voted for him about abortion since she was telling us about her priest less then a week before the election. The priest was saying to stop abortion you cannot vote for Hillary.

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Anyways that triggered a memory whose genesis I am trying to determine. I was told this by a nun in 4th grade in the 70s. Anyways here is the story she told us. Now I have always assumed the children in the story were also around the f0urth grade.

Here it is. Its wicked short. Start of story:

The mother was pregnant. The parents asked the children do you want a brother or sister or go to Disney World. The children chose Disney and the mother had an abortion.

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End of story. Told you it was short. She then asked “what would you have chosen”.

It seemed like an incredible urban myth. Although I have my doubts. I do believe the nun believed the story I wonder if it was a fictional tale twisted to be real and she believed it real or a lie to start with the purpose to manipulate.  Yet that does not excuse her from telling this. As a 10 year old I believed it. As I aged no.

Nowt I wonder why would she say this to begin with? It is so effing disturbing. Placing a woman’s choice on grade school children. What child wouldn’t say Disney World without understanding what it means. Also what harm long term it would do the children. Even if the child grows up and is prochoice they would still carry the burden that they decided as a child their mother getting an abortion this could lead to serious depression and hatred for their mother. There is also an aspect of the story that life decisions are something you can foist onto grade schoolers.

Also these are not stories a student truly forgets. I still remember it. I still think “ugh how could she have told this incredible fable as true”. How could she have tried to manipulate the students. Since of course the nun asked at the end what would you have chosen. A 10 year old would have answered differently from an adult.

Anyone been to Catholic grade schools? Did you hear this story? My gut tells me she was told this and believed it. Urban myth or someone deliberately made up to manipulate students and nuns, not sure. . My question then is how widespread is this story. It is told to 4th graders a powerful emotional manipulative story and three sentences long.