A Good Day to Remember Sherri Finkbein

thalidomide bottle

Remember the hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominees?  Remember when asked, each of them said that Roe is “settled law” and has been for 50 years and each vowed they had “no agenda?”  Remember when the female Senators from Alaska and Maine believed them and voted for their elevation to SCOTUS?  Well according to a draft opinion leaked today and published in Politico, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Coney Barret are joining Alito and the hack Thomas, whose wife is a fascist who tried to overturn democracy in America, to overturn Roe.

We knew these good Catholic kids would do it  -all along.  It’s not a surprise.  Just a shock.  The day is here and no longer a secret.  Chief Justice John Roberts is soon to be elevated to the level of Justice Taney – worst in American history.

If Roe is overturned abortion rights will revert to individual states, half of which have already restricted abortion rights.  The next step for Republicans will be to make it the law of the land whenever they take both the legislative branches and the Presidency. After that will come the attack on contraception.

Toritto knows these things.

If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years — not just on women but on all Americans.

Its a good day to remember Sherri Finkbein.

Back in 1962…

For those of you to young to remember: The BBC Reported:

“1962: Abortion mother returns home

An American mother-of-four is on her way home amid a storm of controversy after being given a legal abortion in Sweden.

Sherri Finkbine, a TV presenter from Phoenix in Arizona, was denied an abortion in her home state following intense negative publicity surrounding her case.

The 30-year-old mother decided to terminate her fifth pregnancy after discovering that tranquilizers she had taken in the first few weeks of her pregnancy contained the drug Thalidomide.

In recent months there has been increasing evidence suggesting Thalidomide causes severe fetal deformities including missing limbs, deafness and blindness.

Public condemnation

Mrs Finkbine, host of children’s television programme “Romper Room”, told her story to the local newspaper, believing it would alert other mothers in the same situation to the dangers of the drug.

But she became the focus of an intense anti-abortion campaign and worldwide public condemnation.

The negative publicity led her local hospital in Phoenix to withdraw a tentative offer of a legal abortion for fear they may be held criminally liable – the current law in Arizona states that abortion can only be carried out to save the mother’s life.

Mrs Finkbine and her husband, Robert, a school teacher, took the case to the Arizona State Supreme Court but were unsuccessful.

Despite vilification from anti-abortionists across the United States and the world she flew to Sweden where the operation was carried out.

After the operation it was confirmed that the fetus had no legs and only one arm .

When she returned to Phoenix Mrs. Finkbine’s local doctor asked her to register with another physician.

She was dismissed from her job, and her husband was suspended from his high school teaching post.

Their children were hounded, anonymous death threats poured in by post and telephone and the press swarmed around their home”

I remember Sherry and I will continue to support choice.  I never thought I would see the day when an American woman could drive to Mexico to get an abortion she couldn’t get in Mississippi, Oklahoma or Texas.

Lest we forget.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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11 Responses to A Good Day to Remember Sherri Finkbein

  1. Reblogged this on silverapplequeen and commented:
    I was only two when this happened, so I don’t remember this as a current event but I do remember hearing about this in one of my Women’s Studies classes that I took as a freshman at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979. I remember being shocked that anyone would vilify this woman for making this decision, especially since it was proved that the child was, indeed, severely deformed. One thing I have learned about the anti-choice movement is their utter lack of compassion for the mother & for the child they claim to be “saving”. Sometimes, not bringing a child into the world is the best decision you can make for that child. But only the mother & her doctor can make this decision.

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  2. I have no words for what I think of this Supreme Court and this impending decision. I’m old enough to remember before Roe v. Wade and the well-off flying to London and the less-well-off sneaking into a back-alley establishment. I know too many women who went through that. You are quite right. Contraception will be next. And with their contempt for precedent, what will they do after that? Strike down same sex marriage, even interracial marriage? I shudder to think what we’re in for.

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  3. I didn’t know about this case. Terrible what this family went through! Our country is now SUCH a mess…

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  4. Maggie says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I am sharing Frank’s post because I think it is just one example of how far we are regressing. We are traveling back in time, I am afraid. I am not pro abortion. Most women I know are not pro abortion, but like me, they are pro choice. I think for the few women I know who have made this decision, it was the hardest decision of their life. Not a decision they came to lightly. The revocation of Roe vs Wade sets up a very dangerous precedent not only threatening women’s rights, but the rights of all minority classes. Frank, thank you for reminding us of our past. We are wading in very dangerous waters.

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  5. Lauren says:

    It is horrible how backward our country is becoming. I fear for all women

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  6. beetleypete says:

    I am old enough to remember Thalidomide babies being born, and the scandal surrounding the drug that continues to this day. The children were often mocked, and called ‘Flids’ over here. I don’t think any male person, whether doctor, judge, or president, should ever be allowed to tell a woman what to do with her own body. The Handmaid’s Tale is almost real over there in America, it won’t be long now until they rename the country Gilead.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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