Kid’s Book about Abortion: My “Sister Is a Happy Ghost!”

Kid’s Book about Abortion: My “Sister Is a Happy Ghost!” March 27, 2015

Kid reading book, light in darkness

How do you tell your kid that you had an abortion before he was born?

Well, a writer named Mary Walling Blackburn wrote a children’s book called “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” which attempts to do just that.  The picture book tells the story of a little boy who is taught that his aborted sister is still around him… as a ghost, an apple, or a pig.  (The father cautions him about allowing his sister to be the apple, in case they need to eat her.)  The little aborted baby girl, the child is told, is “happy” because of the abortion. Really, you need to read it (here for free) to get the full gist of the book.

Basically, the son is told his aborted sister is now a “happy ghost” because her death allowed her surviving brother to eat well, to have more time with his mom, and to allow the family more money.

“Does that scare you?” the dad asks the child when he described the dead sister as a ghost. He responds:

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The book is aesthetically flaccid, especially considering it was created by an assistant professor of art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. On her faculty biography page, the author calls herself an “artist, activist, teacher, writer, feminist.”

In an interview about the kids’ book, she says it’s her way of playing “chicken” with the “white, evangelical… anti-choice people.”

(As an added bonus, she calls the aborted baby a “human animal.” Wait, has PETA complained about this book?)

Behold, the inner workings of the mind of professors in America… even at places called, “Southern Methodist University.”

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  • Unbelievable .. ty for bringing awareness to this ‘horror’ story

  • Chad Norton

    This is beyond perverse. Horrible!

  • Sagrav

    The premise of this book is stupid. What kind of a “ghost” would a fetus even have? They weren’t born and were underdeveloped when they were terminated, and so they would have no thoughts or behaviors that even seem even vaguely human. I understand the motivation of this author, but this is the wrong way to go about arguing with members of the anti-choice movement. No one should tell their child that ghosts of people who never were are haunting them. Talk about nightmare fuel.

  • Jeff

    I’ve read worse.
    I can recall reading this one awful book where the ruler of a miserable, backwards little fiefdom ordered his followers to butcher innocent men, women and male children, but to ‘keep the little girls for yourselves’ (wink wink). And then, a supposed ‘man of god’ composed a psalm that read ‘Blessed is he who bashes the heads of the Babylonian babies against the rocks.’
    I mean, how sick and perverted is that? Sadly, a lot more people read that grotesque book than will ever read this silly little feminist project.

  • Divine Insurrection

    Sick, twisted and straight out of hell. Oh my gosh.

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    My mother got pregnant after I was born. It was a wanted pregnancy. However, the fetus/baby (whatever you feel inclined to call it) died. For whatever reason, my mother’s body didn’t miscarry, leaving the dead fetus/baby inside of her body. Because of this, my mother needed to go in to have an “abortion” to remove the dead tissue to prevent the dead tissue from starting to rot inside of her. Shortly after this, my mother became pregnant again, a pregnancy that eventually came to term, resulting in my sister. If the first pregnancy hadn’t ended early, if the first fetus/baby hadn’t died, my younger sister couldn’t have been born because my mother would have been in the middle of another pregnancy when she was conceived.

    This leaves me in a rather interesting position when it comes to the idea that we should always feel remorse for pregnancies that didn’t come to term. Although I have strange feelings about the miscarriage/abortion, if push comes to shove, I’m not sorry that this other pregnancy ended because I love my sister. I’m not sad she was able to be born. I don’t regret her. Because of this, I can’t help but looking at all the children who are born after prematurely ended pregnancies (either intentionally or unintentionally ended) and considering that they, too, would not have been born if not for their parents’ prematurely ended pregnancies, even if for no other reason than it is beyond unlikely that the same sperm and the same egg that ended up created them would have met if their parents had completed another pregnancy. It’s thought provoking to me.

  • 92JazzQueen .

    And this shows another reason why skeptics tend to be hypocritical about believers not reading their Bible. For one thing those people were not innocent and not to mention the fact that often times women captives were kept as servants.I mean calling the Canaanites innocent really shows you have not at all study anything about their culture.

  • Jeff

    Ah yes, biblical morality requires that ‘non-innocent’ male children be savagely slaughtered too, and non-innocent female children deserve the rape inflicted on them, exactly as ISIS is doing right now. It never ceases to amaze me how everything fundies can’t defend in their book becomes ‘hyperbole’.
    Sorry, but behind the hyperbole was a barbaric desert tribe whose primitive mythology helped make the world an even worse place. Call him Yahweh, Jehovah or Allah, he’s a pitiful source of morality and even the most basic decency.

  • 92JazzQueen .

    Um, no it shows again lack of context and research on your part. Not to mention the fact that calling them a barbaric desert tribe is pretty ignorant on your part.

    Also here is the thing God didn’t command anyone to rape captives at all.

  • momma

    Oh, wow, it’s good you posted this, because you have some real misunderstandings. First, your mother did NOT have an abortion. An abortion is the conventional term for the deliberate ending of a fetus before it is able to survive on its own. Your mother did nothing to cause the death of the baby. Second, a miscarriage is NOT the expelling of a dead fetus. So she DID have a miscarriage because the fetus died on its own spontaneously during gestation.

    So…to sum up…your mother had a miscarriage. There was no abortion (as the term is used by the public today). The baby did not expel naturally, which sometimes happens. In that case, your mother needed curettage, which is the removal of tissue from an area.

    (Edited so that I was more clear and correct) Abortion is used by the public as the term for an elective abortion, while miscarriage is the preferred term for a spontaneous abortion.

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    Thank you for the correction in terms. It was very informative. I’ll try to figure out how to best work this information into my future recounting of what happened so as to be both accurate yet understandable. ^_^

  • Hello Kidney

    Technically any premature death of a fetus is an abortion. It’s not popular in layman’s terms, but a miscarriage is a spontaneous abortion and that is what would be written in her medical chart. An elective abortion can also be called a termination which implies intent. A D&C is performed for terminations as well as incomplete spontaneous abortions.

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    It is my understanding from my conversations with my mother that the medical term which was attached to what happened with my mother included “abortion,” (although I understand that what was done to her doesn’t include the moral implications that an abortion of a living fetus would to many people) and it’s my understanding that the medical procedure that was done was the same as most abortions in that it required the same medical training, required the same medical equipment, many (if not most or all) of the same steps in the procedure, and so forth. So while I understand that there may be differing terms that can be applied to it (“curettage” is a new term to me, and one I’m excited to learn about), it was still at the very least technically very similar to an abortion.

  • Heather Shirey

    When I lost my son at 17 weeks they call it a late term miscarriage to your face but they put spontaneous abortion as the terminology in your chart… This is when they baby passes from natural causes or complications with the pregnancy….”Elective” abortion is when a woman chooses to end the life of her child.

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    Thanks so much for the clarification!

  • Heather Shirey

    When I first saw it on the paperwork I’m like WHAT thats not right…I didn’t want anything that has to do with abortion linked to me losing my baby.The Dr explained all the proper terminology to me and why they use it….I figured its fine and dandy for all medical purposes I just don’t tell people that terminology When I talk about it.

  • momma

    No, I know the terms. “Abort” means to stop, so ANY cessation of an action, be it a pregnancy or a rocket flight, is an abortion, and I get that. But what is clear to a doctor is not clear to a young girl who thinks that her mother “had an abortion” and not “EXPERIENCED an abortion”, and that was my issue. If you are at a medical conference, of course abortion will be understood as something quite different that what the word abortion will mean when used around the dinner table. Botanists know that a tomato is a fruit, while the people in the grocery store will not look in the fruit section for tomatoes. So thanks for the help, but I’m trying to UNCONFUSE her, because someone’s brilliant medical terminology has her convinced that her mom had an abortion, and with conventional usage, that’s not what happened.

  • momma

    I know, but medical terms used between doctors and in patient files are not the same terms we use in regular speaking. Your mother experienced an abortion of a pregnancy, not went in and killed her baby, which is what the word abortion is used for in layman’s terms.

  • momma

    A friend of mine went in for a checkup, and she called me later to talk about it. I asked her how it went, and she said “I have the nicest doctor! He put on my chart ‘Patient has no complaints”! He knows I’m not a whiner, that was so sweet.

    I didn’t want to embarrass her, but I felt she needed to know that she was misunderstanding his words. In layman’s usage, a “complaint” is when you are whining or going on about something that you are mad about. But in medical terms, a complaint is simply the issue you are seeing the doctor for. Writing “Patient complained of a sore throat” does NOT mean that you came in bitching about it and whining about it and going on and on about it. It simply means that the sore throat is the REASON you are at the office.

    Anyway, my main point is that you interpreted a doctor’s term as a layman’s term, and I wanted you to know that that wasn’t what your mom had happen.

    And had that baby lived, I’m sure that it would have been just as much of a wonderful sibling as the baby your mother had later.

  • Kay

    So we should totally kill other people so we can eat better. Great lesson, Blackburn.