Even today it’s hard as hell to be a woman. Look at the most recent presidential election. A man known for being racist, dissing the handicap and being sexist took the win over a woman who was actually qualified for the job. While it’s still unfair today, it was even harder to rock those female genes back in the 1960’s. Back then abortion was only deemed “okay” if it was going to cause actual hardship to the woman. Basically women had zero rights. So when Julie Mannix went and got knocked up by a married man in 1963 and her Catholic parents wanted her to get rid of the baby, they sent her to a mental institution when she was against it.
Her parents thought that if they said Julie was crazy enough, the state would definitely rule in their favor and force the then 19-year-old to have an abortion. Julie fought them until her water broke in that mental institution six months later. Can you imagine your parents being that against you being an unwed mother that they’d have you committed? What’s even worse is that Julie wound up marrying the baby daddy soon after their daughter was born. So her parents basically went and ruined the start of their family because Julie wound up giving her daughter up for adoption the day she was born.
Whether or not she married the father of the child or went on to marry someone else, Julie should have never been made to feel like abortion or even adoption was the way out in her situation. That goes to show how little faith people had in women back then. Like, how could a woman possibly raise a child on her own? During that time, hell yeah it would have been a struggle, but it would not have been impossible. Single mothers have existed for a long time and every one of their stories varies, but at the end of the day they work that much harder to insure their kids are taken care of.
In the end though Julie did give her daughter up for adoption, went onto marry the baby daddy and had two more children with him. They never forgot their first born though and had her birthday inscribed on the inside of their wedding rings, and even celebrated her birthday every year on April 19th. And just like the end of an amazing Lifetime Movie, they reunited with their daughter about a decade ago and started to create their own memories all these years later.
Even though it all worked out, Julie’s parents were the ones who deserved to be in that institute because they were the mental ones. Just because she was their child, did not mean they had control over what she did and did not do with her body.
Just remember the hard fought battle to make sure a woman's reproductive health is her choice and hers alone and don't give up the fight!