The Suzy B Blog

May 29, 2014
Remembering Maya Angelou, a teen mom who chose Life

Yesterday, celebrated writer and poet Maya Angelou passed away, leaving a rich literary legacy behind... and a son, Guy Johnson. 

While you may have heard of Guy, an accomplished author himself, you may not know Maya was a single teen parent, and could have had an abortion. Instead, Maya chose life for Guy, and years later would tell Oprah, "My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son."

Here is the story of Maya and Guy in her own words, originally published in Family Circle Magazine.

Maya Angelou and son

“When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it.

I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.

My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.

I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”

What a knockout she was as a mother of teens. Very loving. Very accepting. Not one minute of recrimination. And I never felt any shame.

I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.

At 17 I got a job as a cook and later as a nightclub waitress. I found a room with cooking privileges, because I was a woman with a baby and needed my own place. My mother, who had a 14-room house, looked at me as if I was crazy! She said, “Remember this: You can always come home.” She kept that door open. And every time life kicked me in the belly, I would go home for a few weeks.

I struggled, sure. We lived hand-to-mouth, but it was really heart-to-hand. Guy had love and laughter and a lot of good reading and poetry as a child. Having my son brought out the best in me and enlarged my life. Whatever he missed, he himself is a great father today. He was once asked what it was like growing up in Maya Angelou’s shadow, and he said, “I always thought I was in her light.”

Years later, when I was married, I wanted to have more children, but I couldn’t conceive. Isn’t it wonderful that I had a child at 16? Praise God!”

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Tags: Maya Angelou, teen pregnancy
May 29, 2014
Live Action launches investigative campaign against Planned Parenthood

The “war on women” is a phrase that is used regularly by Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates to describe the prolife movement. But according to Live Action, Planned Parenthood needs to look no further than their own front doors to find the real war on women. 

This Wednesday, Live Action held a press conference introducing their comprehensive investigative report detailing the past six years of their undercover investigations inside Planned Parenthood. The report titled “Lies, Corruption and Scandal,” was distributed to every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The website was also launched concurrently with the distribution.

Live Action team at the Senate

The Live Action team in front of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, Wednesday May 28 2014

Live Action’s report highlights institutionalized corruption In Planned Parenthood including the cover-up of statutory rape, acceptance of donations to fund race based abortions, and aiding sex trafficking. Lila Rose, the President of Live Action, called this report an “explosive, shocking and comprehensive view of what our nation has allowed.” 

With the illumination of these atrocities, I think that we can all agree that something must be done.  At a minimum, it is time that all lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats alike, step away from politics and take an objective look at what Planned Parenthood is really doing and if this work merits over half a billion taxpayer dollars each year.  

View the full report here.

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Tags: Lila Rose, Live Action, planned parenthood
May 27, 2014
TIME Magazine - Saving Preemies

The remarkably pro-life June 2014 TIME cover story, "Saving Preemies," details the incredible advances in medical care that have pushed the limits of viability out of the womb to as young as 22 weeks. 

TIME editor Nancy Gibbs appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss the article. The panel celebrated these tiny miracles... but did any of them admit these same babies could be aborted if they were still in the womb?

Saving Preemies

TIME Magazine - Jeffrey Kluger - May 22, 2014

TIME - Saving Preemies

Start of the journey: David Joyce was born at 29 weeks.At 13 days old, he weighed less than 3 lb. (1.4 kg) - Elinor Carucci for TIME

Dedicated caregivers are helping the tiniest babies survive—and thrive

It’s a safe bet that David Joyce knows more than you did when you were his birth age. That’s not hard, since what you knew back then was pretty much nothing at all. You knew warmth, you knew darkness, you knew a sublime, drifting peace. You had been conceived 29 weeks earlier, and if you were like most people, you had 11 weeks to go before you reached your fully formed 40. It was only then that you’d emerge into the storm of stimuli that is the world.

No such luck for David. He was born Jan. 28—well shy of his April 16 due date—in an emergency cesarean section after his mother had begun bleeding heavily. He weighed…

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The pro-life House acted to protect babies from abortion beginning at 20 weeks, passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Stand with your SBA List to call on Harry Reid to bring up this life-saving bill for a vote in the Senate!


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Tags: fetal pain, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, premature birth
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