Honor, or the appearance of honor, is all. From the Daily Mail, June 12 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A teenage Christian who had an abortion to avoid conflict with her Muslim boyfriend’s family died a fortnight after the procedure.
A-level student Manon Jones, 18, aborted the pregnancy at six weeks but became increasingly ill in the days following the termination She told family members she felt light-headed and was bleeding heavily, an inquest heard today.
Miss Jones, who studied and lived in Bristol, returned home alone from a holiday abroad as her condition deteriorated. The teenager, from south Caernarvon, in Wales, booked a taxi and admitted herself to Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, on June 23, 2005. She died four days later.
Speaking at Flax Bourton Village Hall today, Miss Jones’s tearful mother Llywela, from Bangor, in North Wales, told the inquest her ‘bubbly’ daughter was a keen member of the local church’s youth club and regularly attended chapel.
Mrs Jones said: ‘Manon found it very hard to make a decision to terminate the pregnancy. She wanted to keep the child but there were difficult circumstances which she had to consider with her boyfriend’s family and their Muslim religion.’…
In some cases the honor vice pays to virtue comes at a very high price.