Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


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 Greg Stood at the back of the Church as the service took place for his ex wife. A simple wreath laid upon the coffin read; to my mammy much love from Mollie.

Linda’s body was cremated Greg went outside and spoke with Linda’s parents. He shook hands with Tom who asked him to come back and have a drink with him but Greg said he was on call and that he had to get back.


Ruth was consoling Mollie who kept on asking for her mammy; the tears were streaming down her face as Ruth told her that she wouldn’t be coming back because she had gone to be with Jesus in heaven.

Come on; we will go for a ride in the car Mollie; would you like that?

Mollie nodded her head then picked up her teddy bear from her bed. She hugged and kissed the bear then took Ruth’s hand.

Ruth drove them to a church hall where she knew they had a soft play area and allowed Mollie to go and play whilst she sat and watched. Mollie joined in with the other children their and one of the parents came over and sat down next to Ruth.

“Hi I saw you come in with the little Girl, she’s lovely what is she called?

“Her name is Mollie.

I like the name; do you only have the one child?

Mollie isn’t my child I’m looking after her. I’m her carer.

“Oh I’m sorry I didn’t mean to pry.”

“Can I get you a cup of coffee or tea? I run the group here and it is always nice to see new members.

Coffee would be nice thanks said Ruth as Mollie jumped into a large basket full of sponge balls and began throwing them.

The woman brought the coffee with some packets of sugar and a spoon.

“Thank you.”

“My name is Lynn; I’ve been running this group for five years now. We meet every Tuesday Thursday and Saturday if you’re interested in bringing Mollie.

Hi Lynn, My name is Ruth and that would be great; as I’m always looking for things to do with Mollie who has Down’s syndrome.”

“Ruth, we get a lot of handicapped children here; it’s a good safe place where children can play.

 I will recommend you to the special school that Mollie attends.

“That’s really nice of you I will give you one of our leaflets when you leave.

Ruth opened the packet of Sugar and added it to her coffee before serving.

“Have you been doing this a long time?

 I have only been doing this job a few days but I have been a nurse for ten years now.”

“I didn’t see a fee for using the facilities here; how much is it per session?

 “We are a charitable organisation Ruth we only take donations.The equipment was all bought from donations and a little money from the church for the lights and heating. The vicar allows us the use of his kitchen but we supply the pop and sweets for the kids and teas and coffee.

Ruth gave her ten shillings and asked her to put it with the other donations.


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