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 got in at six thirty and could smell the chips frying as he walked through to the kitchen.

“Looks like someone’s been cooking?

 “Mollie chose your dinner tonight didn’t you Mollie; tell daddy what we are all having?

“Chips and sausages said Mollie with a big smile.

Greg picked up his daughter then kissed her on the cheek. You clever girl did you help Ruth make dinner too.

“Yes daddy.”

Wow! We will have to get you a cook’s apron won’t we?

Mollie giggled with laughter something that Greg had never seen before.

 They all sat at the table and ate the meal that Mollie had chosen. Greg was as pleased as punch that his daughter had finally opened up to him.

“Tell daddy where you have been today Mollie?

“I went to play group, I like play group daddy.”

“You did, what did you do there sweet heart?

“I played on the slide, drank orange juice, played with boys and girls.”

 “Well that is great.”

“Going on Saturday with Ruth; will you come too daddy?

“Well we will have to see because Ruth may want to do something else.”

“I’ve already told Mollie that I would take her.

“Right then its settled we are all going to play group this Saturday.

Mollie clapped her hands.

“Right young lady it is time for your bed said Ruth.

Mollie got up from the table then came to her father and hugged him.

Good night my little princess.

“Good night daddy.”


When Ruth returned Greg had started the dishes and was washing a plate.

 “You know you have done a great thing here today Ruth. I’ve never seen Mollie open up like that before.

“She washed her own hands and dried them then turned off the taps and hung up the towel after just being shown once Greg.

Mollie can learn; she is not stupid.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here Ruth; washing and drying her hands is one thing but lets go easy alright.

I believe that Mollie has the capability to learn more Greg, with time and a little patience is all I’m saying.

Mollie will never live a normal life Ruth.

“You will never know unless we try said Ruth as she walked out of the kitchen and into her own room.

Greg knocked on her door then went in; Ruth was sitting on the end of her bed.



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