George and Terry McGovern
George McGovern had strong words against the war yesterday. Thinking of him, I was reminded of a sad personal connection that he has to abortion. He lost a grandchild to abortion and possibly also a daughter.
Terry McGovern was 15 when she got pregnant. As George writes in "Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism", she wanted to keep the baby but her parents George and Eleanor overruled her.
Terry kept a journal starting when she was 17 that details her personal struggles. She began abusing alcohol seriously by the age of 20.
Terry was in and out of rehab centers, achieving an 8-year stretch of sobriety at one point. In the last year of her life, she was hospitalized for alcohol abuse six times. She ended up dying of exposure in a snowbank in Madison, Wisconsin.
Here is one writer who disputes George McGovern's characterization of his daughter's life and death as being solely related to alcohol abuse, mentioning the early abortion and Terry's feeling about how it altered her relationship with her father as a root cause that her father has not come to grips with.
Here's a friendlier review.