What would you say to a woman who chose death for her unborn child and permanent voluntary sterilization to demonstrate her commitment to “saving the planet?” Meet Toni Vernelli. Having laid her unborn child upon the sacrificial altar of environmental extremism, she will never have to worry about leaving behind a “carbon footprint” or anything else, for that matter.
Reality check: Toni Vernelli and the “eco-extremists” like her are a dying breed…this lunacy will leave no generational legacy.
She is also, may God have mercy, a Roman Catholic.
An excerpt from the Daily Mail:
While most parents view their children as the ultimate miracle of nature, Toni seems to see them as a sinister threat to the future.
It’s an extreme stance which one might imagine is born from an unhappy childhood or an upbringing among parents who share similar, strong beliefs.
But nothing in Toni’s safe, middle- class upbringing gave any clues as to the views which would shape her adult life. The eldest of three daughters, she enjoyed a loving, close-knit family life.
She excelled at her Roman Catholic school, and her doting parents fully expected her to grow up, settle down and start a family of her own.
“When I finished school, I got a job in retail and at 19, I met my first husband,” says Toni.
“No sooner had we finished our wedding cake than all our relatives started to ask when they could expect a new addition to the family.
“I always told them that would never happen, but no one listened.
“When I was a child, I loved bird-watching, and in my teens that developed into a passion for the environment as well as the welfare of animals – I became a vegetarian when I was 15.
“Even my parents used to smile and say: ‘You’ll change your mind one day about babies.’
“The only person who understood how I felt was my first husband, who didn’t want children either.
“We both passionately wanted to save the planet – not produce a new life which would only add to the problem.”
So, instead of mapping out plans for a family, Toni and her husband began discussing medical options to ensure they would never reproduce.
Toni, from Taunton, Somerset, says: “When I was 21, I considered sterilisation for the first time.
“I’d been on the Pill for five years and didn’t want to take hormone-based contraception indefinitely.
“I went to my GP, but she wouldn’t even consider the idea.
“She said I was far too young and told me I could ‘absolutely not’ be sterilised, and that I was bound to change my mind one day.
“I found her attitude frustrating.
“We decided my husband would have a vasectomy instead. He was 25, just a few years older than me, but the GP allowed him to go ahead.
“I found it insulting that she thought that, just because I was a woman, I’d reach a point where an urge to breed would overcome all rational thought.”
When Toni was 23, her marriage ended. She says: “We married very young and grew apart.”
Toni found herself young, single and with a new life in London, working for an environmental charity.
But while other young women dream of marriage and babies, Toni was convinced it was her duty not to have a child.
She claims she was far from alone.
“Through my job I made many friends who, like me, were more interested in campaigning, trying to change society and save the planet rather than having families of our own.
“We used to say that if ever we did want children, we’d adopt, as there are so many children in need of a loving family.
“At least then, we’d be doing something positive for the world, rather than something negative.”
Toni was happy, at last, with fellow environmentalists who shared her philosophy. But when she was 25, disaster struck.
“I discovered that despite taking the Pill, I’d accidentally fallen pregnant by my boyfriend.
“I was horrified. I knew straight away there was no option of having the baby.
“I went to my doctor about having a termination, and asked if I could be sterilised at the same time.
“This time it was a male doctor. I remember saying to him: ‘I want to make sure this never happens again.’
“He said: ‘You may not want a child, but one day you may meet a man who does’. He refused to consider it.
“I didn’t like having a termination, but it would have been immoral to give birth to a child that I felt strongly would only be a burden to the world.
“I’ve never felt a twinge of guilt about what I did, and have honestly never wondered what might have been.
“After my abortion, I was more determined than ever to pursue sterilisation.
“By then, I had my mother’s support – she realised I wasn’t going to grow out of my beliefs, and was proud of my campaigning work.”
At the age of 27, Toni moved to Brighton, where her dream of medical intervention was realised.
Toni says: “My new GP was more forward-thinking and referred me to hospital. I couldn’t wait for the operation.”
As Toni awaited the surgery which would destroy her fertility, she met her future husband, Ed, 38, an IT consultant.
“A week before my sterilisation, I went to an animal rights demonstration and met Ed.
“I liked him immediately, and I told him what I was doing straight away – because if he wanted children then he needed to know I wasn’t the woman for him,” she says.
“But Ed was relieved when I told him how I felt and said he didn’t want children for the same reasons.”
On the morning of surgery, Ed gave Toni a card saying “Congratulations”.
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Toni is not alone. As the nonsensical focus on global warming and overpopulation spin out of control, this is simply fruit from a very bad tree.
As the mother of nine “non-eco” friendly children, I’m happy to report that not only are they all leaving “carbon footprints”, but we are managing a few fingerprints here and there, as well.
Pray for Toni Vernelli and the many man and women who share her mistaken perceptions. It is the new breed of selfishness.
Preserving the planet? For whom?