A 21-year-old single mother committed suicide just a month after having an abortion following a split with the baby’s father. Jade Rees was found dead by her mother inside of their home in England in November 2015. The last played the song on her phone was Ed Sheeran’s “Small Bump.” That song deals with a woman coming to terms with a miscarriage.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rees Had Been Battling Depression Since She Was 14 Years Old
After having her procedure, Rees had been left “upset and distressed,” according to the inquest into her death. The Daily Star reports that Rees had battled depression and anorexia since she was 14 years old. The tabloid also says that Rees left behind a suicide note for her parents as well as her 2-year-old son.
Rees had been taken off anti-depressants in 2013 when she first became pregnant. She broke up with her son’s father four months into the pregnancy.
2. When She Died, Rees Had Just Returned Home After an Earlier Suicide Attempt
Rees met her latest boyfriend in early 2015 but the couple split after she became pregnant, reports the Daily Mirror. The breakup was rough with the Mirror saying that Rees’ ex-boyfriend had her banned from her local pub. Something which left her distraught. Soon after, her father was rushing her to a local hospital after she took an overdose of pills.
Rees stayed at Royal Oldham Hospital for two days. Soon after she released, Rees told her parents she was going to a bonfire event. That was on November 3. When she came home that night she talked to her parents at length about her ex-boyfriend. The Daily Star reports that her parents were not concerned for their daughter at this point.
At 10:30 a.m. the following morning, on November 4, Rees’ mother, Anne, found her daughter dead. The song “Small Bum” by Ed Sheeran was playing on her daughter’s cell phone.
In his assessment following Rees’ death, assistant coroner Matthew Cox said, “Due to the circumstances and the contents of her note, I am satisfied that Jade did intend the consequence of her actions. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Mr Rees and to the rest of Jade’s family at this very difficult and distressing time.”
3. The Lyrics in ‘Small Bump’ Include, ‘Cos You Were Just a Small Bump Unborn for Four Months, Then Torn From Life’
The song “Small Bump” was a single from Ed Sheeran’s 2012 album +. Sheeran has said in the past that the song was about a close friend who suffered a miscarriage. Lyrics from the song include:
Cos you were just a small bump unborn for four months, then torn from life,
Maybe you were needed up there but we’re still unaware as why…
You’re just a small bump, I know you’ll grow into your skin,
With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin, Fingernails the size of a half grain of rice,
And eyelids closed to be soon open wide, A small bump, in four months you’ll open your eyes.
The video, which you can watch above, showed Sheeran in the ER of a hospital.
4. From Her Facebook Photos, It’s Clear That Rees Was a Devoted Mother
The Daily Star reports that despite her split from her son’s father, she coped “exceptionally” well. The tabloid also mentioned that she was a “doting mother.” That’s something that also evident from the dozens of photos of her son on her Facebook page.
5. No Major Health Organizations Have Accepted the Notion That the Risk of Suicide Is Increased by Having an Abortion
A 2008 article in the New England Journal of Medicine detailed the practice of physicians telling women who were about to receive abortions about the risks involved. Those risks, in certain cases, included a risk of suicide. A risk that journal says is not backed by scientific research.
Despite this, there are litany of pro-life website with claims to the contrary including Abortion Facts.
If you, or anybody you know is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.