Saturday, February 3, 2007

Another Dead Baby

This story was in Thursday’s paper. I’m sure as time goes on, we will know a lot more of what happened to the baby and what is wrong with it’s mother.This is a very sad story. It’s not the first time something like this has happened but what is strange in this case is that apparently the mother kept the dead baby in her dorm room for about two months.

I feel compassion for her. I wonder what horrible situation happened. What was going on that she kept the baby with her?

I don’t bring this story up to talk about the mother. At this time, I’m not condemning her or defending her. What struck me was that she has been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and concealing death.

Those are serious charges and may be entirely appropriate. But, what about this? What if on the same day this baby came into the world she had decided to get an abortion? She could have been nine months along and if she had an abortion, it would have been completely legal. Her defenders would have been many. She would have been exercising her “constitutional right.”

This story is a good example of how messed up things are. Even sadder is there are those who would say there is no difference and parents should be allowed the abortion option following birth.

I hope this story makes people think about where we are. Will life be defended at all times or will we move farther down the slippery slope of death?

Philip

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