Oct. 15, 2009
How can anyone ignore the irony in this awful story reported in the Washington Post yesterday?
A young woman walks out into a field with a pink towel, scissors, and a plastic bag, gives birth to a daughter, cuts the umbilical cord and leaves the baby to die.
Of course she could have had an abortionist legally kill the child.
The Supreme Court case of Doe v. Bolton mandates that an abortion be legal even after viability if an abortion doctor cites emotional or familial reasons for the abortion. During a post-arrest interview the woman said she had been raped, and the prosecutor said the woman got rid of the baby because she was afraid the man she was living with, whom she considered her husband, would break up with her for having another mans child. Plenty of legal grounds for a late-term abortion.
Assistant State's Attorney Renee Battle-Brooks argued that whether she was impregnated because she was raped was irrelevant. That doesn't make [the baby's] life any less valuable," Battle-Brooks said. "That baby struggled for breath in that plastic bag. She was alone, she was cold and she was hungry."
Last month a 33-year old Rhode Island woman was sentenced to 25 years for killing her newborn daughter.
The baby was found in a plastic garbage bag under a laundry appliance in the womans parents home. Judge Robert Krause of Providence County said, Not to impose a substantial jail sentence ... would simply devalue the life of a child. Krause added: No civilized society is prepared to do that and neither am I.
My point in raising these cases is not to argue for criminal penalties for women who have abortions no one in the pro-life movement seeks that but to show the irony in our law, and the striking quotes from those in the legal system as they recognize and defend the humanity of the youngest of babies. They sound so much like pro-lifers. One day, God willing, everyone will speak this way about children, even before birth.