Before I start this post, I need everyone to know that while I am pro-choice, I’m not pro-baby-killer. I like babies. They’re a little funny looking being bald and all, but I like them.
The tornado that recently swept through the Midwest killing at least 21 people was a tragedy. Nature hasn’t been very kind to us this year. That’s indisputable.
Yesterday, on my way to the office, I read about the recent event in the New York Times. Later, after I got to work I read CNN online. CNN reported something that resonated with me. And my first reaction was “Well, that’s a little weird.” The NYT mentioned nothing. (I’m sort of curious as to why.)
Besides the 18 dead in Vanderburgh County, four people were killed in neighboring Warrick County. Authorities there are counting as a fifth death the 8-month-old fetus of a victim.
Fast forward to this morning when I was reading the New York Times Metro Section and I stumble upon the grim article about a 25-year-old woman who recently had her children returned to her after her boyfriend burned her older (2 at the time) son with scalding hot water for soiling himself.
The NYT’s reports:
Mr. Gillians was babysitting Tramel on May 26, 2004, and placed the boy under scalding water because he had diarrhea and soiled himself. Though the hot water badly burned Tramel’s back, arms and legs, Ms. Vaughn and Mr. Gillians waited for two days to take him to the hospital. By then, the burns had become infected and had started to leak pus, a spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, said.
The mother was given five years probation, the father is serving four years in prison. That’s great. Good for them. Whatever.
How does one set of authorities report that an 8-month-old fetus counts among the dead, yet another set of authorities returned these living, breathing babies to their 25-year-old mother in good conscience after she left her son’s burns become so infected they began to fill with pus? Furthermore, why are we NOW reading that the one-year-old baby boy recently drowned in a bathtub after she left him alone with his 3-year-old brother?
If we’re going to count an unborn fetus as a living being I wish we’d extend this same ideology to the breathing babies around the world. I will find it downright impossible to take the pro-life ideology seriously as long as we continue to disregard the living.
Will someone please explain this to me…
… like I’m an unborn, 8-month-old fetus?