Dang. Not a good news day for babies. In Philadelphia, police found dozens of frozen babies when they raided an clinic after the death of a mother undergoing an abortion. There is now an on-going investigation into the performance of illegal, late-term abortions. “There was blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars,” states the order to suspend the Dr’s practice, which called Gosnell’s continued practice of medicine “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”
Then from Russia, we have this sad story of a journalist in Russia who wrote an article titled The article titled “Finish it off so it doesn’t suffer,” and calls for the euthanasia of disabled newborns. The author Aleksandr Nikonov argues that the birth of a disabled child for many families would be an unbearable tragedy, “a hell”, and that “the killing of the newborn is in fact the same as an abortion”. He states that depriving infants, who will never be able to take care of themselves, of life is “true humanism”. What a putz. He is correct in one thing, however – it is the same as an abortion. In Russia, abortions are legal for “social reasons” up to 22 weeks, and for medical reasons at any time. They also have the highest abortion rate per capita in the world. So, you can legally kill a full-term disabled infant as long as it was still in-utero. This journalist is saying – in offensive terms – that parents should be able to make the same choice after the birth. He’s not the first one, though. They’ve been saying (and doing) it in Holland for a while now.
Following the complaint, and ad hoc board of the Union of Russian Journalists accused the author of the article of breaching professional ethics and criticized the newspaper for not presenting any material to balance Nikonov’s piece.
The author disagrees with the criticism and defends his position: “You make people suffer for the sake of ideologies and interpretations of humanism you have in your head. What we offer is choice, and you wrap it inside out, presenting it as if we call for killing of all those disabled people. Nothing like that! We don’t stand against wheel cart ramps or your right to bring up disabled children, we stand for the right to choose,” he told the board.
Sorry, bub. It’s not a choice, it’s a baby. Every baby deserves to live. Every baby deserves to be loved. Every baby deserves a family. And, there is a family out there who would welcome every baby, no matter the diagnosis. I promise.