Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Human Life Regarded as a Matter of Choice

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Human Life Regarded as a Matter of Choice

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When President Bill Clinton vetoed the ban on partial-birth abortions, he challenged Bob Dole (who supported the ban), saying, "I fail to see why his moral position is superior to the one I took." Perhaps recent events in Delaware will help the president to see.

Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson were high school sweethearts from suburban New Jersey. They were normal, attractive, well-off 18-year-olds, very popular with their friends. Like millions of teen-agers, Amy became pregnant. When each went off to college in the autumn, Amy was entering her third trimester. Brian visited her at college every other weekend. On Nov. 19, went into labor, at full term. She called Brian. He came to get her, and together, they checked into a nearby motel, where Brian delivered his son.

It is not clear what happened next. Brian told a counselor at Gettysburg College that he wrapped the baby in a gray plastic trash bag and put him in a trash bin, in freezing temperatures, behind the motel. The medical examiner says the 6 pound, 2 ounce baby was born alive but died from "blunt-force head trauma and shaking." In Delaware, prosecutors may request the h penalty if a murder victim is under the age of 14. Accordingly, Brian and Amy now face death by lethal injection for first-degree murder. How could friendly, normal young people be capable of such a grotesque act? How could they look into the face of their newborn son and then kill him? (It scarcely matters whether they crushed his skull or "merely" left him for dead in the trash.) How is it possible, in 1990s America, that two other normal babies were also left for dead last week - one in a box in Brooklyn, miraculously alive, one dead in a Long Island movie theater toilet? The answer is that, in the name of "choice," we have dulled the conscience of this nation almost beyond recognition. When the president defends a procedure that sucks the brains out of babies who are three-quarters born and fully capable of surviving on their own - and does so in the name of morality - is it so surprising that some people take the natural next step and assume that killing the baby a few seconds after the journey of birth is also a moral act? …

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