Kevin, you won’t be surprised that some in the media have found reporting on this dead child challenging. CBS originally talked about the “fetus” the Daily News story you linked to describes, then changed the headline to “baby.”
CBS and AP both tweeted about the “fetus.”
CBS2 NY has changed “fetus” to “baby” in its story from earlier today, but its tweets remain “fetus” | CBS New York http://t.co/XEr55Ss2o7— jdmullane (@jdmullane) October 18, 2013
A teen is found carrying a fetus in her handbag while shopping at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan: http://t.co/aibcxmfU8d— The Associated Press (@AP) October 18, 2013
Whether it’s ideology or discomfort, we’ve got to face reality, as Mollie Hemingway points out.
Read that Gosnell e-book one Pennsylvania reporter wrote after interviewing Gosnell in jail. He can’t be dismissed as a monster, an anomaly, a case with no real connection to our culture, to our words, practices, and politics. He’s our monster. Kevin’s absolutely right that New Yorkers are horrified by a baby in a bag. And they are outraged when they realize how high abortion rates are in the city and state. But then we tend to move on, look away, use euphemisms because it all seems like too much to ever find a solution to. Meanwhile, children die and mothers and fathers walk around in pain and regret, anger and sorrow. We’re a culture of death, violence, indifference, and denial when we tolerate this. And it’s inhumane. Again, not only to the dead baby but all those affected by the decision that a woman often doesn’t even feel she has a choice in.
Meanwhile, this poor woman who must have been dealing with desperation and denial. We contribute when we pretend life isn’t life and death isn’t death. When we don’t acknowledge mourning — just this week was the little noticed Pregnancy Loss and Infant Remembrance Day – and make abortion look unthinkable, we contribute to this poisonous culture.
UPDATE: The baby may have been born alive.