A couple of years ago, I had occasion to write about Bella Bond, a two-year-old girl who was discovered inside a trash bag on a Deer Island beach in Boston Harbor. “How depraved we have become as a culture,” I thought, not imagining it could actually get worse. Well, it turns out my imagination was shortsighted.
By way of quick review, Bella’s mom, Rachel, had a criminal background, a long history of drug addiction and child abuse/neglect, and had lost custody of two previous children. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) had apparently received multiple calls regarding Bella but failed to provide refuge.
Instead, she was left to live in an unsafe home where she was eventually killed, then stuffed inside a trash bag and dumped into the ocean.
Surely, this would lead to serious reform of DCF, right? Not so much. There was some talk, followed by meaningless changes, and here we are today, waiting for the next tragedy. And make no mistake, that tragedy will surely come.
Missing from the discussion, at the time, was the secret suffering that is ongoing, day after day after day. While it may be true that DCF-related deaths are few, the neglect and abuse children endure inside the deeply flawed foster care system is widespread and all but completely ignored by the media. Moreover, the dysfunction is of no real interest to the politicians responsible for the system, who have steadfastly refused to discuss the problems, let alone attempt to seriously to fix them.
So why was I surprised a few weeks back when I saw lawmakers in a nearby state actually clapping and cheering when a bill was signed that allowed the killing of babies right up until the day of birth? Or how about a few weeks later when a different set of politicians could not even agree on a bill that required medical care to be administered to any baby born alive after a failed abortion.
How did our nation fall into such darkness that so many people have such little regard for the well-being of the most innocent among us?
With that as background, I had occasion this week to watch a video in which several people testified before the Kentucky State Senate regarding an abortion bill. The testimony of two women stood out.
First, there was the lady who proudly spoke about her abortion, while advancing Planned Parenthood lies. “It didn’t have a heartbeat. It didn’t have a face. It didn’t have feelings. It was a clump of cells and tissue,” said Nicole Stipp of Louisville.
Then there was the testimony of former abortion clinic worker Abby Johnson. While she testified forcefully at that hearing, her comments in a prior speech struck me the most. She had worked in a clinic for several years without being fully aware until one day she assisted in an ultrasound-guided abortion and could see directly on a monitor exactly what happens in the womb during a first-trimester abortion.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Ash