Oh, the irony: abortion workers distraught over dead baby on their Planned Parenthood doorstep.

Via a friend’s email, from Danielle Bean at the NCR:

Apparently, the body of a newborn baby girl was found on the doorstep of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Winston-Salem, NC over the weekend.

Testing confirms that this baby Jane Doe was born alive, and some think that she might have been left on the steps in a mistaken attempt to make use the NC infant abandonment laws which allow for infants to be left at “safe” locations and taken into custody of the state with no questions asked. These laws are meant to protect the lives of newborn babies born to frightened teens or unstable mothers of any kind. There are no legal consequences for abandoning a 7-day-old or younger infant at one of these centers.

Colorado has a similar”safe haven” law as do most states, whereby mothers can leave their up-to-three-day-old infants at a fire station or hospital (though in North Dakota it’s a year.) 


Either way, workers there apparently were distraught to find a lifeless infant on their doorstep.

“Reed said this is the first time that a dead infant has been placed outside of a Planned Parenthood office in North Carolina. She said counseling was being made available to employees who came to work Saturday.”

Did you catch the nauseating line above? Counseling is being made available. Because some Planned Parenthood workers might have endured the emotional distress of coming into contact with a dead baby they did not intend to come into contact with. The dead babies they produce daily in their clinic are fine—no counseling needed there—because those are dead babies produced by “choice.”

The baby was apparently born alive albeit premature, was dressed in a onsie and swaddled in a blanket.  Heartbreaking.  Jill Stanek points out the obvious:

But back to PP, why in the world would staff need counseling in the death of a born baby when they routinely abort babies into the 2nd trimester and not to worry, “can still help” mothers pregnant beyond 16 weeks with abortion referrals?

So had the mother of this dead born baby come to the Winston-Salem PP only one day prior for an abortion, the same staff would have helped her get one.

The “counseling was being made available” was a line of bull. I’m confident in actuality PP does not want employees to explore their feelings about dead babies.

How “distraught” could the employees be–wasn’t it the mother’s choice to leave the baby behind?  Don’t they deal in choices that result in dead babies all day long? Granted, she likely thought someone would take care of her child, but the line on the Safe Haven website disturbs me:

In Colorado, no one ever has to abandon a child again.

Um, is it just me, or do people not understand what abandon means?  Handy Merriam-Webster says:

to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in

Just sayin’.  Yes, I’d rather the babies be abandoned to a fireman than aborted.  But like so many aspects of feminist language, it’s disingenous.  It’s not a choice.  It’s a life.  Yes, it is abandonment.  But that’s better than death.  We will only be able to confront the reality of what the post-sexual revolution has wrought when we’re honest enough to say sex does have consequences beyond the act itself.  For women, men, and the children left behind.

 UPDATE: a “Recommended Read” at P&P.  Thanks!


2 Responses

  1. Lisa! You’re back! Congrats on the baby.

    Wow re the “options.” It amazes me how many people see abortion as a means of contraception. And you’re right, it’s incredibly sad… and I wonder if we’ll be able to regain the ground we’ve lost. Though I do take heart in the recent (past two years) Gallup results–the kids who have grown up looking at the ultrasound pics of their siblings don’t agree with abortion. That gives me hope.

  2. Ugh, these stories make me sick. First, the thought of that dead baby breaks my heart. And second, it reminds me of a bumper sticker my husband and I saw on a car the other day while going down the freeway. It said something about “know your options” and was an advertisement for Planned Parenthood. UGH. Really? Does anyone NOT know about that “option” that PP and others promote. Do we really need to advertise that it’s there? They’re basically saying, “Hey don’t forget. If you make a baby and didn’t mean to, there’s always a way out. Don’t forget.” Man, sometimes I really fear for our country.

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