Just Another Baby in a Dumpster…. (UPDATED)

Just Another Baby in a Dumpster…. (UPDATED) January 17, 2015

Breaking news January 15 in the suburbs of Detroit.  According to WDIV-TV:

Roseville police said an autopsy will be done on a newborn boy whose body was found Wednesday in a dumpster.

Police said the newborn was found by workers who were sorting recyclables at the RE Community Recycling on Groesbeck.

Police also said the newborn was estimated to be between one and three days old, and there were no visible signs of trauma to the newborn. Police also said trash and recyclables come to the center from across the community and even northern Ohio.

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But why should we care?  See, if that mom had planned it a little better, she could have walked into a clinic the day before her baby’s birth and had a doctor sever its tiny arms and legs and crush its skull, then suck out the brain–and no one would have been the wiser.

It’s gruesome, but it happens every day.

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But this year, under a Republican-led Congress and with a majority (64%) of Americans supporting restrictions on when a mother can kill her child, our nation may be making some headway toward reestablishing our moral compass.

The end of America’s shameful holocaust will begin on January 22,  the 42nd anniversary of the infamous abortion decision Roe v. Wade that ushered in an era of legalized abortions with little or no limits.  On that day the House of Representatives will vote on the Franks-Blackburn bill, which would stop abortion after 20 weeks of age, when the fetus is capable of feeling intense pain, unless the life of the mother is at stake.

In the Senate,  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to bring the legislation, which was blocked by Harry Reid in the past, to a vote in the Spring.  

LifeNews.com reported on an interview with Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz), who said:

“More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia.   Many of them cry and scream as they die, but because it is amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air, we don’t hear them.”

Politico reports that eight major potential Republican presidential hopefuls are on board with the national ban, cementing the party’s abortion plank long before primary season. Besides Bush and Paul, that list includes Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, Govs. Mike Pence of Indiana and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas….  All eight have written to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) supporting his version of the 20-week bill.

It’s too late for this baby whose mother deposited her son or daughter in the trash in Roseville, Michigan.

For others, though, there is hope that women facing unintended pregnancies will seek assistance other than abortion, and will choose to give life to their child, then place him or her for adoption, or perhaps make the necessary life changes to raise that beloved infant.

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If you’re pregnant and you don’t know where to turn, help is available.   Here in the Detroit area, where I live, you can call the Problem Pregnancy Center at (248) 559-7440 for assistance, or for a referral to another center in your local area.  

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 UPDATE – Okay, so it remains a mystery where the frozen body of the “dumpster baby” came from.  The newborn boy whose body was found on Thursday was first thought to be the child of a young Okemos woman who is currently facing charges of killing her baby daughter last year.  Now DNA testing has shown that the child is not this mother’s offspring; that means there are two women in southeastern Michigan whose infants died at their hands.

 This need not have happened.  Michigan’s Safe Haven Law allows parents of children up to three days old to drop them with a staff member at any hospital, fire station, police station or any emergency service provider that is on duty in Michigan.  No one ever has to abandon a child.

A Story to Pull at Your Heartstrings

On March 3-5, 2015, moviegoers will be inspired by a new film brought to you by Focus on the Family, The Drop Box.  

The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.

I will publish my review of this heartwarming documentary as the release date nears.  Here, a peek into the true story that will warm your heart:

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  • Renee

    One more tear down the face of God…

  • jenny

    Hi Kathy,

    “…if that mom had planned it a little better..”
    The father…..if the baby’s father had planed it a little better for the girl he impregnated, as well as for his child he procreated…..

    Few young men here, along with their parents /grandparents are reading the blog and wondering why the word “father” does not show up.

    • kathyschiffer

      Those are good young men you have there, Jenny! Yes, the young men bear responsibility, too.

      • I’ve been thinking about this- and I’ve realized something: Prior to the invention of female contraception, which is less than 200 years old, men bore the primary responsibility for pregnancy. Some of this still is in our language: “He made her pregnant”, “she got pregnant accidentally”; as if women bear no decision for having sex.

        Thus, prior to about 1800, the primary sex education focused on the boys and men.

        Maybe, if we want to revitalize fatherhood, we need to start training boys to control *their* sexuality.

  • StumbleBumble

    What a beautiful little story. Those babies are precious. Thank you for sharing.

  • captcrisis

    It’s just as likely (if not more so) that this was an unwanted child that never would have been conceived if it weren’t for Catholic-inspired fear of (or ignorance of) contraception.

    • Given the failure rate of most forms of contraception, and the fact that those who don’t use contraception are not likely to have sex to begin with, I find that highly unlikely.

      • captcrisis

        I’m glad to hear that there are so few couples having unprotected sex. Now back to the real world. . .

        • It is hard to pass on the faith to the next generation when your hatred of children means there is no next generation.

    • How ridiculous. The Catholic Church is causing abortions because of the hordes of modern people who are scrupulous about her teachings on contraception, but are perfectly happy to ignore her teachings on fornication and abortion? Seriously? That’s your argument?

      Try this one on for size: Planned Parenthood and the “sex positive” crowd are the ones causing abortions by promoting the idea that recreational sex is just fine if you don’t want children. Just pop a pill or slip on a rubber. And if that doesn’t work (or if it’s too inconvenient at the time) well, that’s what abortions are for, after all.

      If you have an hour and are really interested in a common sense explanation of how this works, check out Janet Smith’s Contraception: Why Not: Contraception: Why not?: http://youtu.be/l9imaevdeIE

      I didn’t like it when I first encountered this teaching either, but honesty compelled me to (eventually) embrace it.

  • $46617944

    *sigh* Should we outlaw abortion in all cases to make some of us feel better? The constant anti abortion language is pointless. There are valid cases to abortion. This still deals with someone;s pregnancy not mine, not , yours, not anyone elses’. Outlawing legal abortion will not solve anything. Life is not black and white, this over simple extreme outlook is very immature. there are greys in between. The Abortion issue is not at all simple and is very complex. Just as we all are offended by the personal decisions of another citizen, she has a valid case to make on the issue of bodily autonomy.

    • kathyschiffer

      What a twisted perspective on the value of human life. We should outlaw abortion because killing another human being, even (or especially) a very small one, is repulsive.

      Geez, two-year-olds can be darned inconvenient, too. Should whether or not to kill a toddler be not my decision, not society’s decision, but only the mother’s?

      • captcrisis

        As with most pro-lifers, you trivialize the horrible situations women are in. You make it sound like this mother gleefully dumped her baby in the dumpster on the way to buying some more drugs. Or a woman is chewing gum and texting on her iPhone as the limbs and skull of her baby are crushed in a partial birth abortion and she then goes off to party and has sex with her next boyfriend.

        When in fact partial birth abortion involves babies who were wanted but it was discovered they had horrible birth defects that made it unlikely they would live long, or have a life of endless suffering. You should thank your lucky stars you (obviously) have never been in such a nightmare, wrenching situation as the mother (or her husband).