One of my childhood babysitters was the daughter of a dairy farmer. I have fond memories of visiting her parents’ farm and learning how to milk cows. I don’t think there is a much cuter baby in this world than a baby cow, gazing vulnerably out at the world through its oversized eyes and long eyelashes. And that’s why I was so saddened by headlines like these yesterday:
Graphic video showing abuse of baby cows leads stores to pull milk
An Animal Abuse Video Destroys Fair Oaks’ Farms Charming Facade
Covert video revealed that some employees of Fair Oaks Dairy kicked, jabbed and ruthlessly abused the innocent baby cows in their care. The videos have provoked calls for a boycott of the company’s products, Fair Life milk, and the offending employees have been dismissed.
Another story broke yesterday that you might have missed because it failed to generate the same outrage:
Illinois Passes Sweeping Abortion Rights Law
Illinois Passes Abortion Bill, Removes Procedure Restrictions
The state of Illinois lifted a ban on partial-birth abortions, “D&X,” a gruesome and heinous procedure in which a baby, near full-term and thus too large to abort using other methods, is extracted by its feet so that the back of its neck can be opened and its brain suctioned, collapsing the child’s skull. This procedure was created to avoid the crime of infanticide. However, that need may soon fade as states like Virginia redraw the line on new life rights with a governor who speaks of keeping babies who survive botched abortions alive and “comfortable” until the mother decides their fate.
Have we reached the point as human beings where the mistreatment of a farm animal stokes righteous outrage and mobilizes action, but the legalization of infanticide is met with silence, characterized in polite circles as an extension of rights, a removal of restrictions?
I have many friends who aborted under a wide range of circumstances. I love them. My heart goes out to them. I understand why they defend their choice and in some cases extend the “right to choose” to other women. I also can’t say with confidence that I wouldn’t have made a similar choice in my youth. I understand the heartache and the panic that accompany an unplanned pregnancy for an unprepared woman, and the reality that it often is the woman who bears the consequences of a choice made by two people.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nanette Kirsch