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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

What Child Is This?

Now that I've refrained from posting for a while, thoughts are scrambling to get out of my head. Back to it, then.

It's Christmastime again, so I'm listening to my delightful Christmas music I can get from the generic kiosks at Wal-Mart. I'm listening to a "Frosty the Snowman" tape from LaserLight that features the most beautiful rendition of "What Child Is This?" I've ever heard. It's by a girl (at least, she was a girl in 1990) named Whitney Keyes, and it's just angelic.
What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The babe, the son of Mary.
It is a deeply moving song, just right for the season. But how to reconcile it with this story?
An autopsy of a fetus found buried in a Richmond Township back yard failed to show if it could have survived outside the mother's womb, the Macomb County medical examiner said Wednesday.

The fetus died of premature birth associated with trauma to the mother, according to chief medical examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz. It was a male, about 6 months old, but it was too decomposed to tell whether it would have been viable outside the womb, Spitz said.

"(The autopsy) was difficult. It was many weeks since it was delivered," Spitz said. "It is impossible to tell if the child had breathed or had a heartbeat."

Once the report is completed, it will then be up to the prosecutor's office to determine what charges could be brought against the 16-year-old parents.

Police say they induced a miscarriage when the boyfriend hit the girlfriend in the abdomen with a miniature baseball bat over the course of several weeks.
Of course, if this girl had just gone to a clinic instead of having her boyfriend hit her stomach to flush the fetus, everything would have been okay. At least, it's not infanticide, right?
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.
(Frank J. has a devastating writeup on this.)

What child is this, indeed.

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