Infanticide- The Monster Under the Carpet

Infanticide- The Monster Under the Carpet 

Infant is found in a dumpster.  Infant is left in a trashcan.   Baby is abandoned.  You have heard such appalling stories in the news yourself.  Most often, as you read the headline, you were filled with feelings of anger towards the mother. You were filled with disgust at the horrific crime.  But, after that, you probably did not think anything more about it.  Unfortunately, that was my response too when I first started to research the topic of infanticide.  Every article I read made me more depressed and disgusted with the perpetrator of this crime, who is often the mother of the baby.  I got to where I dreaded doing more research on this topic and wondered why I had not picked something more uplifting than the murder of baby after baby.  That is when it dawned on me that when we push something like infanticide under the carpet and try to forget about it, we are doing more than anyone to make sure it continues to happen.  We must think further than the crime and see the person if we are going to make any difference in the lives of mothers and their babies around the globe.  We need to ask the question of why would someone do something like this?  And then, we need to take the time to find the answer and do something about it.

Sadly, in the medical world, infanticide is becoming more and more accepted under the names of “after-birth abortion” and infant euthanasia.  An article in The Journal Of Medical Ethics published on February 23, 2012 called After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? has no qualms with stating exactly why someone would do something like this, and the reasons are shocking.  Merely being an inconvenience to the family is now considered justifiable grounds to murder a baby.  The article proposes that children born with disabilities or those that medical professionals and philosophers deem “will not have a life worth living” should now become victims of infanticide.  Though the article can give no proof that a person with a disability finds life not worth living, and it even says “But, in fact, people with Down’s syndrome, as well as people affected by many other severe disabilities, are often reported to be happy.  Nonetheless, to bring up such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole.”  Romans 1 verse 24a says “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts”.  We must pray that God would raise up many godly people in the medical profession to counter the impact of ideas like this and save the lives of children that are made in God’s image.

But why would a mother kill her own baby?  Social pressure is the single biggest factor pushing mothers to commit infanticide.  In India, the societal pressure to have a boy is so great that there is an estimated 50 million girls and women missing in India’s population because of sex selective abortion and infanticide. In China, due to the previous one child policy and the fact that only boys can traditionally carry on the family name and provide support and security to their parents, there are around 40 million girls and women missing in China.  In the United States of America, pressure comes from our society looking down on mothers if they have a child out of wedlock. The mother may also lack the resources she needs to take care of the baby. She ends up feeling isolated, desperate, and helpless, and believes getting rid of the baby is the only way that she can avoid shame and her feeling of worthlessness.  Sadly, a mother sometimes thinks infanticide is her only way of escape. 

Occasionally, a mother will commit infanticide because she is taking drugs or alcohol and is unwilling to turn the unwanted baby into a police station or other safe haven because she fears being prosecuted.   Instead, she kills or abandons the infant.  Sometimes a mother may truly be mentally unstable after giving birth, or have a mental handicap that does not allow her to think clearly about what she is doing.  Infants from such mothers are at a higher risk of infanticide.      

But, it does not have to be this way.  We don’t have to let mothers get to such a point of  desperation that they would kill their own child.  Simply providing support and resources to these mothers could save their child’s life.  And that is exactly what crisis pregnancy centers are doing.  They are the valuable link between mothers and their babies, making sure they get the godly support and care they require.   They are giving these mothers a chance to see clearly and make the right choice for themselves and their child.  They are showing them, by their acts of service and love that both of their lives are worthy and beautiful in God’s eyes.  They are saving babies from infanticide and the mothers from the sin of murder.  They are not looking at the crimes the mother almost committed.  Psalm 127:3 says “Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.” They are looking at a woman that God loves and has blessed with the miracle of childbirth.

Sadly, we cannot always reach every mother before she has made up her mind to abandon her child to die.  But, sometimes, even though the mother is beyond our help, the child may not be.  In South Korea, many babies are abandoned on the streets and left to die.  Most people in South Korea are content to hide behind their walls and ignore what is going on every day around them, but not South Korean Pastor Lee. When he saw that babies where dying from abandonment along the streets of the city Seoul where he lives, he knew God wanted him to do something about it.  So he created the “Baby Box”, a warm safe place that mothers could leave their unwanted children instead of killing them by exposing them to the elements.  On the outside of the box is the simple message, “Leave babies here”.  At first, he was not sure that any babies would be left, but he was wrong.  Babies started being left in the middle of the night, in the middle of the day and all the times in between.   Pastor Lee takes in each child that is left and gives it the love and care it needs. Since 2009, the “Baby Box has saved 600 children from infanticide.  Most of the babies find loving forever homes with adoptive families.  Pastor Lee and his wife have adopted 10 of the children themselves, which is the maximum number of children allowed by the South Korean government.  Pastor Lee’s work was made public in the documentary “The Drop Box”  which received lots of recognition and won numerous awards.  I have seen the documentary myself with my family and we would all highly recommend it.

So, the next time you hear of infanticide in the news, remember that there is now a mother out there that is in need of love and forgiveness.  Remember that you could make a difference in the lives of other desperate mothers that are considering infanticide and help to save the life of their child.  When you find out that a single woman you know is pregnant, don’t look down on her, forgive her and support her in choosing life for her child.   The single biggest factor that is forcing mothers to commit infanticide is social pressure.  We are all part of society and if we would look at infanticide thorough the eyes of God, then we could start to really make a difference and save the lives of precious children made in the image of God.   Pray for and support people like Pastor Lee who are giving their lives to save abandoned babies.  And with God’s help we can make a difference in the dark crime of infanticide. 

References:

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/23/the_conversation_we_need_to_have_about_infanticide/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_infanticide_in_China

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanticide

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/13/infanticide-abortion-responsible-for-60-million-girls-missing-in-asia.html

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/28/south-korea-pastors-drop-box-saves-abandoned-babies-from-infanticide/

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/16/the-drop-box-where-disabled-babies-go-to-live/http://www.thedropboxfilm.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-melcher/every-city-should-have-a-baby-drop-box—-love-an-adoptee_b_6910832.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-child_policy

http://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261.full.pdf+html

I wrote this speech for the 2016 Tennessee Right to Life High School Oratory Contest.  I won 1st in county and 2nd at the state contest.  To God be the glory!

Lenore Thorne

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Lenore Thorne With Judges At The Wilson County Oratory Contest

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Lenore Thorne Winning 2nd Place At The State Contest

 

 

Goat and Sheep Photos

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Elka Looking out the Window

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Ginger and Goliath

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The Goats Enjoying Hay

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Peppy

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Shadow

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Daisy and Jemimah

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Lambi

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The Sheepies

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Emma and her Lamb; Jemimah

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Lambs!

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Little Horn with Lambs

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The Boys with Elka and Frida

Sheep Shearing

Shearing Jacob sheep is always an exciting part of each year.  We get to see how each animal has faired over the winter months, see who looks like they are bred, and get LOTS of new wool to work with over the rest of the year.

The sheep must stay completely dry a few days before they are shorn to get a quality fleece.

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Sheep staying dry before shearing

When you shear the sheep, you want to do it with the least stress on the animal and you.  That means that you don’t want to be wrestling with the sheep, so it is really important to hold the sheep in a way that it feels comfortable and does not struggle.

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Lenore shearing Little Horn

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Almost done!

After the sheep are sheared, they must stay warm and dry until their metabolism adjusts to not having a fleece to keep them warm.

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Emma and Little Horn staying warm and dry after shearing

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Lambi and the other ewes

 

 

New Babies!

We are excited here on Our Father’s Gift farm as we see beautiful animals born with lots of potential.

Canine News – December 2015

Dickens on the Square Christmas Parade

Hartsville TN Christmas Parade 2015


 

Alfred (Goat) and Sunshine (Carting Dog) lining up.

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Sunshine on the go.

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Alfred did awesome in this, his first parade, and helped people remember the real reason for Christmas.  So many people were surprised and delighted to see a goat in the parade and a dog pulling a wagon.  After the parade was over, Alfred stayed and let people pet him and learn more about goats.  For some of these people, it could have been the first time in their lives that they’ve petted a real goat.   We are looking forward to next year!

Eggplant Mini Pizzas

Eggplant Mini Pizzas

This recipe is an all-time favorite in our family due to its quick preparation and wonderful taste! Grain and gluten free.   Serves 4-6 people.

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Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Take one large eggplant, wash, then slice into 1/2 inch thick circles.  Do not peel.  Arrange slices on a baking sheet.   Paint each slice with olive oil until it looks wet. 

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  Eggplant with olive oil. 

Next paint each slice generously with spaghetti sauce.

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 Sprinkle parmesan cheese, salt, basil, and onion powder on top each slice.

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Place the eggplants in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until well browned and soft.

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