Obama administration included unborn children in 2012 Child Maltreatment report

posted at 12:41 pm on April 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ohio Right to Life made an interesting catch in the 2012 annual report from an HHS agency on child maltreatment in the US. The report includes figures for abuse against unborn children, which seems very appropriate, given their uniquely vulnerable physical and legal status within the US. However, it also poses a problem of intellectual consistency. Why do we track “maltreatment” of unborn children as a health issue, but fail to include killing unborn children through abortion in the same manner?

Hmmmm:

Interestingly, the Administration of Children and Families (an arm of Health and Human Services) included “the unborn” in its 2012 Maltreatment Report, where it analyzes child abuse across the United States. This inclusion is astounding if we consider that the very same U.S. government does not extend the right to live to the unborn. The ACF’s report accounts for the abuse of unborn children, but does not account for the harms brought by abortion.

According to the report, more than a quarter of child abuse victims in the United States are under the age of two years. How many babies does that amount to? 207,645. But the report also demonstrates that abuse occurs before some children are even born.

Katie McCann clipped this table from the ACF report. I’ve highlighted the line item in yellow:

acf-table

Look at the categories on this table: medical neglect, neglect (non-specific), physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse. All of these are bad, and all should be opposed. But how much worse is abortion, which is the deliberate killing of the unborn child? If we want to track maltreatment of unborn children, why isn’t abortion included — or even just late-term abortion?

McCann explains why:

So what would the ACF report look like if it counted all of the unborn victims of child abuse? According to numbers from the Guttmacher Institute, abortion alone would add more than one million lives to the “Physical Abuse” category.

In Ohio alone, there were more than 11,000 victims of child abuse who were younger than two. If we include the victims of abortion (25,473 children), Ohio would claim more than 36,000 cases of child abuse against children under two—25,473 of which resulted in death.

Indeed. And that would put abortion in its proper perspective in American society and force people to deal with its reality and the lives it destroys.

Meanwhile, our friends at GosnellMovie.com are heading into the home stretch for their crowdfunding campaign to tell the story of Kermit Gosnell as a television movie. With 14 days left, they need just $604,000 to confirm their funding and start production:

We have just beaten Spike Lee’s crowdfunding total for his film, and we have more than TWICE his number of donors. That’s great, but we still have over $650,000to raise and only 14 days to do that.

This is an all-or-nothing campaign, if we don’t reach our target, all the funds will be returned and Gosnell Movie will never be made. We don’t want that to happen.

As we write this there are over 14,600 of you, it’s a great number, but we need to make it bigger, a lot bigger. Let’s show everyone how important this story is.

If each of you got 10 people to give $5 we would successfully fund this campaign RIGHT NOW.

That’s how powerful we are already as a group. Please have a think about 10 people you know who could donate $5, that’s all we need for this campaign to be a huge success and for Gosnell story to be told. We can do this, together.

Everyday more people hear about Gosnell because of this campaign. When the film is made that number will be millions, millions of people who will know the truth about Gosnell, the official neglect that allowed him for so long to kill babies and mutilate and kill women. And the despicable media who, when the horrors were eventually revealed, refused to do their jobs and cover the news.

True story: Last night in my class, one of our small-group participants asked us if we knew about GosnellMovie.com and the need to raise funds for it. I was astonished that it came up, and proceeded to pitch it to the rest of the group. The word is definitely getting around, but it needs more than just words. Keep up the contributions and let’s get this project off the ground.

I’ll be talking with Phelim McAleer today on TEMS at 4 ET to discuss the progress. Tune in!


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Why do we track “maltreatment” of unborn children as a health issue, but fail to include killing unborn children through abortion in the same manner?

Our country has become so bazzackward.. We are through the looking glass.

melle1228 on April 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

$5 says they were counted in Obamacare enrollment numbers as well.

rogerb on April 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

How can you abuse “a clump of cells?”

rbj on April 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

It’s important to live in reality. Unfortunately, people on both sides of the aisle forget that on a number of issues, but this is certainly the most egregious, in my book.

gocatholic on April 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

And that would put abortion in its proper perspective in American society and force people to deal with its reality and the lives it destroys.

Culture of life vs. culture of death. Pro-abortion forces falsely claim that they’re for life.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Obama administration included unborn children in 2012 Child Maltreatment report

…it doesn’t stop… does it?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I’ll be talking with Phelim McAleer today on TEMS at 4 ET to discuss the progress. Tune in!

Ed, I’ve donated twice and have an idea maybe you could whisper to Phelim…

I know that Erick Erickson talked about it when he hosted Rush’s show, and I think Rush doesn’t do endorsements but if he could talk about it again and get the word out I think it could put them over the top in no time. Lot’s of ears.

MontanaMmmm on April 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I gave early on, but would ask everybody here at HotAir to consider giving what you can so we can get this movie made.

TXUS on April 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM

i’m glad you posted this update about gosnell movie! just yesterday, i shared that new picture on my facebook. and i was thinking ‘i wish hotair would make an update about this.’ and it happened! lol.

i donated already but i am making another donation soon. so i encourage you all, donate again if you have already! and share on facebook, twitter, and other sites.

don’t relax and think ‘they’ll be fine, they’ll reach their goal without me.’ if you think that, then… maybe they won’t reach their goal. and remember, they HAVE to reach the goal.

Sachiko on April 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Another rooster returns home to roost.

BobMbx on April 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Why do we track “maltreatment” of unborn children as a health issue, but fail to include killing unborn children through abortion in the same manner?

Turtles.

Baby turtle in the egg = protected species

Baby human in the womb = tumor*

*except for when they need the numbers for a report

BobMbx on April 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I’ve got another column for the report:

Cut into small pieces or pickled = 4M+

BobMbx on April 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM

In Barry’s America criminals will not be prosecuted, in fact they might be celebrated, if they have the correct political views.

Examples: aborting mothers, corrupt IRS, lawless NSA, Eric F’n Holder, fascist cops, Dingy Harry, etc, etc.

slickwillie2001 on April 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Obama: “I will continue to make the case for a clean energy future wherever and whenever I can, and I will work with anyone to get this done.”

Like burning babies in Oregon for clean power.

faraway on April 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Indeed. And that would put abortion in its proper perspective in American society and force people to deal with its reality and the lives it destroys.

So how does this matter when we’re less than an hour away from finding out how a bunch of millionaire NBA team owners respond to the racist remarks of one of their own. And it’s critical because the millionaire players might revolt, the million dollar sponsorships may be pulled, and the fans will stop buying tickets.

Based on the hysteria, that seems to be a bigger priority in society than a bunch of unborn babies.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Clearly Obama is some sort of anti-choice rightwing nutjob . . . so confused . . . /s

SoRight on April 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Don’t you guys understand?

Aborted babies are actually being saved by not having be raised by someone who does not want them…it helps them.

Do I have to explain everything to you neanderthals…abortion creates love, it is good for the babies and their mom’s. It is best for society…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Hey wait a minute: one minute they are incinerated like trash the next minute counted in a maltreatment report… treating human beings remains like rubbish is maltreatment…come Lord Jesus, come soon….

crosshugger on April 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Don’t you guys understand?

Aborted babies are actually being saved by not having be raised by someone who does not want them…it helps them.

Do I have to explain everything to you neanderthals…abortion creates love, it is good for the babies and their mom’s. It is best for society…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

So that can be reduced to “we have to kill them in order to save them”.

Bitter Clinger on April 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Lord Jesus, come soon…. crosshugger on April 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

We have too much work to do to clean up this joint first.

Akzed on April 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I just refreshed the fundraising page. $591,132 to go.

22044 on April 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Aborted babies are actually being saved by not having be raised by someone who does not want them…it helps them.

Do I have to explain everything to you neanderthals…abortion creates love, it is good for the babies and their mom’s. It is best for society…

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

You think you’re being cute but one of the most chilling talking points when it comes to abortion is how much money it saves society when an unwanted child is killed. An abortion frees up the selfish vessel to earn more money and doesn’t tax social services. And apparently the black community is so convinced of these assumptions that they kill off half of their future generation.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

OT: Has anyone seen Honest Lib today? His area was nailed by tornadoes last night…

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Shoe. Foot. Other:

Juan Williams Wife Robbed, Wishes She Had Gun

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/04/28/EXCLUSIVE-Juan-Williams-Wife-Wishes-She-Had-A-Gun

davidk on April 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I just refreshed the fundraising page. $591,132 to go.

22044 on April 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

If ultimately successful or not, it’s an impressive response. My question is this- once they get the Gosnell movie made, who are they going to get to run it?

Focus on the Family has a movie being shown on May 6th called Irreplacable. It’s about the importance of a strong traditional family. The website has statements like:

When the family is weakened, society suffers. But strong families make the world a better place.

Theaters are refusing to show the film because it is right-wing propaganda. When did having a strong complete family become a right-wing thing?

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

If ultimately successful or not, it’s an impressive response. My question is this- once they get the Gosnell movie made, who are they going to get to run it?

Focus on the Family has a movie being shown on May 6th called Irreplacable. It’s about the importance of a strong traditional family. The website has statements like:

When the family is weakened, society suffers. But strong families make the world a better place.

Theaters are refusing to show the film because it is right-wing propaganda. When did having a strong complete family become a right-wing thing?

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Someone with money should put a billboard up near the theaters and call them out. Let their patrons know they are left wing propagandists only.

astonerii on April 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Ed, 98% of the people on this site are candy-ass Christians.They aint goina give.

celtic warrior on April 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Oh, by the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lor0BkFNRNo&feature=player_detailpage

celtic warrior on April 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

celtic warrior on April 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Please define…..

candy-ass Christians

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Candy-ass Christians are not as supercalifundamentalexpialidosciously rock-ribbed as ol’ celtic warrior. He’s a 2 percenter.

Akzed on April 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

right2bright on April 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Another way of looking at it would be to say that the child’s quality of life would be low and it is an act of love and the most caring, humanitarian thing to do to prevent the child from having to experience and suffer that low quality of life.

Chances are we’ll start hearing this one in a few years in healthcare for people in other categories, if Obamacare continues on its present trajectory.

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I don’t wish to have an ass of candy.

Axe on April 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The obama-thugs also count the illegals they turned away from the Mexican border, ahead of ever entering the USA, as “deported”, no kidding. These charlatans make Goebbels wet his grave, every day, in joy.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

So that can be reduced to “we have to kill them in order to save them”.

Bitter Clinger on April 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

That there is what is known as “Love, Janet Reno Style”

VelvetElvis on April 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Akzed on April 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Learn something new everyday.

Thanks.

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Someone with money should put a billboard up near the theaters and call them out. Let their patrons know they are left wing propagandists only.

astonerii on April 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

In a world where Hollywood routinely puts out movies that show families that consist of children being raised by single moms, gays, absentee fathers, grandparents, wolves, etc……..

I think everybody knows that movie theaters are outlets for left-wing propaganda. What was the last film you saw where there was a family that included a father, mother, and children in a strong healthy relationship with one another and the world in general. Hint- August: Osage County won’t count.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

We need new media outlets in this form just like we have on the Internet.

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I just refreshed the fundraising page. $591,132 to go.

22044 on April 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

$1,513,204USD
RAISED OF $2,100,000 GOAL
72% 14 days left

$4000 more and counting.

Lolipop.

MontanaMmmm on April 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Got a question for you….

Do you ever think about TV scripts that could be developed with a Conservative theme?

I’d love to see someone do a time travel series back into the early days of American history. There are really detailed books available (open source) that could be used as reference. Show character of the people, how it contributed to development of the nation….

Lots of ideas out there.

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The heading is “Unborn, unknown and 18-21″, not just “unborn”. I guess the numbers are so low because 18 year olds are not children.

jim56 on April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

So, if the mother wants the baby, it’s an unborn child. If she doesn’t want it, it’s a fetus. Ain’t it grand to be able to play God like that!

olesparkie on April 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Ohio Right to Life made an interesting catch in the 2012 annual report from an HHS agency on child maltreatment in the US. The report includes figures for abuse against unborn children, which seems very appropriate, given their uniquely vulnerable physical and legal status within the US. However, it also poses a problem of intellectual consistency. Why do we track “maltreatment” of unborn children as a health issue, but fail to include killing unborn children through abortion in the same manner?

Just more of the typical lack of understanding by reading comprehension challenged “pro-life” movement. This report is a compilation of reports from the 50 states and DC. Some states apparently are counting some form of abuse against the unborn. You couldn’t really think an Obama administration official on a topic like this is going to have a view on abortion much different than mine?

And it is somewhat insane claim by the pro-life movement that proponents of abortion should never care about fetuses. No society–however vehemently pro-abortion–would want a fetus injured that isn’t going to be aborted. We don’t want to deal with consequences of the injury later on and more importantly we don’t want the person whom the fetus becomes to have deal with the injury.

thuja on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

And it is somewhat insane claim by the pro-life movement that proponents of abortion should never care about fetuses. No society–however vehemently pro-abortion–would want a fetus injured that isn’t going to be aborted. We don’t want to deal with consequences of the injury later on and more importantly we don’t want the person whom the fetus becomes to have deal with the injury.

thuja on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

This is the stupidest thing you have ever trolled.

itsspideyman on April 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

And it is somewhat insane claim by the pro-life movement that proponents of abortion should never care about fetuses. No society–however vehemently pro-abortion–would want a fetus injured that isn’t going to be aborted. We don’t want to deal with consequences of the injury later on and more importantly we don’t want the person whom the fetus becomes to have deal with the injury.

thuja on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

So the life of a fetus is mine to mangle, rip apart, suck through a tube and cut to ribbons if I don’t want it?

And this is morality……?

itsspideyman on April 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

thuja on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Our grand master of pretzel logic progressive moral relativism speaks.

captnjoe on April 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

So the life of a fetus is mine to mangle, rip apart, suck through a tube and cut to ribbons if I don’t want it?

Depends on if it is using your body for incubation. If so, then yep. If not, then nope.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

So, if the mother wants the baby, it’s an unborn child. If she doesn’t want it, it’s a fetus. Ain’t it grand to be able to play God like that!

If the woman wants a baby then she intends to carry it through to full term and have a baby. Interrupting that negatively affects her. If she doesn’t want a baby and intends to abort then the fetus was not going to be carried to full term.

It doesn’t really seem that hard a distinction, frankly.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

don’t relax and think ‘they’ll be fine, they’ll reach their goal without me.’ if you think that, then… maybe they won’t reach their goal. and remember, they HAVE to reach the goal.

Sachiko on April 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Thanks for that. Got me off my azz and contributed. :)

Mimzey on April 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

If the woman wants a baby then she intends to carry it through to full term and have a baby. Interrupting that negatively affects her. If she doesn’t want a baby and intends to abort then the fetus was not going to be carried to full term.

It doesn’t really seem that hard a distinction, frankly.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

That really doesn’t make much sense to me. Maybe I’m not understanding your point.
All I take away from your explanation, is that the reality of growing human life is sort of like a mental exercise to be validated by….whatever. Like Schrodinger’s Cat in a way.

Mimzey on April 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

So the life of a fetus is mine to mangle, rip apart, suck through a tube and cut to ribbons if I don’t want it?

Depends on if it is using your body for incubation. If so, then yep. If not, then nope.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow. Pretty clean.

Axe on April 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Depends on if it is using your body for incubation. If so, then yep. If not, then nope.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

What are you basing that on?

Mimzey on April 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Mimzey on April 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Not much beyond being so self-centered that they’ll justify taking the life of another human being.

lineholder on April 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM

So the life of a fetus is mine to mangle, rip apart, suck through a tube and cut to ribbons if I don’t want it?

Depends on if it is using your body for incubation. If so, then yep. If not, then nope.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow, how cool.

That means I can do everything, physical neglect, undernourishment, physical abuse, psychological mistreatment, and as long as it doesn’t live, it’s all ok.

itsspideyman on April 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM