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Headline of the day: “Fetus” found in high school bathroom?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 2, 2013 by

Excuse me? Isn’t a fetus outside the womb an actual baby?  Not according to the Central PA Patriot-News, apparently, and not just in the headline:

A 19-year-old McCaskey East High School student was charged with concealing the death of a child after she reportedly gave birth to a fetus that was found dead in a school bathroom Tuesday night.

Cherlie LaFleur, of the 300 block of North Marshall Street, was identified by police and school resource Officer David Shell after they reviewed school surveillance footage and conducted extensive interviews at the school where the male infant was apparently born prematurely Tuesday night, according to a Lancaster city police press release.

After giving birth in the bathroom, LaFleur allegedly tried to flush the infant down a toilet and, when that failed, she put it in a trash can, police said.

Yes, it’s an infant after it emerges from the birth canal, not a fetus. In other words, a baby — in this case, which its mother tried to toss away.

Mollie Hemingway is aghast at the reporting, as is Steven Greydanus:

Only in Kermit Gosnell’s chamber of horrors.

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earlgrey133 on May 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Well, I am aware of many pro-lifers (several former abortion industrialists, too) who celebrate their ‘conception days’, meaning sperm fertilizing egg, as much as their live-birth days.
Well, as closely as they can. ;-)

pambi on May 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I think a mother should have the right to kill a baby until it becomes a legal adult or enters politics. Which ever is oldest.

MechanicalBill on May 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I think you have that wrong. I believe that should read “unless it enters politics”, at which time I think we should once again be granted the right to kill it. ;)

gravityman on May 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

MR pulls no punches, here.

pambi on May 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

According to this link at the updated story, charges have been filed for “concealing the death of a child.”

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_made_against_mother_of.html#incart_river

Fetus?

Marcus, you are a piece of slime.

JannyMae on May 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Make abortion illegal so we can read this story daily.

Mmm…Burritos on May 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Oh boy, can I play?

So, by your logic if we make guns illegal murder will still happen anyway, well, because people are gonna do whatever they will do. I agree.

And just for kicks, why do places like Gosnell exist when abortion is legal? According to your world-view legal abortion prevents this type of thing.

Thank you for proving our point, jacka$$. You leftists can’t have it both ways.

goflyers on May 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

In other words, a baby — in this case, which its mother tried to toss away.

Ed, Ed, Ed.

You champion the correct terminology for a child…& then refer to the child as it.

Yes, it’s a common error, even found in gravityman’s comment just above mine.

Please, let’s stop dehumanizing our kids.

itsnotaboutme on May 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Marcus on May 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

And you have a valid point. Not one that has any relevance in this discussion, however.

Chris of Rights on May 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Marcus counsels women for abortions. He thinks the word fetus allows him to sleep.

CW on May 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Make abortion illegal so we can read this story daily.

Mmm…Burritos on May 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You’re an idiot. With logic like yours we are truly lost …FO and ES.

CW on May 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I think you have that wrong. I believe that should read “unless it enters politics”, at which time I think we should once again be granted the right to kill it.

gravityman on May 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

+1

talkingpoints on May 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

whats the big deal? all she did was exercise the right to choose. /sarc

on a serious note, i’ve read every one of the comments on this thread. and feel so sorry for those of you who have experienced a miscarriage. i’m glad there are people like you out there who appreciate the value of a human life. winoceros, hope you get published!!

this comment captures the situation perfectly:

Here we stand at the crossroads of yet another conflict. One I was hoping we wouldn’t have to fight.

And that is the war (and future wars) over meaning.

The left sits high upon their wall as humpty dumpty of Wonderland, doling out and judging upon the meaning of words as if he were God himself. Changing their meanings to his whim as he sees fit. The only laws of word-craft that he obeys at any given time are those who fit his desires and objectives. To him… a word is nothing but a tool, fit to be used in any way he wants towards any purpose he wants.

The left does this even now in murderous fashion. Using the word ‘fetus’ to brand any unwanted child to death and to justify it. To them a baby is simply a clump of cells… a thing… and object to be kept if desired or discarded otherwise. Such a practice is not only murderous but naturally lends itself towards dishonesty and further sin.

They use such word-craft to enhance their position and justify their immoral and damnable actions. They use it to justify their theft and extol and even exalt their own murderous ways.

I pray that there is a God because if there is not then there is no difference between such practices and the honesty and beauty of a pure and set language.

I pray that there is some justice somewhere… it sure doesn’t look like there’s any here though.

Chaz706 on May 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Sachiko on May 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

on a serious note, i’ve read every one of the comments on this thread. and feel so sorry for those of you who have experienced a miscarriage.

Thank you very much, Sachiko

cptacek on May 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Sachiko on May 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

The quote in your post is fitting, because just like Humpty Dumpty, they will fall, hard, and no one will be able to put them back together again.

Personally, I would have preferred a more, “otaku” style, metaphor, but such is life… ^_-

Gatsu on May 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

I think a mother should have the right to kill a baby until it becomes a legal adult or enters politics. Which ever is oldest.

MechanicalBill on May 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Bill Cosby:

I brought you into this world, I’ll take you out. And make another one that looks just like you.

GWB on May 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Cherlie LaFleur, of the 300 block of North Marshall Street, was identified by police and school resource Officer David Shell after they reviewed school surveillance footage and conducted extensive interviews at the school where the male infant was apparently born prematurely Tuesday night, according to a Lancaster city police press release.

After giving birth in the bathroom, LaFleur allegedly tried to flush the infant down a toilet and, when that failed, she put it in a trash can, police said.

Interesting that the paper used the word “fetus” in the headline, but said that the “male infant was born” prematurely. But if the paper knew the infant was male, why didn’t they write that Ms. LaFleur put him in a trash can?

Any idea of the gestational age of this infant, whose mother thought he could be flushed down a toilet?

Then again, why is a 19-year-old woman still in high school? Most American children are 6 years old when they start first grade, and unless they are “held back” and repeat a year, will be 17 or 18 years old at graduation, depending on their birth month.

A better headline for this horrible story: “Female Flunkie Treats Baby Son like $#!+”

Steve Z on May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Any idea of the gestational age of this infant, whose mother thought he could be flushed down a toilet?

Steve Z on May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

At least one version of the article said 26-27 weeks.

GWB on May 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Darth Vader voice: “We altering the meaning of the word fetus; pray we don’t alter it further.”

squint on May 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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