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?
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:
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!