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    Saviors and safe havens
    by Michelle Malkin

    December 24, 2003

    Bless all the dear children
    In Thy tender care
    And take us to heaven
    To live with Thee there
    -- Last verse, "Away in a Manger"

    This is a Christmas message for every mother in crisis who has abandoned
    a baby -- a tiny bundle delivered in secret, stashed away in shame, and
    disposed of somewhere, anywhere, to survive or die alone.

    This is for the mother of Baby Liberty, a newborn girl found alive
    wrapped in a white cloth at a construction site near Laytonsville, Md.,
    on July 4.

    And for the mother of Baby Tyler Doe, a newborn boy found alive in a
    cardboard box in the back of a car in Swansea, Mass., two days after
    Halloween.

    And for the mother of Baby Catherine Hope, a newborn girl found dead in
    a plastic shopping bag on a Brooklyn church's porch the Sunday after
    Thanksgiving.

    And for the mother of Baby Noel Christmas, a newborn girl found alive
    wrapped in a towel on a bench behind a hospital in Easton, Md., two
    weeks ago.

    And for every mother-to-be who is thinking of doing something similarly
    unthinkable with their unborn sons and daughters.

    As a mother who has just joyously brought a baby boy into the world, I
    cannot imagine your despair. I cannot fathom your horror. Those of us
    with healthy children, happy marriages and doting families often take
    for granted our bountiful blessings. It would be so easy to condemn you,
    to pontificate about your recklessness, to attack your selfishness, to
    mete out blame and shame. But not now.

    During this Christmas season, in which we commemorate the birth of the
    Savior, please know that you are not alone. Whether you are 14 or 40,
    rich or poor, black or white, abused or confused, know that there are
    countless strangers across the country praying for you and the souls of
    your children.

    Witness the outpouring of compassion when Baby Liberty was discovered
    lying in the grass, dehydrated and bug-bitten, but otherwise healthy.
    When the news broke, hundreds of people called offering to take her into
    their homes. Witness the outpouring of grief when Baby Catherine Hope
    was discovered on the doorsteps of the Resurrection and the Life Church.
    Some 200 mourners -- cops, congregants and strangers -- turned out for
    the newborn's funeral complete with honor guard and bagpipe marchers.

    "Any one of us in this church -- or this entire neighborhood -- would
    have done anything to help that mother and child. People have to know
    this, that they're not alone, so this doesn't happen again," parishioner
    Elizabeth Dodd told the New York Post.

    You are not alone. That is also the message the Newborn Lifeline Network
    is trying to disseminate. The non-profit group operates a 24-hour,
    toll-free hotline (866-694-BABY) (866-694-2229) and a Web site at
    www.newbornlifeline.com  "to prevent newborn abandonment by providing
    one-stop assistance for birthmothers in crisis nationwide." Volunteers
    have fielded more than 600 calls. They provide counseling and
    information about infant safe haven laws that allow parents to leave
    their babies in safe arms at hospitals, police stations and other
    designated areas without fear of prosecution.

    The first such law was signed in 1999 by George W. Bush, then governor
    of Texas, after 13 babies were abandoned in the Houston area within a
    year. Once the law was advertised, four babies were turned over at safe
    havens in Harris County within 12 months. In Idaho, five babies have
    been left at safe havens since a similar law was passed in the summer of
    2001. In New Jersey, 14 newborns have been left at police stations and
    emergency rooms since a safe haven law was passed three years ago.

    Supporters of safe havens are asking public officials, private
    businesses and the media for more help in saving the lives of innocents
    by spreading word of the laws. What better time to do so than during the
    celebration of a sacred event, some 2,000 years ago, when a newborn babe
    found wintry refuge in a barn under the stars.

    ©2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

  • #2
    Saviors and Safe Havens - "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round"

    This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the headline was:
    "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round"
    What a wonderful Christmas sentiment.
    Jean

    Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round
    by Michelle Malkin
    December 24, 2003

    Bless all the dear children
    In Thy tender care
    And take us to heaven
    To live with Thee there
    -- Last verse, "Away in a Manger"

    This is a Christmas message for every mother in crisis who has abandoned
    a baby -- a tiny bundle delivered in secret, stashed away in shame, and
    disposed of somewhere, anywhere, to survive or die alone.

    This is for the mother of Baby Liberty, a newborn girl found alive
    wrapped in a white cloth at a construction site near Laytonsville, Md.,
    on July 4.

    And for the mother of Baby Tyler Doe, a newborn boy found alive in a
    cardboard box in the back of a car in Swansea, Mass., two days after
    Halloween.

    And for the mother of Baby Catherine Hope, a newborn girl found dead in
    a plastic shopping bag on a Brooklyn church's porch the Sunday after
    Thanksgiving.

    And for the mother of Baby Noel Christmas, a newborn girl found alive
    wrapped in a towel on a bench behind a hospital in Easton, Md., two
    weeks ago.

    And for every mother-to-be who is thinking of doing something similarly
    unthinkable with their unborn sons and daughters.

    As a mother who has just joyously brought a baby boy into the world, I
    cannot imagine your despair. I cannot fathom your horror. Those of us
    with healthy children, happy marriages and doting families often take
    for granted our bountiful blessings. It would be so easy to condemn you,
    to pontificate about your recklessness, to attack your selfishness, to
    mete out blame and shame. But not now.

    During this Christmas season, in which we commemorate the birth of the
    Savior, please know that you are not alone. Whether you are 14 or 40,
    rich or poor, black or white, abused or confused, know that there are
    countless strangers across the country praying for you and the souls of
    your children.

    Witness the outpouring of compassion when Baby Liberty was discovered
    lying in the grass, dehydrated and bug-bitten, but otherwise healthy.
    When the news broke, hundreds of people called offering to take her into
    their homes. Witness the outpouring of grief when Baby Catherine Hope
    was discovered on the doorsteps of the Resurrection and the Life Church.
    Some 200 mourners -- cops, congregants and strangers -- turned out for
    the newborn's funeral complete with honor guard and bagpipe marchers.

    "Any one of us in this church -- or this entire neighborhood -- would
    have done anything to help that mother and child. People have to know
    this, that they're not alone, so this doesn't happen again," parishioner
    Elizabeth Dodd told the New York Post.

    You are not alone. That is also the message the Newborn Lifeline Network
    is trying to disseminate. The non-profit group operates a 24-hour,
    toll-free hotline (866-694-BABY) (866-694-2229) and a Web site at
    www.newbornlifeline.com  "to prevent newborn abandonment by providing
    one-stop assistance for birthmothers in crisis nationwide." Volunteers
    have fielded more than 600 calls. They provide counseling and
    information about infant safe haven laws that allow parents to leave
    their babies in safe arms at hospitals, police stations and other
    designated areas without fear of prosecution.

    The first such law was signed in 1999 by George W. Bush, then governor
    of Texas, after 13 babies were abandoned in the Houston area within a
    year. Once the law was advertised, four babies were turned over at safe
    havens in Harris County within 12 months. In Idaho, five babies have
    been left at safe havens since a similar law was passed in the summer of
    2001. In New Jersey, 14 newborns have been left at police stations and
    emergency rooms since a safe haven law was passed three years ago.

    Supporters of safe havens are asking public officials, private
    businesses and the media for more help in saving the lives of innocents
    by spreading word of the laws. What better time to do so than during the
    celebration of a sacred event, some 2,000 years ago, when a newborn babe
    found wintry refuge in a barn under the stars.<<

    Michelle Malkin is a syndicated columnist.

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    • #3
      Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round&quot;


      "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message
      news:[email protected]
      This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the headline
      was:
      "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful Christmas sentiment. Jean
      Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. But rather
      than address the fact that women need access to birth control services,
      incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal services, drug rehabilitation
      services, true safe havens for mother and child, right wing rant artist
      Michelle Malkin wants to spend more millions promoting abandonment. The
      Christmas message here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a
      child, I don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why
      don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take your
      troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but for Malkin, since
      if she doesn't know who the women are, she can continue to treat them as
      unknowable abstractions.

      Ron




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      • #4
        Saviors and Safe Havens

        In article <[email protected]>, Don <[email protected]~break.net> writes:
        Saviors and safe havensby Michelle Malkin
        Rupa, you better stock up on the vomit troughs....

        <SNIP nauseating rest of original post>

        KL

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        • #5
          Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round&quot;

          In article <[email protected] net>,
          "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote:
          "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
          This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the headline
          was:
          "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful Christmas sentiment. Jean
          Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions.
          I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles.

          If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you.

          - Don

          Comment


          • #6
            Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior allyear-round&quot;



            Don wrote:
            In article <[email protected] net>, "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote:
            "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
            This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the headline
            was:
            "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful Christmas sentiment. Jean
            Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions.
            I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles.
            Actually, there is more in common with needle exchanges and baby dumps than not.
            At least needle exchanges aren't government funded policy responses to IV drug
            use.

            If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you.
            You're the anti-religious agnostic/atheist guy re-posting treacly "savior"
            Christmas pablum articles, not me. You must have a pretty strong gag response.

            Ron


            - Don

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            • #7
              Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round&quot;

              In article <[email protected]>,
              Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote:
              Don wrote:
              In article <[email protected] net>, "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote:
              "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] > This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the > headline was: > "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful > Christmas sentiment. Jean Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions.
              I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles.
              Actually, there is more in common with needle exchanges and baby dumps than not. At least needle exchanges aren't government funded policy responses to IV drug use.
              There are plenty of government-funded needle exhange programs.
              If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you. You're the anti-religious agnostic/atheist guy re-posting treacly "savior" Christmas pablum articles, not me. You must have a pretty strong gag response.
              They're willing to put in the effort. I'm not.

              - Don

              Comment


              • #8
                Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior allyear-round&quot;



                Don wrote:
                In article <[email protected]>, Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote:
                Don wrote:
                In article <[email protected] net>, "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote: > "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message > news:[email protected] > > This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the > > headline > was: > > "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful > > Christmas sentiment. Jean > > Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. > But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth > control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal > services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for > mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to > spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message > here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I > don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why > don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take > your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but > for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can > continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions. I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles.
                Actually, there is more in common with needle exchanges and baby dumps than not. At least needle exchanges aren't government funded policy responses to IV drug use.
                There are plenty of government-funded needle exhange programs.
                On this, you're right, I was wrong. There are scattered municipally-funded
                needle exchanges. Most needle exchange programs, however, are privately
                funded, due to a ban on federal funding.
                If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you. You're the anti-religious agnostic/atheist guy re-posting treacly "savior" Christmas pablum articles, not me. You must have a pretty strong gag response.
                They're willing to put in the effort. I'm not.
                Malkin is a soldier on the frontlines against teaching kids about
                contraception, and against women accessing contraceptives. She believes in
                abstinence-only classes, period. It's no surprise that she backs baby
                dumps, they're her idea of birth control. If she had her way, you'd be a
                dad or celibate. You can have her.

                Ron


                - Don

                Comment


                • #9
                  Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round&quot;

                  In article <[email protected]>,
                  Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote:
                  Don wrote:
                  In article <[email protected]>, Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote:
                  Don wrote: > In article <[email protected] net>, > "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote: > > > "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message > > news:[email protected] > > > This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the > > > headline > > was: > > > "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful > > > Christmas sentiment. Jean > > > > Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. > > But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth > > control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal > > services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for > > mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to > > spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message > > here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I > > don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why > > don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take > > your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but > > for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can > > continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions. > > I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles. Actually, there is more in common with needle exchanges and baby dumps than not. At least needle exchanges aren't government funded policy responses to IV drug use.
                  There are plenty of government-funded needle exhange programs.
                  On this, you're right, I was wrong. There are scattered municipally-funded needle exchanges. Most needle exchange programs, however, are privately funded, due to a ban on federal funding.
                  Explain to me how needle exchange funding is somehow under the perview
                  of the Constitution. It's clearly a state/local issue. Of course, you
                  could make the argument that the federal government is involved in all
                  sorts of activities that are contrary to the word and intent of the
                  Constitution, but that hardly is persuasive when it comes to encouraging
                  yet another violation of the Constitution. It was a huge blow to liberty
                  in this country when the courts, executive and legislative branches of
                  the federal government banded together to unilaterally invalidate the
                  10th Amendment.
                  > If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you. You're the anti-religious agnostic/atheist guy re-posting treacly "savior" Christmas pablum articles, not me. You must have a pretty strong gag response. They're willing to put in the effort. I'm not. Malkin is a soldier on the frontlines against teaching kids about contraception, and against women accessing contraceptives. She believes in abstinence-only classes, period. It's no surprise that she backs baby dumps, they're her idea of birth control. If she had her way, you'd be a dad or celibate. You can have her.
                  Reproductive issues, as opposed to reproduction, should be up to
                  parents. It's ludicrous that the government should be teaching
                  abstinence, condoms, IUDs, The Pill or abortion. That's between a kid
                  and his parents, not a kid and the government.

                  Liberals want the government to hector children about birth control (an
                  obviously bad idea), and then they wring their hands when what's being
                  taught isn't what *they* had in mind.

                  Get the goverment out of the bedroom! Right, Ron?

                  - Don

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Saviors and Safe Havens - &quot;Moms in cirsis need a savior allyear-round&quot;



                    Don wrote:
                    In article <[email protected]>, Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote:
                    Don wrote:
                    In article <[email protected]>, Ron Morgan <[email protected]> wrote: > Don wrote: > > > In article <[email protected] net>, > > "Ron Morgan" <[email protected]> wrote: > > > > > "BabySafeHaven" <[email protected]> wrote in message > > > news:[email protected] > > > > This ran as the lead column in the Boston Herald today. And the > > > > headline > > > was: > > > > "Moms in cirsis need a savior all year-round" What a wonderful > > > > Christmas sentiment. Jean > > > > > > Moms in crisis need crisis help, not advice on how to abandon. > > > But rather than address the fact that women need access to birth > > > control services, incest and rape counseling, pre and post natal > > > services, drug rehabilitation services, true safe havens for > > > mother and child, right wing rant artist Michelle Malkin wants to > > > spend more millions promoting abandonment. The Christmas message > > > here is, "I am a middle class woman who has attained a child, I > > > don't understand infant abandonment and I don't want to, so why > > > don't you just deposit your baby at the nearest hospital and take > > > your troubles somewhere else." No name, no blame, no shame, but > > > for Malkin, since if she doesn't know who the women are, she can > > > continue to treat them as unknowable abstractions. > > > > I'll bet you're in favor of giving addicts clean needles. > > Actually, there is more in common with needle exchanges and baby > dumps than not. At least needle exchanges aren't government funded > policy responses to IV drug use. There are plenty of government-funded needle exhange programs.
                    On this, you're right, I was wrong. There are scattered municipally-funded needle exchanges. Most needle exchange programs, however, are privately funded, due to a ban on federal funding.
                    Explain to me how needle exchange funding is somehow under the perview of the Constitution. It's clearly a state/local issue. Of course, you could make the argument that the federal government is involved in all sorts of activities that are contrary to the word and intent of the Constitution, but that hardly is persuasive when it comes to encouraging yet another violation of the Constitution. It was a huge blow to liberty in this country when the courts, executive and legislative branches of the federal government banded together to unilaterally invalidate the 10th Amendment.
                    If they all did it together, then it's not unilateral. I suppose you could
                    petition the Flat Earth Society to take this issue up... I'm sure your parents
                    made sure you weren't innoculated with the polio vaccine when you were a kid
                    because it was distributed under an unconstitutional federal program. Why don't
                    you call the CDC and let them know that due to constitutional violations, their
                    services are no longer needed (start the Twilight Zone theme....)
                    > > If you don't see the hypocrisy in your positions, I can't help you. > > You're the anti-religious agnostic/atheist guy re-posting treacly > "savior" Christmas pablum articles, not me. You must have a pretty > strong gag response. They're willing to put in the effort. I'm not. Malkin is a soldier on the frontlines against teaching kids about contraception, and against women accessing contraceptives. She believes in abstinence-only classes, period. It's no surprise that she backs baby dumps, they're her idea of birth control. If she had her way, you'd be a dad or celibate. You can have her.
                    Reproductive issues, as opposed to reproduction, should be up to parents. It's ludicrous that the government should be teaching abstinence, condoms, IUDs, The Pill or abortion. That's between a kid and his parents, not a kid and the government.
                    It's ludicrous that the government teaches civics, since there's a direct
                    conflict of interest, but hey. That's why I homeschooled my kids until they got
                    sick of it.
                    Liberals want the government to hector children about birth control (an obviously bad idea), and then they wring their hands when what's being taught isn't what *they* had in mind
                    Beats me, I'm not a liberal. Liberals are pussies.
                    Get the goverment out of the bedroom! Right, Ron?
                    Although public high schools are generally designed to keep kids off street
                    corners and out of bedrooms, they aren't intechangable.

                    Ron


                    - Don

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