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In Memoriam: ‘Baby Girl #1’

This piece should be written in blood, tears, and brimstone rather than type.

A hideous event took place recently—not in some faraway totalitarian hellhole—but right here at home in our nation’s capital, Jonathan Von Maren reports in a recent article for American Conservative.

On March 25, a truck driver who works for the bio-medical waste company hired to dispose of children aborted at the Washington Surgi-Clinic looked the other way to give pro-life sidewalk counselor Lauren Handy the opportunity to take two boxes. Stuffed inside the medical-waste containers within were the remains of 115 children. A.J. Hurley, a Californian pro-life activist, drove down to help her and her companions and to photograph the bodies. It was a surreal experience, Hurley said. The women “were beside themselves.” As they photographed the babies, the activists frequently broke down, but to photograph the children was to validate their existence.

According to Von Maren, 110 of these aborted babies were buried in an undisclosed cemetery while the bodies of the five oldest, deemed past the lawful age for abortion, were turned over to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Unit. The police have refused to allow these babies an autopsy to confirm their age, but the pro-lifers involved in preserving their remains are under investigation.

After reading Von Maren’s article, I clicked on the link leading to some of the photographs. The first one, “Baby Girl #1,” was one of the most sickening things I’ve ever seen online—or anywhere else for that matter. After backing away for a couple of hours, I returned to look at the other photos on the link.

“Baby Girl #1” is now lodged in my brain forever. Unless you have a strong stomach, I wouldn’t recommend visiting these photos. Here is Von Maren’s description of this particular picture:

The child dubbed “Baby Girl #1” stares at the viewer with a single opened eye; her head is partially caved in. Her feet are still pink, but her head collapsed when the abortionist suctioned her brains out. This happened when she was alive. The only touch this little girl ever felt in her short life was the cold, metal tools of a killer.

Read that description, or look at the picture if you will, and then tell me or anyone else that this little girl is just a collection of cells.

In my mind’s eye, I keep seeing this child as a kid skipping rope, poring over a book, and laughing with friends. I see her as a married or single, a university professor or a laundress. I see her as happy-go-lucky or a miserable pessimist. Whatever the case, whatever she might have become, she would have breathed the sweet air of this earth, she would have walked in the sunshine, she would have smelled the rain on a warm summer day.  

So, let’s ask ourselves: What have we become? What would our ancestors think of such atrocities? How will our descendants view the killing of these innocents in the womb?

My good editor rightly warns me against “rants,” articles enflamed with rage and personal opinion rather than facts and circumstances, but here I intend no rant. No—this is a lamentation, verbal ashes and sackcloth for our country, for its laws and values, for the little regard we so often show to human life, and for the removal of faith, morality, honor, dignity, and truth from our public square and from many of our homes.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Those words from the biblical book of Matthew promise a kingdom to those who succor the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the sick, and the imprisoned.

But that promise is a two-edged sword, for surely what we are doing to the least of our brothers and sisters here in America leads not to a kingdom but to perdition.

Image Credit: Pixnio

Jeff Minick
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    May 3, 2022, 11:31 pm

    Jeff…….I can barely see thru my tears to write this. I did not see the pictures of baby girl 1, but I desparatly weep. I know that when I get to heaven, I will ask my Creator, my Savior, My God to introduce me to this baby girl, so that I may hug and love her into eternity!

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      Goldie Jannace@GearJammer
      May 14, 2022, 1:30 am

      In Heaven, I pray I could be the loving mother to to this precious baby girl that, sadly she never had. I’ve read this hours ago and my mind can’t let go of the idea how anyone could perform such a barbaric murder…. I cried and mourn for this little innocent baby girl so brutally murdered and thrown away like trash… and no one to miss or mourn for her.
      But I do; as this graphic image of her murder will forever haunt and break my heart.
      Could it be that’s why God is judging our nation for the millions of brutally butchered innocent infants?
      He has to, or He wouldn’t be the God of Justice that we know Him to be and love Him because HE is.

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    Impassive Bystander
    May 4, 2022, 12:02 am

    First, I apologize for what is probably poor grammar.

    Second, I’m not a believer and I haven’t really ever been.

    However, today, I prayed that there is an actual hell for the people who carried out these murders. I’ve read Dante’s Inferno and I’m not sure any of the circles described in that book would be punishment enough for the animals who did, and continue, to do this.

    I will remember those pictures for the rest of my life. They should be posted on billboards throughout the country. Force these monsters to confront the reality they seem hellbent on ignoring.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting tired of having to coexist with animals and degenerates.

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    May 4, 2022, 12:12 am

    Heartbreaking. There’s no excuse to accept abortion. Once again, if we had a real news media people would be outraged. For now they can pretend they don’t know but they’re only fooling themselves

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      Cathlin Barry@KMN
      May 7, 2022, 2:04 am

      I used to work with a 16-year-old girl who had had a baby when she was ten years old. Yes, a 10-year-old child who was forced to bear a baby due to rape and probably incest. I’m just throwing this out there. Yes, it does happen Are you okay with this scenario?

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        Susana O@Cathlin Barry
        May 30, 2022, 11:00 am

        Abortion, which is murder, would have only facilitated the abuse to go on covered up.

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        Gerhard@Cathlin Barry
        August 12, 2022, 5:10 pm

        Young mothers are erotic and the sexual dream of most men.

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        Joe D@Cathlin Barry
        August 17, 2022, 12:32 am

        No! We are not ok with one atrocity being carried out following another. Rape is a crime. So is murder. And your example has NOTHING TO DO with this story. Someone who is raped has a myriad choices to prevent and/or terminatr the pregnancy. You demons couldn’t live with 8 weeks so here we are.

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    Tenney Singer
    May 4, 2022, 12:12 am

    This was very moving. And I agree, this nation is being chastened severely, for God loves us and wants to see us repent of these terrible sins against Him. Against you, and you only, have I sinned, O Lord. That should be the cry of our nation. For if we do not repent, perdition is the destination.

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    May 4, 2022, 1:37 am

    I did not view the photo, the description was enough. I did some searching at different times to find out when consciousness and pain are possible for a developing person – it turns out that point is almost exactly at the halfway point of pregnancy, 4.5 months. The limit for elective abortion in this country is currently set for around 30 days beyond that, I think (up to 5.5 months I believe). That limit was decided on before the MRI and other fine instrumentation for measuring brain activity, even existed yet. Based on what the further developments in medicine have revealed since the 1960s about gestational development, neurology, etc. I would like to see a simple rollback of 30 days and no more, for elective abortion in this country, to slightly before the 4.5 month mark, enough of a margin to avoid the onset of sentience, based on information that wasn’t available in the past when the field of neurology etc did not have the technology it does today to ascertain the function of the nervous system & brain. A heartbeat does not mean a person is present with emotions, awareness, ability to suffer, etc, but once a brain & nervous system has developed enough, suffering will happen and should be avoided if at all possible. The fixation on the heart as having anything to do with a personality, soul, thoughts, awareness, emotion etc is false, the heart is a pump. All awareness, emotion, physical and emotional pain, come from the nervous system (nerves for pain and brain for awareness and feeling of physical pain and emotions). Thus there is a major difference for the unborn between an early termination (a non-experience) and one halfway or further thru gestation (suffering). The development of sentience and the actual ability to suffer, based on biological reality, needs to be taken into account in the design of laws and people need to be aware. An early termination does not suffer, but one done at a later date, past the point of sentience, for ethical reasons should only be for dire situations. I’ve known people who didn’t seem to understand this difference. The idea that a fertilized egg termination is the same as a 5 month pregnancy termination ends up making people who aren’t thinkers, not realize that one suffers and one does not. That is a huge difference that needs to be focused on that I don’t hear a lot of people focusing on at all.

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      One problem @GM
      May 4, 2022, 2:21 am

      Brain activity is brain activity. If it’s good enough to determine whether coma patients or TBI victims are living, then it’s good enough for children.

      Your suggestion also assumes that science is automatically correct. This is a false. What you’ve referred to is a body of knowledge that is subject to change, and could absolutely be 100% wrong. We won’t ever know for sure, unless there is tech invented in the near future that allows us to communicate with the unborn or measure their hormones before, during, and after the murder.

      Personally, I’d rather er on the side of caution. Maybe we hold off on shredding babies in the womb until we know for certain.

      Or, you know, we could just stop murdering the innocent altogether, regardless of what science tells you about a fetuses ability to feel pain.

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        Beth Brooks@One problem
        May 11, 2022, 3:18 am

        I was a counselor at a Christian pregnancy center for a couple of years. The hardened hearts of some of the girls were just unbelievable. The last straw was when one girl said "My friends and I think we should sleep with as many guys as we can to find out who does it the best." Many aborted.


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