Italy's Littlest Angel

The state of Oklahoma has just inserted the inconvenience factor into the abortion issue. The "Sooner" state has decided before abortionists scrub any trace of living tissue from wombs seeking to eradicate offspring, women are first inopportunely subjected to view a real-time sonogram image of the child.

Directors of clinics have reported that "[s]everal ... patients were in tears afterwards." Having a clinician detail size and gender or point out a fetus sucking its thumb can really put a damper on a woman's right to choose. Yet "[n]o one changed their mind."

Each year, beginning in the first trimester right through to George Tiller-style partial birth execution, 42 million unborn babies are slaughtered worldwide. With each passing day, it seems as if the unborn cry out from the depths of the womb to be acknowledged as living beings by those whose parental commission is safety, not slaughter.

So imagine the surprise in Rossano, Italy when a babe believed to be successfully aborted astounded both mother and medical personnel by doing the unthinkable and refusing to die.

A hospital chaplain praying quietly beside what was thought to be a lifeless infant discovered the baby boy, 22-weeks into gestation and twenty hours after being sluiced from the womb, stirring softly beneath a sheet.

Prenatal scans, similar to the one mandated in Oklahoma, indicated that the boy was imperfect, so the mother decided "better dead than disabled" and submitted her son to abortion. One small problem: The boy survived the procedure and was found "moving and breathing" despite the supposed handicap.

The child was flushed from the warmth of amniotic fluid into glaring light, startled with harsh, clamoring sound, and then thrown aside like a piece of rubbish. As doctors snapped off surgical gloves and the baby's mother rested, sucked ice chips, and sipped orange juice -- one pound of barely breathing flesh was relegated to a bitterly cold stainless steel cart. 

Lunch passed, dinnertime came and went, and one second after another long second slowly ticked by as the whimpering, defenseless life gasped desperately for air.

While it must be disturbing to see the image of the child you're about to dispose of, it's a whole other realm to find out that the baby you thought was peacefully resting in a red biohazard bag next to an incinerator, in fact, spent the night naked, cold, and still attached to his umbilical cord.

The next day, after Father Antonio Martello alerted doctors that the little one was indeed alive, the child's executioners came face-to-face with the stark reality of abortion. A child weighing less than a pound became a larger-than-life testimony to the human will to survive.

The fragile boy was promptly rushed to a special neo-natal unit. Because infanticide is illegal in Italy, "doctors have an obligation to try to preserve the life of the child once he ... survived the abortion." According to Eugenia Roccella, undersecretary of state in the health department, failing to do so "would be a case of deliberate abandonment of a seriously premature neonate, possibly with some form of disability, an act contrary to any sense of human compassion but also [to] any accepted professional medical practice."

Obviously Eugenia hasn't spoken with the esteemed Barack Obama. The president would disagree and is of the ilk who feel that children born alive from botched abortions should be deprived medical care because to do otherwise unfairly "burdens the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion."

So in layman's terms, Barack believes that the "original decision" to murder a child takes precedence over the immorality of accomplishing that goal through infanticide. Is Obama so committed to abortion rights that he disapproves of transporting dying infants to warm incubators and administering oxygen and hydration -- because to do so burdens a woman's choice?

In Italy, the delicate infant was attended to in a humane fashion, and as a result, the newborn lived a total of forty-eight hours. In the end, the littlest angel from Rossaro Calabro, eager to please, complied with this mother's "original decision," fulfilling her desire that he should die for the sin of being flawed.

In America, Oklahoma abortion law now mandates that women face reality by viewing sonograms revealing images of living children. The state of Nebraska recently passed a bill banning abortion at twenty weeks or later, "citing evidence that unborn children feel pain." 

In Italy, the 22-week fetus joined the ranks of another child from Florence who "weighed just 17 ounces," and, although "suspected to have a genetic disorder," refused to die for three whole days. And let's not forget the British baby, born alive at 24 weeks, who "survived three attempts to abort him" but who now "is a five-year-old schoolboy."

For those bothered by the nuisance of being forced to face fetuses showing up on sonograms -- or worse yet, infants surviving the abortion procedure -- the only answer to remedy such a distressing state of affairs would be to pass laws that solve the pesky problem by way of instituting liberal legislation.

If President Barack Obama is so at ease with letting a living human being suffer and die without the comfort of medical attention, then America may be one or two Supreme Court justices away from potentially extending limits on abortion beyond birth.

Let's face it -- in the overall scheme of things, what's a couple of minutes in or out of the womb? Especially when dealing with babies like that feisty little lad from Italy with the cleft palate and a will to survive, who, by simply refusing to die, posed a direct danger to every woman's right to choose.

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