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Flushed China Baby Symbol of the Times

by | May 29, 2013

By Wesley J. Smith

babyinpipe2A newborn baby was flushed down a toilet in China, but luckily saved. From the Telegraph story:

“The abandoned two-day-old child was discovered on Saturday afternoon in Jinhua, a city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, after the residents of a tower block reported hearing crying.Unable to pull the baby free, fire fighters were forced to saw off a four-inch wide piece of piping from the floor below and then take the baby to hospital while still inside the pipe.

“The five pound baby boy was finally extracted from the pipe after nearly an hour, according to a local news website. Chinese television showed white-gloved hospital staff using a pair of red pliers and a yellow saw to pull open the pipe. Inside was a tiny baby, filthy and terrified but alive.”

This ugliness is probably a consequence of China’s tyrannous one-child policy:

“Cases of abandoned babies are common in China with young mothers and strict family planning rules often blamed for the phenomenon. But Saturday’s highly unusual case provoked a furious response on Chinese social media sites with hundreds of thousands of comments posted this week. ‘The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewage pipe,’ wrote one user of the Twitter-like Weibo. Other abandoned babies are not so lucky. On May 22 another child was found in a dustbin in Hebei province, wrapped in a pink cloth and badly bruised.”

It strikes me that the symbolism of this story captures the zeitgeist of the times. There is a war against the sanctity of life of babies out there. Think late term abortion justified by Planned Parenthood, to the point that a Florida official even asserted that saving a baby that survived a botched abortion should be up to the mother and doctor. Think Gosnell. Think late-term abortionists given a standing O at the Sundance Film Festival. Think “after-birth abortion” advocacy and the denial of the personhood of infants by the ilk of Princeton’s Peter Singer. Thank advocacy for a right to a dead fetus. Think radical environmentalists’ extreme Malthusianism, with some warming hysterics calling for universal China-type population policies to “save the planet.”

Do most people believe that fetuses and babies are the moral equivalent of solid waste? Of course not. But too many sure talk as if they do.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.

Categories: China