It’s a heartbreaking and tragic story of another lost soul choosing the wicked god of self over the God of life. Just a few months ago, Shelby Taylor was sentenced to 25 years in prison for an unconscionably callous act of evil committed against her own newborn baby girl.
When she was 23 years old, Taylor gave birth to a baby girl and promptly threw the child, crying and covered with blood and afterbirth, into a dumpster:
Police say the newborn infant had been thrown into a dumpster and only located after a man heard noises coming from a nearby dumpster when he took out his trash. According to the police report, the man thought the noises were from an animal but upon further investigation, discovered the baby girl.
The baby girl, who still had an umbilical cord attached to her body, was estimated to be just a few hours old, police said at the time of the discovery.
It’s hard to read this story and not experience a profound sense of sorrow and distress about the devil’s relentless efforts to tempt and torment the mind of man until we surrender to his will and commit acts so thoroughly and objectively wicked.
But it is also impossible to read this story and not acknowledge a mind-bending and confounding reality: had Shelby Taylor entered a Planned Parenthood facility that very day and had her baby girl decapitated and dismembered for a price, our society would justify that as a moral right of empowerment and liberty. But since she waited a couple hours and, with as horrible as her act of callous abandonment was, still gave her child a fighting chance at survival, she is going to prison for 25 years.
This is not just morally incongruent, it is the height of absurdity. And obviously Shelby’s circumstance is not unique. One need only think back to the tragic end of Laci and Conner Peterson years ago in California. Husband and father Scott Peterson murdered his wife Laci and unborn son Conner on Christmas Eve in 2002. He was charged, found guilty, and sentenced for both crimes.
No one can logically or morally object to Scott’s rightful punishment for depriving his own son of his right to life. Yet, had Laci made the individual decision to enter an abortion facility that same Christmas Eve to have Conner burned to death with saline, and then had his charred body extricated with surgical saws and forceps, there would have been no legal consequence.
Not to be overly dramatic, but it seems reasonable to conclude that a society so ordered on contradictory logic and self-serving legal incongruities cannot long endure. Something needs to change.
I would propose that we would be best served by upholding the Moral Law of God testified to in our country’s Declaration of Independence that maintains the gift of human life is the first inviolable right bestowed by a transcendent power upon all humanity. All humanity includes tiny humans at early stages of development - that's Shelby Taylor's child 5 minutes before birth as well as 5 minutes after.
For those who would object, do they propose we continue ignoring these gallingly obvious inconsistencies? Because that won't work long term. So what is the better solution?