Where is Gazette on sex-selective abortion?
There is a picture that has stirred the conscience of the world, but it might have escaped your attention. It is a gruesome scene of a bed in a nondescript room. On the bed lies Feng Jianmel. She looks exhausted, physically and emotionally. Sweat mats her dark hair to her face. Blood stains the sheets.
Beside her is another person. Rather, the lifeless body of another person -- Feng's 7-month old baby. The baby was stillborn via a birth that was chemically induced over and against the wishes of the child's mother.
That's right -- Feng was forcibly restrained, she has the bruises to prove it, and government officials then injected her with a chemical that forced her to deliver her baby. Dead.
This merits your attention because you have long been an advocate of human rights. Indeed, you regularly provide readers with commentary that suggests morality is evolving in favor of greater human rights. Your commentary has suggested human rights ought to be afforded to murderous felons expecting the death penalty, to same-sex couples wishing to redefine marriage, and to society through a health-care system that upholds the evolving human right of family planning.
In this, however, it's evident that the very phrase "human rights" is just a boogey man used to cover a multitude of desires and policy positions that don't square with the natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Therefore, I wish to remind your readers that Baby Jianmel had a right to life that China's fully evolved family-planning policy denied.
Like most West Virginians, I believe that every innocent human life is worthy of protection. Sadly, however, the abortion industry does not concur. Rather, here in Charleston, the Women's Health Center of West Virginia and Kanawha Surgicenter are legally permitted to accept (and advertise for) clients who wish to abort their child simply because their baby is a female.
China, Feng Jianmel's home country, actively enforces the abortion of baby girls in favor of baby boys. Are these the types of "rights" you would hold out as "evolved" to the readers of West Virginia's newspaper of record?
We eagerly await your commentary, and hope you will join most West Virginians in standing guard over innocent human life.
Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.,
President and General Counsel,
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia