From Canada, our progressive neighbors to the north:
Katrina Effert of Wetaskiwin, Alberta killed her newborn baby. Why? Basically, because it would cause her grief and trouble. Acutely, because her parents would hear it cry unless she strangled it quickly, soon after delivery in the basement of the parents’ home. If they heard it, poor Katrina would get in trouble.
A range of sentences were considered, and decided. Harsh sentences from the jury were THROWN OUT. Finally, the judge gave a mild sentence, basically a probationary period, to this murderer of a child.
In the judge’s words:
“while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support.”
A community standard as a basis for a legal conviction penalty. Sure, that is OK in some cases. Now, a community standard of favoring the avoidance of inconvenience of the adult over the life of the child sets precedent for infanticide.
This is not a slippery slope. We have done slipped down the slope. You will get a hand slap for strangling the most vulnerable person in society. We are at the bottom of the slope. How much farther could we go? Well, I guess we could medicalize the whole affair and give it a medical diagnosis and billing code, then make taxpayers pay for it.
Either way: whether legitimized by legal precedent, or legitimized by medicalization, frank humanity has to make more and more of us liberals see how grotesque it is to ignore these situations. All of the “reproductive justice” and “oppression” arguments fit here as well as for the abortion arguments.
If we go in this direction, things will be even more “just,” and even less “oppressive:” we will allow babies to be carried farther in term so that we can more clearly determine whether support will be in place, or whether there actually is a congenital defect or not. Like a “lemon law” for a new car, we will be able to kill off the kid if we don’t want it at birth. This will all get the standard “justice” framework, the standard legal framework, and the standard medical framework.
At some point, we liberals have to see these things for the gross, disturbed policies and preferences that they are. Stories like this make us switch from pro-abortion to pro-life every day. The cool thing is that we don’t have to change our principles: we are still the watchdogs for the weaker members of society, and we are still favoring the legal mechanisms to bring about a more just world. We just have to lose our so-called friends.
The marxists among us would have to change to go pro-life. Pro-life conflicts with their essential values: organizing society from the top-down, destroying the family, and so on. This woman is a poster child for the marxists: she was living as a leach off of her parents in her adulthood, she was having casual sex outside of marriage with a partner who would not stick around, and so on. The sooner we can convert all young adults to live like Katrina, the sooner we can bring down the prevailing cultural hegemony.