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News Flash: Babies recoil from jerks

By Leila Marie Lawler (articles ) | Aug 25, 2005

Last week the New York Times published a good article, A Second Womb, by Paul Raeburn, on the treatment of premature babies. It's must reading for everyone expecting a child, and enlightening for everyone else. Heidelise Als is a woman with a mission to help neonatal professionals see the world through the eyes of a vulnerable infant. I really admire her strength and insight.

In the womb, babies are vibrant, active and in constant physical and hormonal contact with their mothers. In the N.I.C.U., they're limp little bundles, lying flopped on their backs, their arms extended and eyes closed. Their noses, hands, chests or feet are often pinned with gauze and adhesive tape. And they are repeatedly stuck with needles, intravenous tubes and catheters. 'They are sustaining pain at a level that is completely unexpected,' Als says. 'It's overwhelming to the brain.'

Yesterday we learned that it's all very different if what you want to do is kill the child:

But Dr. Rosen said that response in the fetus did not mean it felt pain, but was instead more likely to be a reflex, like the leg jerk that occurs in adults when doctors tap them on the knee with a rubber hammer.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 28, 2005 12:12 AM ET USA

    As Jesus stated while dying on the cross, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do!” To Kill a child in a womb, a place that is supposed to be the safest place for a new life and soul to grow, has to anger God the Almighty Father more than we could ever imagine. The great liar, AKA the evil one, is strong enough to lead man to commit such horrific acts. The only cure is PRAYER!!! We need to pray for life and a conversion of these great sinners in Gods Holy Name. Jusus already beat the evil one and we need to call on Him now to help us. Pray, Pray, Pray! God Bless and Keep the Faith!

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Aug. 25, 2005 7:32 PM ET USA

    Murder is murder whether it is quick or slow, sudden or expected, painful or not, or at the hands of a blood-thirsty terrorist or a "doctor" wearing sterile gloves. Hitler's SS troops had families and hobbies, took showers and ate at local restaurants. So do the modern day infanticidal maniacs who run "women's health centers." Would that everyone could see the self evident connection between them! God does ... and there will be hell to pay for it, eventually.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 25, 2005 12:33 PM ET USA

    What logic. First, we have decided to kill the child, second, we have decided, in a most unmerciless way, that doing so will cause him no pain. Third, if anyone should should protest this act of barbarism, (and even though it will not affect us to do so) we have decided that just in case the child should feel pain upon it's murder by our hands, we shall not err on the side of caution, but rather on what we have decide to assume. Troglodytes in control. When will the good Doctors start to fight ?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 25, 2005 11:39 AM ET USA

    Thanks, Leila. Indeed, babies would naturally recoil from such jerks as Dr. Rosen! Do you think that Dr. Rosen has been hanging around the laughing gas a bit much? Finally, I wonder: If someone charitably smacked Dr. Rosen on his forehead with a rubber hammer, would his response just be a reflex... or would I have to ask him if he felt any pain?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Aug. 25, 2005 11:35 AM ET USA

    When we treat sacred human life that is totally innocent like so much garbage to be disposed of, then we have made ourselves complicit in the most grisly kind of murders that surpass anything that we stupid humans have already done. If America collapses, it will do so in retribution for the 40 million and counting murders of these children. The Peter Singer, PhDs of the world need to be marginalized as dangerous crackpots and not given professorships at Princeton.

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