Being in the news business, I know that I’m obligated to fair and unbiased reporting. I fully understand that. What I don’t understand is this:
Mari was told that little Shirley Grace had only a 3% chance of even making it far enough to have her umbilical cord cut. Doctors actually encouraged abortion.
She and her husband said, “No,” and beautiful little Shirley Grace defied the doctors and lived three wonderful weeks.
I was told that I could not book Mari as an on-air guest to talk about her new pregnancy crisis center unless I gave equal time for the “other side” of the story.
A few months after this beautiful little girl’s birth, a registered sex offender in the next county is accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl and leaving her body in the woods, to be found Christmas morning.
The state’s attorney said that Sarah Foxwell had died “by drowning, suffocation, burning and/or hypothermia,” not even mentioning what else had probably been done to her before death finally came. (Defense attorneys tried to say the death penalty in case of conviction would be ”cruel and unusual punishment.”)
So what do Shirley Grace and Sarah have in common?
• Neither could defend themselves from unthinkable acts being done to their little bodies.
• Neither was able to defend themselves from a horrible death at the hands of another.
• Somehow, there always seems to be “another side to the story.”
What do Shirley Grace and Sarah not have in common?
• One little girl is found Christmas morning – the other never sees her first one.
• One man faces murder charges - another is just encouraging an “option.”
• One little girl will never be forgotten – one little girl will never be known.
And here is my point – how old must a little girl be before it’s no longer okay to kill her, and who gets to make that decision?