Friday, August 31, 2007

With Nurturers Like These, Who Needs Killers?

Susan Smith. Marilyn Lemak. Andrea Yates. Sametta Heyward. Christy Freeman. Those are just a few of the better known women who, for various reasons or no apparent reasons at all, have murdered their own children.

For names of other murderous moms, click here.

You have to particularly love the story of China Arnold, who apparently killed her baby Paris Talley by cooking the baby in a microwave oven.

According to the CBS News article about China Arnold, she isn't the first woman to do such a thing. It states, "In 2000, a Virginia woman was sentenced to five years in prison for killing her month-old son in a microwave oven. Elizabeth Renee Otte claimed she had no memory of cramming her son in the microwave and turning on the appliance in 1999. Experts said Otte suffered from epilepsy and that her seizures were followed by blackouts."

As if that's a valid excuse. I find it outrageous that she only got a five year prison sentence for such a heinous crime.

Andrea Yates isn't the only Texas mom to kill her kids. Recently, "Andrea Roberts killed her husband, Michael Lewis Roberts, and children, Micayla, 11, and Dylan, 7, police said. Each had a single gunshot wound to the head."

There have been several recent cases of women killing their kids here in the Chicago area. For instance, there's Nimisha Tiwari, who killed herself and her two children by burning part of their Naperville house down.

There's Magdalene Kamysz, a Crystal Lake woman who strangled her daughter Sydney to death and then killed herself by stepping in front of a speeding Metra train.

Back in the 80's, when I was living in Boston, I remember reading an article by a woman who argued that women would make better U.S. Presidents because they were allegedly the "nurturers" of the world, and therefore they were less likely to instigate or participate in wars. There are probably a lot of Hillary Clinton supporters who subscribe to that point of view.

However, those of us who are pro-life can't help but observe that women are such "nurturers" that they have killed almost 49 million of their own unborn children since abortion was legalized by Roe v. Wade in 1973. That's almost 49 million human beings killed in the name of "choice".

When abortion was still illegal, advocates of so-called "abortion reform" argued that legalizing abortion would create an idyllic situation in which child abuse would be almost unknown, since every child would be a "wanted child". Well, we've had about 34 years to evaluate the merits of that argument, and it ought to be obvious to any thinking adult with an IQ higher than 10 that the argument was wrong. Instead of eliminating or significantly reducing instances of child abuse, legal abortion has created a mentality in which women now think of their children as property, to do with as they please.

When I was a kid, there was an expression people used: "Pick on someone your own size." But these murderous moms obviously don't agree with that expression. God gave them their children, as precious and priceless gifts, but they spurned those gifts and destroyed their own children. What a bunch of worthless cowards!

There are good mothers, just as there are good fathers. And there are bad mothers, just as there are bad fathers. We need to acknowledge and appreciate good parents, regardless of gender. We also need to acknowledge and punish bad parents, regardless of gender.

Most of all, we need to publicly acknowledge that women are not necessarily better than men when it comes to parenting and nurturing. Women therefore deserve no special considerations when it comes to matters pertaining to child custody and other areas where it has traditionally been presumed that women were better parents than men.

It's time to stop making lame excuses (such as "postpartum depression") for moms who kill. I can sympathize with people who experience deep depression, because I've experienced it myself. But it's not a valid excuse for murder.

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