The death of a newborn baby in Idaho illustrates what one pro-lifer says is wrong with the culture when it comes to defining human life.
In Rathdrum, a town in the northern part of The Gem State, 22-year-old Elizabeth Keyes is alleged to have given birth to a full-term baby before strangling it to death and placing it in a bag on the back porch.
"She's been arrested and charged with first degree murder," David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life details. "I think it is a terrible tragedy, of course, for the baby, but also I think a sign of what's wrong with the culture and the way that we treat preborn children, our contempt for the child in the womb."
But what if Keyes had walk into an abortion clinic as close as in Coeur d'Alene before giving birth?
"That's the dark side of this coin," the pro-lifer laments. "The fact is that the state is rightly charging her with first degree murder, but if she'd only gone a couple of hours earlier and paid someone to abort that baby, it would have been legally sanctioned and constitutionally protected."
Ripley says condemning the act of killing the baby outside the womb is not the only element to consider in this case; there is also the issue of life within the womb before birth. Legally speaking, one is a life, and the other can be discarded as tissue or medical waste.