Earlier this month, the community in Forsyth County was shocked by news that a newborn baby had been found tied up in a plastic bag in a wooded area left to die. By God’s providence, nearby residents heard the baby’s cries and called 911. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department quickly responded, provided life-saving aid to precious Baby India, and she is now thriving in the care of Georgia’s Department of Family & Children Services.
We don’t now the circumstances of why Baby India was left, whom she was left by, or where her parents are. Some have suggested perhaps her mom is a victim of trafficking and was forced to leave her. Many are rightly cautious to pass judgment until we know more information.
But there is one thing we can know for certain: Baby India being left to die in a plastic bag is what happens when Planned Parenthood culture reigns in America.
The reality is that, perhaps, we shouldn’t be shocked by this apparent heinous disregard for the life of a newborn baby. The idea that a baby born alive, if it is unwanted, can be left to die isn’t anything new. And not because ancient cultures employed the barbaric practice of infanticide – because Planned Parenthood and their surrogates have been openly campaigning for it in 2019.
In January, New York enacted a law that repealed the legal requirement for a doctor to provide life-saving care to a baby born alive after a failed abortion.
Vermont passed a law last month to prohibit the government from restricting abortion up until or after birth.
Illinois legalized partial-birth abortion this month.
Pro-abortion lawmakers in Virginia argued for a bill in February that would allow abortion up until birth and deny care for babies born alive.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam even defended the practice, saying, “the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
To top it all off, abortion advocates in Congress have repeatedly prevented a vote on a bill that would protect babies born alive after failed abortions.
And Planned Parenthood isn’t even trying to hide it.
Back in April, I was live on NPR’s nationally broadcast show On Point for an hour debating the Heartbeat Bill, and Planned Parenthood Southeast’s Executive Director was asked when a child has the right to life. I was almost shocked when she unapologetically declared, “…that’s a decision that needs to be made between a patient and her doctor.”
In a Planned Parenthood culture, newborn babies being left to suffer and die alone isn’t shocking, it’s simply standard operating procedure.
That’s why we are working so hard to fight back against Planned Parenthood and their surrogates. That’s why Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill doesn’t just ban abortion at 6 weeks, it recognizes the baby in the womb as a person. That’s why we denied parental rights to rapists. That’s why we are working to reform adoption and foster care. That’s why we banned shackling pregnant inmates.
It’s why we’ve created life-affirming options for babies like Baby India – such as the Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy & Parenting Grant program, which funds pregnancy health organizations around the state. As well as Georgia’s Safe Haven Law, which allows a child’s mother to leave her baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center, birthing center, fire station, or police station in Georgia without prosecution.
I’m happy that Baby India’s situation has shocked our communities so much. It shows that the abortion industry’s radicalism hasn’t made us apathetic yet. And it punctuates the fact that a majority of Americans reject the Kermit Gosnell-style agenda from Planned Parenthood for our culture.
I pray that stories like Baby India’s and Planned Parenthood’s barbarism will always shock us and renew our efforts to build a culture of life.
If you have any information regarding the identity of Baby India please call the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office TIP LINE at 770-888-7308. Your call can remain totally anonymous.
Joshua Edmonds is the Executive Director of Georgia Life Alliance, the state affiliate for National Right to Life.