By the way, the actual time she had served in custody during the five years before her sentencing was “almost eight months.” And although Justice Veit didn’t say it, such a meaningless sentence communicates the idea that a child’s life is worth about eight months in custody (or ¾ of a year).
Although the crime was heinous, Justice Veit had no qualms about allowing the young mother to walk: "Naturally, Canadians are grieved by an infant's death, especially at the hands of the infant's mother, but Canadians also grieve for the mother."
This inversion of our worldview, this narcissistic self-loathing that exalts any anguish the mother felt about the violent murder of a child is the outworking of a culture of death. And it is indicative of how our acceptance of death as an option for convenience has affected us.
Our efforts in fighting for life include not only fighting for the lives of preborn humans and recently born humans, but also of humans who walk the same streets we do, shop in the same malls, ride the same trains, etc. And while that doesn’t in any way dismiss the repugnancy and brutality of the act this young mother committed, it does mean we will especially pray for her, that even she will escape the culture of death in which she’s currently engulfed.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.