recent days, three striking events occurred -- one blessed,
one tragic, and one, well,
you be the judge.
blessed event was the arrival of my younger sister's first son,
born seven weeks premature, but has been thriving like the little Superman
that he is. Unlike many children born that early, Dawson could
breathe on his own, and took his mother's milk from a bottle with
delightful glee at the new and wondrous concept of eating through his
mouth instead of through his belly button.
He looks like a little old man, rather like Yoda but with
cuter ears. He has three jobs: Eat, sleep, and get bigger, and he does each with style and panache.
following pictures were taken at the itty-bitty baby intensive care unit, during the week
that Dawson visited there before he came home. The big galoot is his
tragic event was the discovery in San Francisco Bay of the bodies of Laci
Peterson and her unborn son, Connor.
Laci disappeared, she was eight months
pregnant. She was by all accounts ecstatic about becoming a mom for
the first time. She had already given her son the name Connor, even
though she wouldn't officially meet him for another four weeks.
is being written, Laci's husband Scott Peterson stands charged of double
murder, even though Connor hadn't yet been born at the time of her
or not Scott is guilty, this is an unmitigated tragedy from all
perspectives. The third event stems from one of those perspectives.
The President of the National
Organization for Women's Morris County, NJ chapter, Mavra Stark, is
opposed to a double-murder charge in the case, saying it could bolster the
Said Ms. Stark: "If
this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they
could call it murder."
She went on to say:
"There's something about this that bothers me a little bit. Was
it born, or was it unborn? If it was unborn, then I can't see charging
(Peterson) with a double-murder."
She said "it."
As in, "Was it born, or was
Ms. Stark's "it" --
just for fun, let's call him "Connor" -- was one month older
than Dawson at the time his mother disappeared. Dawson started his
journey seven weeks before his regularly scheduled birthday; Connor met
his end just four weeks before his scheduled birthday.
This should be one place where
pro-life and pro-choice philosophies converge. The choice of the
mother was that Connor be born. The charge should be double murder.
California law is
clear in this case: It is legal for a mother to terminate a pregnancy, but
illegal for anyone else to terminate it against her wishes. The
politics, however, are not so clear. Dr. Art Caplanto appeared on Fox News to discuss
the law and the politics. His conclusion: "Abortion politics has made us morally
It is given that the world is
already a better place for having Dawson in it.
It is given that it is a terrible
tragedy that Connor will never have the chance to play with Dawson.
As for Mavra Stark, well, decide
whatever you want about that.