This morning’s shocking story (below) vividly presents where our culture is headed.  I speak for myself when I say we’re already becoming jaded to these things happening… babies in trash cans aren’t new.  Doesn’t it make you sick?

So these are the issues we face.  Children being left to die in trash cans.  But is this any different than a child being left to die in a soiled utility room, really?  And wouldn’t everyone be outraged about that?

This is the “logical” result of the culture of death that pervades our society.  It is exactly why having pro-life politicians is important.  It is not just a matter of repealing Roe v Wade.  It is a whole attitude towards life that needs transforming.

And thus, we can’t leave it up to the politicians.  We need to promote the dignity of the human person everywhere we go, with whomever we encounter.  Every single person on this earth has been created in the image and likeness of God — from your boss to the janitor that empties your trash at your desk to your children to your spouse to the guy that just cut you off in traffic.  It is only when we begin to change how we encounter people, it is only when we begin to bring the face of Christ to people… that is when the world will change.

And prayer… don’t forget that!

Newborn Baby Found Alive in Trash Can at Phoenix Middle School

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phoenix police are investigating the discovery of a newborn found alive in a trash can at a Phoenix school.

Police said a school administrator discovered the baby boy screaming inside the garbage can Tuesday afternoon with his umbilical cord still attached.

The baby seemed to be in excellent condition. He also appeared to have been carried to full term, said Capt. Victor Rangel, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

Emergency crews took the newborn to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The baby has since been placed in custody with state Child Protective Services, said Sgt. Andy Hill, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Phoenix police said the 14-year-old mother gave birth to the child inside the administration building at Osborn Middle School.

The Phoenix Fire Department later located the mother at a nearby apartment and she was taken to a hospital in good condition, Hill said.

Due to the abandonment of the baby in a life threatening situation, investigators will do a possible child abuse report and submit it to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review, Hill said.