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Honorable Mention: Scream

October 13, 2018

I cannot scream.

Around three thousand babies are killed every day in this country, legally.





Around three thousand human beings are poisoned, starved, or dismembered alive every day in this country and this is legal.

Our siblings, our friends, our children-- 
gone. Before we even knew them.

I’m not supposed to call them children, though, or babies.
That’s too emotional. It’s manipulation.
I must use facts, reason, logic; not emotion.

I must not cry. I must not mourn.
I cannot scream.

On March 11th, 2018, Dr. Torres was asked, when she lies down at night-- Does she hear the babies heartbeats?

Does she hear the babies screams?
“No,” she responded.
She’s better than I am when it comes to not being emotional.
“No.” with a period. without a second thought. without emotion.
“You know fetuses can’t scream right?”
see – she uses facts, reason, logic.
“I transect the cord first so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx.”


It’s a fact. When she kills them, they cannot scream. She cuts the cord first.
They cannot scream.


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