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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.


Poisoned,

starved,

dismembered-alive.

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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