Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Tale Of Two Caseys

I wrote about this issue in December 2008 but it seems appropriate to bring it up again in light of the recent media hysteria surrounding a jury verdict some may have heard about. Though the verdict has outraged numerous members of our society, the cognitive dissonance accompanying the case hasn't changed one bit. So, I offer a hypothetical comparison of what we might expect to be the public reaction by many of the same people to two different "Casey Tales":

Tale One

Cayley Anthony
A two year-old little girl, incapable of surviving on her own, disappears. Her rotting remains are found months later in the woods near her home. An investigation reveals that the little girl was either abducted, deliberately disposed of, or so badly neglected that she died a tortuous death at the hand of a demented killer who many suspect may be her own mother, Casey.

When the little girl disappeared, Casey did not even report her daughter missing for more than a month. She was known to party heartily and regularly and showed no sign of regret or fear for her missing daughter until someone else made an issue of it. Casey is tried for murder.

The trial is showcased in the national media as the most recent iteration of the "Trial of the Century." Casey is eventually found not-guilty and will most probably get rich off the story through some kind of book/movie deal. The talking heads who have kept the story on the front news burner for 3 years keep talking about it incessantly even afterward.

The public is outraged.

Tale Two

Baby Doe
A distinct, whole, living human being, incapable of surviving on her own, spends her days doing exactly what she was designed to do -- develop within her mother's womb. She differs only in size, level of development, location, and some level of dependency from her counterpart in Tale One. Her mother, Casey, makes an appointment with a local doctor to have the little girl violently removed for personal reasons that have nothing to do with her own health. The little girl's remains are put in a plastic bio-hazard bag and disposed of by a "health care professional."

There is no investigation of the event. In fact, Casey's right to choose to eliminate her daughter is lauded and protected by the Supreme Court as a privacy issue.

After the little girl disappears, Casey's life doesn't skip a beat. She is known to party heartily and regularly and shows no sign of regret for having ended her daughter's life. Casey is not tried for murder. There are no grounds for such a trial.

In general, the public doesn't know anything about it. Those who do, mostly couldn't care less.


2 comments:

  1. Ok, wow... The only thing you might add in Tale Two is in many cases the event will occur more than once with the same mother.

    It grieves me that women think about the inconvenience now, but then spend a lifetime of regret, or a lifetime justifying "choice". It also grieves me that often the "donor" breathes a heavy sigh of relief, along with the parents or friends of the Mom.

    There is less regret over shredding the life inside the womb then there is putting the family pet to sleep. You can quote me on that.

    Only Grace can heal the destruction this causes. Good point Bob!

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  2. Isn't this the sad truth of our society today. Mass outrage over the killing of one girl and not a glance for millions of others.

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