What can we do in the absence of a mother's love?
Calvin Lowery: Should the Supreme Court reconsider their 1942 decision in Skinner v Oklahoma, which stated that the government does not have the right to prevent repeat offenders/criminals from having children? What has happened in the short period of time since that decision to desensitize our emotions to the fact of a mother killing or harming her children? While prohibiting some people from having kids may be an extreme approach, what can we do to protect children and the public at large?
It was only eight years ago (June 20, 2001) that the nation was stunned to find out that Andrea Yates had drowned her three youngest sons. But then more recently there was Casey Anthony (currently awaiting trial in Florida for killing Caylee Anthony) and Michelle Kehoe (convicted last week of first-degree murder of her 2-year-old son and attempted murder of her 7-year-old son, for slashing both boys' necks). Both situations really make you wonder: where did the mother's love go?
Then there is the latest situation: Antoinette Nicole Davis, a mother from Fayetteville, NC, who has been arrested and charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse, prostitution, filing a false police report, and obstructing a police officer. It is alleged that Davis called authorities and falsely reported her daughter Shaniya missing after allegedly offering her for sexual servitude to her drug supplier. On Monday, this beautiful, innocent, full-of-potential angel was found dead in Fayetteville, NC. She had been born into a life in which, before she turned six, she was physically and mentally abused, pimped out as a prostitute, and killed (most likely) in cold blood. There is no excuse or reason.
I was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC, and I spent a great deal of time throughout my army training in Fayetteville, NC (Fort Bragg, NC), so this last tragedy is truly one that hits close to home. In a city that houses those that are responsible for protecting us globally, nothing was done to protect this 5-year-old domestically. This is not a comment against the military (I love and appreciate our soldiers) -- the Constitution prevents their interference in such situations. This is a comment on the United States: we do not do all that we can to ensure that this situation does not happen, AGAIN!
Oops too late for that. For those that feel that prohibiting certain individuals from procreating is inhumane, remember this - this morning it was announced that Antoinette Davis (Shaniya's mom) is PREGNANT! Are you serious? What, was she not making enough money off of one 5-year-old? Was little Shaniya getting too old to turn tricks for mommy?
Some argue that an individual should have the right to enjoy all enumerated rights under the Constitution. That is until the exercise of those rights do harm to those that are not in a position to protect themselves. This is a sad example of why some argue that the Supreme Court should reverse their finding and prevent certain individuals from having kids.
Others observe that when there is an opportunity to overcome adversity greatness is born. Unfortunately, little Shaniya was prevented form sharing her greatness with the rest of the world.
What causes someone to not love oneself, and to resent their child to the point that these horror stories are the end result? What is it about Americans that allows stories like these to lead news programs? What about these kids? It is no surprise that many kids today are born into situations in which they do not have a chance. There are many who do not believe in abortions, but could these children have been spared? I am not offering any suggestions, just using these thoughts as a basis to ask: what can we do in the absence of a mother's love?
Additionally, if you believe that there are some people (men/women) that should not be allowed to have children, how do you make that determination; how do you make that determination? And, if you feel the government has no right to interfere with a person right to procreate, how do we protect these innocent kids?
No matter what, please pray for our kids.
|Calvin Lowery has been married for ten years to momlogic's Keira Lowery, has four kids, is a U.S. Military Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and is currently a law student. He is all about informing people of their rights and ensuring that we all raise a responsible generation of future leaders.|