You won’t hear me gushing about Texas, but they had this right: When authorities counted casualties in the wake of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, they came to 26, one of whom was an unborn child. Crystal Holcombe was 18 weeks along when she was shot and killed by that guy. Her child had a name: Carlin Brite ‘Billy Bob’ Holcombe, the ‘Billy Bob’ came at the recommendation of her other kids.
In 2003, the State of Texas enacted a law that–legal abortions aside–extended the protections of the entire criminal code to ‘an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.’ In other words, if you kill a pregnant woman, you’ll be charged for double-murder. Sounds about right to me. I don’t take kindly to people who kill womenfolk, especially when one is with child.
However, at many media outlets, the casualty count is 25. Why? Because the unborn baby of Crystal Holcombe was not a person in their eyes. Paula Bolyard has some excellent examples:
Take, for instance, the Chicago Tribune, which wrote, “Kelley shot and killed 25 people at the church. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one of the victims was pregnant.” The newspaper didn’t want to get caught recognizing the humanity of the unborn baby, so they deferred to “authorities.” There wasn’t a deceased baby, there was a pregnant victim, according to the Tribune.
CNN wrote that “the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will reopen its sanctuary as a memorial on Sunday, one week after a gunman killed 25 people and an unborn child.” In other words, 25 real people and one blob of tissue.
At USA Today, they didn’t even try to cloak their hostility toward unborn babies in clever wording. “The memorial ceremony was a block away from the First Baptist Church, which is slated for demolition after the massacre during Sunday services Nov. 5 that killed 25 people including a pregnant woman and wounded 20,” an article declared.
The same with the New York Daily News, where they reported: “Michael Kelley, who lives just 35 miles away from Sutherland Springs, where his son killed 25 people and an unborn child at the First Baptist Church, told ABC, ‘We are grieving, our family is grieving.'” And an unborn child, as if it’s a creature belonging to another species.
Time opted to go with word gymnastics: “Kelley shot and killed 25 people at the church. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one of the victims was pregnant.” Which is it, 25 people or 26? Time wouldn’t dare recognize the humanity of the slain child, though they dutifully reported what “authorities” said.
CBS News did the same thing: “The victims included eight males and 17 females ranging in age from 1 to 77. Authorities said the 26 dead also included the unborn baby of a woman who was killed.” So 25 victims plus one unborn baby. See the subtle subterfuge?
Taking their “logic” to its absurd extreme, if Crystal Holcombe were at 39 weeks and had a C-section scheduled for the Tuesday after the massacre, the unborn child was not a person, so it’s 25 killed according to CBS News and other media outlets. Had Carlin Brite ‘Billy Bob’ Holcombe been born on the prior Thursday, it’s 26 murdered. These are the ridiculous lengths that pro-abortion advocates will go in denying the humanity of the unborn and how they’ve insinuated their agenda into the news business, all part of their overall justification for taking potential human lives at abortion clinics, that a person aborted is not really a person. Anyway, out of all the stories that came across over the weekend, this one resonated for me.