In 2012, homicide or abuse was the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children 1 to 5 years old in Colorado, taking the life of 107 children. While abortion supporters insist that legal abortion will decrease abuse-related deaths of children, this doesn’t seem to be the case. A recent example in Denver makes this clear.
A 21-year-old mother, Kelsy-Newell Skinner, is being held at the Downtown Detention Center in Denver after reportedly beating her 2-month old daughter, Natalee Skinner-Hurst, to death.
Newell Skinner alerted her ex-boyfriend of the beating on July 27th, and said in a text message that, “She must have been very drunk last night because she just woke up and the baby had been beaten.” She didn’t indicate that she was responsible for the beating, but when her mother came to check on her, she ran from her apartment. Newell Skinner’s mother brought Natalee to Parker Adventist Hospital and the infant was transported to Children’s Hospital.
Upon arrival, Natalee was declared brain dead and had severe bruising on her head, a swollen left eye, fractured ribs and suspected bite marks on her left thigh. Newell-Skinner’s mother said that her daughter claimed to be depressed because she didn’t have any money. The infant died later a few days later.
This death is a tragedy, especially since Newell Skinner is a mother of four other children under the age of five and will likely spend a large portion of her future in prison.
However, as we grieve this death, we should also remember that abortion is the ultimate form of child abuse. In our country, unborn children are legally aborted every twenty-six seconds. Oftentimes, these children face the same painful death as this little girl, yet are not acknowledged as a part of the human family. Our hope is that this child rests in peace and that all children, born and unborn, will receive equal protection under law.