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A South Carolina woman, Alyssa Dayvault, 32 y.o., was convicted of two counts of homicide by child abuse for having killed her infant children – a girl and boy, born in 2017 and 2018, respectively [1A].
The Public Defender claimed that Dayvault had intended to give the children up for adoption. Instead, Dayvault hid both pregnancies from her mother and boyfriend, ultimately disposing of the children in trash bags.
Dayvault apologized in court to her two remaining children, but seemed oblivious to the harm to her dead infants. She was sentenced to 40 years.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17: 9).
We have, it seems, grown numb to the needs of our children. With 9 months to decide the fate of each of her children, this woman committed infanticide. Then did it again, a year later. The children were simply trash to her.
And Alyssa Dayvault is not alone. A Michigan woman, Antoinette Briley, 41 y.o., was charged with the murder of her twin sons in 2003 . Evidence suggests she, too, discarded her newborns in the trash.
Can we by any stretch of the imagination classify such callous and reprehensible indifference as the exercise of reproductive rights? The answer should be a resounding “No”. But we abort thousands of children daily, using the same rationale.
What must God think of us? How can we live with ourselves?
Abortion and God’s Forgiveness
A priest in Project Rachel, the post-abortion ministry of the Catholic Church, described the anguish experienced by many post-abortive women this way:
“Many feel they have committed ‘the unforgivable sin’ and are destined for hell, or that they deserve to be on death row. Most suffer this spiritual desolation in silence, too ashamed and feeling unworthy to seek reconciliation from God .”
Yet God stands ready to forgive, if we will only repent . We may view ourselves as trash, for the lives we have led and the choices we have made. But God sees things differently. We remain His children.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 4: 17).
What He wants is to restore us to spiritual life.
[1A and 1B] People Magazine, “SC Woman Who Killed 2 Newborns, Dumped Bodies in Trash, Then Said She Was ‘Scared’ Gets 40 Years” by Steve Helling, 11/6/20, https://people.com/crime/south-carolina-woman-killed-2-newborns-gets-40-years-prison/.
 CNN, “Michigan woman charged with murder in 2003 deaths of newborn twins” by Kelly McCleary, 12/5/20, https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/05/us/illinois-newborn-twins-murder-woman-charged/index.html.
 US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “Life Matters: Forgiveness and Healing after Abortion” by Susan Wills, Esq., https://www.usccb.org/prolife/life-matters-forgiveness-and-healing-after-abortion.
 Hope After Abortion, https://hopeafterabortion.com/.
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