Whoa! What's This? A Charge of Aggravated Assault Against An Unborn Child? And This in the Good Old U.S. of A!

Whoa! What's This?

A Charge of Aggravated Assault Against An Unborn Child?

And All This in the Good Old U.S. of A!

Yes, it's even stranger than fiction and it happened not too many miles from where I live in south central Pennsylvania -- just a bit west in what is known as Armstrong County.

Peggy Jo Conner took a ball bat to Valerie Lynn Oskin who was in the late stages of her pregnancy. In a secluded area Conner then proceeded to cut open the expectant mother's abdomen to remove the unborn child.

Fortunately a lad riding on his ATV came across the pair and when told by the ball bat swinging gal that everything was OK, he rode on but reported it to his father who in turn called the police.

A number of charges have been lodged against Conner who beat the soon-to-be mom with the ball bat. These are attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and notice this -- the most intriguing is the charge of "aggravated assault of an unborn child."

But, how can that be?

First, it is very customary to refer to an unborn child as a "fetus" -- that way, it reduces him or her to a status of being less than a person. And so, whatever happens, the happening is not to a person, but simply an event which involves a very impersonal mass of tissue and blood -- and if some act has been carried out in which that "mass of tissue and blood" is no longer considered to be living, you just dispose of it as you would yesterday's garbage -- no problem, as we are so inclined to say from time to time.

Secondly, there is more than a tad of hypocrisy rearing its ugly head here -- if you go a bit further west a few miles in Armstrong County and then go south, you eventually come to the city of Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh you have at least one hospital and a clinic or two where unborn children are not just victims of aggravated assault, but they are mutilated and murdered on a regular basis! And the guys in the white coats that do this get paid big bucks, drive luxury cars, live in great big houses that cost a few hundred thousands of dollars, and put their kids through the best of universities! And strange as it may seem, these individuals are considered to be "upstanding citizens" in their communities. Phone numbers in the yellow pages of Pennsylvania phone directories often reveal a place where one can call when you have an unborn child against which you want to arrange for a white coated individual to carry out a fatal "aggravated assault!"

The greatest tragedy of all is that we as a nation have become so blind and lacking in compassion that we cannot comprehend our glaring hypocrisy -- we don't hesitate to aggressively bring charges against one individual for "aggravated assault against an unborn child" while giving our two thumbs up seal of approval to the destruction of thousands of unborn children every week whereby the perpetrators walk away with fatter wallets and no charges are ever brought against them.

Maybe the ball bat swinging woman mentioned at the beginning should have donned a white coat, had her name stitched on left pocket with the initials "M.D." behind it, and then claimed she was simply doing an abortion, since it is a "constitutional right" to do so in the "land of the free and the home of the brave." That way her constitutional rights would have been violated if the aggravated assault charges had been filed. And what about the ball bat? Easy -- she was just using an ancient method of anesthesia on the patient before performing the abortion!

Crazy -- preposterous -- over the edge to even entertain such a thought you say! Oh -- and just how crazy is it that we, who claim to be a civilized nation, have intentionally destroyed tens of millions of unborn children over three decades?

The one thing that our political and church leaders as well as the majority of us citizens refuse to face is how and when God is going to respond to this massive "shedding of innocent blood." There is one thing of which we can be absolutely sure -- when God does respond, we will not have to question what God is doing, or why He is doing it!

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since Roe vs. Wade
January 1973

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

A Significant Selah Moment!

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....

It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.

Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV

October 18, 2005
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Gipsy, PA
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA

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