Today, as I was perusing the blogs I subscribe to, my attention was drawn to a post by Amelia’s Mom. She writes about an article in the Calgary Herald that speaks about how the Supreme Court of Canada defended the rights of a stillborn baby.
As a quick overview, a woman apparently delivered a full term stillborn baby in her home. She wrapped the baby’s body in plastic garbage bags and put it outside on her balcony. The court ruled that any baby that is stillborn has the same right to dignity as a child or person who died after birth. This woman, as I can hardly call her a mother, will now go on trial for attempting to hide the birth and the body of her baby.
I feel that this is a very important step in the right direction in acknowledging the lives of babies, and the grief that families endure after their deaths. As the article says:
the ruling reaffirms what all parents of stillborn babies know — that this is a child in the fullest sense of the word, ready to be born, yet a child whose eyes will never open on the beauties of this world.