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April 25, 2007

Speaking as a Former Fetus Myself...

Spec_letterhead_2 This weekend, I attended an international conference on leadership with delegates representing over 50 countries and speaking more than 20 languages. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Patricia, from Chile, who organizes baptisms and funerals for babies, born and then left to die by their mothers. What seems like the only decent thing to do, is apparently a procedural nightmare in Chile. These un-named children had to be legally adopted, given names, and then buried. The process was exhausting, but Patricia, a tall dignified woman whose lazy "r"s in Spanish betrayed her French birth, has been successful in streamlining the steps and cutting through the government's burdensome bureaucracy. Without cynicism, Patricia explained the government wanted to draw as little attention to the matter of abortion as possible, since most Chileans preferred to consider it a necessary evil.

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