A new life need not be a crisis

Help for mothers makes abortion, abandonment avoidable

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It didn’t have to happen this way.

A 22-year-old Augusta woman told police early Wednesday she found a newborn baby at the Masonic Temple on Wrightsboro Road. But after deputies’ questioning, the truth came out.

She didn’t find the baby wrapped in towels behind the building, and her name wasn’t Tiffany Brown, as she told authorities. Cierra Y’Kesia Simms gave birth to the baby in her nearby apartment just two hours before contacting police. Ms. Simms created the foundling story because she already has a 3-year-old, and she felt she couldn’t take care of her new baby. Mother and child were then taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Charges won’t be filed, nor should they. Mothers who leave their babies with medical facility employees within seven days of birth are protected under Georgia’s Safe Haven Law.

Thank heaven this young mother gave birth instead of having an abortion. But how sad Ms. Simms didn’t know about the many safe havens that could have helped her. There are many, many resources and services in the CSRA that are here to help pregnant women and new mothers just like Ms. Simms cope with the challenges that come with bringing a new child into the world.

We’ll name just one: Augusta Care Pregnancy Center. Its Nurturing Place offers infant-care classes that reward pupils with vouchers for diapers, baby clothes, baby furniture – virtually anything a mother would need for her new child.

The center’s parenting classes offer guidance on a variety of subjects, including household budgeting on a low income. Even homeless mothers can find secure shelter through Augusta CPC. Adoption, as well, can be arranged.

Help for crisis pregnancies is available at the CPC 24-hour hotline, 706-724-FREE. To inquire about other social agencies’ services, just dial 211 on your phone.

There are kind people who understand Ms. Simms’ struggle, and they are eager to help.

This young mother needlessly stumbled her way to a happy ending. But it must be said that the child’s near-abandonment is a dismaying reflection of the rudderless, anything-goes culture that contributes so heavily to society’s decay.

Truly, it doesn’t have to happen this way.

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deestafford
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deestafford 07/26/14 - 06:56 am
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If we had orphanages it would give...

If we had orphanages it would give over wrought mothers like this lady a place to put her child where it could be raised to adulthood in a nurturing and caring environment.

cush1944
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cush1944 07/26/14 - 07:05 am
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"But it must be said that the

"But it must be said that the child’s near-abandonment is a dismaying reflection of the rudderless, anything-goes culture that contributes so heavily to society’s decay."
This is what the Great Society, democrats, liberals and black leaders have created.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/26/14 - 07:19 am
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Way back when we had

Way back when we had orphanages and places like Boys Town, weren't they privately funded? Years ago I remember my mother sending money to Father Flanagan and when I became an adult, I took up where my mother left off for many years.

Did orphanages go away because the government created so many social services agencies and the inception of foster homes?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/26/14 - 11:02 am
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"This is what the Great

"This is what the Great Society, democrats, liberals and black leaders have created."

Why doesn't Cush get checked by regular posters for turning nearly every issue into one about race when that is not the issue?

I will admit that I am somewhat sensitive to this because anytime someone who is self-identified or perceived to be a democrat or liberal brings up race they are accused of playing the race card, yet some people on here bring up race no matter what the subject and get a pass.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/26/14 - 12:41 pm
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TM, I think the race issue is important here because....

TM, I think the race issue is important here because the Great Society culture/programs took the out of wedlock births of black children from less than 15% to over 70%. The chances of an out of wedlock birthed child raised by a single mother succeeding in life are very small...much smaller than landing in jail.

This lady is black and apparently has no husband. Giving up this child could be the best thing in the world for it. Raising it in an orphanage would increase it chances of a productive life rather than landing in prison.

cush1944
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cush1944 07/26/14 - 02:36 pm
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"This is what the Great

"This is what the Great Society, democrats, liberals and black leaders have created."
TM, you are the one that brought race into it, the Great Society, democrats, liberals and black leaders have caused great harm to white folks as well.

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jimmymac 07/26/14 - 04:06 pm
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HOMES
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Years ago when there was a social stigma on an unmarried girl having a baby there were homes for unmarried mothers. The women could go there have the child and then it was put up for adoption. It wasn't mistreated by a mother who didn't want it. It wasn't flushed down the drain either. Bring these homes back and give women a true choice instead of a one sided option.

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corgimom 07/26/14 - 06:18 pm
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When somebody is afraid and

When somebody is afraid and wants to conceal a pregnancy, no, they aren't going to go to any agency. They don't tell anybody, they don't go to any pregnancy center, they don't call anybody. Because if they are seen going into a pregnancy center, then people will know that they are pregnant.

And this is something that the ACES does not, and is not willing to understand.

Because in their world, desperate, terrible situations do not happen.

You would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind and living under a rock to not know what is available in Augusta. She already has a child, did the stork bring it? Of course she knew that she could call somebody. But for some terrible reason, she felt that nobody could know. She chose to give birth without medical care, without anesthesia, in an unsterile bathroom where she could've bled to death or gotten a very serious infection that could've killed her. That is somebody who is very, very scared, that she was willing to take that chance.

And Dee Stafford, check out the WHITE out of wedlock rates. Those are skyrocketing too. It's not limited to black people, and that's what many of us on here object to, the implicit racism that only black people have illegitimate births. It is not limited to black people by any means.

And if you go back and read the old AC issues, yes, there have been cases in Augusta where white women abandoned a baby.

There used to be an orphanage in Augusta, many years ago.

And then there was that evil woman Bea Hamilton, that took children away from parents and sold them on the black market.

Orphanages are not the great places that people think they are. They are institutions, and it was clearly understood years ago that children raised in institutions do not do well, that children do best when they are in a family situation. Because eventually children grow up and become parents themselves, and if they are raised in institutions, they don't learn to be parents and create a family structure for their children.

And orphanages weren't the wonderful places that people want to make them out to be. Sexual abuse and physical, mental, and emotional abuse were common, both from staff and the other children. Back in the old days, people didn't talk about things like that publically, but now, people have come forward and now it's known.

bright idea
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bright idea 07/26/14 - 06:54 pm
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My bet

is that orphanages got regulated out of business. In the old days they were for children who had zero parents. Now too many children have zero parents.

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RMSHEFF 07/26/14 - 08:28 pm
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corgimom

Back in the old days, there were not so many children having children. There was sense of shame that helped most people wait until they were married to have sex. Now days there are few negative effect from being promiscuous. We have become very good at avoiding the effect of sin.....at lease for a season.

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deestafford 07/26/14 - 10:28 pm
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cogi, You are right about the white out of wedlock....

cogi, You are right about the white out of wedlock birth rates soaring. In the early 60's it was in single digits. Now it's approaching 40%. This explosion was brought on by LBJ's Great Society programs and the liberalization of social morays by the leftist, do-it-if-it-feels-good Democratis.

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