Nearly 250 human foetuses dumped in forest aged at 5-6 months


Investigators say all 248 fetuses discovered in a Urals forest were likely intended for use in scientific research. Most were terminated after the fifth month of pregnancy.

According to police, forensic examinations showed most of the fetuses were terminated at 22-26 weeks of pregnancy. Initially, it was thought they were 12-16 weeks. All the fetuses were mummified.

Investigators continue to probe the origin of the fetuses, which were sealed in plastic containers and discarded in a remote location in the Sverdlovsk Region. The prevailing theory is that the remains were being used in scientific research, but police emphasize that it is just one of several leads they are working around.

The late stage at which all 248 fetuses were terminated has forced some to believe they are dealing with a coordinated crime.

Elena Mizulina, head of the State Duma Committee on Issues of Family, Women and Children, believes this incident is a case of mass illegal abortions, which she says are rife in the country.

“Such abortions are illegal,” she said in an interview to newspaper Izvestia,“because they are performed at stages when it’s dangerous for the mother, and is the murder of a rather developed embryo. What were found in those containers are not embryos – they are killed unborn human beings.”

Mizulina believes the means of disposal itself – in a forest in the Urals Mountains, and not in the proper facility – shows the criminal intent of whoever was involved in this gruesome act.

“This is probably an attempt to cover up a criminal activity. Whoever did this might have been expecting a visit from medical or law enforcement inspectors and wanted to get rid of incriminating evidence,” Mizulina said.

Russian law allows a woman to terminate pregnancy until the 12th week. Afterwards, abortion can only be performed for medical reasons, if the mother’s life is assumed to be in danger.

Miscarriages, of course, can also occur naturally at any time.


Pregnant Dominican girl dies as abortion ban delays leukemia treatment

What would you have done if you were faced with the same problem. Would you abort the foetus?


The mother of a Dominican teenage girl is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter’s health first after the girl died when her body failed to respond to chemotherapy. The treatment was delayed over fears it would abort the girl’s pregnancy.

The 16-year-old girl, whose name has not been officially disclosed, grabbed the world’s attention after doctors dragged out her leukemia treatment because of an abortion ban provided by the Dominican Republic’s Constitution.

The Constitution states “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death,” which is interpreted quite straightforwardly in courts.

Diagnosed with acute leukemia, the girl was admitted to Semma Hospital in Santo Domingo, but had to wait some 20 days for treatment – doctors feared beginning aggressive chemotherapy as radiation could have aborted the pregnancy. Finally, they gave in Tuesday, public pressure increasing.

Friday, the girl died.

As a blood transfusion began Thursday, the teen’s body rejected it and failed to respond to the chemotherapy altogether, Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital, told CNN.

Her condition rapidly worsening, the girl suffered a miscarriage Friday morning. Cardiac arrest followed. Attempts to revive the girl having failed, the official reason for her death was recorded as complications from her disease.

They have killed me, I’m dead, dead. I’m nothing,” says Rosa Hernandez, the girl’s mother. “She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live.

The incident stirred controversy and heated discussion with the Catholic Church and the Dominican public. Given the strict abortion rules, Hernandez had to apply both to the doctors and the government for an exception to be made for her daughter.

My daughter’s life is first. I know that [abortion] is a sin and that it goes against the law … but my daughter’s health is first,” Hernandez said.

At the moment of her the death, the fetus was 10-13 weeks old, according to various media.


Stillborn in Life

Photograph by Mark Ulyseas

I am dead
The wheel warbles
The flowers fade
And rivers carry all to seed

I am dead

Lifeless in a used condom
Like a mindless still day
A muted Thrush
A featherless bird of paradise

I am dead

Yet they speak to me
Formless in a Petri dish
Of God and surrender
And hope
And love

I live in death

For it has no desires
I feel not the pain
I dream not in death
For I am stillborn in life

February 01, 2011

For Ladies Only

Pic by Mark Ulyseas

“If I believe in reincarnation, I feel I have been born a woman for the first time.
I feel like Sally from 3rd rock from the sun” –
Tanya, on the threshold of leaving a marriage and learning to love, to be a mother again.

It is warm
blood between her thighs
the smell, comforting like a mother’s womb
it is that time
when Nature reminds her
of  womanhood, motherhood

And as she rushes to change
her blood stained skirt
she passes the mirror, catches her eyes
staring back accusingly
a decision had to be made, again
to be a mother, or not

It was made once before, a long time ago
by a man who spoke of love
and a surgeon with a knife.


Abortion – a misconception?

This is dedicated to all those wonderful, beautiful, enchanting women out there who make life bearable and meaningful for many (including me) – thank you.

As modern society careens on into an uncertain future issues of great import keep snapping at its feet; and one that refuses to go away is abortion – a ‘missed conception’ as one smart aleck grandiosely announced.

Quips and the hyperventilation aside we need to look at a reality that stems unfortunately from organized religion that feeds on the frailty, insecurity and superstition of humanity. Hell, damnation and ostracization from society appears to be the standard format that we see frequently being employed.

Why is the woman always the slut that seduces man? Why is the woman seen as the misguiding factor in an otherwise predictable life of man? Eve seduced Adam or was it the other way round?

In abortion, pontification with self induced illusions of Man’s infallibility point to the woman as the harlot, the one who destroys life while at the same time honoring mothers, sisters and genuflecting before goddesses of every hue.  The paradox is evident in the Ramayana – read the saga of Sita.

The parody of man holds center stage when a woman announces that she is having an abortion. The flurry of indignation appears to be self indulgent – suddenly the sanctity of life is paraded by those self appointed gendarmes of gender suffering from incontinence of spirit.

Who are these people?

Who are these who seek to infiltrate one’s life, to stand as guardians of the absurd?

Are their actions merely projections of their own lives – one of hypocrisy and religious demarcations?

Maybe it is time to accept what Simone de Beauvoir said, “One is not born but rather becomes a woman”, a biting indictment of society as a whole.

Abortion is the sole purview, the ultimate decision that one human being makes to announce to all that one’s body is one’s own and therefore does not belong to a society, state or to any designated version of religious retardation.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om