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UNICEF believes that there might be 100 million children worldwide living on the street. Andreana Reeves of Stanford said that 1.3 million of them — not counting those dispossessed by the economy, by natural disaster and, collaterally, by war — are U.S. citizens.The phrase “no child is unwanted” is a curious blend of maudlinism and chimera. General intolerance for the planet's swarms of waifs is exemplified by bounties placed on their extinction by annoyed shopkeepers in Brazil, a country praised for its economic progressiveness and human rights initiatives, but which in this case turns its back. Six billion other people, if not as proactive, abet such barbarity with their indifference. Imagine the worst that can be done to a human being, take it to the 100 millionth power, and you might get some idea of what unwanted kids go through. If they survive the cradle.Infanticide isn't rare, not now, not here. Even in an over-populated world, we can't believe it could be state sanctioned, but some countries don't investigate it with any apparent probity. In America, it's an element of celebrity, although we claim to be repulsed by it, both legally and morally. That could change. A Texas congresswoman wants to have infanticide and homicide become distinct indictments, with the former attaching no more than a two-year jail sentence. Outright murder solves the debate over the exact moment of fetal disambiguation.Legalized abortion was meant to eradicate (among other things) the use of clothes hangers as obstetric tools. The nightmare we let it turn into doesn't invalidate its effect on the horrors it has helped to diminish.



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