Bloomington is not child-safe: booster seats and abortions...

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My friend David Talcott points out that Bloomington is not child-safe. Monroe County (Bloomington's home) has the lowest fertility rate of any county in Indiana. By a lot. A lot. In 2003, there were 1,229 live births in Monroe County but 784 abortions. For every three babies born in Monroe County, two more are murdered in their mothers' wombs.

Let it be carefully noted, though, that Bloomington is also the home of state legislator, Peggy Welch, who sponsored a child booster seat law that saves, arguably, one child's life on Indiana highways each year...

Welch's law requires all children 4 to 8 years old to be placed in a child booster seat when riding in a car. Safety belts aren't enough; you'll be ticketed if your child weighing under eighty pounds is belted in but not boosted.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 476 children 4 to 8 years of age die in traffic accidents across the U.S. each year. If all of those children who died and were unrestrained (neither seat belt nor booster seat) had been buckled in, 150 lives could have been saved. If they had been in a booster seat as well, an additional 19 lives may have been saved.

Break down the stats from national to state level and you'll see how I came up with one life (or less) being saved by our booster seat law.

Now I'm not writing this to oppose booster seats, but to expose our hypocrisy in passing a law that saves at best the life of one child each year, while each day we drive past the building on South College Avenue where 784 children are murdered by our neighbors every year and we make no effort to save their lives. (And that's just the count in Bloomington.)

Of course, we have our justifications: "Well, it's the law of the land, you know."

Tell that to the Hebrew midwives who disobeyed Pharaoh's law and saved the lives of little Jewish newborn boys.

Strip away God's big laws and you don't get freedom, but an endless succession of trivial laws that are quite successful at making us all feel self-righteous.