Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When There Are No Answers...

Sometimes you hear things on the news that just devastate you.

Last night, in Newburgh, NY, a woman drove her minivan off a boat ramp into the Hudson River, killing herself and three of her small children, ages 5, 2 and 11 months old. Just moments before, she let her 10-year-old son out of the minivan.

While details are still not being revealed—or are not truly known—at this time, apparently the woman was involved in a domestic dispute shortly before this incident, so she loaded her four children into the minivan and drove off.

At this point, I feel for all involved. I cannot imagine how the boy feels, and how this will impact his life.

If the woman was suffering from post-partum depression, this tragedy again underscores the need for more treatment and attention to this truly serious illness. More children should not be lost, like the children of Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and countless others.

And if the children were caught in the crossfire of a domestic dispute, perhaps this will be the straw that convinces conservatives that leaving children in abusive or neglectful situations, leaving them in foster care, is not preferable to adoption by a same-sex couple who can love and provide for them.

But this isn't about politics. This is about the children. This is about lives lost. Sometimes there are no answers.

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