There are situations in the world one wishes one could un-know and pictures one wishes one could un-see.
But once known and once seen, a person becomes, in a sense, morally responsible for the situation depicted and described.
While red states rush to pass “heartbeat” bills and draconian abortion bans, there are children all over the world whose heartbeats are becoming fainter and fainter.
The child in this featured image is most likely already dead. There comes a point in the starvation process when it cannot be reversed. The Telegraph, which printed this picture, reports that more than 5,000,000,000 children in Yemen are at risk for the same fate.
Yet Republican politicians don’t seem to have any interest in holding those responsible for causing these deaths, neither the president who sells weapons to Mohammad Bin Salman to continue making war on that benighted country nor on MbS himself, who we already know is murdered a US journalist, one who had a heartbeat. Shrapnel raining down on schoolchildren has been directly linked to bombs made in the US.
Neither do they seem to care about the heartbeats of black and brown babies once they’re born or white babies who are born into poverty.
Or the heartbeats of rape victims who are forced to carry their rapist’s child.
Or the heartbeats of children born in any of the so-called shithole countries.
Or the heartbeats of women who could die if they go through a full-term pregnancy.
Or the heartbeats of men, women, and children fleeing violence such as we can’t imagine and seeking asylum in the US.
Or the heartbeats of the likes of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, and so, so many more.
I sometimes wish I believed in hell so I could imagine on which rung of the inferno these morally bankrupt, mostly white, men and women would receive their comeuppance.
I see and I know. Time to get to work. Pictures of this child will come to Washington, DC, with me in a couple of weeks and will be, if all goes according to plan, brought into a Congressional hearing, where they will be held up. Others will be, with luck, taped to the White House fence. Others will be distributed on the Capitol steps. I invite you to download and print out the picture and also make use of it to confront your state’s politicians with what they are ignoring, especially if you live in a state that has recently passed a so-called-heartbeat bill.