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Throwing The Baby Out With The Bongwater

The New York Times posted a glowing article about a group home in New Hampshire, Hope on Haven Hill, founded with the express mission of keeping babies united with mothers who:

“… had used opioids, mostly heroin and fentanyl. Many had been incarcerated. Few had families they could turn to for help, and the fathers of their babies were out of the picture.”

Why would anyone do this? And why is the U.S. government giving these lunatics a half-million dollar grant to help them do it?

As the Times explains, “Haven Hill’s philosophy” is that babies should stay with their drug addict, single mothers, “alleviating the widespread fear among pregnant drug users that if they seek help, their children will be taken away.”

Even accepting that, in modern America, single mothers and drug addicts are People Who May Not Be Criticized, this is insane. It ought to be insane even to readers of the Times, who might have noticed, next to the perky article on Haven Hill, the headline for a related article in the Times: Opioids May Interfere With Parenting Instincts, Study Finds.

As the article explains, scientists found that the part of the brain that registers cute baby faces “as irresistible, kicking in our instinct to care for them” didn’t light up in people dependent on opioids, as it does in normal brains.

But forget that the mothers are heroin addicts — as Haven Hill does. Just consider the lottery tickets these kids have won by being born to single mothers. As recounted in gory detail in Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, study after study has shown that children brought up by single mothers are doomed.

Regardless of socioeconomic status, race or residence, they are many, many multiple times more likely than children raised in two-parent families to: commit suicide, get pregnant, abuse drugs, run away, drop out of high school and go to prison. In fact, the single strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is being raised by a single mother.

We can’t do much about single mothers who aren’t drug addicts (except maybe ease up on the endless paeans to them), but here’s a golden opportunity to rescue children from lives of misery and place them with loving adoptive families. In this case, on top of the daunting odds facing any child raised by a single mother: Mommy’s a heroin addict.

So far, the short life of one baby at Haven Hill has entailed the following:

“Emma Lee, a tiny infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome … had spent all 32 days of her life in a neonatal intensive care unit because her mother, Amanda, 31, who was homeless for the first six months of her pregnancy, had used heroin for most of that time and then went on methadone.”

Emma Lee was born addicted to heroin.

“‘Her withdrawals were pretty severe,’ said Amanda, who did not want her last name used, as she cradled Emma Lee in their sunny bedroom at Hope on Haven Hill. While in the hospital, the baby had difficulty eating. Her hands and legs shook with tremors.”

Could any of the compassion being lavished on drug addicts be extended to their helpless children?

No. Poor little Emma Lee must stay with Amanda, so that we can really drive home the point that unmarried women CANNOT be held responsible for getting pregnant and drug addicts CANNOT be held responsible for their addictions. Innocent children are pawns in America’s endless project of promoting women’s self-esteem.

The politician’s constant refrain is that drug addiction “is not a moral failing, this is a disease” — as Gov. Chris Christie puts it. Let’s say it is.

First of all, I would argue that it was at least partially Amanda’s fault, and not the disease’s fault, that she decided to take heroin in the first place. Unless she’s Cary Grant in “North by Northwest,” and the drugs were forcibly rammed down her throat, she chose to gamble with heroin.

Nancy Reagan’s much-maligned “Just Say No” campaign is a lot more compassionate than the parades and sky-writing campaigns announcing: DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE!

Most compassionate of all is Trump’s policy to build a wall and deport Mexican drug dealers, so that Americans with this “disease” won’t be able to catch it in the first place.

Second, so what? Let’s say drug addiction is a disease. Lots of behavior has genetic roots. Studies show that wife-beating has an underlying genetic component. Why don’t politicians weep about the “illness” of spousal abuse? How about a bucolic New Hampshire home to unite wife-beaters with their spouses, alleviating the widespread fear among violent men that their wives will leave them?

At least they can leave. Only defenseless little babies are being forced to stay with manifestly unfit mothers — in order to burnish the drug addict’s self-esteem. Ruining a child’s life is part of the addict’s recovery plan.

Suppose Amanda were an unfit mother for reasons entirely out of her control — she was a ray of sunshine, a straight-A student, with a bright future, who was raped and left in a coma by illegal aliens. Would do-gooders and government agencies adopt the “philosophy” that Emma Lee had to be raised by her comatose mother?

No, of course not. The whole purpose of this senseless child abuse is to proclaim for the millionth time: WOMEN ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE! DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE!

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Ann Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.

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  • Max

    Yep.

  • Mydogrules

    Why would this surprise anyone? Liberals are INSANE, and that have been evident for quite some time.

    • maxx

      We should not allow them to breed since what they produce will just be more like them.

  • Joseph Vernice

    When I began reading the article, I was saying to myself “What is Ann doing here? Of course, a baby should stay with his/her mother”. As I continued reading, it made so much more sense and I agree with Ann on her position. The Hope on Haven Hill is missing the point. They are disillusioned into thinking that they are doing good, only to be blinded by the truth and gravity of what they are really doing is harming an innocent baby without a voice.

    • maxx

      Outfits like Hope on Haven Hill are like a lot of other social justice pedaling orgs. They are in it “for the money”. The money they get goes into the pockets of those in charge and the employees. It’s always been that way. That is why the “war on drugs” has been a total failure. Put them in a boot camp scenario making them go “cold turkey”. If they really want to get clean they will survive. Those that don’t survive were too stupid to waste time and money on anyway. Life is not fair and no matter how much money we throw at drug addiction is going to change that. We think nothing of putting men and women into harms way while in law enforcement or the military and they did nothing wrong. But heaven forbid if we don’t spend millions on the people that put themselves in harms way with drugs due to their own stupidity.

  • Michael Noone

    What is the baby body count since this ridiculous operation began? But, then, what should we expect from a political and societal subset among us that espouses “post birth abortion”? Progressives are murderously dangerous in the baby crib and the riotous “protests”.

    • John Johnson

      We can’t know the body count until these children grow up, go wild and become mass murderers. Check back in 15 or 20 years…

  • Ron C

    They liberal’s in this country really need to start listening to Ann Coulter, she is a smart, strong, clear thinking, Lady…After all she tried to tell the talking head’s on the MSM that Trump would be their next President…and all the lunatic left could do is laugh. Now who’s got the last laugh!

  • THOMAS BYRNES

    The sky-writers are correct; Drug addicts are NOT RESPONSIBLE! That’s why children should not be left in their “care”.

  • Robert Chow

    There is a part in Revelation chapter 18 on sorcery. the word sorcery derive from Latin pharmaceutic. Isn’t drug inducing false sense of relief? Drug culture or recreational drug beginning in the ’60 sped up the fall of America. Hopefully the Rapture come before the end of Trump’s presidency. Are you 100% sure you go straight to heaven if you were to die right now? I am by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ.

  • ThomasCollins1

    “Why don’t politicians weep about the “illness” of spousal abuse? How
    about a bucolic New Hampshire home to unite wife-beaters with their
    spouses…?”

    Don’t give them any ideas.

  • Herbert Woodbury

    One thing that I would add, sterilize the woman so she won’t have any more kids…

    hell, as far as I am concerned, all drug addicts, male or female should be sterilized.

  • joel

    Having worked many years as an officer of the law in a city and as an officer in a prison, I saw the outcome of single parent homes. It still bothers me to give government power to take children away from birth parents.

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  • PaxMentis

    Good article. However…the title is a little strange, considering the total disconnect between “bong water” and opioid addiction…

  • Jerryb53

    Ann, very good article. Agree 100%.

  • gestr

    Besides deporting illegal aliens, let’s deport violent criminals and drug addicts.