Baltimore Police Commish’s seemingly pro-life comments

bpd-patch reported on comments made by Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts last week:

Three teenagers 18 and younger were shot and killed in separate incidents in the city in the last two weeks. City officials say 9 people under the age of 20 have been killed so far this year.

“It’s unacceptable that we are losing our babies. It is unacceptable that we have lost even one life let alone nine young people within our city,” Commissioner Anthony Batts says.

Batts says the issue can’t be solved with the police department alone. He says it takes the religious community and other leaders to address the problem.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city cannot arrest its way out of youth violence. “We have to be there to show our young people that we care before our young people’s lives are entwined as a law enforcement issue,” says Rawlings-Blake.

The Mayor says she is committed along with faith leaders and others to rally around the young people of Baltimore.

There are three Public Safety Town Halls planned for May. One will deal with youth violence. Mayor Rawlings-Blake says she wants to see the room full of young people on May 13th for the meeting at City Hall.

The fact that the value of human life has been so cheapened that you can get shot in some areas of Baltimore for little or no reason could have something to do with the overall coarsening of society and the lack of respect for life in general. It’s not too far of a stretch to say that, in a state where abortion is treated as a sacred right (that shouldn’t even be regulated that tightly), that life has been cheapened to the point it’s disposable to many – whether in an abortion facility or on the streets of Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has helped cheapen the value of human life with all of her actions on behalf of Planned Parenthood – including her push as City Council President for a bill Planned Parenthood wanted that dealt with pregnancy care centers who help women who decide not to get an abortion. How much has that cost the city in court so far?

As notes:

Abortion is the #1 killer of black Americans, according to CDC & Guttmacher stats, outnumbering all other causes of death combined–363,705 to 285,522.


I realize Commissioner Batts likely didn’t mean anything pro-life or anti-abortion in his comments. However, is it really that surprising that when we put such a low value on the life of the unborn that the life of the born also doesn’t hold much value to many?

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

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