A Pro Life Call To Help 6 month Baby Miraculously Delivered By C-Section
By DeeDee Garcia Blase
We were the first to report the story in English of an undocumented pregnant Mexican woman who was beaten to death. There were news stories regarding the woman who was beaten to a pulp and hospitalized, but few people knew she died until surviving members of Paola Delgado-Polanco were asking for financial help to bring the body back to Mexico and to help the miracle baby (delivered by c-section) who is in critical condition right now.
I wonder, and my gut instinct tells me that anti-immigrant sentiment and the dehumanization of undocumented immigrants played a role in nonchalant reporting. After all, many of us hear and continue to hear time and time again public political officials refer to immigrants as pigs, cockroaches, cattle and so forth. In fact, some political officials have advocated shooting them.
As a former long life Republican, now proud independent -- nothing affected me quite like the dehumanizing term of "anchor baby" because I used to be a staunch pro life activist who volunteered my time to help the Arizona Right To Life and other pro life causes. Things took a turn when the Arizona Republican former Sen. Russell Pearce wanted to deny brown babies born in the U.S.A. their right to citizenship under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The day the now ousted Senator Russell Pearce began attacks on our 14th Amendment / birthright citizenship in Arizona legislative hearings was the day Arizonans For Better Government filed recall papers. The day chosen to file recall paperwork was essentially a pro life symbol -- not just an economic immigrant one for me. There were 2 recall Russell Pearce Groups, but Arizonans For Better Government were the first.
Pro life leaders wanted me to put the pro life issue before my legal immigration reform activism, however, the story of Paola Delgado Polanco can give an example to pro life leaders of Catholic-leaning pro life organizations why legal immigration reform is important. Reports show that undocumented immigrant women fear reporting her abuser for fear of getting deported. In other words, pro life organizations must support additional means, too, for undocumented immigrant mothers to feel safe in reporting a domestic abuser without fear in order for them to be strong for their babies, too.
According to the UK Guardian:
A pregnant woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who assaulted with a baseball bat has died, but not before giving birth to a baby girl.
Police say 21-year-old Paola Delgado-Polanco, who was originally from Mexico, was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning after being violently assaulted at her trailer park home in Delaware.
Miss Polanco was found by paramedics and died just hours later from her injuries.
Before she died, she gave birth to a baby girl who was born three months premature.
The newborn is listed in critical but stable condition at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
Paola's family in Puente de Camotlan in Mexico are hoping that people may be able to donate to help bring her body back to her home country.
They have set up a page which they also hope will help to raise some funds to help care for her newborn baby girl which the family will now look after.
We implore pro life leaders to help us help the 6 month preemie baby alive. The baby is in critical condition, and the family needs help and prayers.
The family writes:
Paola Eden Delagado Polanco was a young thriving girl and full of life, with charming simplicity and humility. She died October 29 at her 21 years as a victim of domestic violence caused by her boyfriend in Bear, Delaware. Paola was six months pregnant, and by a miracle the baby survived. God has plans for all of us and Paola is now in the kingdom of heaven with our Heavenly Father. She was beautiful, but her inner beauty was far more radiant than her physical attractiveness. We urge support for funeral expenses and to send her body to rest in her home town of Puente de Camotlan Nayarit, Mexico. We also ask for your help in the expenses for her premature baby girl who has a long journey ahead of her. Thank you and may God bless you .
- The Delgado Polanco FamilyPaola Eden Delgado Polanco & Baby
Paola Eden Delagado Polanco era una joven luchadora y llena de vida; encantadora con su sencillez y humildad. Ella falleció le 29 de octubre a los 21 años como una víctima de violencia doméstica a manos de su novio en Bear , Delaware. Paola estaba embarazada de seis meses, y de milagro la bebé sobrevivió. Dios tiene planes para todos nosotros y Paola ahora está en el reino de los cielos con nuestro Padre Celestial. Ella era hermosa que no sólo era físicamente preciosa, pero también era una alma muy tierna. Les pedimos apoyo para los gastos del funeral y para mandar a su cuerpo a Puente de Camotlan, Nayarit, Mexico . También les pedimos su ayuda para los gastos que tendrá la niña prematura que tiene un futuro muy largo. Muchas gracias por todo su apoyo y que Dios los bendiga.
- La Familia Delgado Polanco.
Brown lives matter, and I hope pro life organizations get a better understanding why we must protect undocumented mothers first with our continued legal immigration reform advocacy. This dilemma is sort of like the "chicken before laying the egg" thing.