WashPo columnist Eugene Robinson, in an hysterical effort to attack Rick Santorum, is criticizing the way in which Santorum and his family chose to deal with the death of one of their children who only survived for two hours after his birth, calling them “weird” for wanting to hold their dead child and giving their other children the opportunity to see their brother and say goodbye.
According to the National Stillbirth Society:
10) Can a mother have time with her stillborn baby after delivery?
She absolutely can and we encourage it! Most hospitals will bathe and dress her baby and then encourage not just the mother, but also the father and other family members present at the birth to hold and caress the baby. Likewise, surviving siblings should have a chance to meet and say goodbye to their newborn brother or sister, too. Mothers who declined this chance to bond with their baby have invariably told us that they regretted the decision they made at the time. Their baby has been a part of their family life for almost a year and the need to say goodbye is very real.
Maybe Robinson has never lost anyone close to him or maybe in place of a human soul inside of him is some heartless monster. Whichever the case is, the only thing weird here is Robinson using a dead baby to attack a presidential candidate. Robinson completely misrepresented what Santorum says they did and instead makes it out to be like the Santorums brought the baby home and played with it like a doll whereas the real story is one of respect and human dignity, sorrow and loss.