Friday, November 17, 2006

I Thought This Was a "Gimme"

But, apparently, there are people out there who need to be given "Don't Shake Your Newborn Baby to Death" brochures, upon becoming parents.

Parents of newborn children will receive information about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome before leaving the hospital under a new law signed by Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday.

It's about time, given all the stories we've been hearing lately about the benefits of shaken baby syndrome.

And, call me skeptical, but someone who lacks the mental capacity to understand that violently shaking a newborn baby is a bad thing, doesn't seem like the type of person whose behavior can be easily modified by an informational pamphlet.

The law requires the state Department of Public Health to create a new initiative to combat shaken baby syndrome, including a new program to support victims and their families.

Sorry, but a program aimed at providing support for the victims and their families, as good-intentioned as it may be, is not a way to "combat" shaken baby syndrome (or rape, or domestic violence, or child abuse, etc).

That's known as "coexsting with".

Address the "effect" of the problem all you want, but if you're not allocating greater resources toward addressing the "cause" of the problem, you're just swimming in place, at best.

In Massachusetts there were 76 confirmed cases of shaken baby syndrome between 2001 and 2004 according to the public health department. In nearly half the cases, the babies were shaken by their biological parents, not other caregivers.

What I'd like to see now is for Governor Romney to commission a study to determine how many of these violent, baby-shaking scumbags, whether the biological parents or not, had a prior record of violent crime, and should have been behind bars at the time they were busy sowing their seeds?