Friday, July 30, 2010


PARIS - A 45-year-old woman has admitted suffocating eight babies immediately after giving birth to them, authorities said, in the latest, and worst, case of infanticide to rock France in recent years. Dominique Cottrez, a resident of the quiet northern village of Villers-au-Tertre, said she hid the bodies in the garden of a previous home and in her current garage from 1989 to 2006 or ‘07, according to authorities. Dominique - a nursing aide - and her husband were arrested Wednesday, after the bodies were discovered. Cottrez was charged with the murder of victims younger than 15, which can bring a life sentence. Her husband, Pierre-Marie Cottrez said he knew nothing about the pregnancies and was freed.

The woman, who has two grown daughters, “explained that she didn’t want more children,” prosecutor Eric Vaillant told journalists. And after a bad experience giving birth to her oldest daughter 22 years ago, Vaillant said, she didn’t want to see a doctor about contraception. He said Cottrez, whose stout figure is believed to have helped her hide her pregnancies, claimed to have been “perfectly aware” that she was pregnant.

“Denial of pregnancy” and infanticide, experts say, are age-old phenomena. The number of infants makes the Cottrez crime “a beyond normal affair,” said Vaillant, the prosecutor. Police began investigating Dominique Cottrez after the new owners of her former home found two bags containing baby skeletons buried in the garden. Cottrez then told authorities that six other corpses were hidden in her garage.
Her daughters, ages 22 and 21, said they support her, speaking in an interview with the local daily, the Voix du Nord. The daughters called her a secretive but “courageous” person who “didn’t complain.” Investigators were still searching for other possible victims in the area, but Cottrez said there were none.

Everywhere we listen to strident voices demanding the “right to choose” an abortion ... and now people get alarmed about what this Frech lady did. What is the real ethic or moral difference between abortion and infanticide? In this godless civilization, it is very difficult to understand that we must open our hearts to God and to love and protect those that the Supreme Lord has given us to care for.

As confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (18.61), the Supreme Personality of Godhead Śrī Krishna is the all-pervading omnipresent Supersoul. ... If we at all want to end the cause of our conditioned life, we must take to the worship of Lord Śrī Krishna, who is present in everyone's heart by His natural affection for all living beings, who are actually the parts and parcels of the Lord. ... And to search out the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we need not go anywhere else, because the Lord is within our hearts. ... When the temples are devoid of activities, the people in general become uninterested in such places, and consequently the mass of people gradually become godless, and a godless civilization is the result. Such a hellish civilization artificially increases the conditions of life, and existence becomes intolerable for everyone.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
“The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam”
Purport in Canto 2 - Chapter 2 - Verse 6.

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