You know your job has fried your brain when you are pro-life, you read this story, and your first thought is “Why wasn’t this lady pressured into having an abortion?” (The headline for the article I’m reviewing today gives no indication to readers that the pregnancy in question was less than ideal.) Many contemporary feminists are better than that. I should have more faith that my sisters can hold themselves to the standards set by basic human rights … but that’s enough chatter for one day. Let’s get on to the real story.

An anonymous writer at feminist website XOJane, who uses the site founder’s name as her pseudonym, recounted the horrible stench coming from garbage left in a coworker’s locker. XOJane is far from pro-life – they even gave a platform to a young girl who held a vulgar sign during the recent spectacle in Texas.

The waste was not moldy bologna, as the lady first thought, but the decomposing body of a newborn girl who had been hidden there for two weeks. Apparently, the child was the result of an affair between her mother and a married man, her in-womb existence carefully covered up using thick sweaters in the middle of summer. The mom shared a first name with the writer, whose dark past caused a great deal of confusion, and contributed to her crumbling reputation. The story ensured that the wrong woman was on the receiving end of demeaning and harassing intra-office phone calls. Mom made a brief return to work after hiding out in another state, before eventually being led away from the office by eight police officers. The most upsetting part of the story is what the baby’s autopsy revealed: she was alive for a few hours before her mother killed her. “Had there been at least five minutes when the baby was cuddled, cooed over, made to feel loved?” asked the troubled colleague.

I am thankful for this rare story that covers pregnancy-related issues from a feminist perspective without turning into a pro-abortion apologia, and I am fighting every instinct to do the same for the opposite point of view. Perhaps tracking down and reading Elizabeth Scalia’s new book on idolatry is a good reason to take a day off.

Taylor Hyatt is a Summer student at The Interim.