I am giving up my clearly futile and misguided search for the most unethical conduct imaginable, even in the relatively narrow category of horrible mothers. My last foray into this quixotic realm was met with convincing rebuttals from many of you, particularly referencing the horrendous conduct of couples engaged in divorce and child custody battles. I am convinced. The human species knows no limits to its corruption, viciousness, selfishness and cruelty.
This story clinched it for me, a case of virtual mother-daughter rape.
An American woman living in Great Britain desperately wanted to adopt a fourth child, so she pressured her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant and provide the baby she wanted, to raise it as her own. This woman, not identified in court records to protect the privacy of her daughter and grandchild, is now serving a five-year prison sentence for child cruelty. Her daughter apparently became pregnant at 14, miscarried, and was forced by her mother to undergo repeated do-it-yourself artificial insemination using sperm the mother mail-ordered from Denmark. The daughter again became pregnant at 16 and had a baby boy at age 17. The mother’s strange conduct with the baby and her daughter alerted nurses at the hospital that something was amiss, and the truth eventually was revealed, leading to trial and conviction.
The judge in the case admitted to “an abiding sense of disbelief that a parent could behave in such a wicked and selfish way towards a vulnerable child.” Oh, don’t be so naive, Your Honor. Trust me: something worse is just around the bend.
Pointer: ABA Journal
Facts: The Guardian
Graphic: Creation Outreach