Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel WaniOn May 22 I wrote about then-eight months pregnant Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, who is facing death by hanging in a Sudanese prison because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith for Islam.

Ibrahim has been further sentenced to receive 100 lashes for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani (wedding photo right). Wani is a naturalized American citizen.

The couple’s 20-month-old son Martin is imprisoned with his mother.

On May 27, Ibrahim gave birth early to daughter Maya while still shackled, reportedly. I can’t imagine. Here are the first photos released…

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While it is possible the Obama administration has been working behind the scenes to secure the release of Ibrahim and her newborn baby and toddler, there is no outward display of outrage. As noted:

We could speculate that the Obama administration’s reluctance to more forcefully rebuke heinous acts like this have allowed this kind of barbarity to survive and grow, but that is an argument for another day….

So far, the Obama administration has done too little diplomatically while leaving it to NGOs like the American Center for Law and Justice and Amnesty International to do the heavy lifting. A cause like Ibrahim’s should be trumpeted regularly; Obama should make it his cause by noting the nationality of her husband and child. He should excoriate the persecutors in clear and forceful terms. But even more than that, the president should affirm that those who commit these atrocities will never have the friendship of the United States. They might hold seats at the U.N. and on its Human Rights Council, but they cannot be trusted to keep faith with the Declaration’s principles, and that we will seek to thwart them until they reform. This stance would embolden our staunchest allies and shame into action our reluctant allies.

There is no room in the world for people who torture and kill women. We have come a long way toward stamping out the Dark Age brutality that was once the hallmark of state power, but that work is still far from done. The case of Meriam Ibrahim is exactly the kind of injustice that the Obama administration should stand against and prove that it is as committed as ever to that mission.

Feminists would also seem like natural defenders of Ibrahim, particularly since the ACLU, along with pro-abortion groups NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have championed opposition to the shackling of pregnant mothers in U.S. prisons.

But a Google search of all three groups, plus the National Organization for Women, shows no results for “Meriam Ibrahim.”

Why the reticence on the part of feminists to use their bully pulpit to draw attention to the plight of Ibrahim and her children? I can think of no other explanation than the groups are averse to Christianity. Were Ibrahim a Muslim shackled in a U.S. jail, I’m sure we would hear them roar.

Fortunately, the Family Research Council and Congressman Trent Franks have taken up Meriam’s cause.

Khartoum prison where Meriam Ibrahim is shackledFRC has launched a petition drive at, and if 100,000 sign it, Obama will be forced to issue a response. The petition notes that “a 2008 U.N. document reported as having an infant mortality rate of one per day in the summer” in Ibrahim’s prison, pictured right.

Congressman Franks has introduced H. R. 601, calling for Ibrahim’s release. Go here to send an email to your representative urging him or her to support this resolution.

[Photos of Ibrahim, her children, and the Khartoum prison all via The Daily Mail]

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