Monday, May 03, 2010

Miscarriage of justice--the 'prenatal disability death sentence'

April 30, 2010
Kurt Kondrich

The news story was surreal:

"A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly a day later. The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled."

As I read this article, I began thinking about my past career as a police officer. When a police officer makes an arrest, the suspect is always presumed innocent until proven guilty. In the case of a capital murder offense, the suspect can be given the death penalty only under certain circumstances. It takes a long series of appeals and judicial proceedings before a convicted murderer can actually be put to death by the state, and these procedures can last for years.

This innocent baby boy received no defense, no assistance, and no appeal, when he was placed on the floor and left to die after his birth. His death sentence began the moment he was diagnosed prenatally with a disability and deemed not worth welcoming into this world. He fought his initial death sentence valiantly and was able to enter this world still breathing and his heart still beating.

This valiant struggle, however, was not enough for him to overcome his predetermined "death sentence," and when a compassionate soul realized the "miscarriage of justice," it was too late to reverse the torturous harm and neglect that had been exacted upon this "innocent" human being.

We all need to appeal society's "prenatal disability death sentence," and ensure that innocent children are not left to die on a floor because society has found them "guilty of imperfection." Read more.

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