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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A "WRONGFUL LIFE" MALPRACTICE SUIT?

Oh for pete's sake. What next?

"A blind and deaf Australian woman who claims she never should have been born is suing a doctor for a lifetime of suffering in the country's first "wrongful life" suit.

Alexia Harriton, 24, is seeking compensation from the doctor who misdiagnosed rubella in the first trimester of her mother's pregnancy, claiming Olga Harriton would have aborted her had she been aware of the potential birth defects arising from the illness.

Wouldn't it be cheaper and less time consuming to just go ahead and abort her now? Why make her suffer any more? Just kidding! Just kidding! It appears that this poor girls mother is the one who is behind this. Probably trying to milk her daughter's condition for all it's worth. As John Hawkins at Right Wing News says:

First of all, is this kid even sentient enough to understand the nature of this suit? Does she really get that, "mommy wishes she was dead?" If so, for the mother to have had her even file a lawsuit like this is monstrously cruel.

In any case, life is always better than death in a case like this and once you decide that it isn't, you've taken the first step down the road towards eugenics. If Alexa is better off dead than alive because of her disabilities, then the next logical question is in what other cases is the child better off being murdered in the womb? What if the child is just retarded? What about crippled? Heck, what about a child with a harelip or a clubfoot? Are they such abominations that they deserve to be ripped to pieces by an abortionist rather than allowed to live?

If Alexia is paid for not being snuffed out before birth, then expect those sorts of questions to be fully explored and do not be surprised if the answers the court system comes up with are callous, cold, and inhumane. Let's hope that the Aussies don't take a step down that dark path, if only because a successful lawsuit of this sort would inspire legions of imitators here in the US...

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