Monday, March 21, 2011

Baby Joseph gets tracheotomy, will be able to go home

Mission accomplished!

An interesting commentary:

Dr. Paul Byrne, a fifty-year veteran in the field of neonatology based in Ohio, told LSN last month that in his opinion Joseph should have had a tracheostomy “a long time ago.” He also insisted that he has never seen a need to remove a child’s ventilator. If a baby has a disease process that’s so bad that they’re going to die, then they die on the ventilator anyway,” he explained.

And why should you care?

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, has warned that Ontario is creating a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.

In a blog post last week, he said the case emphasizes the need to reform a legal system in the province that favors hospitals over families in cases of disagreement over care. “The law has a natural inequality that has resulted in a plethora of precedent setting cases that support the role of the doctor/hospital to make medical decisions against the wishes of the family. This needs to change,” he wrote.

This includes you, feminists. If you think your bodily autonomy is compromised now...wait until you get sick.