Attempted Child Murder on our Side of the Pond

It's not just Washington bureaucrats like the folks at FEMA who won't take responsibility when something goes wrong: According to reports today out of Massachusetts, no one agency or group is going to take responsibility for the case of young Haleigh Poutre.

As you may recall, Haleigh is the young girl who was nearly put to death by a group of doctors who maintained she was "virtually brain dead" and in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) before, well, she wasn't. ProLifeBlogs describes the case in detail, as does Michelle Malkin.

The case creates a difficult situation for Massachusetts Governor (and 2008 hopeful) Mitt Romney in his efforts to reach out to pro-life conservatives and evangelicals.

And while the report of the panel he commissioned to study the issue tags the state and private health providers for "a systemic failure," it does nothing significant to alleviate the use of PVS and its use as a justification to euthanize a patient. You'd think you were reading a FEMA report for how much the panel glosses over individual responsibility.

This isn't an issue that can be smoothed over, and no one is served by giving bureaucrats and medical authorities a pass for such an egregious error. For the sake of future Haleighs, and for the sake of Romney's electoral future, it's worth the effort to make sure that a new system is adopted.

By Ben Domenech |  March 22, 2006; 01:07 PM ET | Email a Comment
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