In case you didn’t think the original story — of a hospital refusing to respect the wishes of a grieving family and remove life support from a dead woman because she was 14 weeks pregnant — was ghoulish enough, it just keeps getting worse:
According to the lawyers, the fetus has severe deformities in its lower extremities, so its gender is impossible to determine. It also suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition that involves excess fluid in the brain cavities and can lead to either mental disability or death. It may have a heart problem, although the attorneys say that the extent of the issues cannot yet be determined. The statement did not indicate whether the fetus is considered to be viable.
“Quite sadly, this information is not surprising due to the fact that the fetus, after being deprived of oxygen for an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a dead and deteriorating body, as a horrified family looks on in absolute anguish, distress and sadness,” the two attorneys representing the family, Jessica Janicek and Heather King, said in a statement.
That’s right. The fetus this hospital is forcing a corpse to carry to viability suffers from a wide variety of severe developmental abnormalities.
This is where an uncompromising pro-life position — one that believes that the existence of human life is the only thing that matters in debates about the beginning and end of human personhood — gets us.