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The baby deserves an opportunity. The baby deserves compassion and mercy. What I see is that people are viewing the purposeful killing of him to be the 'merciful thing' in this situation, and in doing so, they send a very powerful message to every deformed or disabled person out there in this world - you are not worthy of life in our world.
reply to post by followingpythagoras
Thanks for the correction and I'm sorry I said that. I commend you for being so compassionate. I guess my family's treatment towards me made me feel this way. I've been made to feel worthless and a burden. It's like I'm dead. Trust me if I was to fall downstairs and die, they wouldn't notice for a few weeks, if that. I fall about 6 times a year and calling for my children who live close to come get me up, won't happen. If it does, they just give me # for falling down and called me a liar when i said i broke my hip. I have to keep calling 911. I'm abusing the emergency system. It's embarrassing.
I wasn't born this way so I have something to compare it to.
reply to post by SearchLightsInc
I just have a feeling that he will have a lot of regret depending on how the decision pans out: He can deal with a loss of a wife and his child, which after a period of time he can start over again or he can live with the fact a state forced him to bend to their rules and now he has to spend the rest of his life taking care of the result.
The baby deserves an opportunity. The baby deserves compassion and mercy. What I see is that people are viewing the purposeful killing of him to be the 'merciful thing' in this situation, and in doing so, they send a very powerful message to every deformed or disabled person out there in this world - you are not worthy of life in our world. Is this truly the way you all feel about them, that it would have been better had they not been born or worse still, had had their lives snuffed out simply because of an abnormality? Do you realise that this is what you are saying?
The fetus is nearly 23 weeks old. In the US, a fetus is generally considered "viable" – having the potential to live outside the uterus – from 24 weeks. However, Munoz's lawyers issued a statement this week claiming that the fetus is severely deformed and seriously ill.
"Even at this early stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined. The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus [water on the brain]. It also appears that there are further abnormalities, including a possible heart problem, that cannot be specifically determined due to the immobile nature of Mrs Munoz's deceased body," it read.
"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."