the culture of death: a footnote

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 11, 2006

A single mum in Scotland is taking legal action to get 250,000 pounds from the National Health Service. Pregnant with twins at 16, she went for an abortion, and the Health Care Providers only succeeded in bagging one of the targets. The survivor is now five years old and starting school. A heart-warming story of safe, legal, imperfectly rare feticide, and its friends:

Five years ago, at the age of 16, Miss Dow discovered she was pregnant. After much soul-searching and fearing she could not cope with premature motherhood, she went to Perth Royal Infirmary for an abortion.

But seven weeks from term, she was told that one of the foetuses had survived the abortion and in August 2001 she gave birth to a baby daughter, Jayde.

Did they offer her a free pedicure, I wonder, by way of compensation? Perhaps it would have spared later ill-feelings. Sheriff Michael Fletcher of the Perth Sheriff Court turned down the mother's financial claim on the grounds that she had engaged to get a particular medical procedure done, not a double-homicide per se.

Shortly after reaching a decision on Friday, Sheriff Fletcher said that simply because a doctor had used the word "termination" during a conversation with Miss Dow, it did not guarantee success.

Fletcher certainly has a telling point there. Abortionists, unlike fetuses, are only human. And how can you not love the Cosa Nostra-ish rationale that follows?:

Sheriff Fletcher said that except in unusual circumstances, the relationship between a patient and his NHS doctor was not a contractual one. He added that the situation would have been different if Miss Dow had been a private patient, as the doctor/patient relationship then became a contractual one.

See? If she had really wanted to put out a "contract" on her children, she should have given the job to a pro, who could have guaranteed a successful score. Two scores. However, the NHS muffed the hit, and now Dow's maternal instincts have kicked-in, to the quarter-million mark:

"Jayde started school two weeks ago and is enjoying it. I still want to do the best for her, but it's exhausting dealing with the legal side."

Emphasis added.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2006 11:08 AM ET USA

    What a slovenly generation of youngsters we're bringing up, no accountability, no responsibility, no ethics! Here's a novel idea....why doesn't the father of the child contribute to his child's upbringing?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2006 9:51 AM ET USA

    In this pervasive culture of death children have become chattel. Jayde has been put on display as a freak show. Jayde probably thinks that's ok. It is to the Jaydes of this world that great charity must be extended. No one was considering Jayde when this article was presented for the titillation of the masses. I hope mother doesn't keep the article accompanying this lovely mother/daughter picture as a keepsake for Jayde. God help us all if this treatment of her is considered justified.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2006 9:04 AM ET USA

    Like sentimentalgent, I find that this story has made me sick to my stomach too. It's so bad.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2006 8:12 AM ET USA

    I agree with the sense of Sterling's Sound Off. If we won't pray for, and be charitable to, participants in this mass, pro-death delusion; how can we expect to convert it's naive victims? Let us remind ourselves continually of our own participation in various sins.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Sep. 11, 2006 9:58 PM ET USA

    I have an adopted child, and know the conflict and ambiguity triggered by the desire of the "biological parents" (hate that term) to see the "adopted" child. Lots of accusations can be made, and blame pointed out between the parties. But to describe the biological parents as beings who "crawl out from under the rocks," isn't exactly a Christ-like way to phrase it. Our adopted children may eventually resent the lack of respect shown to the people who brought them into the world.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Sep. 11, 2006 8:45 PM ET USA

    I was eating when I read this piece. I've lost my appetite. I feel so sorry for Jayde. She not only has to deal with the fact that her mother wanted to kill her, but that she is also is suing the death clinic for not killing her as intended, and maybe even more traumatic, is that her twin wasn't so lucky. Sad, sad, sad. Assuming it hasn't happened already, how long will it be before this "lovng" mother will get ticked off at something Jayde does and tells her, "You shouldn't have been born?"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 6:33 PM ET USA

    Maybe this young lady instead of turning to drugs and alcohol will come to see that she is a real survivor of this holocaust. A wonderful movement of young folks who recognize -

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 6:01 PM ET USA

    Truth stranger cont. It was generally agreed that if my son would have been placed with a stranger it would be better to have an abortion. Birthmother didn't discontinue use of cocaine. Son has traumatic brain injury. Counseling for years now with poor prognosis. Maternal great grandmother and grandmother now want him to visit and take off a week of school to do so. No contact for 17 years. "We want to see what he looks like". They crawl out from under rocks.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 5:57 PM ET USA

    Truth is stranger than fiction. I am the mother of an adopted son. Birthmother called me from the abortion mill. She said, "I got to thinking that I couldn't kill something I know you would want. If you'll adopt my baby I won't have the abortion." I told her 'yes',hang up, walk out quickly, and call me when she got home. Maternal grandfather couldn't understand the need for legal fees in adoption. "He's just a bastard. Who cares?". Maternal grandmother paid for the abortion.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 11, 2006 4:36 PM ET USA

    See what you get when you have socialized medicine?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 1:21 PM ET USA

    The lease she could have done was put the poor child up for adoption where she would have been raised by loving parents who wanted her from the every start. Imagine the psychological damage when the child learns that her "loving" mother wanted her dead. Talk about an abusive parent! I'm afraid that this poor child will turn to drugs and/or alcohol in an attempt to dull the pain of being a "worthless fetus."

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 12:10 PM ET USA

    This is truly one of THE most disturbing things I've ever read, and the picture of this "mother" smiling beside her child who survived her own mother's attempt to have her soul is chilled to its depth.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2006 11:38 AM ET USA

    At least one American court has been a little less judicious in a similar case, where the parents claimed that had they been told by their physician that their child would have serious birth defects, they would have chosen death. "Life," the court said, "is always preferable to death." It must indeed be exhausting to look at one's child and think, "I wished you dead, and now I'm stuck raising you." Nihilism reigns in this world.