A full 20 days


Remember the 9-weeks pregnant Dominican 16-year-old with acute leukemia whose doctors refused to give her chemo because she was pregnant? Well, great news: you don’t have to worry about her any more, because she’s dead.

Her plight gained attention over the last few weeks as doctors debated whether it was morally correct to start treating her cancer, given as Article 37 of the Dominican Constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.” It took doctors and the Dominican government a full 20 days to decide that God and Country might care about the actually living mother’s life, too, not just the fetus inside of her, and allow the treatment. By then, it was too late.

Oh well. Plenty more where she came from.

Comments

  1. 'Tis Himself says

    The fetus is also dead. So arguing about giving the woman chemo did nothing to save the precious clump of cells.

  2. Stevarious says

    It took doctors and the Dominican government a full 20 days to decide that God and Country might care about the actually living mother’s life

    The question wasn’t ‘Do we kill this fetus?’ The question was ‘Is death an appropriate punishment for this slutty little slut getting knocked up?’

    You ever wonder that we never hear about this happening to proper married middle aged women with money?

  3. GordonWillis says

    Is it stupidity or is it fear?

    If it’s stupidity, it is aided and abetted by the assumption (unconscious, no doubt) that women aren’t there to be considered in the question of who is a living being. Women exist to produce living beings. Why should anyone (=any man) suppose that women are themselves living beings? Women exist to produce humans. Why should anyone (=any man) suppose that women are themselves human? Especially if women are tilth to be ploughed. Tilth isn’t corn, is it, even if it produces corn? Women give birth to females. Why should any person (=any man) suppose that females can actually be human?

    Then again there’s fear. The Church (or whatever the local fashion is) can damn you if you don’t do as it says.

    The second justifies the first. At least, that’s how I see it, though you may think me cynical.

  4. says

    given as Article 37 of the Dominican Constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.”

    I guess that inviolability doesn’t apply to 16-year-old girls who’ve gotten sperm up their vadge.

  5. GordonWillis says

    Why should any person (=any man) suppose that females can actually be human?

    I think I should have written:

    Why should any person (=any man) suppose that females can actually be persons?

    Anyway, that’s what I mean.

  6. GordonWillis says

    @ Alyson #6
    “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.”

    Good point. Inviolability of life, of course, concerns those who are conceived, so it doesn’t include the people who (though they have been conceived) conceive before their deaths.

  7. Trickster Goddess says

    Question for the Dominican government: So, did refusing treatment save the life of the fetus? Well, did it?

    Bloody stupid fuckers. Such a total failure of simple, basic logic.

  8. Martha says

    This is utterly heart-breaking and infuriating. And it will happen in the US, too, if we’re not careful.

  9. A Hermit says

    No words. just tears. then anger. then cold determination not to let the same kind of thing become possible where I live.

  10. dianne says

    And it will happen in the US, too, if we’re not careful.

    It almost certainly is happening.

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