News from Ireland: the high court has ruled that that unfortunate woman who was being kept “alive” after brain death because she was pregnant can – and in fact should – be allowed to die the rest of the way.
The woman’s family had asked the court to allow treatment to be withdrawn so she could be put to rest.
Doctors would not grant their wishes as they were unsure of the legal status of the unborn child under the Constitution.
The woman in this case was declared dead on 3 December.
The court heard evidence that her body was deteriorating and the outlook for her unborn child was very poor.
Her family wanted the life support machine to be turned off.
It’s almost as if women aren’t actually incubators. It’s almost as if there actually is a difference between a woman with a brain and a woman without one.
Lawyers represented the unborn child and the woman herself.
The lawyers for the unborn told the court that it had to satisfy that there was no real possibility of the unborn child surviving before allowing the machine to be turned off.
But there is no child. There’s no such thing as an “unborn child.” That’s a political slogan, not an accurate label. It’s grotesque having lawyers “representing” a fetus at all.