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University of Toronto Students for Life: Unfinished business part 1: The Baby Joseph case

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Blogging has been lighter than I wanted lately but thanks to Michael and Blaise for helping me out! There were two comments on this blog that I had not responded to and I just thought I would use them as another post. I wanted to rebuttal this comment by Sam Sansalone:

You stupid little fools. You don’t cut, slice, poke, and invade someones body on their deathbed. The little guy deserves peace, without invasive procedures. Grow up and learn a little.

Thanks for the comment Sam. Maybe it was not clear enough in the original post, but this is not a case of euthanasia but rather a case of parental rights. I have also corrected the category of the original post.

This is not a case of euthanasia because removing the ventilator would not have caused the death of baby Joseph. Rather, baby Joseph would have either survived or died due to his medical condition. Euthanasia is an act that causes the death of someone with the intent of relieving suffering. This was not the case for baby Joseph.

The problem in this case was that the parents wanted to have a tracheotomy done so that baby Joseph could die in their care while the hospital wanted to remove the ventilator and baby Joseph would have probably died in a short time. The parents had the tracheotomy done on their first child about 8 years ago and wanted the same for baby Joseph.

As an update, baby Joseph is in a children’s hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and doctors are coming up with a treatment plan for him.

Therefore, the main question in this case is “Who has the right to decide?” . Do parents have the right to decide what is in the best interest of their child, even if it goes against medical advise?  We hope, and parents hope, that the answer is yes and we continue to pray and hope for the best for baby Joseph and his family.


Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.