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Jan. 25, 2006
/ 25 Teves, 5766
I have a question for the hordes of bleeding-heart Hollywood stars who joined the "Save Tookie" brigade, who bowed their heads in prayer
with ex-Crip gangster Snoop Dogg and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and pleaded to protect convicted Death Row murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, and who lobbied so hard for the government to err on the side of life.
Where are you now?
In Boston, an innocent girl was sentenced to death by the state. Her name is Haleigh Poutre. Last fall, she was hospitalized after her stepfather
allegedly burned her and beat her unconscious with a baseball bat. Haleigh was kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator. Doctors said she
was "virtually brain dead." They said she was in a "persistent vegetative state." The medical professionals pronounced her "hopeless."
Less than three weeks after Haleigh's hospitalization, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services was raring to remove Haleigh's feeding
and breathing tubes. Even her biological mother (who had been deemed unfit to care for Haleigh and whose former boyfriend was accused of
sexually abusing the child) wanted her to be put to death. The only person who wanted Haleigh alive was her stepfather, who will likely be
charged with murder if Haleigh dies.
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts' Supreme Court ruled in favor of killing Haleigh, saying it was "unthinkable" to give the power to make a
life-and-death decision to the man accused of putting Haleigh in a coma. Instead, the court did something just as unthinkable: It handed over
that power over life and death to the same child welfare agency that had failed time and time and time again to protect Haleigh from her abusers
in the first place. According to the Boston Herald, a report by her court-appointed guardian showed that the Department of Social Services had
received 17 reports of abuse or neglect involving Haleigh in the three years before her adoptive mother and stepfather were charged with
pummeling her into a coma.
"State can let beaten girl die," the headlines trumpeted. But there was just one small complication for all of those who, for whatever reason,
were in such a rush to "let Haleigh die:"
Haleigh is fighting to live.
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As state officials prepared to remove Haleigh's life support, the supposedly impossible happened. She began breathing on her own,
responding to stimuli, and showing signs of emerging from what the medical establishment had deemed her hopeless condition. Everyone had
given up on Haleigh except Haleigh. ''There has been a change in her condition," announced a DSS spokeswoman, Denise Monteiro. ''The
vegetative state may not be a total vegetative state."
Unbelievably, the state had weaned Haleigh off her breathing tube before the state supreme court had made its ruling but the government
failed to inform the court of the development. Haleigh's medical records and the social service agency's brief remain sealed.
Politicians in Massachusetts are vowing full-scale investigations of the state's incompetent child welfare bureaucrats. But where's the
accountability for the medical experts whose faulty diagnosis led to Haleigh's court-approved death sentence? Will they step forward and
reveal themselves? Will they explain how they erred? Will they apologize?
It was The Experts' unequivocal assessments that led the court to declare Haleigh in "an irreversible vegetative state" and to assert that "the
child could not see, hear, feel, or respond." Now, they admit they were wrong. And now, Haleigh's life depends on the whims of a hopeless
government agency that didn't think the court needed to know that the child was breathing on her own.
Haleigh's story is a wake-up call to "right-to-die" ideologues who recklessly put such unlimited trust in the medical profession and Nanny
State. With such uncertainty surrounding persistent vegetative state diagnoses, the presumption must be in favor of life. Yet, the "right to die"
lobby's mantra seems to be: When in doubt, pull it out.
While Haleigh clings to life, I've pondered how we might help persuade the plug-pullers to delay the child's state-sanctioned death sentence. I
propose nominating her for a Nobel Prize. It bought Tookie Williams five extra years.
Jamie Foxx and Susan Sarandon, will you join me?
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And they call us crazy?
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