Michelle Malkin has a lengthy, link-rich post on a little girl in Massachusetts named Haleigh Poutre, who was terribly abused by her stepfather and was supposedly in a "persistent vegetative state" from which she could never recover. She was kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator. The State wanted to remove her feeding tube, and just days ago got a court order permitting it to do so. Except that, er, suddenly Haleigh is showing signs of recovery:
''There has been a change in her condition," said a DSS spokeswoman, Denise Monteiro. ''The vegetative state may not be a total vegetative state."
Monteiro said Haleigh is breathing on her own, without the ventilator she has depended on for four months. Monteiro also said that doctors at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield elicited responses from Haleigh during tests performed yesterday.
This is a huge story, a wake-up call to "right-to-die" ideologues . . . The same government bureaucrats and doctors who had conclusively deemed the 11-year-old girl "hopeless" and her vegetative state "irreversible" now tell us she is responding to stimuli and breathing on her own.
I agree with the sentiment, although it might be more appropriate to say that this should be a wakeup call, but likely will be ignored by the let's-kill-the-helpless crowd. In fact, a quick survey of lefty sites -- Talk Left, TPM, DU, TPM Cafe, Eschaton, Huff Post, Crooks & Liars -- augmented by Google searches of the same sites for the term "Haleigh Poutre," turns up no mention of this development and only one mention of Haleigh at all: D-Kos'er 5oclockshadow, quoting lefty Virginian (sigh) Josh Chernila, seems to be arguing that, since Haleigh's stepfather didn't quite manage to kill her, we should make sure to finish the job so that we can charge him with murder:
Here we see the “Culture of Life” being used to defend the rights of the likely murderer of an 11-year-old girl. If Haleigh is allowed to die, her stepfather will almost certainly be charged with capital murder. Does a parent who mercilessly beats his “de-facto child” to the brink of death deserve to prolong her vegetative life to protect himself from criminal prosecution? So argues the “Culture of Life”.
Yes, what an outrage that anyone would think we should try to save this poor little girl's life, even if it means that her stepfather only goes to prison for 15 years instead of 30! Shocking!
Shucks, I've got an idea: Let's just deny victims of child abuse all medical care. I bet many more of them would die that way. That seems to be the goal, after all, so why not really go with it?
Chernila's post is now two days old. I wonder if he's yet had time to finish that gigantic crow he should be cramming down his throat right now.