Diary

Child from The Galilee dies

The child from the Galilee died.

WWBD. What would Barak have done?

The child I am referring to was being carried by a 26-year old woman “in the fifth month of her pregnancy when she underwent a series of tests…It was discovered that she was suffering from internal bleeding and that the embryo had ceased to show signs of life,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

Doctors at Nahariya Hospital removed the baby girl from the mother’s womb and pronounced her dead. The 610-gram infant was transferred to a cooler pending burial.

When the baby was taken out of the cooler, she began to breathe. The premature baby was then taken to the intensive care ward, where doctors were attempting to save her life.

The child lived for only one day.

It’s very hard to second-guess the decisions and actions of the doctors and parents in this case. If the woman I loved were internally hemoraging and the child within her showing no signs of life, I would have made the same decision. A formal inquiry will be conducted re actions of the doctors.

What would Barak, had the decision been his, have done? He would have focused on making the sure the child, if not already dead, would die:

Speaking against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act on the IL Senate floor on March 30, 2001, Obama, the sole verbal opponent to the bill stated: … I just want to suggest… that this is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny.

Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – child, a nine-month-old – child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place.

I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional. http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/01/top-10-reasons.html

Ultimately, the Galilee baby died. The Majdoubs named her Hiba, which in Arabic means gift from God, and buried her at a cemetery in the Western Galilee town of Kfar Yasif.

This story has resonated with me.

My daughter’s name in Hebrew is Lieb Dora, “dear gift”