Sunday, January 24, 2010

Supporting life that is fragile

Many of you will already know about baby Isaiah, who was born full term but with oxygen deprivation due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck. He was air-lifted to Stollery Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and placed on a ventilator. However his treating physician declared him brain dead and his parents, Rebecka and Isaac May received a letter from the hospital informing them that their son would be taken off the respirator at 2:00 pm on January 20, 2010 and allowed to die. Rebecka and Isaac hired a lawyer and got an injunction to prevent the hospital from taking Isaiah off the ventilator. The judge has given the parents until Jan 27 to find a physician with expert advice that counters the initial diagnosis that care is futile.

The case has gone international; it has been featured on a New York talk show; and American Life League president Judie Brown will feature the story in her commentary on Monday, Jan 25. Judie has an international readership as she is a member of the Pontifical Council on Life and Family.

Mark Pickup, a blogger who himself suffers from advanced multiple sclerosis and is disabled, has taken up the story and is trying to get the word out as far as possible because this case brings to light what has been going on for quite some time now in hospitals throughout the western world: namely, those whose lives are deemed not to be worth living are given a verdict of death and their only chance at life is ended by the very professionals whom we trust to have healing as their concern.

From Mark's blog:
If the Alberta court sides with the Edmonton hospital's stated intent to kill baby Isaiah, North America will be watching. Good. There has been too much infanticide and euthanasia happening quietly in hospitals across North America. It's time the hush stops! We need to protect disabled and vulnerable people not kill them. If the court sides with killing baby Isaiah, and against his loving parents, it will be time to ask ourselves: What kind of people have we become!?

Rebecka and Isaac May are asking for 90 days to see if Isaiah makes progress. Is that asking too much?! Some people have brought up the expense as reason not to grant a 90 day reprieve for Isaiah. After all, they say, "Alberta's Health Care system is in financial trouble." That's a selective financial concern. We pay for thousands of abortions each year, no questions asked. A woman can have an abortion for any reason what so ever, or no reason at all. She doesn't even need a doctor's referral. Just call up the abortion clinic and make an appointment. She can have as many abortions as she wants. It's all covered at taxpayers' expense. Millions upon millions of taxpayers' dollars are spent each year for abortion on demand! Don't tell me we can't afford to care for a sick baby boy by the name of Isaiah James May.

Medicine and health care are supposed to be life affirming not life denying. Remember, history ultimately judges societies based upon how they treated their weakest and most vulnerable people.


I ask readers of this blog to contact the Stollery Children's Hospital to let them know you expect that world class facility to do the right thing and give baby Isaiah May 90 more days to improve before removing his respirator. That's not asking too much of the hospital. Call the hospital at (780)342-8080. Email the treating physician Dr. Ernest Phillipos at Ask him to give baby Isaiah 90 more days on a respirator as his parents requested. Copy your email to Alberta's health minister at

Thank you.

Mark Pickup,

h/t Herm Wills, President of Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia

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