Jeet beat me to the post. But since seeing Nikita and Harsh Mehta in today’s paper all I felt was to go out and hug Nikita. ‘We are educated fools,instead of going to a quack we approached the law’ is their lament. And for a second I want to add in their lament.
A 25 week old feotus is a living being in medical dictionary. In effect its like mercy killing, says the Court. But for me the pain a 25 year old woman will undergo is much greater than that of the feotus. She will carry the child inside her knowing it has negligible chance of survival. She will then have to give birth and the child will be on life-support or a pacemaker from the moment it breathes. Let us assume it survives this ordeal and lives on. Will it have a normal childhood? Hardly likely. So essentialy Nikita is agreeing to being lifetime support for this child. I am sure no parent will ever backout from supporting their child but the responsibilities that come from having a disabled child are of a proportion we as fully functional human beings cannot fanthom.
What Jeet says or what the high court says that this is a chance you must take as part of parenthood holds true for the 70s when these antiquated laws where formed. When today technology is allowing one to know defects intra-uterine shouldnt law let parents make that decision?
If we look at this from the humanitarian angle of killing another human being, it implies any woman opting for abortion is a murderer!It takes away my right to my own body. If abortion is murder then we should adopt good Christian principle of children being Gods gift and welcome each one of them,so what if they are unwanted and we will proceed to dump them somewhere or they suffer from co-genital diseases and die a slow excruciating death later in life. As a person when i decide to be a parent I should be convinced I can decide what is not only good for me but also good for this other human being who will be totally dependent on me in its initial stages of life. And isnt it my human right to decide what will happen to my body. My choice.
By saying I believe in a woman’s right to abortion I do not say I support the quakery that results in female foeticide. I am not in favor of pre-determination of sex of an unborn. But am in favor of my right to decide if I want to bring a disabled child into the world. I also realise it is easy for me to sit in the comfort of my room and type away at my blog and voice my opinion but the real question is are the would-be parents who will actually face the mammoth task of bringing up the baby, ready to take this fight? I guess by opting for termination they have responded to that choice already.
If the baby is born and I do wish to God for one with minimum complications, I would wish baby Mehta to grow up and be this strong physical-mental individual who can then show me the finger and cock a snook at me. But if as a mother Nikita has to deliver it and watch it die, I agree they are educated fools who asked the law for compassion and understanding!
PS: Now we hear a typo swung the case!Seriously WTF!Also I have referred to baby Mehta as ‘it’ because theoretically,medical-bookwise it may have the ability to survive outside the mothers body but can it really, with its defective heart and without its mothers care?
And we got quoted here.Not much I admit still…