Here is Ana Mejia — the face of post modern motherhood. I’m sure she tells herself she really sued a doctor for “wrongful birth” because killing her child would’ve been more humane than allowing him to be born into a cold cruel world where she now has to care for her son and expend loads of money. It’s all so unfair.
After nearly nine hours of deliberation over two days, a Palm Beach County jury today awarded a West Palm Beach couple $4.5 million to care for their son who was born with no arms and one leg.
With the heartbreaking image of the small boy etched into their minds, jurors found Palm Beach Gardens obstetrician Dr. Marie Morel, OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches and Perinatal Specialists of the Palm Beaches responsible for not detecting the boy’s horrific disabilities before he was born. The amount they awarded is half of the $9 million Ana Mejia and Rodolfo Santana were seeking for their son, Bryan.
The teary-eyed couple said they were overjoyed by the verdict. “I have no words,” Mejia said in her native Spanish. Both agreed the award will make a huge difference in their son’s life.
Do I sound a tad unfeeling? I’m not. I hurt immensely for their son. The one that will one day be old enough to know that his mother wishes he had died — no, that she had had a doctor rip him apart in her womb to save him the trouble of living a life that obviously is worthless — er… worth 9 million dollars… and of course to save him from the burden of the life that he will hopefully cherish despite his parents expressed wishes.
And get a load of the jury… the jury saw a “heartbreaking image” and found what… that the doctors were responsible for a horrible mistake rendering this poor boy with disabilities through their negligence? No… they looked at that boy and thought… “he should have been killed by his mothers doctor.” Think about that. Think hard. How do the incentives work here? Will this doctor now recommend abortion if there’s a slight possibility of disability instead of favoring life? How many “mistaken diagnoses” of disability will now die because of Mejia’s lawsuit victory?
Do I need to “walk a mile in her shoes” to see “the gray area” here? I agree there are many gray areas in life, but only a moral idiot is required to do that in some cases. “Difficult” and “unfair” are words that often precede evil acts — as well as bromides that bear the appearance of selflessness. Do I think Ana Mejia is evil? Not anymore than the rest of us by my lights I guess. But that’s scant comfort to Bryan and to the scores of babies who will now die in the name of risk mitigation.