Wyspiański MotherhoodThe French parents requested the doctors to stop life support for their premature baby after he suffered from intra-cerebral haemorrhage. The doctors were unable to evaluate medical condition of the boy required to satisfy the regulations on passive euthanasia, and thus decided to keep him on life support until further evaluation. With some certainty they said though that the boy would be severely disabled.

As the boy's mother explained during interview, they didn't want their son to live as a handicapped person.


Parents want their children to be the most beautiful, intelligent, strongest, wisest, they want to be proud of them. Those with kids know what I'm referring to. It's a biological imperative, it's natural.

People often assume that when they want to have children, they somehow acquire the right to have only healthy ones. It doesn't somehow matter that nobody gave them that right, nobody guaranteed them that illnesses and accidents will stay away from their families, and yet they do. That's another imperative, another natural thing. They can't chose it and yet they find it highly unjust if they don't get it. And that's natural too.

Both of the above apply to our French boy's parents as well as to most parents in the world.

Despite whatever the parents want their children to be like, the offspring will be just themselves, with a all the virtues and vices. There is no way around it, parents have to accept it. And again, that's natural as well.

The same applies to the health issues. One can get angry, blame the world, God, oneself, but the truth is that we don't have much influence in the matter. The only thing we can do is to pray to God and to seek medical help, and despite the power of God and advances of medicine people somehow still suffer.

The problems start when people think of it as their right by means of being guaranteed by legal regulations, when people think they're entitled to dream children by law. Suddenly something like trade regulations start to apply. A gestation starts to be a nine months warranty period, a time for testing the product whether we like it or not. If we don't, if the product is in any way faulty (and “faulty” might mean literally anything, including wrong sex, wrong time, wrong circumstances) one can always dispose of it. Literally.

There are countries where nearly no Down Syndrome children are born any more. There are hospitals where doctors make surprised faces when they hear that a mother doesn't want to abort a handicapped baby. Babies became commodities, most precious of all the goods one can possibly have, but still only commodities.

It's happening in allegedly civilized Europe, in the most developed western countries. That's what our enlightened civilisation does with human beings.

And it's called by some a progress.

The boy eventually died naturally, relieving his parents and doctors from deciding about his life or death.

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