Mike Huckabee News
Jan 06 2014
The decision of a judge in CA has given the family of 8 year old Jahi McMath until January 7 to prove that she is worth at least attempting to save. Little Jahi went in for what was expected to be a routine tonsillectomy to help her sleep apnea. Instead, the botched operation left her in a coma. The hospital says she’s brain dead and insisted that her life support be discontinued just a couple of days before Christmas. Her family has fought in court to prevent the hospital from acting without the family’s permission. I’m not a neurologist and wouldn’t pretend to know the level if any of Jahi’s brain function. But I am a parent and grandparent, and I would fight with all within me to hold on to any hope to protect the life of a member of my family. And I would probably not be overly confident of the opinion of the hospital that said my daughter’s brain was dead because they also said the surgery that put her in that condition was routine and low risk. The family may come to believe that there is nothing that will save their daughter, take her off life support and allow her to be in the hands of God alone as to whether she lives. But a larger issue comes from this in the form of a question that deserves an answer: “Whose life is it?” Does Jahi belong to the hospital? To lawyers and judges? To medical experts? To the state? Or to her parents? For me, the answer is simple: Mothers and fathers are held responsible for the child’s creation, early nurture, training of basic social and personal skills, religious values, and even decisions about health, hygiene, and education. Does government or its institutions have the right to usurp the parents and step in as a power greater than parents and equal with God? I’m reminded again through this case that my unwavering commitment to the value of every human life is based on the notion that every life has value and worth. There is no such person who is disposable; one whose life has been deemed by others to be less than others and therefore expendable. The road that starts with deciding that some lives have less value and are unworthy of protection leads to a culture that tolerates the undeserved killing of over 55 million unborn children in America; to China’s birth policy that limits the number of children for a family and enforces forced abortion if they deviate from the state determined ideal; it’s the culture that allowed the Nazis to hideously justify the savage slaughter of millions of Jews, disabled people, old people, and those with mental illness. They first had to devalue them. I don’t know what I would do if I were Jahi’s parents because I’m not her parents. But I know that I want for these dear people to be allowed to make the decision about their daughter’s future and not the medical staff of a hospital or a court. The court so far has ruled right in ruling to continue to protect the parents’ rights. Let’s hope and pray the courts continue to do what every court should do—respect parents over government; family over hospitals, and above all, protect Jahi from them all.