Disabled animals get reprieve from slaughter while babies do not
As abortion continues to target the disabled for a tortuous death, a disabled steer in Texas has received a reprieve after activists speak out. Oatmeal, the blind steer was scheduled for slaughter after being auctioned in Texas at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Sale of Champions.
According to news reports, Oatmeal’s story struck a nerve among animal rights activists, vegans and others.
The Fort Worth Star Telegraph reported what happened next:
“As activists took to social media in an effort to rescue the steer, Oatmeal waited at a feedlot in South Texas.
“Now he is bound for College Station, where he was expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday, said state Rep. Charlie Geren, vice president of the Stock Show, who worked the deal with A&M Chancellor John Sharp.”
In an effort to save Oatmeal, one supporter commented:
“That poor steer. He trusted humans his entire life, and now, trustingly, he will go with them and be led to his death. How very sad.”
I am an animal lover and I understand the compassion that anyone would have toward this animal. But, what I cannot understand is the complete disconnect many in society have towards the disabled preborn child, a human baby, selected for abortion. You know, one of the reasons we legalized abortion on demand in America was because we believed that a child with medical issues was of less value than a so-called healthy one. And, sadly, this idea was introduced by many American churches whose abortion resolutions led the way for the language which was later written into the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Today, many of those religious institutions have repented and reversed their stand to oppose abortion, but, tragically, the damage was already done.
Today, disabled preborn children are some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Pregnant mothers are often pressured into aborting these children by medical “professionals” who believe the life of a disabled preborn child is not worth saving. In many cases, the diagnoses rendered is not nearly as horrific as pregnant women are led to believe. But, even when the diagnosis proves as tragic as expected does that give us the right to devalue that life and send that child to slaughter like an animal?
And, this kind of inhumane targeting is not reserved only for preborn children in the womb. In fact, because of the way we view these children, they remain vulnerable even after they are born and even when they are so-called “wanted” by their parents.
Enter little Simon Crosier who was labeled by the medical establishment as “incompatible with life” after he was born with Trisomy 18. His mother, Sheryl Crosier said doctors encouraged her to have an abortion when her 20 week ultrasound revealed that their unborn son might have a cleft lip, she refused. But, even though Sheryl and her husband wanted Simon, he died December 3, 2010, 88 ½ days after his birth, after health care workers refused to medically treat him as any other child. The couple discovered this after they reviewed his medical records.
Today, Sheryl warns parents that this could happen to any child at any age. She said that a child could fall off a bicycle and hit their head or end up in the ICU after a car accident.
“Are you going to allow your physician that you met for the first time to determine the value of your child? Or do you want to be the one making their medical decisions? Parents need to realize their parental rights can be taken away and violated.”
As a result of Simon’s tragic and unnecessary death, in December of 2014, the couple attempted unsuccessfully to get Simon’s Law passed in the state of Missouri. On February 16, 2016 Simon’s Law was again introduced in the Missouri state legislature by State Rep Bill Kidd. HB1915, which has yet to make it out of Committee, has two basic components. First a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate order cannot be placed in a minor child’s medical file without the written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian.
Sheryl told Live Action News that a similar law in Kansas will be heard there this week. SB437, also dubbed Simon’s Law was introduced on February 10th is expected to be heard Thursday March 3, 2016 by the Kansas Committee on Public Health and Welfare. She said that she is optimistic that the law will pass but stressed that the law needs to be adopted nationally.
“There is a need for Simons Law nationwide. In many hospitals across America it is legal for a child to be denied life-sustaining care and for a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order (DNR) to be placed on a child’s medical chart without parental knowledge or consent.”
Sheryl is encouraging everyone to sign Simon’s Law Petition and she is looking to get this law into other states. “This is happening everywhere. Parents deserve to know what is going on with their child,” she said.
If anyone is interested in filing Simon’s Law in their state, Sheryl said that they can contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can get updates on Simon’s Law by following them on Facebook and on their website.