Via Stephany, we find the most appalling abuse of the Mentally Ill by the State that I've ever heard of, at least since the bad old Progressive days of Eugenics. Back then, they had no hesitation to sterilize the "feeble minded" for the greater good of the American Race.
Earlier this month, a Norfolk [Massachusetts] probate judge declared a pregnant woman with schizophrenia incompetent and ordered her to undergo an abortion, stating she could be “coaxed, bribed, or even enticed’’ into the hospital for the procedure.
Unbidden, the judge further directed that the 32-year-old woman be sterilized “to avoid this painful situation from recurring in the future.’’
Ah, but if we only get "really Smart regulation" written by "really Smart people", all will be for the best, as together, shoulder-to-shoulder, we build the New
Fortunately, this madness was stopped, but it took an Appeals Court to do so. Think about that. A Court of Law in the Commonwealth actually ruled that a woman be sterilized and her baby killed, against her will. I mean, we don't want any breeders like that Sarah Palin woman, do we?
Or old people:
And (via The Anchoress) in case you think that I'm exaggerating that this is precisely what Realy Smart People™ think is Really Smart Policy™, here ya go:
Under Obamacare, an “ethics panel” will convene to determine whether your life is worth saving or not. But you will not be a “you”; you will be a thoroughly de-humanized “unit.” And the reason you will be a “unit” is because if this enlightened sort of “ethics panel” discussed you as a male or a female, they might be tempted to think of you as a human being — someone’s mother or sister or wife — a person who is beloved, and whose life is valued, even if the brain and body aren’t functioning at optimal levels.
So if you are a 70 year-old Nancy Pelosi, or Paul Krugman — with a potent private health insurance plan such as the one enjoyed by Members of Congress and other bureaucrats — you will get every appropriate surgery and treatment applicable.
But if you are a 70 year-old former bookkeeper or waitress on Medicare, well — you have swung your last golfclub or danced your last waltz, because the “ethics panel” that assesses your unithood will have no problem inventing a equation that goes something like, “Potential-Tax-revenues-minus-potential-cost-divided-by-social-and-political-value-equals…a negligible unit.
The only two truly unavoidable things in this veil of tears are death and taxes, and Paul Krugman rolls them both together into one neat package for you.
And so, gaze upon your State, ye Progressives. No, these aren't mistakes - or if they were, the "mistake" was that the mask slipped, we got a glimpse at the man behind the curtain.
But you will obey - the State will decide decide your health care choices, from cradle to grave. It's all done by such cleverly Smart people, don't you know? And if the time between cradle and graze collapses to zero, well, just think of all the money that the future Fed.Gov has to distribute to favored political interests! A single death is a tragedy, but a million deaths help balance the budget! And nobody would ever take this too far:
|Nazi pro-Eugenics poster via Wikipedia|
Onward to the New Progressive State, Citizen! And right now, if you know what's good for you.
Postscript for those who think that I am being too harsh to the Progressives: This isn't a one-off, a "black swan" (from the same Boston Globe article):
The Judge who made the original (now overturned) decision is named Christina Harms. If I still lived in Massachusetts, the following (First Amendment protected) opinion would risk me losing my guns*: Judge Christina Harms should not be impeached for this grotesque and illegal abuse of her authority. Rather, Judge Christina Harms should be horsewhipped through the streets of Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Daniel Pollack, a professor at Yeshiva University who has studied the issue of consent in such cases, said it is not clear how often such orders are issued.
“My guess is it happens a lot more than we know,’’ he said.
* The Commonwealth of Massachusetts can