And how did it benefit the anencephalic
infant to have another couple of months of life in utero, and then five hours of life outside?
In one of the autopsy studies performed in anencephalic
newborns, cardiac histologies of 10 anencephalic
newborns and 10 normal newborns were compared and the right heart wall was found to be thinner in the anencephalic
6) Supra note 1 at 254 ("Anencephaly is a genetic anomaly in which the higher portions of the brain and the skull remain undeveloped in the fetus; after birth, an anencephalic
infant may live for a few hours or even a few days but will inevitably die .
Federal Supreme Court Judge Marco Aurelio Mello based his July 1 order on the fact that anencephalic
babies, who are missing some or all of their brains, rarely survive birth.
See Julie Koenig, Anencephalic
Baby Theresa: A Prognosticator of Future Bioethics, 17 NovA L.
Moreover, the topic of this Note should not be confused with the debate over whether parents of anencephalic
infants should be able to consent to the donation of their children's organs.
However, I began dreaming that I had an anencephalic
baby, where the head is not completely formed and the baby is born dead.
In the 1994 Baby K case (5), physicians and ethics committees argued that certain treatments, such as a mechanical ventilator for an anencephalic
patient, were "futile" and served "no therapeutic or palliative purpose and [were] medically unnecessary and inappropriate.
Hanger, The Legal, Ethical and Medical Objections to Harvesting Organs from Anencephalic
Infants, 5 HEALTH MATRIX 347, 356-57 (1995) (arguing that harvesting organs from anencephalic
infants would harm the ethical integrity of the medical profession).
Therre, in collaboration with Louis Bounoure, professor of biology, published a pamphlet in 1943 entitled L'Anencephale a type "simiesque" de la maternite de l'hopital civil de Vichy, which described medical observations regarding the birth of an anencephalic
fetus in 1897.
Do make sure that you write out your complaint in your very best handwriting so that the vast regiments of unfortunates who receive your letter can all read what you have to say and realise what an anencephalic
onanist you are.
infants may survive for days while their hearts beat, eyes blink, mouths suck, and lungs breathe spontaneously.