The LA Times is showing how far we haven’t come since the days where eugenics was the thing all the cools were doing.
The parental guardians of a 32-year-old pregnant disabled woman have asked the Nevada Supreme Court to block a judge from holding hearings that antiabortion activists believe could end in the termination of the woman’s pregnancy.
The couple on Friday filed a motion asking the state’s highest court to halt the proceedings by Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker, saying he lacks authority to make such a decision for their mentally impaired daughter, who officials say has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.
The Supreme Court had set a midday Monday deadline for the judge and county officials to respond to the request to halt evidentiary hearings — scheduled to resume on Tuesday — into the woman’s health.
The couple, who have remained anonymous, said that as their daughter’s legal guardians, they have exclusive authority over her healthcare decisions, and that both they and she want the baby carried to term, in line with their Catholic religious beliefs.
“The man is an Anglican priest and the woman is Catholic and they say their faith dictates against abortion,” Kim Guinasso, a lawyer who along with her husband is representing the couple, told the Los Angeles Times. “They are her guardians and, under Nevada law, are entitled to make healthcare decisions for their daughter.”
But the state knows best, right? Who lives and who dies is a question best left to government hacks.