There is more here than the science. I am focused on the moral issues: What will happen to this young woman who is HIV positive in jail? Why was there no trial? Why didn't this woman have an opportunity to talk with a social worker so that she might not have abandoned her baby? She left him in the market place with a note. She cared about him, but was desperate. A report noted that she knew he would become HIV positive if she breastfed him and that is why she left him. How smart! Was their legal counsel to help defend her rights?
He will likely not be HIV positive if the initial test is negative and he will be adopted by this family. He will have a good life -- and some might say that this is just fine. And I say that the issues are more complex.... Are you with me here? The consequences of extreme poverty and desperation are staring at us once again.
Commercial sex workers can be counseled and if they get pregnant, they can make a choice to keep their babies or not. They can get an education and leave that desperate world. All they need are social services and legal counsel. They can get HIV testing and medication if they are HIV-infected. This woman will die in a jail in a developing country. I won't bother with the statistics...that is her destiny. She will die and her baby will go to America. This is not a just solution.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"She will die in jail . . . and her baby will go to America. This is not a just solution."
Interesting piece from Dr. Jane Aronson at Huffington Post, arguing that jail and adoption are not the best options when a mother abandons a child, after relating the social history of an infant whose file she reviewed for potential American adoptive parents: