Mercy Killing to Prevent Child Abuse

By Wesley J. Smith

Editor’s note. This story appears on Wesley’s great blog.

Society is oozing “compassion” as a reason to kill these days.  Self starvation is being promoted in the NYT. Assisted suicide is treated by many commentators and advocates as a necessity. And now a mother–Gigi Jordan– who killed her healthy 8-year-old says she was justified in killing him to prevent his father from abusing the lad. From the WSJ story:

“Jurors are stuck in a position today of punishing too much or lying,” he [Park Dietz, a well-known forensic psychiatrist] said. “A jury must either convict a mother who has committed altruistic filicide with all the stigma and ramifications that come with the conviction or they must…cut her a break and find her insane despite the evidence to the contrary.” So she said she killed her son to save him from a lifetime of sexual abuse by his biological father, whom she believed would fight for custody and win after her death, her lawyers say in court papers. Ms. Jordan has accused the boy’s father of sexual abuse, but he was not charged.

“When you first hear Gigi’s story, you say to yourself, ‘How did all these factors coalesce? This is Calamity Jane on steroids,’” Mr.[Alan] Dershowitz [one of her defense attorneys] said. But, he said, the account “is true.” In court papers and in person, Ms. Jordan, a single mother, has claimed that she expected to be murdered because of the tangled business and financial relationship she maintained with her ex-husband. He is not the boy’s biological father.

So she said she killed her son to save him from a lifetime of sexual abuse by his biological father, whom she believed would fight for custody and win after her death, her lawyers say in court papers. Ms. Jordan has accused the boy’s father of sexual abuse, but he was not charged. ”Being dead is not as bad as having that continue for the rest of his life. It’s not as bad. It’s a horrible, horrible choice. But the choice was there,” Ms. Jordan said in an interview at Rikers Island.

Some experts are excited. So-called experts will be the destruction of decent society. But don’t be surprised if this flies one day.

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