CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ripped what he described as political exploitation of the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on Monday, suggesting anti-abortion forces were pushing her family’s campaign to keep seeking medical care for the girl despite being declared brain-dead last month.
“I don’t want to minimize, to say the least, the heartbreak that’s gone on here,” Toobin told host Brooke Baldwin. “But let’s be clear about one thing: what’s going on here is abortion politics. This is all about opponents of abortion trying to define life in an ever-broader way: A fetus is alive; Terri Schiavo is alive; people whose hearts [are] beating and their brain is dead, they’re alive.”
The Oakland Tribune reported on Monday that McMath’s family received custody of her Sunday night, and subsequently moved her to an undisclosed medical facility.
And according to the Contra Costa Times, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network helped the family find a new care facility for McMath. Schiavo, whose case became a political lightning rod, was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state after collapsing in 1990.
The legal battle over whether to keep her alive came to a head on March 18, 2005, when her brother and guardian, Michael Schiavo, won a court order to remove her feeding tube. She eventually died on March 31, 2005.
McMath was declared brain-dead on Dec. 12, three days after suffering cardiac arrest stemming from complications connected to surgery that was supposed to relieve her sleep apnea. Her release came a day before Oakland Children’s Hospital would have been allowed to remove her from life support.
Attorney Christopher Dolan, who represents McMath’s family, said at a press conference on Monday that five different facilities volunteered to take over caring for her. Dolan also said Children’s Hospital failed to provide her with feeding and tracheotomy tubes on account of her condition.
“She’s in very bad shape,” Dolan was quoted as saying. “What I can tell you is that those examinations show that her medical condition, separate from the brain issue, is not good.”
Toobin told Baldwin that Monday’s transfer will likely rule out any further legal battle over McMath.
“I don’t think they’re gonna get the cops to pull a body out of a hospital,” Toobin told Baldwin. Fellow panelist Arthur Caplan concurred, saying the only legal recourse left would be for the staff at the new facility to be charged with desecrating a corpse.
“In all honesty, I think keeping the facility secret is partly to prevent that,” Caplan said. “I think the politics, as Jeff said, [are] mounting up here, but there isn’t any likelyhood that she’s gonna survive very long.”
Watch the discussion of the McMath case, as aired Monday on CNN, below.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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Veteran journalist Sam Donaldson: Trump’s rabid followers will never get their ‘white Christian country’ back
Veteran White House reporter Sam Donaldson insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump's supporters do not represent the diversity of the United States.
"His strong supporters -- I mean, lock her up, I mean, all the things he says, all the vicious, mean things he says, they love it," Donaldson told CNN host Brian Stelter. "They’re good Americans otherwise. They’ll probably give you the shirt off their back, they’ll help you if you need it, but they have this fixation."
"They want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again," he continued. "They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that.
MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter on impeachment: ‘We don’t need a smoking gun… we have a smoking artillery range’
Columnist Jonathan Alter argued on Sunday that House Democrats should go ahead with a vote to open an impeachment inquiry because there is already more than enough evidence against President Donald Trump.
"I think there’s an argument they should move forward with a vote to open an inquiry," he told MSNBC host Alex Witt.
With regards to impeaching the president, Alter said that Democrats did not need a new "smoking gun."
"We don’t need a smoking gun. We have a smoking artillery range at this point," he explained. "There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that this president has committed impeachable offenses but you want to bring the country along so the timing for that vote to actually impeach him is this winter. It’s a little ways off."