Greeson: Blame the law, not Erlanger, on newborn eye ointment rule

Jay Greeson
photo Jay Greeson

It's easy to sympathize with Mary Jane, the anonymous new mom that columnist David Cook eloquently introduced us to in the newspaper Wednesday, and her angst in a tender and emotional moment of having her baby treated with a non-threatening eye ointment that she and her husband did not want.

This is the needle in the haystack of modern policy dilemma; the example that makes us question the rule.

The example, however, does not change the rule, and this rule is a state law. A state law that makes it a do-or-leave proposition for Erlanger hospital. A state law that as written, not unlike child seats and drinking ages, offers no wiggle room or out clauses.