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Shopping for medical opinions

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Bipolar patient has capacity to decide to terminate pregnancy

about this judgment of the Court of Protection

SB (A Patient; Capacity To Consent To Termination), Re [2013] EWHC 1417 (COP) (21 May 2013)

has set me thinking.

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A tense, life-or-death, courtroom drama

Pitched against her own legal team, the mental patient, Mrs SB, had two psychiatrists, her mother, her father, her husband (presumably the baby’s father) and the NHS hospital in which she was sectioned, along with their various solicitors and barristers, all agreeing that she was “not thinking straight”.

WeighBabyHer baby was not legally represented in court.  As the nice judge said, “the foetus has no independent rights which fall to be weighed or considered by me at all in these proceedings”. 

Present (though hardly as a disinterested, mere spectator), was the enterprising would-be sub-contractor who had put in a last-minute bid to do the job, less than a week before the mother reached 24 weeks pregnant, and the baby’s life would have become untouchable.   “A doctor employed by a well known body”, is how the judge described this potential beneficiary of the judge’s own hard day’s work, when the abortionist put in his own “hard day at the orifice”. Continue reading

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Catherine Schaible’s right to choose

If you don’t know who Catherine Schaible is, then please click on her picture below, and take your pick of the various news stories and blog posts in the search results.

The executive summary is that Ms Schaible’s son died aged two, and she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.  (Allegedly, her son died because Ms Schaible hadn’t called a doctor when her son fell ill.)  She was sentenced to ten years probation.  Recently, another of her five children, who was only eight months old, hardly what you’d call a “person” yet, also fell ill and died.  Again, she hadn’t called the doctor.  Again, she found herself in trouble with the law, in the fascist, theocratic state Pennsylvania.

A lot of bigoted fanatics have been saying unkind things about Ms Schaible online and in the media.  I have been posting comments like the following on some of the websites that contain such criticism of her, criticism that is often very strongly worded, for example even calling this innocent woman a “murderer”, would you believe? 

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Catherine Schaible

If you don’t want to kill YOUR baby by neglect, then don’t kill your baby by neglect. Simple.

It is nobody’s business but Catherine Schaible’s what she did with her OWN BABY.  It is was her RIGHT, as a woman with inalienable reproductive rights, to CHOOSE whether or not to call the doctor when her baby was taken ill.  All you fanatical zealots who want to force your beliefs in medical science down the throats of non-believers like Ms Schaible, need to learn to keep your noses out of other people’s bedrooms and family business.

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Giving evolution a helping hand

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Giving evolution a helping hand, when evolution isn’t working fast enough, is called “eugenics”.

This blog post presents evidence that eugenics is being practised, here in the United Kingdom.

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The eugenics movement, is no unproven conspiracy theory.  It is proven conspiracy fact.  For example, compulsory sterilisation in the USA is documented in this learned paper (in PDF format, so some readers might have to download it), published in 1991 in the American Journal of Human Genetics.  The compulsory sterilisation was at first of “criminals, the insane, feeble-minded persons”, but later of “alcoholics, paupers, orphans, derelicts, delinquents, prostitutes and those unable to support themselves”.

Who could deny that many people believe that hereditary factors play a part in the aetiology of mental illnesses?  There is certainly ample academic research exploring this very possibility.

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Let me therefore formulate a hypothesis, and then make a prediction of empirical measurements that will be made if an appropriate experiment is conducted.  Then conduct (or cite) an appropriate experiment.  We can then find out whether the results that the hypothesis predicts, are yielded by the experiment.  (That’s the proper “scientific method” for testing a hypothesis, isn’t it?)

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A contemporary eugenics programme is being practised in the UK today, the effect of which will be to reduce the prevalence in future generations of mental illness, to whatever extent mental illness is hereditary.

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Thinking outside the botch

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What should happen to a baby born alive after a botched abortion?

That is a question that has  stirred passions in the USA recently, what with this one minute-long political TV ad

and this Planned Parenthood’s representative’s testimony before a legislative committee (just under six minutes long)

Maybe, “What should happen to a baby born alive after a botched abortion?” is the wrong question.

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The mumbo-jumbo of choice

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We can accept that the embryo is a living thing in the fact that it has a beating heart, that it has its own genetic system within it, it’s clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil and we can recognise that it is human life… but the point is not when does life begin but when does it actually start to matter.

[ Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, major abortion service provider ]
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I was asked, yesterday,
“Are you saying that both the pro-life and pro-abortion lobby engage in ‘mumbo-jumbo’? “
Yes.  That was exactly what I had been saying.  Both lobbies are guilty.
Beyond a doubt, some members of the pro-life lobby do engage in what others will inevitably see as quite outrageous mumbo-jumbo, and rightly so.  The pro-choice lobby do not recognise their own mumbo-jumbo, which is more carefully concealed.  Even those who actively believe in the pro-choice mumbo-jumbo, seem blind to the fact that what they believe in, is actually just a different kind of mumbo-jumbo.
A tale of two demos
I have recently watched on video two sets of demonstrators in London, confronting one another. On one side of a barricade guarded by police, there was an angry, howling, jeering, guilty-looking mob, who didn’t seem to show any understanding as to why they were in the wrong.  On the other side of the barricade, there was a quiet, seemingly dignified, but ultimately misguided and embarrassing, procession of self-righteous-looking religious zealots, who didn’t seem to understand why they were in the right. 

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Lost Brother (song lyrics)

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These are the lyrics of a song I wrote over a year ago.  When I sing it, I set it to a slow country and western tune, similar to the one for the song D-I-V-O-R-C-E that was performed by Tammy Wynette.  (It was partly that song that gave me the idea for this one.)  It’s a song about a particular type of bereavement, and regret. The first chorus has alternative versions, for US and British audiences, respectively.

LOST BROTHER

My baby girl is three years old,
My eyes, her mummy’s hair.
She doesn’t know, must not be told
’bout her brother, who isn’t there.

Her mum and I, we often cry,
’bout the days we met, in school
And we were blessed with a baby boy,
Who’s daddy was a fool.

She’s brought us joy, but I have cried.
My heart has been so torn
Because our son, her brother, died
Before our girl was born.

First Chorus

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He didn’t live long.
He’d done no wrong.
We thought he’d have to go.
Oh how I wish I’d never heard
Of folks called Wade and Roe.

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He didn’t live long.
He’d done no wrong.
To us he didn’t seem real.
Oh how I wish he’d never been born …
… that MP, David Steel.

She’s brought us joy, but I feel pain,
For the brother she’ll never see.
I weep with shame that our son was slain.
Who killed him?  It was me.

I’d hold my son like I hold his sister
If I had my time again.
I wish we’d stopped that A B O
R T I O N.

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Second chorus

He didn’t live long.
He’d done no wrong.
They tore him limb from limb.
No matter how many more children I have,
They’ll all remind me of him.

(c) copyright John Allman MMXI

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