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Shopping for medical opinions

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This blog post

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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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British judge okays “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

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The Guardian reports the fate of British school teacher Robert Haye here:

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Homophobic teacher loses appeal against classroom ban

Robert Haye flouted the benign British “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards people with opinions that are not approved by the government.

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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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B*ggers CAN be choosers!

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Will you, won’t you, will you,
Won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you,
Won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

Would not, could not, would not,
Could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not,
Could not, could not join the dance.

Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898

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Against “sexual orientation” determinism

Have you heard the slogan, “nobody chooses to be gay”?  This piece has been written in order to stimulate thought about the effect upon children of social attitudes towards homosexual behaviour, in the light of that slogan’s truth, or it’s untruth.

The myth

Consider the following pair of statements.

  • Everybody has an innate, immutable, biologically-determined sexual orientation that is either homosexual, or heterosexual.
  • People with a homosexual orientation cannot engage in heterosexual behaviour, or vice versa.

Let’s call that two-part thought-bite “the myth”.

The myth isn’t true

In that form, the myth is easily refuted, by pointing (for instance) to the counter-examples of people who identify and live as bisexual, or as ex-gay.  Or one can point to much of the homosexuality found in single-sex prisons.  Or to the married, father-of-four, public figure who has been caught with his pants down, and a rent boy in the hotel room with him, for whose kiss-and-tell story the gutter press is willing to pay.

Nobody much is actually asserting the myth either, in so many words.  Some readers will therefore suspect me fleetingly, of being about to use a “straw man” argument, attacking an easy target in the form of a caricature of a position I disagree with.

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Burning the poppy

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This poem was inspired by a 2012 Daily Mail story, Teenager is arrested for burning poppy on Facebook.  It is about freedom of speech, a freedom that is under constant threat.

BURNING THE POPPY

I choked back my tears, as I pondered the rhyme
On 11/11, at just the right time,
In my home town square, where the wreaths had been laid
And the mayor wore his chain, and the Last Post was played.
“For their tomorrow we gave our today.”
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