Sunday, June 26, 2005


This cartoon packs a whallop.

Any suggestions for the best property-rights web site I can link to?

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Adding insult to injury

After having his wife put to death, Michael Schiavo got in a few more vicious kicks at her family with the grave marker he intalled. The grave marker lists the 1990 date Terri collapsed as the day Terri "Departed the Earth" and lists the 2005 date she finally died as the day Terri was "at peace." He also added the quote, "I kept my promise."

It's bad enough he killed their daughter; now he uses her grave as a way to do everything in his power to hurt her family. Does this guy kick puppies, too?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Safe Motherhood: Obstetric Fistula

LAmom has blogged about the problem of obstetric fistula in developing countries.:
Obstetric fistula is an injury of childbearing that has been relatively neglected, despite the devastating impact it has on the lives of girls and women. It is usually caused by several days of obstructed labour, without timely medical intervention — typically a Caesarean section to relieve the pressure. The consequences of fistula are life shattering: The baby usually dies, and the woman is left with chronic incontinence. Because of her inability to control her flow of urine or faeces, she is often abandoned or neglected by her husband and family and ostracized by her community. Without treatment, her prospects for work and family life are greatly diminished, and she is often left to rely on charity.

The trouble is that the Campaign to End Fistula is run by the UNFPA, the same folks who brought us the campain of forced abortion in China. Their web site says:
Making family planning available to all who want to use it would reduce maternal disability and death by at least 20 per cent. Complementing that with skilled attendance at all births and emergency obstetric care for those women who develop complications during delivery would make fistula as rare in the South as it is in the North. These interventions are part of UNFPA's overall strategy to make motherhood safer. Addressing social issues that contribute to the problem - such as early pregnancy, girls' education, poverty and women's empowerment - are important areas of intervention as well.

Note the focus on "making family planning available" -- code for "pass out birth control pills to people who need antibiotics, and set up abortion clinics in villages that don't even have potable water." Nowhere does this plan address nutrition, potable water, or basic sanitation. I fear that the bulk of money given to this program would be spent on contraceptives and abortion, and very little on improving women's underlying health and treating women who need health care.

More from the web site:
Why is UNFPA spearheading this effort? UNFPA's long involvement in programmes to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity make it uniquely qualified to tackle the challenge of fistula. Moreover, fistula touches on nearly every aspect of UNFPA's mandate, including reproductive health and rights, gender equality and empowerment, and adolescent reproductive health. Because of the many factors that contribute directly and indirectly to fistula, addressing this issue can serve as an entry point for overall improvements in women's reproductive health and rights. At the same time, fistula is a window allowing us to see where reproductive health services are failing to safeguard women's health, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. (Emphasis mine.)

To their credit, they do address the issue of child marriages. But their biggest focus seems to indicate that the Campaign to End Fistula is just a Trojan Horse (Ha!) to trick prolifers into letting them into our wallets and into these women's lives.

I'm looing for trustworthy organizations addressing this issue. Here are some possibilities. Does anybody know about:

Let's find an organization that helps women without insisting on also killing fetuses.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Almost enough to jusify mandatory sterilization

A woman whose 12-year-old son was mauled to death by the family's pit bulls says they boy'd have been perfectly safe if he'd have stayed in the basement like she told him to while she was out doing errands.

Was this woman on drugs? Or just insane?

Saturday, June 11, 2005

It's about time!

Polygamy Sect Leader Indicted.

Mind you, I've no beef with polygamy itself, if all the parties are consenting adults who know what they're getting into. But this business of forcing underage girls into unwanted "marriages" is child abuse and ought not to be tolerated.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The State of the Church

Here's a topic I can sink my teeth into: Chef Barna's State of the Church: 2005 by Bill Dahl.

Preach it, Brother!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Another child dies in hot vehicle

A three-year-old Little Rock boy died after being left for five hours in a day care center van.

Marcellus Johnson was supposed to be the first child dropped off by driver Rancocas Foreman, but when traffic made a left turn difficult, Foreman skipped Marcellus' stop and dropped the other children off. He forgot about the boy, parked the van at his house, and left for his second job.

It was five hours later, at around 8 PM, when Marcellus' parents called the police, who called Foreman. Foreman had remembered the boy and returned home to check on him. He told the police he knew where Marcellus was and that the boy was "not okay."

We need to educate everybody who ever transports children, to always check the vehicle before leaving it. Every single time. In fact, we ought to be contacting whoever licenses day care centers, and other facilities that transport children in vans, and require that checking the van to make sure all the children are out of it is part of a checklist that the driver has to sign off on after every trip.

This is happening way too often.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Graping basic human decency.

Some "experts" in Britain are proposing that preemies younger than 24 weeks be left to die, except in extraordinary circumstances.

They cite expensive NICU charges and the fact that many very early preemies end up with disabilities, from cerebral palsy to squints. Perish the thought!

This is just another example of the prejudice that life with a disability is not worth living at all.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Will amputee runner qualify for regular Olympics?

Oscar Pistorius, an 18-year-old South African, was born without his feet. With the help of new prosthetic feet, he's already fast enough to have a good chance of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic team. The question is, should he be permitted to compete? Read about this remarkable young man, and the issues surrounding a possible Olympic bid, and tell us what you think.

Little girl enjoys ballet, soccer, prosthetic leg and all

Eight-year-old Kristine Littlefield is a real go-getter, despite having been born with a deformed right leg. And she's absolutely adorable.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

"Mermaid baby" has legs separated

Milagros Cerron, the little "mermaid baby" of Peru, has her legs now. Doctors originally thought that this first surgery would only separate Milagros' legs from heel to knee, but when surgery went more smoothly than anticipated, the continued the entire way up her legs.

Milagros was born with sirenomelia, a rare condition in which the legs are fused. It is usually fatal because of the accompanying internal abnormalities.