Working in Bare Feet
If I could live again - I will travel light, If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn. Jorge Luis Borges, Instants
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A Most Dangerous Man
As a society, we have invested billions in medical research to alleviate or prevent the chromosomal anomalies responsible for the premature deaths or physical impairment of countless citizens.
“The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) currently recommends screening all pregnancies for fetal chromosomal anomalies, including Down syndrome.”
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum would have us ignore the advances made in genetic screening and return to a darker time. Santorum has made a number of shocking statements on critical health and social issues. None more troubling than his position on prenatal testing to identify chromosomal abnormalities and ameliorate their potential impact on the quality of life for those affected.
"One of the mandates (of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is they require free prenatal testing in every insurance policy in America. Why? Because it saves money in health care. Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done, because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society." Santorum speaking at a Christian Alliance luncheon in Columbus.
There are several troubling issues in Santorum’s comments. Why provide free or low cost prenatal testing? Could it be to help save millions of families with little or no health care insurance the despair of not being able to provide the medical and developmental resources required to raise a Down syndrome child to an acceptable level of self-sufficiency? It’s clear that Mr. Santorum, with his generous congressional retirement and federal health care insurance, is insensitive to the anguish of parents unable to properly care for a developmentally disabled child.
Mean and median medical costs for children 0 to 4 years of age with Down syndrome were 12 to 13 times higher than for children without Down syndrome. (Research Participation Program at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Medical management, home environment, education, and vocational training can significantly affect the level of functioning of children and adolescents with Down syndrome and facilitate their transition to adulthood. (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Genetics)
The other troubling issue is his concern over “…. cull[ing] the ranks of the disabled in our society.” Our success in managing certain chromosomal anomalies like Down’s syndrome, both medically and developmentally, overshadows the poor prognosis for chromosomal anomalies, like anencephaly, having far more severe consequences.
Mr. Santorum wants to block government intrusion into our lives except where it involves personal freedoms like reproductive choice. Santorum could be a very dangerous man were it not for his lack of intellectual depth.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
It's Easier to Hate than to Understand
American Family Assocation (AFA) is a Hate Group
IUDs: Secretly Awesome
by BELLE WARING, 2-8-2012
Having gotten music all over the blog, I am now going to cover it with human blood. Intrauterine devices, whether copper only or with a progestogen-releasing cylinder, are actually the most common form of reversible birth control in the world. Most of the users are in China, however (2/3 according to Wikipedia). In the U.S., IUDs suffered a fatal blow to their reputation when the defective Dalkon Shield was released, causing at least 7 deaths and many septic abortions. It was pulled from the market in 1974, but the damage was done; as a girl I was never even informed about IUDs as a method of birth control. (Full article)
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Profiles in Ignorance: Rep. Hoekstra, (R-Michigan)
Rep. Hoekstra would have us believe that progressive economic policies have resulted in the transfer of millions of American manufacturing jobs to Asian countries unfettered by the restrictive and costly regulations placed on American corporations. Were it not for the burdensome workplace safety, equal opportunity, environmental protection, and minimum wage laws holding back our corporations, we could compete with the Chinese in flooding our markets with cheaply-made products based on stolen American technology.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Planned Parenthood receives Komen apology
The nation’s preeminent breast cancer advocacy group, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, apologized yesterday for its decision to cut most of its financing to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and said it would again make Planned Parenthood eligible for those grants.
“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,’’ Nancy G. Brinker, Komen’s chief executive, said in a statement on the group’s website. The statement added, “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.’’ (Pam Belluck, The Boston Globe)
“Of all the forms of inequalities, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
Martin Luther King Jr.