Monday, February 01, 2010
Fetal Incubators for the State
Here's a quote from a story about a Floridian woman suing a hospital. No, it's not about money: She was forced by court order to stay there against her wishes because a doctor and a judge agreed that her behavior might endanger her fetus.
American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Diana Kasdan said if the ruling stands it could lead to the state virtually taking over the lives of pregnant women, including telling them what they should or should not eat and drink and what medications they must take.Scenarios like this demonstrate that in socialized medicine, the only "choice" patients would have would be between the devil of neglect-by-rationing and the deep blue sea of state control over their personal lives.
The judge ruled the best interests of the fetus overrode Burton's privacy rights, but Abrams [the woman's lawyer --ed] disputes that. He notes the Florida Constitution, unlike its federal counterpart, has an explicit and strong privacy right, which the state Supreme Court has said guarantees a competent person the right to "choose or refuse medical treatment."
"If you apply the best interest of the child standard, the woman becomes nothing more than a fetal incubator owned by the state of Florida," Abrams said. [link dropped, bold added]
The fight against socialized medicine is not over, and when it heats up again, proponents of freedom in medicine would do well to remember this case.
The Power of Focus
At Roadbrains, a man recalls the moment he picked himself up out of a gutter and turns his life around:
I woke up one cold, raw morning, my head in the gutter, in a pool of green vomit with blood in it. It wasn't the first time. But, this time I knew that I was going to die--unless I did something to save myself.Read the whole thing. (HT: HBL)
It was like a switch in my brain that was stuck. I had to flip it. Didn't know how to do it or if I could. It was life or death. If I stayed in the gutter I would die. I knew that for sure. So, with the greatest effort of my life I focused on what was in front of me. It wasn't a pleasant sight. But, it was real... [bold added]
Is the GOP really listening?
Armey (R-Texas) explained in an interview that "in 1994 all we had to say to America was trust us, we aren't them, and nobody ever remembered being disappointed in us in the majority. Now we have to say, 'trust us, we're not them and we're not the guys that broke your hearts a few years ago.' So they have a bigger task. But that’s not an insurmountable task."This is offered as advice to the GOP, but it doubles as a cautionary tale for the small-government tea-partiers: Never get trapped in the back pocket of a political party again!
Do that and your voice gets muffled.
"Heightism" in Dating
It never ceases to amaze me* how much mileage pointless discussions about optional values can get. Here we have a column about how most women prefer taller men and whether it might reflect "heightism" (i.e., a moral flaw analogous to racism).
It's a preference, just like any other of a slew of things that would not matter among mere friends, but could be deal-breakers in the realm of sexual attraction, including such things as hair color, build, and complexion. I'm shorter than average, and the above preference used to get to me when I was young, but if these women are "heightist," then I'm a "dark-hairist" and "curvist" on top of being a "heightist" myself. Anyone who claims not to have some kind of such preference is lying.
The idea of faulting anyone for such preferences is ludicrous. We all have them, and they are in large part psychological in nature.
* Or at least it does until I recall the newness of psychology as a scientific disipline and the massive confusion that exists in our culture concerning it and morality.