Friday, October 15, 2004

ABORTION AS POLITICALLY CORRECT EUGENICS

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I just came across this story from several months ago and thought it worthy of a post:
ABORTION SOARS IN QUEST FOR PERFECT BABIES
Daily Mail
Sun May 6, 2004 23:30:03 ET

Those with conditions that can usually be corrected medically - such as deformed feet and cleft lips and palates - are instead being terminated.

And the number of abortions of Down's syndrome babies now outstrips live births, despite the fact that those with the condition can live a long and fulfilling life. As screening techniques improve, the trend is likely to grow - horrifying pro-life campaigners.

'These figures are symptomatic of a eugenic trend of the consumerist society hell-bent on obliterating deformity - and at what cost to its own humanity? ' said ethicist Jacqueline Laing, of London Metropolitan University. 'We are obliterating the willingness of people to accept disability. Babies are required to fit a description of normality before they are allowed to be born.'

The figures for 2002 - the latest available - from the Office for National Statistics show more women than ever are choosing to terminate babies with potential handicaps, with such abortions rising 8 per cent in a year.
See also here ("Minority preborn children are being aborted at more than twice the rate of white preborns."), here ("British Abortion Rate Skyrockets as Couples Eliminate 'Defective' Children"), here ("A woman was granted a late-term abortion because the foetus was found to have a cleft lip and palate.") and here ("(Women should not be required to justify their need for abortion. It is sufficient that a woman does not want to continue the pregnancy . . . It is not difficult to understand why women choose to abort abnormal pregnancies. Many women find that they feel differently about their condition when they find their baby would be born disabled. The discovery that the child is 'not normal' may challenge a woman's hopes and expectations about what her future family life will be . . . Abortion on grounds of fetal abnormality is not a matter of eugenics, it is a means to extend women's control over their lives and futures.").

Thoughts?

Friday, October 08, 2004

RISKS IN THE PORN INDUSTRY - PART 2

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I previously blogged about how the porn industry places porn actors at greater risk for contracting STDs because consumers don't want to see condoms in porn flicks.

Here's an update on this issue:
LOS ANGELES -- Government officials are stepping up their effort to get adult film producers to enforce the use of condoms during sex scenes.

Los Angeles County health officials have sent letters urging producers and directors to use condoms during filming, and vaccinate actors for hepatitis A and B.

A state lawmaker has also issued a letter threatening possible legislation to mandate the use of condoms in porn productions.

The government has been frustrated with the porn industry's failure to take steps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases following an HIV outbreak in April. That's when four actors were identified as having HIV and the industry was temporarily shutdown.

LDS MISSIONARIES IN CANADIAN SCHOOLS

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I'm not sure this is a good idea:

Two American missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hit a snag when they made a pitch to the Iqaluit District Education Authority on Sept. 27. It was the first big setback for the pair, who have been well-received elsewhere in town.
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This was the first time that Mormon missionaries have requested classroom time with the students, and board members were less than thrilled with the idea.

"Not my kids," said vice-president Aseena Allurut, who was at the meeting.
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Board member Katherine Trumper, on behalf of the group, raised a concern that there was no precedent for allowing a specific religious group in the classroom.

Inuksusk High principal Terry Young replied that there have been presentations in the past that "did not result in a good thing." Young also said that the board had denied requests from religious groups for the last five years.

The missionaries informed the board that several schools in Quebec had allowed missionaries into their schools. At Trumper's prompting, they agreed to present letters of references from the principals of those schools.

"Frankly I was somewhat surprised that they didn't have those [references] in hand," says Trumper.
I would be opposed to having missionaries proseletyze a "captive audience" of young kids in school, whether those missionaries be LDS or any other faith.