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Some trans people don’t fit the steriotype

original article: ‘I used to think I was trans. Now I don’t.’ How Carey was set free from transgenderism
March 10, 2017 by Laurie Higgins

Progressives promote the lie that “gender identity” is immutable in order to rationalize and normalize an incoherent ideology and destructive medical “treatments.” Leftists desperately hope that the mainstream press, always in thrall to sexual radicalism, will avert its gaze from the growing “de-transitioning” movement. Thankfully, social media is here to occasionally shine light on alternative reality, that is to say, objective reality.

In an illuminating YouTube videoCarey Callahan, a young liberal woman, describes her “de-transition” from identifying as a “transman” and exposes some inconvenient truths about the “trans” community on which the mainstream press never reports:

I used to believe I was…a trans guy, and I stopped believing that….When I was trans…I felt that my trans identity should not be pathologized, that it was a healthy beautiful thing…that I was making these decisions from a clear state of mind….Looking back, I do not think I was in a clear state of mind, and I absolutely think that I was operating under some delusional ideas about what it would take to pass as a dude. The feelings that I had interpreted as gender dysphoria were actually long-term trauma symptoms that I had never addressed.

Every step of the process, every step I took in affirming that trans identity, life got worse….People in my little trans bubble were some of the most anxious people I’ve ever met…and coping with it in a real weird way. Lots of everyday drug use, eating disorders, compulsive working out…lots of over-the-top sex stuff, cutting, alcoholism….It was obvious that people…were not doing well.

Another de-transitioner, this one a young man who had been pretending to be a woman, explains his epiphany regarding his “transition”:

I felt like I was just doing something [i.e., “transitioning”] I didn’t need to do. I don’t feel that it 100% came from me. I don’t feel that organically, by myself, I would have done that. It was just something that the circumstances I was in, and the surroundings I was in, the influences I had…made me make these moves….At some point, I realized…I really didn’t want to do it. People told me that I would have less doubts and I would feel super confident and sure of myself as a female when I took the hormones, but honestly as soon as I got on them, I started questioning myself more and more.

A de-transitioner who calls herself “Crash” shares her convictions regarding the tragic reasons many women adopt a male identity:

Sometimes women take on a trans identity and transition due to trauma that we live through….I don’t think many people know this….I know a lot of other women who feel like their dysphoria or trans identity or transition…were a reaction to trauma. For those of us who transition, we didn’t go into our transitions…thinking that we’re reacting to trauma….We had dysphoria that we were trying to alleviate by changing our bodies….

Some women end up identifying as trans…because we lived through trauma that is in some way connected with us being women, with having a female body….A lot of us survive sexual violence. We were raped or survived some other kind of assault. A lot of us are child sexual abuse survivors. Some of us were attacked for being lesbians…My mom’s suicide played a huge role.

The Left says that “gender identity” is immutable and, therefore, even young children should be able to access medical help to refashion their bodies in such a way as to make them match the sex that corresponds to the cultural conventions these children prefer. In other words, young boys who “identify” as girls do so based on their desire to wear girls’ clothing, have long hair, and play with girls’ toys. But the Left says these are merely arbitrary, socially constructed norms. So, why change their bodies? Rather than rejecting their bodies, why not reject the norms they believe have no objective reality or meaning?

Of the many tragic consequences of this science-denying sexuality dogma is the fact that “transitioning” is harming people. Society is marching blindfolded into a brave new dystopian world whose victims are increasingly children who will one day tell their stories of regret—stories like that of de-transitioner, Cari Stella, who “transitioned socially at 15,” started taking testosterone at 17, had a double mastectomy at 20, de-transitioned at 22, and recently said this:

[De-transitioners] are not just statistics….We’re real people….I’m a real live 22-year-old woman with a scarred chest, a broken voice, and a five o’clock shadow.

Are castration, mastectomies, and chemically-induced sterility for young adults really the signposts on the path to the right side of history?

If physical embodiment has no intrinsic and profound meaning, why are gender-dysphoric persons spending so much money and enduring so much pain to change their bodies? If restroom and locker room usage is so inconsequential that women and men should be willing to share these private spaces with opposite-sex persons, why can’t gender-dysphoric persons share them with persons of their same sex?

Perhaps the extreme measures “trans”-cultists take in their disordered quest to mask their objective, immutable sex as revealed in physical embodiment testifies to the profound meaning and importance of physical embodiment as male and female—embodiment that “progressives” and transgressives are telling the rest of us to ignore.

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Confusion between care and insurance guarantees costs will rise

original article: When Replacing ObamaCare, Remember Health Insurance Isn’t Health Care
March 7, 2017 by WILLIAM M BRIGGS

Big Louie whispers to you, “Say, Mac. The fix is in. The Redskins are throwing it to the Browns. It’s all set. Guaranteed.”

“No, kiddin’, Louie?”

“I’m tellin’ ya. Now listen. I want you to bet me the Skins win.”

Wha…? But you just told me ….”

“You aren’t paying attention. What’s wrong with you, Mac? You want trouble? I said the Skins will lose and you will bet they’re going to win. Now gimme sixty bucks that says the Skins will win.”

“Hey! You don’t have to be so rough …”

“Say, these twenties are new! Considerate of you. Listen. Don’t be so glum. You’re contributing to a good cause: me.”

What Insurance Is

Any of this remind you, Dear Reader, of the insurance business? It shouldn’t. Yet the word insurance has undergone a strange metamorphosis, which is caused, as you won’t be surprised to learn, by government.

Insurance used to be a bet you would make that you hoped you wouldn’t win. You went to an insurer and made a bet that something bad would happen, say, you got cancer or your house would burn down. The insurer figured out how much it would cost to pay you to fix the bad thing. He then said, “Okay, gimme Y dollars, and if the bad thing happens, I pay you X.” If you didn’t like Y or X, you negotiated with the insurer until a pair of numbers were mutually agreeable — or you agreed to part ways.

But suppose you told the insurer, “I have cancer. It will cost X to treat. I want to bet with you that I get cancer. What’s the minimum Y I should pay you?”

The insurer would either laugh you out of his office, as he commiserated with you about the sad state of your health, or he would pick a Y greater than X. Why? Because it was guaranteed that the insurer would pay out X. Why would he ever take an amount less than X?

The Government “Fix”

Because government, that’s why. Because your cancer is a “pre-existing condition” and it was seen as cruel and heartless for the insurer not to lose money on your behalf. But government forced the insurer to lose money. Government enjoyed playing Robin Hood. Hood as in criminal, crook, confidence trickster (did you not know that? Big Louie knew).

However, because the entities that comprise government move in and out of insurers (and their banks), the government also took pity. Government knew insurers had to make up their forced deficits. So it mandated that citizens who did not want to make a bet with any insurer had to give the insurer money for bad things that would almost never happen. ObamaCare became Big Louie muscling twenty-somethings to insure themselves against Alzheimer’s.

Thanks to Supreme Court Justice Roberts, you being forced to fork over funds to a private entity was called a tax. (Same thing Big Louie calls it!) Thus, not only was the word insurance gutted of most of its actual meaning, so was tax. Orwell lives.

Of course, insurers assisted in their own demise. They, like everybody else, were happy to let folks conflate the incompatible terms health insurance and health care. Once people could no longer keep these separate in their minds, the end of insurance was guaranteed.

What Insurance Isn’t

Insurers blurred these distinctions by separating themselves from the purely betting side of business, by dealing with people’s employers and not people (a condition ensconced by further Government mandates), by paying doctors and hospitals and not people, and by writing blanket instead of specific contracts. It came to be seen as normal for a person to expect “insurance” to pay for their kid’s visit to the doctor for sniffles.

Having the sniffles is almost guaranteed; it is thus numerically no different than a pre-existing condition. Having an insurer pay out on these “sure bets” meant that an additional layer of bureaucracy had to be built to handle the paperwork and shuffle funds around. Insurers unwisely moved to make a profit on these sure bets, which caused them to be penurious when paying out on large claims. Doctors had to increase their staff to handle the busywork. Monies that would have gone to pay for “bettable” diseases had to be diverted to pay for aspirins and bandages. Every step along the way caused premiums to be driven higher.

Now no one understand’s the true cost of care. Worse, we’re at the point where the true meaning of insurance is under active attack. A recent article in Bloomberg complains that it would be better if insurers used data to calculate a person’s chance of this or that disease — which is exactly what insurers should do. The author of that article also frets that insurers might “once again [be] allowed to charge extra for pre-existing conditions, an idea currently being debated in Congress.” In other words, the author is worried that insurers might once again be allowed to do what insurers are supposed to do, and what they must do if insurance is to work.

When Congress scraps ObamaCare, they must not replace it with any scheme that confuses insurance and care. This confusion guarantees that costs will go up and the bureaucracy will grow.

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Since Abortion Was Legalized in the U.S., Women’s Risk of Breast Cancer Has Quadrupled

original article: Since Abortion Was Legalized in the U.S., Women’s Risk of Breast Cancer Has Quadrupled
October 21, 2015 by JAY HOBBS

An in-depth documentary exploring the long-term health and emotional risks of abortion premiered last Thursday night in Southern California.

What’s ground-breaking about Hush, however, is its first-ever showing will be at the opening night of LA Femme International Film Festival, a major venue for women filmmakers that is hosted at the prestigious Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Subtitled, “One woman investigates the untold effects of abortion on women’s health,” the documentary showcases a comprehensive investigation into the realities of abortion’s connection to the long-term health risks for women, including breast cancer, premature birth, and psychological problems, according to Mighty Motion Pictures’ president and executive producer Drew Martin.

Directed by a pro-choice woman, Punam Kumar Gill, Hush features experts who have long warned of the long-term health risks of abortion, including Breast Cancer Prevention Institute co-founders Joel Brind, Ph.D. and Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., as well as Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D.

Each expert has made major contributions to the existing body of research concerning the long-term health and psychological effects following abortion, particularly what has become known as the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) Link, which is often denied by the abortion industry despite the fact that 58 of the 74 epidemiological studies conducted since 1957 have demonstrated as much as a 10 percent increased risk of breast cancer following an abortion.

“When I heard claims that there were long-term physical and psychological problems associated with abortion, my initial reaction was to take offense,” the film’s director, Ms. Gill, says in the trailer. “What were women actually being told before their abortions? How were these women actually doing afterwards? My health and my life could be at risk.”

Between 1970 and 2014, the probability of U.S. women contracting breast cancer more than quadrupled, with breast cancer accounting for more new cancers in 2014 than the second, third and fourth most-common cancers combined, according to a medically reviewed study by professors from St. Joseph’s Hospital (Lexington, Ky.), University of Kentucky Medical Center and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

The authors of the study, citing the Dr. Lanfranchi, also pointed out that, “a girl or young woman who undergoes an abortion, increases her risk of breast cancer in four ways: ‘[S]he creates in her breasts more places for cancers to start, which is an ‘independent effect’; she loses the protective effect that a full-term pregnancy would have afforded her; she increases the risk of premature delivery of future pregnancies; and she lengthens her susceptibility window.’”

“This really has nothing to do with the morality of abortion,” Brind says in the trailer. “It’s the morality of telling the truth about it.”

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Taxpayer-Funded Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts

original article: SHOCK VIDEO: Taxpayer-Funded Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts
July 14, 2015 by Katie Yoder

Planned Parenthood thinks it can put a price on a baby: $30 to $100 per part.

An undercover investigative video released July 14 showed a Planned Parenthood executive confess that her taxpayer-funded organization sells the body parts of aborted babies by using the partial-birth abortion procedure to ensure the baby parts stay intact. Pro-life leaders challenged the abortion giant after the Center for Medical Progress, a citizen journalist group focused on medical ethics, caught the scene on camera.

In the video, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, met with investigators posing as buyers and representatives from a “Fetal Tissue Procurement Company” for lunch on July 25, 2014.

“Every provider has had patients who want to donate their tissue and they absolutely want to accommodate them,” she began. “They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this.’”

“A lot of people are looking for hearts these days,” she told the actors, before saying lungs and livers were also in demand. The price? $30 to $100 “per specimen.”

The video presented a “tissue order form” by stemexrpess.com “a multi-million dollar company” that offers “clinical specimens” to “biomedical researchers.” The site offers 40 different “organs and tissues” from unborn babies as old as 20 weeks. That means a baby – from the nose to the eyes and ears – is worth $1200 to $4,000 to Planned Parenthood. (And that’s without counting the “fetal blood” “fluids” and “nerves” also up for grabs).

Nucatola explained how it’s important to know what body part is wanted to sell beforehand, to “know where they’re putting their forceps.”

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.

Next, she described how partial-birth abortion procedures help keep the baby parts intact to sell.

“And with the calvarium [the baby’s head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,” she continues. “So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”

Before the end of the luncheon, Nucatola exposed the abortion giant’s national office’s concern about liability.

“At the national office, we have a Litigation and Law Department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue right now,” she said. “But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates.”

At the end of the video, a separate clip showed Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards supporting Nucatola. After an investigator commended Nucatola’s help with “fetal tissue collection,” Richards responded with an, “She’s amazing.”

According to the Center for Medical Progress, Nucatola has supervised medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. Her duties include training new abortion doctors and performing abortions herself up to 24 weeks.

Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding during the fiscal year 2013—2014. That amounted to more than $1.4 million per day, through government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements.

The video is the first in a series for the Center for Medical Progress’ called, “Human Capital,” a “nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts.”

In his reaction, the Center’s project leader, David Daleiden, stressed that, “Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

The Pro-Life Reaction

Other leaders in the pro-life movement rushed to denounce Planned Parenthood after the video publication.

In a press release, the National Director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone reacted to the video’s findings. “This violates both the law and the most basic sense of human decency,” he said.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, called the footage “truly horrific.”

“The buying and selling of baby body parts is indefensible and the straw that will break the camel’s back” she said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood is a gross money-maker and care nothing for the women, and children, they harm in the process.”

Live Action’s Lila Rose also commented on Planned Parenthood’s “trafficking of baby parts for profit.”

“The exploitation of human life, the cover-up, and the black market profiteering by America’s largest abortion chain is not only egregious and heartbreaking, but exposes how the abortion giant is corrupt to the core,” she said.

After watching the video, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser commented that the footage “reveals the dark side of humanity” like the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell’s trial, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming” in toilets “to get out,” attracted a scant 12 – 15 reporters. Only after 56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry, did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell. Will the news media be as hesitant to report on this?

“The moment when the destruction of a human being becomes just business as usual is a moment we must address,” according to Dannenfelser. Planned Parenthood providers, she said, “are wheeling and dealing with tiny hearts, livers, lungs, and even heads, of the children their practitioners destroy during late term abortion procedures.”

“This is an eye-opening, stomach-churning moment,” she concluded. “We are a better nation than this.”

UPDATE: Planned Parenthood’s Vice President of Communications, Eric Ferrero, released a statement in response to the “heavily edited, secretly recorded” footage that “falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research” (the Center for Medical Progress shared the full two-and-a-half hour video as well as the edited version with the public).

“At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards,” he wrote. “There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or Planned Parenthood.”

In another press release, Fr. Pavone deemed Ferrero’s response “pathetic and laughable.”

Ferrero “tries to paint the cutting out of hearts, livers, eyes and brains as ‘the highest ethical and legal standards’ of ‘high quality health care providers.’ He calls the undercover videotape that was released today ‘heavily edited,’ which is nothing more than dodging the need to respond to what is actually said in the clip,” he said.

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Twin who survived abortion writes a letter to the abortion doctor

Claire Culwell knows what it’s like to be a survivor. At the age of 13, her mother learned she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion, though she didn’t know she was pregnant with twins.

After she had an abortion of Claire’s brother, she returned to the abortion clinic after realizing she still had a growing and developing baby inside of her. Told she was too late to have a second abortion, she gave birth to Claire, who struggled on life support as she dealt with a myriad of medical issues following her birth.

claireculwell2Despite the obstacles she has had to overcome, Claire is actively sharing her story — urging people to choose life instead of abortion. And now, via the web site of pro-life activist Abby Johnson, Claire has written an incredible letter with an incredible message to the abortion doctor.

Here is that letter:

Dear Dr. Patel,

I am writing with a heavy heart. I recently discovered you in the news due to the violations your abortion clinic has made. I found that I have a closer connection to you than I thought.

In 1988, my 13-year-old birth mother placed herself in your care to perform her abortion…her 20-week abortion. She was assured that the abortion would fix her problem and that her life would return to normal but it didn’t.

claireculwell3When she returned to see you, she was informed that the abortion had been successful, in part, but she was still pregnant as she had actually been pregnant with twins but had been misinformed. She was also told that during the abortion the amniotic sac had been ruptured, thus leaking fluid for weeks. This proposed many complications for my birth mother. Due to the botched abortion, I was born 2.5 months premature with many lifelong complications.

As I read your medical practice history, I found my testimony consistent with many of your other former patients. My birth mother was 13. She was young and naïve; she would be easy to manipulate and lie to. She didn’t know any better. Due to the abortion that was botched, my birth mother has suffered 26 years of hardship and regret. I can only imagine the things that may have happened that she feels like she can’t speak about…things that other women are confessing that you did to them while in your care.

However, she was not the only one affected by the failed abortion. My life, my family’s life, and my children’s lives would all eventually be effected by one “mistake” or one “botched abortion” that was performed so long ago. Not only was I born 2.5 months premature but I was born with complications including dislocated hips, club feet, and was on life support in the hospital. I went through multiple casts on my feet, a harness on my hips to prepare for surgery and body casts in order to correct what the abortion had done to my body. In fact, I still have hip and foot complications today due to the abortion. The unfortunate part is that I am not alone. Hundreds of other survivors of abortions are speaking up letting the world know that we ARE children, we DO deserve a chance at life and that abortion is, clearly, NOT SAFE.

claireculwell4I spent 21 years of my life wondering if I had a sibling that was missing. I felt it in my heart. My birth mother confirmed my questions when she told me about her abortion when I met her. Realizing that you have lived your entire life without your twin is a harsh reality.  However, the hardest part for me is realizing that you took my daddy’s only son from him. His life would have been even more full and joyful had he had his son who would carry on his family name and do the things he loves with him—hunt and fish. Because of the selfishness that abortion has brought to us today, our family will remain incomplete and I mourn the amazing adventures my daddy is missing with my brother.

In February of 2013, another miracle happened… My daughter was born! I can’t help but think about how she wouldn’t be here if the abortion had been successful on my life. She has only been here for a short time but she has touched so many lives with her fun-loving personality. I can’t help but wonder how many children are missing because their mothers were misinformed by you and told that the best decision, or even the only decision, was abortion.

Dr. Patel, I write to not only shed light on the reality of the severe aftermath that can happen when abortions are performed but to also express my forgiveness to you for what happened. I have lived a full life and been well loved in my 26 years of life despite my circumstances. I was adopted into an incredible home that gave more grace and forgiveness than I ever could have asked for. In the same way I have been forgiven by God for many things, I choose to forgive you. I forgive you for performing the abortion in 1988 and for the enormous impact it has had on my birth mother and me.

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I also pray for you. I pray that you are able to see past the medicine, the money and your usual way of life… and that you will remember my face (and my daughter’s who would not be here had the abortion been successful) as you go to perform abortions. I pray that as you remember my face that you will be moved in such a way to walk away from the abortion practice and use your gifts outside of the industry. I assure you that many of us, myself included, would help you leave the industry and be encouragers and supporters to you. I would welcome you with open arms because I fully believe your life and what you do with your life is just as valuable as every single unborn child that I advocate for. I will continue to pray for you and your past and current patients.

Sincerely,

Claire Culwell

original article: You Won’t Believe What a Twin Who Survived Abortion Says in a Letter to the Abortion Doctor
April 29, 2014 by STEVEN ERTELT

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Are government assigned household health monitors the future?

Let’s face it. News from Scotland hardly ever makes it across the Atlantic. Probably the last event you remember from there was the failed referendum to secede from Great Britain several months ago.  But one might say that being out of the limelight gives social engineers just the cover they need to perfect a new form of government oversight that will hardly stay confined to the Scottish borders.

Just a year ago, the Scottish Parliament passed the Children and Young People Bill by a vote of 103-0, with 15 abstentions. It lays out a plan to assign a government worker — otherwise known as a “named person” — to oversee the life of every child from the cradle to age 18. As the implementation deadline in 2016 approaches, officials are trying to decide exactly how this will work.  Now, it seems they want to move beyond their statutory limits to a wider net following the so-called P-20 model.  The P stands for prenatal, and the 20 for the average age during which many enter the workforce.

Newly published guidelines call for the named person to be picked for each child around the seventh month of pregnancy. Each expectant mom then gets to meet with this person and a midwife in the family home. The document states, “Where additional wellbeing needs are anticipated at birth the prospective Named Person should be involved in planning and providing supports to eliminate, reduce or mitigate risks to wellbeing.” Although all details have not been finalized, it appears the initial named person would be a health care worker who would be succeeded by a teacher around the time the child starts school.

A number of teachers are leery of taking on the extra work load. According to Liz Hunter of the Scottish Secondary Teacher’s Association: “Our concerns with it would be the time it would take the teachers to compile the work to support the child properly. It would be the time for task.  The named person would be the coordinator for the children’s plan. In that plan they would have to speak to the parents, they would have to speak to the child, they have to speak to, if they had one, a social worker or a healthcare professional or an educational psychologist or a speech and language therapist.”

The Scottish government claims the initiative was started as a geographically limited pilot project after parents requested a “single point of contact” for help or advice.  If so, there are undoubtedly many more parents who don’t want these state guardians breathing down their necks.  They realize they are the persons named to watch over their children by an authority wiser than any parliament. A more likely motivation for the social experiment is to accommodate the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.  That means after the Scots iron out the kinks, it will be trotted out as a model for other countries.

original article: Intrusive Social Experiment Targets Scottish Family Dynamics
February 26, 2015 by STEVE EASTMAN

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Abortion vs Vaccination Rights

Imagine someone arguing for the right to kill another person. I know, that’s completely absurd, but that is precisely the argument for abortion rights. Some pretend the issue at hand is really women’s reproductive rights, because that sounds better than being honest. NARAL Pro-Choice is an organization that tries very hard to hide its mission while fighting for that same mission. The name is a dead give away – the National Abortion Rights Action League. See that, Abortion Rights. But it sounds better to tack “Pro-Choice” on the end. Why do that? Because choice is supposed to be such an important aspect of the issue. So while pushing for abortion, this organization pretends it’s really just trying to protect “choice”. Common platitudes abound about this very point (taken from the NARAL website):

  • All women should be able to decide what’s best for themselves and their families.
  • How are laws in your state affecting reproductive freedom?
  • GOP leaders are obsessed with making abortion impossible for women to access
  • We are made up of pro-choice women and men across the United States. Together, we protect a woman’s right to choose.

So women should be in charge of their own bodies we are told. But the greatest proponents of “choice” will make some exceptions.

Forced Abortion That Injured Woman Reveals Much About Planned Parenthood

Clinic Worker: 16-Year-Old Forced to Have Abortion at Planned Parenthood

Man Takes 12-Year-Old to Planned Parenthood for Abortion to Hide Rape

Twelve Nurses Forced to Take Part in Abortions

Planned Parenthood says it opposes ‘forced abortion’ but is tied to China’s one-child policy

Currently there is a “crisis” of sorts about the Measles virus. The debate is incredibly one sided, with its own jargon and all. Parents who elect to not vaccinate their children are hatefully called anti-vaxers and the debate rages to the point of some demanding such parents be jailed. But you may not have noticed the absence of a startling aspect of the debate: the right to choose. Even Hillary Clinton, a champion for women’s rights, seems to think nothing of a woman’s right to choose on this issue. She commented on twitter about it:

Fact checking Hillary Clinton’s #VaccinesWork tweet

This comment was accompanied by another elitist push for a government-knows-best mentality with the  hashtag. Just as when Mrs. Clinton said it takes a village, here too when she says grandmothers know best, she means big, invasive government.

Apparently, despite the fact a woman has a right to kill her own child while it is in her womb, after that child is born that same woman loses many civil rights and choices. So much for anyone’s right to choose.

Lest you think vaccines is the end of the road on this government-can-force-you-to-take-drugs movement, think again:

10-year-olds required to use birth control

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From Ebola to Measles, Hysteria about Medical Isolation

During the brief 2014 Ebola scare the United States government took the clear position that isolation was not necessary. Ebola outbreak: US advises against quarantine. At the time there was no vaccine against Ebola, and the vaccines in the experimental stage were still very new and had little testing. When vaccines are available for a particular disease we are often told of the importance of inoculations. So what should we do if a disease, such as Ebola, which is many times more deadly than the Flu, arises in the U.S. but there is no vaccine? Isn’t isolation the next best thing?

Now, government enforced isolation is an entirely different situation from self-imposed isolation. I agree with some critics of certain state government actions on the Ebola scare (suggesting the allegedly infected should be detained for a matter of weeks.) An alternative approach I approve is a very short term isolation with immediate testing. If the patient is shown to be free from Ebola that person should be immediately released – no need for government mandated quarantine for several weeks.

But in California a high school is taking a different disease very seriously. Nearly 70 students from this high school were not permitted to return to school for a time because they were not vaccinated against measles. Whether you approve of the action taken by the school, one aspect of the situation just makes sense: if a vaccine is not available (or not utilized) the next best thing is isolation. I mean, we’re talking about spreading diseases here, even if they are not nearly as deadly as Ebola.

But in Washington, D.C. isolation during a disease scare doesn’t make sense. The Obama administration thinks putting illegal immigrant children (who need medical attention) into public schools without the need for an isolation period or vaccination is just fine. Feds Force Public Schools To Enroll Illegal Immigrant Children With No Medical Screening

And as a result, as common sense would suggest, we have a scare about diseases.

Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Dengue, Swine Flu

Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed

Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S.

CDC Warning: Immigrant Children Could Be Spreading This New Mystery Virus In Public Schools

Some are denying illegal immigrants have anything to do with spreading diseases (which makes no sense at all, especially considering the spread of disease is one of several concerns for the immigration policies of any country). But the situation, like most things in life, is complex. It’s worth looking into it to find out for sure. Since we don’t know for certain, isn’t it wise to at least take some precautions and isolate the immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally and without medical screenings?

What is the Obama administration trying to do by pretending the spread of disease is of no legitimate concern when they can’t possibly know that?

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Are food regulations helping or hurting our kids?

1M kids stop school lunch due to Michelle Obama’s food standards
February 27, 2014 By Stephen Dinan

Michelle Obama's food regulations not workingThe federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday.

One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus.

Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official watchdog for Congress, said they believed students were going hungry because of smaller entree portions demanded by the rules.

Cafeterias regularly reported finding fruits and vegetables, which they are required to serve, ending up in trash cans. Although no studies have been completed, the government has found an increase in what it calls plate waste in some districts.

Despite the hiccups, school food authorities said they generally support the nutritional changes and think the menus are moving in the right direction.

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School food regulations causing problems
June 24, 2014 by Dothan First

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act took affect two years ago. The new act is aimed at healthier lunches to help have healthier students.

“Probably the biggest concern is childhood obesity and the increase in early onset diabetes in children, or type two diabetes that we’re seeing in children became a concern and so the meal pattern again had not been updated and so they wanted to see some changes to hopefully combat those two areas,” said Child Nutrition Program Director Tonya Greer.

But has it really helped all that much? The guidelines and rules are so strict many school systems are having trouble keeping up with each year’s new changes and Dothan City Schools is one of them.

“It’s been challenging. There’s only so many things kids will eat and there’s only so many things in those different sub groups that are financially, I guess, viable for a school to serve, because the reimbursement is still limited in terms of what you can spend on food costs,” said Greer.

The new implementation includes having 100 percent whole grain foods as well as a certain amount of fruits and vegetables each day. The vegetables are even broken down into sub categories depending on their color and vitamin content.

Many of the students are also having trouble getting acquainted with the new tastes.

“If we’ve made the move of at least 50 percent of the offerings being whole grain, you know, is it really beneficial to the child to serve them all whole grains and watch them throw it away. As opposed to giving them some whole grain and some refined grained and watching them consumes it,” said Greer.

With only a few days before the new guidelines take effect there’s not much the schools can do.

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What are parents of UCLA students paying for? ‘Finals Can Wait, Masturbate!’

‘Finals Can Wait, Masturbate!’ Event Scheduled for Tonight at UCLA
May 27, 2014 by Daniel Mael

First reported by the UCLA Daily Bruin and covered by Campus Reform, an event titled “Finals Can Wait, Masturbate!” is scheduled for Wednesday night. “The workshop aims to promote healthy masturbation practices,” Savannah Badalich, the Undergraduate Students Association Council student wellness commissioner, told the Daily Bruin. ​“We talk a lot about safe sex in the context of heterosexual individuals, but we don’t really talk about self pleasure and masturbation.”

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