Archive for October, 2011

Abortion Is Not Healthcare…..

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

This morning in the news (http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/28476-pa-lawmakers-expected-to-consider-tougher-regulation-of-abortion-clinics) I read that in Pennsylvania, the House is considering a bill that would require abortion clinics to operate under the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers.  Now most people would say, aren’t they already required to meet certain standards?  The answer is NO!

 Abortion, the most common surgical procedure performed on women in the USA, is also the most unregulated.

Think about it:  You go to the doctor and find out you need minor surgery for, let’s say, a torn meniscus.  What happens next?  Well, the doctor explains the procedure in detail and tells you what to expect as you recuperate.  He or she then sends you to the hospital about a week before the procedure for tests like blood work, chest X-ray, etc.  The day of your surgery, you report to the ambulatory surgical center and meet with the doctor and the anesthesiologist.  After your surgery, the doctor speaks to you or a family member, and then you are scheduled for a follow-up visit.

This is just standard care, but it is NOT what happens in an abortion clinic, where women usually do not see the doctor until they are on the table, feet in the stirrups!  The doctor performing the abortion doesn’t have to be a specialist in OB/GYN. In fact, many of these abortion doctors have lost their licenses in other states.  After the procedure, the women never see the doctor again. Oh, and there is no anesthesiologist.

It seems that most people would say abortion clinics should have to meet the same standards as any other ambulatory surgical center.  Then why is it that the abortion supporters, like N.O.W. or Planned Parenthood, just to name a few, fight any suggestion to regulate abortion clinics.  They claim to be concerned about women’s health, so why fight efforts to clean up the act of these abortion clinics?  They claim it will limit access to abortion, which is nonsense.  What these regulations will do is require these clinics to get their act together and provide better care for women.

In many states, there are laws on the books for veterinary clinics that require a certain standard of care for our pets, yet abortion gets a free pass.

Think about it.

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Food for Thought: Cinnabar & China’s One Child Policy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Recently I was attending a conference in San Francisco and one afternoon I had some free time, so I decided to take a “window shopping walk” through the streets of Chinatown.

As I entered one shop I saw some very pretty, bright red & black jars and containers decorated with beautiful carvings.  I soon learned this particular type of Chinese art is known as Cinnabar.   As I was admiring these pieces the clerk came over and struck up a conversation; she said Cinnabar is an ancient Chinese craft that is disappearing.  She continued, saying that knowledge of this particular craft is becoming rare due to China’s ‘One Child Policy’.  She went on to say that in her time, people used to have large families and the oldest children would go to college while the others would learn a craft or trade.  She repeated that knowledge of this skillset is disappearing because of China’s One Child Policy!

Now I have known about the horrors of China’s One Child Policy and forced abortion for quite some time, but as this woman pointed out, in addition to the millions of lives which have been lost and will continue to be destroyed, there is another side to the story.  I am sure there are many who don’t even pay attention to the issue of forced abortion in China and many others who believe this practice is perfectly fine, but have these same people ever stopped to think about the resulting economic impact or that some of these ancient crafts will soon be lost forever?

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