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Friday, January 24, 2003
Posted 1:53 PM by WiN
An EMT on Abortion
We're taught as EMT's that babies can survive from about the 22nd week on. To me, that would be the appropriate upper limit for abortions. The ability to abort a baby should end when that baby could survive outside the womb. The sad thing is, and it sent me from the classroom in tears, babies under 22 weeks will look like tiny, normal infants, cry, move, and die because their lungs aren't developed enough. We were taught to let the parents hold such an infant until it passed, to give them closure and comfort. I'm not sure I could do that. I think I'd have to work the resuscitation, as fruitless as it might be. I guess that means for me that the upper age for abortion should probably be when the infant is still clearly not a baby.The taking of innocent life (emphasis on innocent) is always wrong, but it happens. Limiting abortion to the first trimester would be an excellent start to ending the killing. Making abortion clinics comply will all applicable laws and regulations as hospitals and "emergency care" clinics would help, also. As would a 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws (as has recently been proposed here in OK). Anyway, I appreciated Chuck's perspective on the issue. We are talking about human life, after all.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Posted 2:38 PM by WiN
And in this corner...
With stunning lack of judgment, the Green Party is apparently considering putting ex-congressional flamethrower and Islamofascist suck-up Cynthia McKinney on their 2004 presidential ballot. As pointed out by Jonah Goldberg in The Corner, this, combined with the Democratic primary campaign of pathological liar Al Sharpton, could take a huge bite out of the mainstream Democratic vote by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of black votes (McKinney is black).
It's way too early to start talking about W as a two-term president, but right now that's where the smart money would be.
Posted 10:33 AM by WiN
If you cut us, do we not bleed?
Is Ariel Sharon a bloodthirsty madman? A racist warmonger? Or, perhaps, just a mortal human being, trying to do the best thing for his people and his country according to the gifts that God has given him?
Posted 9:47 AM by WiN
There has been a great deal of discussion about abortion in America surrounding the recently-passed 30 year anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. I am adamantly Pro-Life, but I do actually read and/or listen to the arguments of those who wish to keep abortion a legal option for pregnant women. Yesterday, NRO published this excellent article from a woman who has made the journey from young feminist to pro-lifer. I highly recommend it to those on both sides of this important and divisive issue.
And here's to everyone, everywhere who wants to ensure that "every child is a 'wanted child'". I pray that I live to see that day.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.