July 16, 2019

Tuesday (Moderated) Open Thread (071619)

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Positivity: President Trump Delivers Lifesaving Deregulation

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From Washinton, in a Forbes.com column:

July 11 2019, 3:33 p.m.

How many of you noticed the most life-changing story of the week? Yesterday, President Trump made a stunning speech announcing regulatory changes that will save thousands of American lives each year.

As the President noted, roughly 100,000 Americans with kidney disease are awaiting a transplant from a donor. About 20,000 Americans are awaiting transplants of other organs.

These estimates are, if anything, on the low side. Indeed, there are many people who never bother with the transplant waiting list because, under the current system, their prospects of receiving a transplant are so low. Last year, there were about 21,000 kidney transplants in the United States, but the transplant waiting list has remained stuck in the 90,000 to 100,000 person range for some years. If you are old, or even a young person in frail health, you won’t receive a kidney. Donor kidney’s are reserved for more “deserving” recipients. Shockingly, it’s estimated that 43,000 Americans die prematurely each year because they don’t receive a life-saving kidney transplant. For context, this exceeds the number of people who die in car accidents each year.

The shortage of kidneys and other organs is substantially, and probably fully, the fault of inhumane government regulations. The federal government has regulated national organ procurement since the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. Since then, the waiting lists have increased in length.

The shortages of kidneys and livers, the second most needed organ, are especially sad. After all, an adequate supply is readily available. Unlike other organs, kidneys and livers can be donated by living persons, who, after their donation, can continue to lead normal lives. Recently, Fox News correspondent Ed Henry announced that he will donate part of his liver to save the life of his sister with liver disease. He not only anticipates saving the life of his sister, but also leading a normal life after the donation.

President Trump’s life-saving executive order is multipronged. The change that will probably save the most lives is the provision that allows for reimbursement of organ donors’ lost wages and childcare expenses. Currently, organ donors spend money out of their own pocket and time to donate. My good friend and longtime collaborator donated one of his kidneys several years ago. For his efforts, which included traveling to a distant hospital and undergoing multiple tests and interviews, he received free parking at the hospital’s garage and a free lunch at the hospital’s cafeteria. In the process, he burned up a significant portion of his annual leave time.

The reimbursement provision that is contained in the executive order will offset some of the donors’ costs. Accordingly, the provision will substantially increase the supply of kidneys. It also makes excellent economic sense. Kidney dialysis costs $76,000 or more per year and can last for years while a patient slowly works to the top of the kidney transplant waiting list – or dies first. By avoiding the heavy costs associated with dialysis, transplantation has a very rapid payback period of less than two years. In consequence, the expansion of the supply of kidneys will save the federal government, which pays the expenses of dialysis for patients not covered by private insurance, billions of dollars a year. …

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July 15, 2019

Monday (Moderated) Open Thread (071519)

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Positivity: Irish doctor campaigns for conscience rights — Govt cannot ‘bully’ physicians into doing abortions

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From Dublin, Ireland:

Thu Jul 4, 2019 – 4:54 pm EST

A senior Irish obstetrician-gynecologist will call for conscience rights for his fellow Irish doctors when he addresses the All-Ireland Rally for Life this Saturday.

According to Ireland’s The Life Institute, Dr. Trevor Hayes will tell the pro-life witnesses “that politicians cannot and will not bully doctors into performing or facilitating abortions.”

Hayes believes that Taoiseach Leo Varadkhar’s pro-abortion government is attempting to violate the rights of medical professionals who conscientiously object to taking part in abortions.

“This is a form of bullying that is absolutely unacceptable because a person’s conscience is not subject to majority rule,” he said.

Ireland was once the safest place in Europe for unborn babies. However, after the 2018 referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution, unborn children lost their right to life in the Republic. The referendum was swiftly followed by a law allowing abortion on demand.

Northern Ireland still has laws that forbid abortion except when deemed necessary to save the life or the health of the unborn child’s mother.

A medical veteran of over 20 years of practice, Hayes believes the Irish health system is suffering from a lack of personnel, which makes the governmental bullying of conscientious objectors “particularly appalling.”

“We have a huge crisis in the health service, and that crisis is especially acute in staffing, so it is particularly appalling that staff in both nursing and medicine feel that they will be forced out of medicine because their right not to participate in abortion is not being respected,” Hayes stated. …

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July 14, 2019

Sunday (Moderated) Open Thread (071419)

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Positivity: Now that Ross Perot is gone, I can tell this story

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From Former Texas Governor and current U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (HT Weasel Zippers):

July 12, 2019

This week, the nation remembers Ross Perot for his success in business, his two independent White House bids and his no-nonsense, straight Texas talk. His love of country, larger-than-life personality and generosity are all part of his legacy that will live on. But there is another little-known part of the life of Ross Perot that should be told now that he is gone. He was a tireless, but private, supporter of our wounded veterans.

During my time as governor of this great state, I had the honor and privilege of knowing countless warriors who stepped forward to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned home with horrific wounds of war. U.S. Army Cpl. Alan Babin Jr. is one such hero.

While serving in Iraq in 2003 as a medic in the 82nd Airborne, Alan was shot in the abdomen while tending to a fallen comrade. While Alan survived his injury, he faced a long and difficult road to recovery, complicated by the onset of meningitis and a stroke-induced coma that left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

On the one-year anniversary of his wounding, I joined Alan and his family for a small gathering. He was still in very bad shape, neurologically and physically incapacitated. When I asked his mother, Rosie, what I could do to help, she said she was eager to get him out of the hospital and back home, but struggling with the prospect of transporting Alan to his many medical visits.

I knew there was one person to call: Ross Perot. What happened next still amazes me to this day. The next morning, Ross personally called Rosie and made arrangements for his plane to pick up the Babins in Austin and fly them to Dallas where Alan could be seen by leading neurologists at Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

When the hospital elevators opened, Ross was standing there to meet Alan personally and ensure that he got the best of care. Later that day, Rosie was handed a key to a hotel room across the street so she could be close to Alan throughout his extended stay.

It didn’t stop there.

When Rosie returned to the family home in Round Rock for her daughter’s prom, Ross visited privately with Alan to sit with him and make sure he wasn’t alone.

After three weeks in Dallas, Alan and Rosie returned home to Austin on Ross’ plane. When they arrived home, a fully customized luxury conversion van equipped with a wheelchair lift was waiting for them in their driveway.

Later when they spoke, Ross told Rosie two things: “One phone call is all you ever need to make if you need anything. Now, I want you to focus on Alan.” And that is exactly what happened.

In 2005, when Alan needed to return to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Ross flew the Babins to Washington, D.C., and arranged for a private ambulance to pick him up on the tarmac and transport him to the hospital.

Today, Alan and his parents live together in a specially adapted smarthome provided by the generosity of another great champion of our wounded warriors, Gary Sinise. Thanks to the support of patriots like Gary and Ross, Alan has progressed in his limited physical ability to become an accomplished adaptive skier, hand cyclist and golfer.

Over the years, Rosie has come to call those who rushed to Alan’s aid “Alan’s Angels,” but the title “Big Angel” is and will forever be reserved for Ross Perot. …

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July 13, 2019

Saturday (Moderated) Open Thread (071319)

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Positivity: Woman Told ‘Heart-Shaped’ Womb Meant She Might Never Have Children Gives Birth to Triplets

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From Newport, Wales:

Published July 4, 2019 at 12:16 am

Staring at her six-month-old triplets, Jemma Sheppard still pinches herself from time to time, basking in the delightful reality that the babies are her own.

She gave birth to healthy triplets, daughters Elevyn and Areya, and son Rome in December 2018, after being told there was only a 15 percent chance that any of the babies would survive.

Sheppard, 33, and her husband, Anton, struggled to have a baby for years, and eventually turned to intrauterine insemination for help.

Sheppard learned that she had polycystic ovaries and was not ovulating properly. On top of that, her uterus was heart-shaped, increasing her risk for miscarriage and premature birth.

“While I could take drugs to help me ovulate, my uterus shape was very pronounced and there was no treatment. It felt [like] devastating news,” Sheppard told the Daily Mail.

After the IUI procedure, the couple soon learned they were expecting triplets.

“I could hardly believe it when the sonographer said there were two heads — and then Anton said that he could see three,” Sheppard recalled.

The couple proceeded with cautious optimism, knowing the odds of delivering even one healthy baby were not in their favor.

“We were told it would be quite likely one baby might not survive, and it is common for women with a heart shaped uterus to have a premature [birth], so Anton and I were prepared for the worst.”

Incredibly, Sheppard carried her babies safely until 35 weeks, when she delivered them by cesarean section.

“Anton and I would have been thrilled with just one baby — but to have such a beautiful family in one go is just amazing,” Sheppard said. …

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July 12, 2019

Friday (Moderated) Open Thread (071219)

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Positivity: Justice Thomas: “Nothing in the Constitution Prohibits Passing Laws Prohibiting Dismemberment of a Living Child”

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From Washington, via Life News:

JUN 28 2019, 3:35PM

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued another powerful opinion Friday (June 28) after the high court rejected a case about protecting unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

Thomas said the Supreme Court precedent on abortion has “spiraled out of control” to the point where even laws that ban dismemberment abortions and sex-selection abortions are being struck down, according The Blaze.

He wrote the opinion in response to the justices’ decision not to hear an Alabama case about banning dismemberment abortions. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the law in 2018, citing Supreme Court precedent, and, on Friday, the high court refused to hear an appeal of that decision, according to Politico.

The Alabama law bans brutal dismemberment abortions that tear nearly fully formed babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating. Alabama lawmakers enacted the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act in 2016, but two abortion businesses and the ACLU sued to stop it.

“The notion that anything in the Constitution prevents States from passing laws prohibiting the dismembering of a living child is implausible,” Thomas wrote. “But under the ‘undue burden’ standard adopted by this Court, a restriction on abortion —even one limited to prohibiting gruesome methods — is unconstitutional if ‘the ‘purpose or effect’ of the provision is to ‘place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.’”

Here’s more:

… Thomas explained that while the “case does not present the opportunity to address” what he called the “demonstrably erroneous ‘undue burden’ standard,” that he and his colleagues “cannot continue blinking the reality of what this Court has wrought,” referring to past abortion rulings.

Thomas’ ruling explained that the operating precedent for the court’s decision to let the case stand was the “undue burden” standard set by the court in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

He suggested that it is time for the high court to reconsider that precedent.

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July 11, 2019

Thursday (Moderated) Open Thread (071119)

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Positivity: This Professor Could Have Been Aborted Because His Mom Was Mentally Disabled, He’s Glad She Chose Life

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From England and elsewhere, via Life News:

JUN 25 2019, 2:52PM

Many in the media are reacting to the case of a mentally-disabled U.K. woman who was nearly forced to have an abortion. But they aren’t the only ones: Americans challenged the case by sharing their own powerful stories against abortion based on disability.

On June 21, Catholic News Agency (CNA) broke the news that “UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman.” Since then, other outlets, from The New York Times to USA Today, have reported on the unidentified woman in her twenties who, at 22 weeks pregnant, was to have an abortion against her and her mother’s wishes.

At the Court of Protection, Justice Nathalie Lieven ruled that it was in the “best interests” of the woman, who has developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, CNA reported. But the woman’s mother, a Nigerian and former midwife, argued that the decision went against their Catholic faith – and offered to care for the child herself. Their social worker sided with them against the abortion.

On June 24, a U.K. court of appeals overturned the ruling. But not before several Twitter users had already shared their personal stories against abortion.

Harold Braswell, a bioethicist and assistant professor at Saint Louis University, captured attention on social media after sharing his story on June 21.

“My mom was intellectually disabled,” he revealed, before cautioning readers that his Twitter “thread may get intense.”

“My mom was deaf. And because she-like most deaf people of that generation-was not taught sign language until she was 8 she also had ‘linguistic deprivation syndrome,’” he continued. “But she had significant cognitive disabilities and was, at the time she got pregnant with me, classified as a ‘disabled adult child.’ When coupled with her deafness, her issues seem as significant as those facing this woman, perhaps more so.”

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And yet, he said, she still gave birth to him.

In the U.K, “The judge justifies her decision on it being in the woman’s own ‘best’s interests.’ This is ostensibly because, according to doctors, forced abortion would be less ‘traumatic’ than giving birth and likely losing custody of the baby,” he typed.

He challenged: “I beg to differ, and speak from experience.”

“My birth was traumatic for my mother. And I was eventually removed from her custody. So it’s a very analogous situation, at least in terms of the fears ostensibly motivating the judge’s decision,” he said. “[T]hough difficult, my birth was decidedly in my mother’s ‘best interests.’”

That’s because “She wanted to have me.”

“The judge her[e] suggests that this woman lacks capacity to know she wants a child. She’s wrong,” he continued. “My mother had wanted a child for over a decade before I was born. She knew the difference between a child and a doll. So does this woman.”

While his maternal grandmother ended up caring for him, he still saw his biological mother regularly.

“[I] acknowledged her as my ‘mom,’’” he said, and in the end, “I had two moms: her and my grandmother.”

He called it a “very enriching way to be brought up.” …

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July 10, 2019

Wednesday (Moderated) Open Thread (071019)

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Positivity: More Pro-Life Americans Promise to Never Vote for a Candidate Who Supports Abortion

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From Washington, via Life News:

JUN 25 2019, 4:47PM

What a coincidence. Three days ago we wrote about “A case study in misleading abortion polling results.” The lead sentence was “If there is any inviolable rule of thumb vis a vis abortion polls, it’s that you have to dig deep and read carefully.”

Talk about timing. Today Gallup came out with an abortion poll with this headline, “Majority in U.S. Still Want Abortion Legal, With Limits” written by Lydia Saad.

Talk about burying the lede. Here’s what the results actually show us.

1. We have frequently praised Gallup for asking more discerning questions about abortion and for asking follow-up questions. In 2018, Gallup found that a total of 53% wanted abortion legal “only in a few circumstances” (35%) or “illegal in all circumstances” (18%).

This year, Saad casually observes, a total of 60% want abortion legal “only in a few circumstances” (39%) or “illegal in all circumstances” (21%).

That is a big, big jump of 7 points.

2. What about voting based on a candidate’s position on abortion?

Don’t get lost in the fact there is more overall interest in abortion. That is important but secondary. Look at which side has the largest increase in the percentage of people who will only vote for candidates who agree with them on abortion.

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July 9, 2019

Tuesday (Moderated) Open Thread (070919)

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