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Five years ago I wrote a post on this blog regarding my nephew Palmer.
I explained in detail why it was that Palmer was alive because of the availability of abortion. Palmer was a twin. His twin was malformed and would never have survived outside the womb. However the malformed twin was taking all the amniotic fluid. Palmer’s only chance for survival was the termination of the other fetus, so that his amniotic fluid might be returned to a normal level. Doctors were able through scientific means to identify the malformation of the twin’s anatomy and to determine that Palmer was going to die. The termination of the malformed twin saved Palmer’s life. It was an abortion of the malformed twin that allowed Palmer to survive. If the twin had not been terminated, neither child would be alive today.
Palmer is now 6 years old. My husband and I spent time with him last winter.
When I see the hateful and emotionally charged posts of Sarah Palin on her Facebook page regarding her anti-abortion position, it is hard not to think about Palmer. It is hard not to think about the woman who had four children and would be dead today without a life saving abortion that Mitt Romney tried to prevent her from having. It’s had not to think about Trig, the child Palin proudly proclaims to be evidence of her pro-life stand. Sarah is a mother who has the financial means to help such a child. Yet she has failed to be a real mother to him. She has failed to get him the help he needs. She leaves him with sitters and treats him as a step child.
When Sarah took a “family vacation” Trig was not included.
When the “family” attended Willow’s graduation, Trig was not included.
When the family took a plane flight on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Trig waived from the window of the house to the family.
When the family went hiking on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Trig was left behind.
Never have we seen Sarah with Trig at ANY event attended for the benefit of Trig. He hasn’t been to the Special Olympics, and we’ve never seen Sarah attending any type of therapy session with Trig.
Perhaps the Palins would suggest that I should not pass judgment on what would be appropriate for Trig as he is not my child, and I don’t have a child with special needs. However Sarah is passing judgement on every woman who makes the decision to save her own life, or the life of her child, by having an abortion. We are talking about preserving life by a medical procedure that terminates cells that may never develop into a living person. The children of the mother whose life was at risk because of a dangerous pregnancy would tell Sarah that she shouldn’t be passing judgment on people who are experiencing something that she has never experienced. If the mother dies, the fetus dies. That means that instead of having an abortion, and preserving the mother’s life, both the mother and fetus die. How is that common sense? How could any Christian person advocate death to the mother of four. Imagine the horror of four children attending the funeral of their mother and the clump of cells buried by her side, who both died because the mother followed Sarah’s advice and refused to protect her life, the mother of her four children. Pro-life in some cases means Pro-choice.
Controversy has surrounded the release of a 9 minute video made from two hours of tape. The video was illegally made in California by the use of a hidden camera. California has a law prohibiting the making of a video of this type and imposes not only civil penalties, but criminal penalties as well. The law was enacted to protect and prevent this very type of misleading propaganda. The video released last week has caused an outcry among right-to-life groups expressing outrage due to the impression that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal body parts for profit. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only thing unethical about the conversation was the lies told by David Daleiden, the head of of a fake company called the “Center Medical Progress,” part of Biomax Procurement Services. Biomax was created almost three years ago for the purpose of tricking Planned Parenthood employees. Biomax set up exhibits at Planned Parenthood’s national conferences, and even offered a Planned Parenthood affiliate $1,600 for a fetal liver and thymus, trying to trap Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood declined that offer. That didn’t make the news.
The truth is that when a patient undergoing an abortion consents to the use of tissue for medical research Planned Parenthood donates tissue for medical research. In order to cover the cost of preserving the tissue and transportation, Planned Parenthood charges a fee. There is no profit made from the sale of human tissue. Unlike the illegal actions of Mr. Daleiden, Planned Parenthood follows the laws and ethical guidelines that govern their operation. Researchers use fetal tissue to study and develop treatments for diseases and conditions like H.I.V., hepatitis, congenital heart defects, retinal degeneration and Parkinson’s. Last year, the National Institutes of Health gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue — clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.
“The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal. Lawmakers responding by promoting their own anti-choice agenda are rewarding deception and putting women’s health and their constitutionally protected rights at risk”
This is just one more example of the attempts of Right to Life Groups and people like Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul to politicize the use of human tissue for medical research. The truth is that human bodies and body parts are essential to medical science. An average of 20,000 adult human bodies are donated every year for medical research. That means that someone’s grandma or grandpa may have his/her body dismembered, organs removed, or put on display at the Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds Exhibition of real human bodies. It’s not pleasant to think about. Nobody wants to think of the body of a loved one being carved up or put on display. But the truth is that Grandma and Grandpa are dead. If their bodies can save a life after they die, shouldn’t they? Shouldn’t their families do everything possible to save a life today? The child whose life is saved today because of the medical research done on human cadavers may inspire that child’s grandparents to donate their bodies to science in hopes of saving another life.
Human remains are used to replace heart valves, treat burn victims, and replace bone.
It is precisely because right-to-life groups have used stories like this that stem cell research in the United States has been impeded. Since 2004 it has been documented that the United States has fallen behind in stem cell research. Over ten years later we are still behind. Stem cell therapy is being developed around the world to cure heart disease, diabetes, leukemia, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, and Multiple Sclerosis.
I am currently involved in an experimental study in Israel. It is a stem cell study that may improve or cure my affliction with Multiple Sclerosis. I had to go to Israel for this treatment because the United States is so far behind other countries in their research for the treatment with stem cells. The stem cells that will be given to me are my own stem cells. They were extracted from my bone marrow in June. When I return for the infusion of stem cells it will be the infusion of my own stem cells that have been grown from MY OWN cells. It would be a life changing event if the therapy helps. To suggest that use of otherwise wasted tissue from an abortion will promote more abortions is like saying that people will kill their grandparents to get the money from the sale of their grandparent’s organs or bodies.
Finally, consider the incredible cost to the United States of the treatment of the many medical problems that might be eliminated through stem cell research. The estimated cost of treatment of diabetes alone in the U.S. is $174 Billion dollars every year. The estimated cost of treating Alzheimers over the next 40 years is TWENTY TRILLION DOLLARS. The current cost of MS drugs for a patient in the United States is $50,000-$65,000.00 dollars. There are approximately 400,000 people with M.S. in the United State. That translates into $20 BILLION DOLLARS. Imagine the incredible savings America might realize if stem cell therapy was further advanced. We might be able to retire the national debt if we saved the money on these three diseases, and put these patients back to work.
Finally consider the testimony of a patient suffering from M.S. who received stem cell therapy.
It is an outrage that anti-choice advocates would try to transform the national dialogue through such an emotional appeal that is misleading and manipulative.
Rick Santorum hasn’t held elected office since 2006. That means that by the time of the 2016 election, he will be in his tenth year as a loser. He lost the Senate race to Bob Casey in 2006. He lost the Republican primary to Mitt Romney, who himself was the loser in 2012. Now, for some reason, Santorum thinks it will be worth while to try his hand a losing again. It’s not as if there are not already Christian Conservatives already running. However Rick and Ted can split the evangelical vote and the Democrats will sit back and laugh.
It’s not as if he can wish away his Google Problem.
It’s not as if he can pretend his wife didn’t live with an abortion doctor above his clinic for six years.
It’s not as if he doesn’t still wear sweater vests.
It’s not as if anyone could forget his problem with Blacks and homosexuals as pointed out by Stephen Colbert.
The new problem for Santorum is that the first GOP debate will be governed by Fox News’ rules. It seems that Fox feels that only 10 Republicans should be allowed to participate in the debates. Santorum doesn’t even have enough support to rank in the top ten GOP candidates.
Perhaps Rick would be better off to simply join Sarah in suggesting that she might run, instead of announcing that she will run. To Rick’s credit, he is ahead of Carly Foirina in the polls, and he doesn’t even have ovaries.
The really funny thing is that if Fiorina can’t get herself into one of the top ten spots, how can she fulfill her purpose of criticizing another woman?
Wonkette features a clip from the Sarah Palin Channel that I didn’t pay for. The point of the Wonkette story is that Palin got it wrong again. What they fail to tell you is that one of the women Sarah attacks is a woman Palin endorsed and is one of her mama grizzlys! The funny thing is that Palin is attacking women of the GOP rather than liberals. The even funnier thing is that Palin looks so so so bad. Her “wonkey eye” is worse than ever, and her wig is in need of some serious styling. That black blouse seems to be open down to her navel, and there is nothing to see.
Renee Ellmers is a Nurse. She has been the Republican Representative from North Carolina since 2011. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin, and inducted into the “Mama Grizzly” sorority in 2010. Palin used the image of the mama grizzly as an example of females protecting their young. Palin said in her Mama Grizzly video:
“NO this isn’t right for our kids and our grandkids, and we’re going to do something about this. We are going to turn this thing around we’re going to get our country back on the right track, no matter what it takes to respect the will of the people.”
Palin even tried to raise money to help Renee in the re-countin her election when she defeated the Democratic incumbent by 1489 votes.
A video came out that was a specific response to Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzly video. The message was “you don’t represent me.”
Renee Ellmers wasn’t featured in that video. However there is no indication Ms. Ellmers asked for Palin’s label of her as a “mama grizzly”. Her web site doesn’t mention Sarah Palin, or even feature a picture of her.
The recent stand taken by Republican women, led by Renee Ellmers and Jackie Walorski, on the 20-week ban on abortion is a clear indication that Sarah Palin has no control over at least one of the Mama Grizzlies. Ellmers and Walorski felt the proposed ban on abortions was too stringent. The proposed bill would only allow an abortion after 20 weeks in the case of rape, and only if the rape had been reported to the police. Ellmers explained that she felt Republicans should be careful to focus on issues other than reproductive rights of women. She said:
“The first vote we take, or the second vote, or the fifth vote, shouldn’t be on an issue where we know that millennials—social issues just aren’t as important [to them].”
Ellmers led the opposition to the 20 week ban and incurred the wrath of right wing Republicans for doing so. Erick Erickson called her the GOP’s “Abortion Barbie”. Aaron Gardner asked if Renee Ellmers was “worthy of life?” Gardner justified his question by explaining he was the product of rape. Some pro-choice advocates suggest that Gardner is a perfect example of the reason abortion should be an option for any woman traumatized by rape.
The importance of this act of defiance by a Mama Grizzly is that it may be a sign of things to come. Some moderate Republicans are starting to object to being controlled by the extreme, right-wing of the party, like …Sarah Palin. The “political pendulum has swung closer to the center.”
Maybe instead of being on drugs during her speech in Iowa, Palin was suffering from a blow to the head. Maybe that political pendulum hit her in the head but failed to knock some sense into her.