Monday, 25 June 2007

The Oath

Hat tip to Michael R. Denton who blogs at For the Greater Glory on this MSNBC article on doctors who refuse to prescribe treatments which are contrary their moral or religious beliefs. Of note was one particular sentence in the article (by an attorney):

"Doctors swear an oath to serve their patients."

Oh really? I must have missed that part of the Hippocratic Oath. I swore to first do no harm. Not quite the same thing as swearing an oath to serve my patients.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Abortion May Increase Risk for Suicide

From across "the pond:"

At a press conference called by Ms Winterton in the House of Commons, Dr Stammers said that in 26 years in medical practice, he had treated many women suffering from depression relating to previous abortions.

And consultant gynaecologist Dr Robert Balfour cited a study of 5,000 women in Finland between 1987 and 2000, which found those who had an abortion were six times more likely to commit suicide than those who had given birth in the past year.

Dr Balfour said that statistics from his home area of south Wales suggested that there were more psychiatric admissions and suicides among women who had abortions than those who gave birth.

Gay Adoption Paper Flawed

Medical societies and organizations are coming under increased pressure by the gay and lesbian communities to adopt certain positions on social issues which are favorable to homosexuals. As these pressures and influences increase, look for objective scientific reporting to become increasingly agenda driven. As an example, consider the issue of gay adoption.

"Conclusive" Report by American Academy of Pediatrics on Homosexual Adoption Shown to be Full of Holes
Said to contain "major quotation and interpretive errors that ... invalidate the conclusions in the article."

By Elizabeth O'Brien

IOWA, 1 June 2007 ( - Over the past five years, Dr. Sharon Quick, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and retired Clinical Assistant Professor from the Washington School of Medicine, has analyzed all of the major scientific literature that was used in the 2002 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Technical Report on Same-Sex "Marriage" Adoptions. The final report was printed in the highly influential Pediatrics journal and concludes by supporting the adoption of children by Gay and Lesbian Couples.

In an Iowa court-case in late May, Dr. Quick gave her official testimony that the Technical Report "contains major quotation and interpretive errors that, irrespective of the quality of the studies cited, invalidate the conclusions in the article."

Many medical societies trust the accuracy of the AAP's investigations and base their policies upon its reports. The report influenced the American Medical association, for example, to support the adoption of children by same-sex parents. The Report was also as evidence in the Massachusetts legal battle over same-sex union and in United States Supreme Court cases as well.

Dr. Sharon Quick discovered that the report inaccurately references an unprecedented 57 percent of its scientific literature. The list of grossly misgathered and misrepresented information reveals the bias and inaccuracy in the Technical Report.

Many other examples of flawed research can be found. But it is very dangerous and harmful to society when political correctness trump sound medical research.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Cardinal Pell Will Not Be Silenced

One of the more courageous of the Catholic Church refuses to be bullied by liberals who would like to see embryonic stem cells used for medical research. George Cardinal Pell, of Australia, has come under fire for refusing to remain silent on the issue.

Last month, Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, threatened to deny communion to them because the bill would fund the destruction of human life as scientists obtain the cells from days-old unborn children.

Since then, he has come under fire for the comments and some members of the province's parliament have indicated they think its wrong for a top religious official to speak out on political issues.

Pell called those elected officials "intolerant parliamentarians" for trying to silence him. They have asked the State Parliament's privileges committee to determine whether his comments about Catholic politicians was in contempt of Parliament.

So much for the myth of liberal "tolerance."

Thursday, 7 June 2007

An exercise of choice

From the Great Falls Tribune online:

"A Great Falls pharmacy's decision to phase out the sale of prescription birth control pills for moral reasons is stirring a small firestorm of controversy locally and a buzz of criticism nationwide on women's health Web sites."

The rest of the story is here.

When did contraception become basic health care for women?

Just one more piece of evidence that the only choices that matter to those who define themselves as "pro-choice" are those which support their cause.