Thursday, July 10, 2008

Life Links 7/10/08

A committee in Brazil’s lower house voted against a bill to legalize abortion by a vote of 57-4.

James Thunder on the latest developments in the case of the 16-year-old girl who obtained an abortion while she was under the care of a Cathlic charity in Virginia.
The girl is vulnerable. Presumably she speaks Spanish, perhaps only Spanish. She is without her parents. She's in a foreign country. Her guardian is a bureaucracy. So, did she consent to the abortion?

Did she seek out an abortion? Did anyone pressure her to do so? What motives did those counseling her about the abortion have? Who arranged the appointment? Who arranged the transportation? Did she speak with a Spanish-speaking doctor in order to give consent?

Enter the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney for Richmond, Democrat Michael N. Herring, who made an announcement Monday. He is not interested in any of the questions just raised.

Wesley Smith on the dehydration death of a conscious patient in Florida.
Once we decided that people who are diagnosed as persistently unconscious could have sustenance denied based on quality of life, then we stripped all profoundly cognitively disabled people from moral equality. The wall was breached allowing utilitarian bioethical values to come pouring in. Now, virtually anyone who needs a feeding tube and can't make their own decisions--conscious or not--can and are being denied food and water. What a testimony about the state of the times in which we live.

Politico has a long article on Obama’s attempts to clarify his position on abortion. Also, note this piece from former Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt on how she’s holding back on donating to Obama.

This article about a mother being arrested after her children (ages 2 and 4) were found wandering the street after she went to see “a doctor” appears to have been changed. I came across the article by the way of Google and the headline was “Police: Mom left kids alone to see about abortion.”

A local television station web site also has a video report on the story.

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