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Old 08-13-2007, 10:23 PM
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Question Whose body is it?

Today, I read the The Bioethics Discussion blog written by Dr. Maurice Berstein. http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/. I was both amazed and astounded as I read. I was left speechless, something I rarely am. Anybody out there have any opinons? I have to let all this stuff process. Scary stuff.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:56 AM
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This kind of thing is really shocking. I wonder how the life of the unborn child became more important and not of equal value to that of the mother. Using the courts, lawyers etc seems an amazing way of resolving medical / ethical dilemmas. I could easily sit back and say, it would never happen in the UK, but the troupble is that anything that happens in the US has an awful habit of cropping up in the UK next. I hope we get some lively debate going on this one.
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:42 PM
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Unfortunately, I am not surprised at this -- I've seen most of these stories before. My thought is that it is part of the on-going efforts to devalue women and take choice away from them--it is part and parcel of the anti-choice campaign that is trying to elevate the value of a fetus over an adult woman. It is just a more blatant example of the misogynist culture we live in.

Think about the law that got passed in South Dakota that made abortion illegal even when the life of the woman was in danger!

Also, in the first example, there is some of the litigious culture we live in -- ob/gyns have become so fearful of lawsuits they will do anything to protect themselves from possible lawsuits.

It's interesting--Jewish law says that the health of the mother is paramount of the health of a fetus.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:18 PM
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not to mention the lack of respect to the aging and aging process in general in this country!!

the best way to heal this is to grow old gracefully and not always say to everyone--"i'm getting old"--

and to love the process and let it be known that you love the process!!!
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:38 PM
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Another way to battle the attitudes towards aging is to learn the myths and dispute them: yes there are things that are part of the natural aging process: for example cognitive process do slow down-which is not the same as cognitive impairment/loss. We can't multi-task as well, but "senility" is not a natural aging process. We do not become sexless beings. The theory of gradual detachment from the world is no longer widely accepted as the only way people respond to aging. Most older adults are not in nursing homes (other than briefly for rehab), but living in the community.

We baby-boomers are still a huge demographic bulge used to getting things our way. You can already see the impact on media and advertising. I think there will be at least some changes in attitudes and perceptions of aging as more of us, who are not willing to just accept things as "the way they are" get older!
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