Case Numbers Spike in Children’s Respiratory Illness

From Fox News: Health officials suspect that a rare respiratory virus is the reason that hundreds of children across America have been sickened in recent weeks, according to a published report. The Denver Post reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that human enterovirus 68 is at the root of the epidemic, though testing of samples has not produced a definitive answer. The Post reported that officials at Children’s Hospital Colorado have treated more than 900 children for severe respiratory illnesses since August 18, with 86 admitted to the hospital. At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, doctors … Continue reading

The Truth About Down Syndrome

  From NYT: LAST week the biologist Richard Dawkins sparked controversy when, in response to a woman’s hypothetical question about whether to carry to term a child with Down syndrome, he wrote on Twitter: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” In further statements, Mr. Dawkins suggested that his view was rooted in the moral principle of reducing overall suffering whenever possible — in this case, that of individuals born with Down syndrome and their families. But Mr. Dawkins’s argument is flawed. Not because his moral reasoning … Continue reading

Dear Richard Dawkins, You are Wrong !

From Downs Side Up It’s been one of those weeks where a bigot with a large following and a loud microphone, makes public his ignorance of Down’s syndrome. This time it was the turn of Richard Dawkins. The following piece was written through the night, shaking with anger and hurt. The following morning I received a request from Huffington Post for my thoughts. So, I sent in my night thoughts, which ultimately received over 15K likes.  I guess that, in a nutshell, is the power of blogging.  Here is what appeared.    Richard Dawkins, atheist author, provocateur, scientist, you must … Continue reading

How Many Justina Pelletier’s Are Out There ?

The video below is about a young girl who has been “kidnapped” and separated from her family.  I perceive this video does a good job of summing up the history and issues of this case well.  I recommend skipping to about 1:45 seconds.     You can read the following article, “Attorneys File Contempt Motion Against Department of Children and Families in Justina Pelletier Case,” here. This is beyond outrageous and quite bluntly, if it were my daughter I might consider civil disobedience.  How much more do we have to take in this country before we get government – all … Continue reading