Political Definitions: Born Alive and Global Warming:Where is the Science?
Excerpted from the Washington Post: "The Bush administration issued guidelines yesterday advising physicians and hospitals that under a 2002 law they are obligated to care for fetuses 'born alive' naturally or in the process of an abortion, and medical providers could face penalties for withholding treatment.
The law, signed by President Bush nearly three years ago, conferred legal rights on fetuses 'at any stage of development.' It specifies that a fetus that is breathing, has a beating heart, a pulsating umbilical cord or muscle movement should be considered alive and entitled to protection under federal emergency medical laws and child abuse statutes."
Is there no more science in the standards of medical practice? Is a live birth that which is defined by the politicians and the President? What are the treatments that the President and the politicians have prescribed which if withheld will penalize the medical providers? Remember that a fetus of 14 to 16 weeks cannot live out of the womb. What about an anencephalic fetus who has a heartbeat but NO brain to know or think? Where is the science and where are the scientists? And on top of all this we are told by our government that "global warming is an exaggeration"!
I worry that this U.S. administration is forgetting about science and are only concerned with political advantage. Am I mistaken? ..Maurice.