Experimenting with Pregnant Women

23 09 2014

PregnantWomanImmediately after World War II, researchers at Vanderbilt University gave 829 pregnant mothers in Tennessee what they were told were “vitamin drinks” that would improve the health of their babies. The mixtures contained radioactive iron and the researchers were determining how fast the radioisotope crossed into the placenta. At least three children are known to have died from the experiments, from cancers and leukemia. Four of the women’s babies died from cancers as a result of the experiments, and the women experienced rashes, bruises, anemia, hair/tooth loss, and cancer.

Science and medicine have done a lot of good to mankind and to the world. Yet great dangers lurk if science were to lack respect for human dignity.

Throughout the 1840s, J. Marion Sims, who is often referred to as “the father of gynecology”, performed surgical experiments on enslaved African women, without anaesthesia. The women—one of whom was operated on 30 times—regularly died from infections resulting from the experiments.] In order to test one of his theories about the causes of trismus in infants, Sims performed experiments where he used a shoemaker’s awl to move around the skull bones of the babies of enslaved women.

Men and women are made in the image of God. Any action that treats a person as an object (for experiment) runs counter to his dignity ( and therefore is intrinsically evil). Such actions also include: slavery, murder, rape, and wrongful imprisonment; also including: scorn, prejudice, and coercion. Such treatment values a person for his objective utility, capacity or quality, not on the dignity of being a child of God and a brother or sister to all other human beings. Many scientist even today challenge this very truth, regarding killing human embryos, fetuses, and severely retarded, demented, or debilitated human beings
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethical_human_experimentation_in_the_United_States

Did I deserve to be killed? asks a young girl

8 07 2013

When we talk about abortion as a valid solution in cases of rape and incest, we must also consider how that makes those feel who were conceived through sexual assault.

In a discussion class in UC-Berkley, students advocating for abortion in case of rape got a shrill response from a girl who was conceived in rape.
“I have a right to be here,” she howled at her classmates.

Shocked, they responded, “We didn’t mean you!”
She asked, “Who did you think you meant?”

Asked later about that experience, the girl said, “People never think they are talking to an exception—like me.”
Could you look at someone conceived in violence and tell her that she never should have been born? What if it turned out to be your best friend—or a relative? Would that change the way you felt about her? Would you think less of her mother?

Rebecca Kiessling, a young attorney and mother who was conceived through sexual assault, asks “Did I deserve the death penalty?”

Can you imagine if we ranked the value of people based on the circumstances of their conception?

“What if it was your daughter who was raped?” someone asked.

“I would love her and my grandchild unconditionally, and I would do everything in my power to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law,” Rebecca replied.

Out of our desire to save someone from suffering, it is normal to wish we could erase a painful memory such as rape. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that as much as we want to, we can’t.

Abortion doesn’t erase a memory. Think about it.

At another lecture at Vanderbilt University, a medical student told other students that abortion is a second act of violence against a woman who is raped, and said her “abortion was worse than the rape.”

Both victims—the woman and her child—deserve our unconditional support.

Pregnancy can be punishing, but a child is not a punishment. When Julie Makimaa was reunited with her birthmother, Lee Ezell (“Victory Over Violence,” The American Feminist, vol. 5, no. 3), Julie asked her if it would have been better for Lee if Julie was never born at all.

Lee told Julie that she was the “only good thing to come out of the rape.”

We don’t discriminate based on parentage—that’s not equality! You are valuable no matter who your parents are, no matter the circumstances of your conception.

People used to value a woman based on who her father or husband was. It is similarly medieval to value a child by the actions of her father. That way of thinking is patriarchal and antifeminist and it should have gone out with the Dark Ages.

Abortion after rape is misdirected anger. It doesn’t punish the perpetrator of the crime, or prevent further assaults against other women.

Priority should be to keep the women safe. Incarcerated sexual offenders should not be allowed pornography, barbells, and early release. We need harsh sentences for sexual assault without possibility of parole.

We need comprehensive support for rape victims who become pregnant. A convicted rapist should never have paternal rights or be able to demand visitation from “his” children while in prison. But if he has the means, he should contribute child support. If a woman is poor and cannot prove the paternity, she could have problems collecting welfare. Small employers could fire her. We need to listen to those who have had children conceived through sexual assault and work for short- and long-term solutions that benefit both.

After a lecture at a Midwestern university where I shared the story of Lee and Julie, a student pulled me aside. She told me that she was raped by her third cousin as a mere thirteen-year-old and had become pregnant. Her parents had helped her have the privacy she wanted during her pregnancy, and then she placed her son with two loving parents.

I asked her, why did she make the decision to have the child—when she was just a girl who had lived through what was arguably the worst of circumstances? She said she would never pass on the violence that was perpetrated against her to her own unborn child. Now that is the strength of a woman!

Because women deserve better,

Thanks to http://www.feministsforlife.org for this article

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