Thursday, July 13, 2006

Things I don't understand

In the AP-Ipsos poll, 65 percent of those questioned said it was sometimes OK to lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, even though 52 percent said lying, overall, was never justified. (source)
- Math surrenders?

Abortion denies us our relationship with our child. (source)
- Umm...wha? That doesn't even make any sense.

Lawyers for Elaine Doherty, a 68-year-old grandmother of seven from Lawrenceville, N.J., alleged during the 5 1/2-week trial that Vioxx was a major cause of her heart attack and that Merck downplayed the risks of Vioxx both to doctors and to patients. Merck lawyers countered that company officials disclosed the drug's risks appropriately and that Doherty's own cardiac risk factors — including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure and cholesterol — were responsible for her heart attack. (source)
- She also had a family history of heart disease. How did this even make it to court? UPDATE: Thank goodness the jury had some sense.

The teen, who goes by Abraham, has Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Three months of chemotherapy last year made him extremely weak. So when he learned in February that his cancer was active again, he turned — against doctors' advice — to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico. A social worker asked a judge to require the teen to continue conventional treatment. In May, the judge issued a temporary order finding Jay and Rose Cherrix neglectful for supporting their son's choice to pursue alternatives. Judge Jesse E. Demps also ordered the parents to share custody of Abraham with the Accomack County Department of Social Services. Abraham's parents face losing custody completely. (source)
- When did the government obtain the right to force a particular medical treatment on someone after they have chosen another treatment in conjunction with their parents' support?

2 comments:

Matt Silverthorn said...

"When did the government obtain the right to force a particular medical treatment on someone after they have chosen another treatment in conjunction with their parents' support?"

September 11th, 2001.

Courtney said...

Haha, I'm sure that's exactly what they'd say too. "Only TERRORISTS use alternative medical therapies! If God wanted us to use herbal remedies he wouldn't have given us chemotherapy, praise Jesus!"