Posts Tagged ‘African American’

Vaccines and Abortion

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The question of whether common childhood vaccines have been produced from aborted fetuses has stepped into the public consciousness with a Facebook Group, the establishment of the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, and the founding of AVM Biotechnological Institute, a company which seeks to produce ethical drugs and treatments that do not derive products from human cells obtained from the abortion industry.

Another reason this question has hit the news is that Theresa Deisher, PhD, a Catholic and one of the plaintiffs in the Sherley v. Sibelius stem cell funding case that has as of 8/23/10 frozen federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, has a leading role both at Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute and AVM Biotechnological Institute. For further background on Dr. Deisher, please see this earlier interview. See also this short WSJ interview with plaintiffs Dr. James Sherley, a pro-life African American physician and scientist, and Dr. Deisher.

Jameson T. Taylor’s article on the Catholic Education Resource Center gives a general overview of the question of vaccines and abortion. Please see especially the extensive 2005 statement on this topic by the Pontifical Academy for Life, “Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Foetuses,” which lists morally-compromised vaccines, and urges Catholics to seek moral alternatives to drugs produced from the products of abortion. Here is the concluding section from the Pontifical Academy’s document:

-there is a grave responsibility to use alternative vaccines and to make a conscientious objection with regard to those which have moral problems;

– as regards the vaccines without an alternative, the need to contest so that others may be prepared must be reaffirmed, as should be the lawfulness of using the former in the meantime insomuch as is necessary in order to avoid a serious risk not only for one’s own children but also, and perhaps more specifically, for the health conditions of the population as a whole – especially for pregnant women;

– the lawfulness of the use of these vaccines should not be misinterpreted as a declaration of the lawfulness of their production, marketing and use, but is to be understood as being a passive material cooperation and, in its mildest and remotest sense, also active, morally justified as an extrema ratio due to the necessity to provide for the good of one’s children and of the people who come in contact with the children (pregnant women);

– such cooperation occurs in a context of moral coercion of the conscience of parents, who are forced to choose to act against their conscience or otherwise, to put the health of their children and of the population as a whole at risk. This is an unjust alternative choice, which must be eliminated as soon as possible.

Source: Pontifical Academy for Life, Declaration, “Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Foetuses,” 5 June 2005

Where is the most up-to-date list of ethically-produced vaccines? This Life Notes article contains an extensive list of vaccines and their origins, but it appears to be almost ten years old.

As soon as I receive further information, I’ll post and update.

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Corruption and incompetence as institutional racism

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

The academic world, especially in Illinois, is abuzz about an article in the Washington Monthly by Ben Miller and Phuong Ly about “drop-out factory” colleges that highlights Chicago State University, which boasts a pitiful 13% graduation rate. Miller and Ly carefully debunk Chicago State’s defensive statements about serving the urban poor by citing examples of urban public universities which do a much better job with the very same demographic groups.

Chicago State is a prime example of how politics and patronage do not mix with higher education. It has been a political and patronage playground for Illinois, Chicago, and in particular African American power brokers for decades, who have deeply embarrassed their own community and failed their own young people by their incompetent leadership. I’ll leave it to the newspapers to name names, as they have been doing for quite some time.

Institutional racism has many ways it can bar the door for a racial groups to progress. One structure of institutional racism is the acceptance of lower standards of performance in leadership and in education for the sake of symbolic self-determination and the spoils system. Symbolic self-determination without performance is useless. If an evil genius were to seek a way to hurt African Americans, that evil genius would not have to do anything more than put Chicago and Illinois politicians and certain community power brokers in charge of an institution of higher education such as Chicago State.

One especially poignant part of the Washington Monthly story was how the lack of knowledge on the part of Chicago State staff misinformed a student about an opportunity for which they thought he was not eligible. Politicians, unions, and state personnel officials have an obligation to provide staff to public higher education institutions who can actually do the job, and not just vote the right way, serve in a political army, pay their dues, and perpetuate a hopelessly under-resourced personnel bureaucracy that consistently delivers unqualified employees to the public workplace.

Social justice is based more on performance and competence than it is on symbolism and representation, or even the exercise of social or political power. Simple justice demands that students be given the services and education for which they are paying.

It’s time for the public sector to demand of the personnel bureaucracy and the unions what the construction and automobile industries have substantially addressed in certain sectors–all parties working together to bring qualified personnel to the workplace.

It’s also time for the politicians and power brokers to step aside at Chicago State, and let educators educate the way they know how.

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Maafa 21 – Black Genocide in 21st Century America

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

The film Maafa 21 – Black Genocide in 21st Century America, which links abortion in the African American community to earlier eugenic attempts at genocide, is raising quite a debate.

You can view the trailer or order the movie by going to–

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