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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:48 PM
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Anti-Choice Activist Likens American Cancer Society To Nazi Scientists
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 01:49 PM by kpete
Anti-Choice Activist Likens American Cancer Society To Nazi Scientists
Submitted by Brian on April 4, 2011 - 9:55am

Religious Right activists have frequently found themselves at odds with the prominent health organization the American Cancer Society, attacking the group over its support for stem-cell research, the approval of an HPV vaccine, and for an anti-smoking program by an Iowa Planned Parenthood clinic. Josh Braham, the director of Right to Life Central California and the host of Life Report, has taken this antipathy to a new level, calling for a boycott of American Cancer Society activities because of the groups support for stem cell research. Writing for the anti-choice website LifeNews, Brahm calls for a boycott of the Relay for Life and claims that supporting the group is no different than aiding Nazi scientists:

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Imagine youre in a German Christian band in 1941. Youve happily agreed to play at a rally in support of research and treatments for hypothermia. It sounds like an important cause, raising money to treat a condition that plagues many people around the world every year. However, a few days before the event you learn that a portion of the money raised at the rally will be sent to support the research of Dr. Rascher at the Dachau concentration camp. Dr. Rascher conducted human experiments on Jews, for the purpose of creating treatments for hypothermia, an issue Nazi soldiers were struggling with on the Eastern front. One study forced subjects to endure a tank of ice water for up to five hours. Another study placed prisoners naked in the open air for several hours with temperatures as low as 21F. Approximately 100 people are reported to have died as a result of these experiments. Would you still play at the rally?



If human embryos are just as human as you or me, than the Dachau analogy is a fair one, except that embryos dont feel pain when theyre experimented on or killed. This doesnt affect the moral equation much though, as what Dr. Rascher did would have still been considered a heinous human rights violation even if he anesthetized the Jews before using them for unethical experiments.


the rest:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-choice-activ...
via:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/killing-for-jesu...
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RZM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:53 PM
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1. Yet again, another stupid insertion of the Nazis into contemporary American discourse
The comparisons usually range from spurious to downright idiotic. It's quite obvious why people do it . . . the Nazis justifiably represent absolute zero and ideologues just can't resist the temptation of comparing their enemies to them.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:54 PM
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2. I approve that they boycott by getting cancer and not getting treatment. -nt
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:57 PM
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3. Exactly, Sir: Honest Men Would Do Just That....
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 01:57 PM by The Magistrate
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:10 PM
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4. More money for people who deserve treatment
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:36 PM
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5. While they're at it, I hope they all rely on prayer only to treat their cancers.
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