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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-05-08 02:52 AM
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33. Because...
Edited on Tue Aug-05-08 02:53 AM by LeftishBrit
(a) You are implying that our or our relatives' illnesses are the result of personal weaknesses or even something we've/ they've *chosen*.

(b) You are implying that we should NOT have a right to the medical care which revolutionizes our quality of life, and in some cases has saved our lives. Of course, no one should be *obliged* to accept any medical treatment if they feel that the cure is worse than the disease. However, people should also not be put under pressure, for some ideological reason, to NOT accept medical treatment. It's like saying that your ideology trumps our health needs.

(c) Think of things that others have said about health when in the grip of somewhat different ideologies:

The Reagan nominee to the Health Department who wrote that disabled people don't deserve government assistance, as they must be being punished by God for some sin.

Rush Limbaugh and others dismissing the needs of people with Parkinson's disease, because they felt stem cell research was immoral.

Michael Savage saying that 99% of autistic children are just naughty and need more discipline.

Do you find these offensive? If so, do you think it might be found similarly offensive to dismiss the needs of people with health problems as the result of a lack of 'personal strength' and to imply that they are wrong in taking advantage of whatever treatments are available?

(Yes, CD, I know I've lost a couple of points by now!)

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