On Tucker Carlson’s Fox program Friday,6/30/17, Dr. Brian Callister, an associate professor at the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine and former President Nevada Medical Association, said that he decided to speak out on the issue after reaching out to insurance companies in California and Oregon to transfer two patients to other hospitals in order to receive life-saving treatment. The episode is now the focus of a campaign ad issued by opponents of assisted suicide. None of the conservative websites seem to be interested in this horrible stigma on our nation’s history. That is part of my reason, my mission; I roused myself to go into the thicket in my advanced years.
The insurance medical directors I spoke with said they would not cover the life-saving procedure that we’d requested. But, hey, by the way, have you considered assisted suicide? [Callister says in the ad.] It’s a lot cheaper to grab a couple drugs and kill you, than it is to provide you life-sustaining therapy.
This made me recollect heated discussion at the time Obamacare was being considered that it included what were referred to as death panels. These panels could deny life-saving procedures under a basket of circumstances.
I have a good memory.
The number-two Senate Republican introduced a bill Thursday to repeal the Obamacare advisory board that critics had labeled a “death panel.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced a resolution and legislation to repeal the automatic implementation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board’s annual proposal, which was intended to help reduce Medicare costs through recommendations aimed at achieving savings. 2/2/17 Washington Examiner
But Callister told Carlson he couldn’t identify the insurance companies. I am eager to name the companies and hope they threaten me. Whichever way it goes, it sure isn’t the kind of publicity the insurers’ shareholders want.
I had written innumerable pieces on the history of killing human beings pioneered in our country from the turn of the century to progressive idol, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the famous 1927 Buck v. Bell case in which he wrote: “three generations of imbeciles is enough.”
Guess who was the imbecile? Yup. The Justice himself. He swallowed the State of Virginia’s presentation hook, line and sinker. Carrie Buck as a child received high grades in school and was on the Honor Roll. It was pure fabrication. Hitler paid his respects the Virginia Sterilization Law. He made it a model for Germany’s eugenics program that started it down the road to the Holocaust. I’ve got to do this. It’s a matter of bringing material from several articles I’ve already written and posting it. Even WWII didn’t stop the practice in a large number of states.
Many people are surprised to learn (I doubt it since juries recently have been unwilling to find doctors who now engage in this barbaric practice guilty) that in 1907 the largely agricultural state of Indiana passed the world’s first sterilization law, which authorized medical superintendents to sterilize people whose deleterious heredity appeared to threaten society (Stern, 2007). From 1907 to 1937, 32 US states followed suit, passing eugenic sterilization laws as part of a larger public health project to combat degeneracy (Largent, 2008). These laws were used to control the reproduction of vulnerable populations until the 1970s, when legislatures started to repeal these statutes.
Over 60,000 sterilizations were officially recorded in the United States, principally in state homes and hospitals for the “feebleminded” and “insane.” Sterilization rates were fairly steady in the 1910s and 1920s as eugenics gained currency, and increased markedly after 1927, when the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the procedure in Buck v. Bell based on the rationale that the state had the duty and authority to protect the public’s health through the eradication of deleterious genes.
As the lead justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., famously opined in this case, “three generations of imbeciles are enough” (Lombardo, 2008).
Which state lays claim to the largest number of this violation of human rights? Sterilization in California, using a recently discovered primary source, amounted to 19,000 sterilization recommendations processed by nine state institutions between 1919 and 1952. Other sources claim the number closer to 26,000.
This website is in Brazil and weighs into this issue because of the number of Mexicans the California program violated. It doesn’t go into the fact that sterilization was the cornerstone of Progressive social policy going back to the turn of the century. Guess who was the towering figure? None other than Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. She wrote:
On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.
Senator Robert Taft, opposed the Nuremberg trials because it was “ex post facto”, but more importantly because we and our allies did the same things. He dismissed the trials as a victor’s revenge.
Part of my concern with Trump— who I know I have to be wedded to—is his appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter to keep him “informed” on feminist issues. Republicans always do this. They abandon their base, assuming it has nowhere else to go, to fish in dirty waters for those who can’t be blandish ed under any circumstances. If he doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood immediately Evangelicals, who aren’t willing to play dirty politics as I am, won’t turn out in big enough numbers next year or thereafter.