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Scalia & Abortion

In a recent speech at the University of Delaware, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talked about his thoughts on the misinterpretation of the Constitution and how some believe it to support the legality of abortion.

Justice Scalia is an “originalist,” meaning he looks for the original meaning of the document rather than viewing it as an ever-changing “living document,” which often offers a more liberal interpretation. He cited the fact that abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution even if it is often used in efforts to end debate on the issue. The 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalizes abortion is something he can’t accept as constitutionally correct.

Scalia said, “If you persuade your fellow citizens [that] there is a right you ought to have, you have it.

“And you can change your mind later and abolish the death penalty if you want to. Once the Supreme Court pronounces that a certain thing has to be because of the Constitution, that’s the end of the game. There’s no use arguing about abortion now. It’s not a matter people can debate about. The consequence is to diminish democracy.”

“When you give the Court the power to insert new rights, you also give it the power to take out old rights,” he continued. “The right to abortion on the part of a woman is the end of the right to live on the part of the fetus.”

Scalia’s opinion is undoubtedly shared by other justices, namely, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts. The big question: Will Justice Kennedy have a pro-life epiphany when a test case comes before the Supreme Court?

See the Source: Beth Miller, “At UD, Justice Scalia illustrates ‘originalist’ view,” The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 28 April 2007, http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070428/NEWS/704280356/-1/News01

Gardasil

The failed sexual revolution has spawned an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, especially among naive teenagers. Ignoring the natural protection afforded by abstinence, the proponents of the sexual revolution instead push drugs on infected teenagers. But for some, the cure is worse than the disease.

Gardasil, which is supposed to protect against human papillomavirus, has been implicated in the deaths of three teenagers, with many more suffering adverse reactions. According to Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, they’ve uncovered FDA reports showing that there have been,1637 complaints of adverse reactions to Gardasil.

Merck, the vaccine producer, warns of pain, fever, nausea, dizziness and itching after vaccination, which covered 77 percent of the adverse reactions. But other serious side effects were also reported, including paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures.

“The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors,” said Tom Fitton, Judicial Witch President. “Any state or local government now beset by Merck’s lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports. It looks as if an unproven vaccine with dangerous side effects is being pushed as a miracle drug.”

Giving young girls a potentially dangerous drug, while telling them that they are now protected against HPV is the height of folly, for it puts them doubly at risk. First, in the possibility of an adverse reaction and, second, by giving them a false sense of protection that may lead to risky sexual experimentation. Gardasil doesn’t protect against all the strains of HPV, much less against syphilis, gonorrhea and other STDs.

See the Source: “Judicial Watch Uncovers Three Deaths Relating to HPV Vaccine,” Judicial Watch, 23 May 2007, http://www.judicialwatch.org/6299.shtm

Suffering Ukraine

The people of Ukraine have suffered greatly in the past 100 years under Stalin, Communism and now depopulation as their numbers keep declining — and at a rapid rate. During each of the last 15 years, the number of births have decreased while the number of deaths increased in that country. Showing frightening statistics, Interfax-Ukraine, with reference to the State Committee of Statistics (SCS), reported that Ukraine’s population of 46,533,710 had decreased by 56,200 people from January 1 till May l, 2007.

The study continued: During the first four months of 2002, 147,705 people were born in Ukraine while 264,721 died, 1610 of the deceased being children under the age of one. That is 9.7 births per 1,000 inhabitants and 12.3 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants.

Immigration to Ukraine helped boost the population numbers during the period with 14,172 people coming into Ukraine, and 9,492 people leaving the country.

But Ukraine is fast losing its people: According to available data, at the end of 1990 Ukraine was inhabited by 51.94 million people, in 1991 — 52.06 million, in 1992 — 52.24 million.

But Ukraine has seen massive losses to its population since 1993. The population in recent years was as follows: 1993 — 52.11 million people, 1994 — 51.73 million people, 1995 — 5 1.3 million people, 1996 — 50.82 million people, 1997 — 50.37 million people, 1998 — 49.92 million people, 1999 — 49.43 million people, 2000 — 48.92 million people, 2001 — 48.46 million people, 2002 — a little more than 48 million people, 2003 — 47.62 million people, and 2004 — 47.28 million people.

See the Source: Translated by Anna Ivanchenko, “Ukraine’s Population Is Declining,” Ukrayinskia Pravda, 15 June 2007, http://www2.pravda.com.ua/en/news/2007/6/15/8083.htm

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