Great Googly Moogly: we CANNOT allow our Senators to vote this treaty in. Anyone who wants to know what I found out can go to my former posting on this and see step by step what the actual UN website says about what's expected of signatories to this POS treaty. Just for starters, think the Oil For Food Program only completely in charge of the world's OCEANS (in every manner you can conceive).
Now add the UN telling us what we can do (mineral rights, drilling, extractions - after we request permission and then pay a fee to them for a permit for our private companies to do anything) and then on top of it, do only as much and where the UN tells us to, and then in the end, pay the UN a portion of any profits to be redistributed to "other nations"...
Add to that rules the US Navy and military has to follow on how we use the oceans.
Don't forget the UN "Seabed Authority" gets to force 'advanced nations' to share their technology with other nations that don't have their own technology....
PLEASE send your STRONG opposition to your Senators here at the Liberty Committee site where you can read what scholars have said about it. You can also find your senator's offices at senate.gov.
PLEASE DON'T let them get away with this. Reagan threw the treaty in the wastebasket, where it belongs.
The Foreign Relations Committee has said that there have been changes made that make it "OKAY". If you believe that.....
I'm lucky in that I have a large, very close family to be my advocate in the event of a serious illness or injury.
Others aren't so lucky, I surely do admit that.
What I can't wrap my brain around is providing nourishment and hydration is being touted as 'extraordinary' efforts to keep someone alive! But that hasn't anything to do with the issue of organ donation. :)
Another subject where society and ethics hasn't caught up to medical advances.
I honestly think a lot of people are grossed out but I also think there are many many people sincerely afraid that doctors won't 'pull out all the stops' to save their lives in the interests of getting fresh organs...a la Robin Cook style novels..
And who knows? In this crazy world, I suppose anything is possible.
I emailed Gov Jeb Bush and asked how it was that he had the authority to override a judge's ruling and order a stay of execution of a convicted murderer, yet could not overrride Judge Greer's ruling to kill a disabled woman.
I think part of the problem is that even when the deceased has themselves marked as an organ donor, say on their drivers' licenses, the family of the deceased can (and do) impose their own refusal to allow the organ donation.
Which makes me wonder what's the point of the organ donor mark on a DL?
I have made it very clear to my entire family (promising to haunt them and not in a nice way if they refuse to honor my wishes), and in a living will as well, that my entire body is to be used for organ donation.
I think most people don't understand that dialysis is not some easy maintenance program for people waiting for a kidney transplant. Dialysis often takes a terrible toll on the patient's health, not to mention their quality of life, though it is miraculous in that it can extend someone's life.
While organ selling and the like is certainly concerning and an ethical non-starter in my opinion, you'd think that that organ donor/transplantation process would have progressed further than it has. Fraught with ethical, legal and medical questions, sufferers have turned to the internet to try and force progress upon the issue.
And I wonder why we women are so willing to tolerate this kind of behavior.
Maybe it's just me, but I find the specter of rampant female genital mutilation, female slavery, female forced prostitution, females denied educations, females denied the right to feel the sun on their faces, females denied the most basic of human rights to be a tad more upsetting than a statement made as part of a 'food for thought' brainstorming session.
I would just like to know: Where were all these 'offended' women when the Taliban so cruelly imprisoned an entire nation of women?
Where are all the protests against the importation of Islam, which relegates the woman to subservience?
Where are all the 'offended women' that are NOT demonstrating in front of the Sudanese embassy against the plight of women under the care of the Sudanese government?
Where are all the 'offended' women that are NOT demonstrating in front of the Saudi embassy insisting on human rights for women in that backward society?
Is it that they're all too busy demonstrating in support of Ward Churchill and demonstrating against Summers?
Interesting: the NYTs is infamous for using hyperbole and unflattering headlines and then noting somewhere in the body of the article that the headline doesn't actually pertain to the person/thing in question (i.e. Bush, Abu G, and a million other subjects).....
Yet the NYTs own reporters object to this practice when it is done to THEM....
I find it shameful that in Afghanistan and Iraq, millions braved credible death threats to vote, some DID die, many, many voters joyfully and with determination hiked miles and miles to get to their voting place - and here in America people complained about long lines and rain, hanging chads, electronic machines, not enough machines, too many machines, paper trails, no paper trails, anger over Daffy Duck's vote being thrown out and now someone thinks we need an even EASIER way to vote?
We've already got no-questions-asked absentee ballots, no worries about homicide bombers, registration available on practically every corner, access to umbrellas and coats, protection by authorities, bi-partisan committees running the elections...
I truly resent our elections being turned into a circus or used as a political talking point or throwing down the 'race card' or used as a stick to beat Bush with.