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“”Now, more than ever, it is clear that strong, stable marriages represent the greatest hope for future generations.”
— Dr. James Dobson and Jim Daly, in monthly newsletter to constituents
Earlier, I was upstairs in Beth’s room. She was lying in bed, and was in pain. I told her to go ahead and take one more pain pill. It’s hard for a mom to watch her child be in constant pain. I leaned over her bed and told her I loved her. Then I started kissing her all over her face. It made her laugh, and she pulled the covers up over her face.
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine
Thought I’d share some pictures with you. These are not actually of Beth’s foot and ankle, but it gives you a better idea of what she had done.
This first one is similar to what she had done to her heel, only the screw in her heel is not quite as long. Hers is maybe 2/3 that length, if my memory serves me right (which it frequently doesn’t).
The second picture shows the ankle from the front. The fibula and tibia are the leg bones. It was the fibula that the doctor drilled through to tie down her ankle tightly. Then he filled the hole with bone putty. That’s why she has been having pain all the way up her leg….he drilled into the end of a leg bone.
I’ve often thought that a doctor should have every procedure he performs, done on him. Well, except in the case of a male doctor doing a hysterectomy or delivering a baby. (Wait…come to think of it….maybe we could simulate those things.) That way, when they say that the pain medication they are giving is adequate, they will know how utterly ridiculous that statement is.
I need to do a bunch more cleaning. Cleaning just doesn’t last very long. I think I am going to clear out some pictures. I have tons of pictures hanging on the wall going up the stairs. And there are some pictures of people up there that I just don’t care to look at anymore.
Right now I’m washing clothes. I was going to go put the offering from Sunday in the bank, but I didn’t really want to get out. So I checked the balance, and nothing will bounce, so it can wait till tomorrow. We have to go see the doctor tomorrow anyway, and it’s near the bank. Two birds with one gallon of gas.
Divorced from Reality
In a world where marriage seems less binding than a cell phone contract, it’s no surprise that divorce tops the list as the most “morally acceptable act” in Gallup’s annual “Cultural Tolerance” survey. More Americans consider divorce acceptable (70 percent) than ever before, say researchers, who asked 1,000 people to rank 16 social taboos. The percentage of respondents who have no ethical qualms about ending their vows has jumped 11 percent in the last seven years. To give an indication of how inured society is to family breakdown, more people would condemn buying or wearing fur (39 percent) than filing for divorce (22 percent). Although young people held marriage to a higher standard in previous surveys, this poll showed that the value of the institution is eroding quickly in the next generation. If the country can’t understand the importance of marriage, then how will we preserve it? This is why FRC is committed to changing public policy and public opinion on marriage. We continue to push for programs that would strengthen our unions and give couples the incentive to devote themselves to marriage, something this poll shows we desperately need.
In Maryland, Visiting Hours Are Over
While California’s high court has proven a willing accomplice in the redefinition of the family, the Maryland Supreme Court stood its ground yesterday in a landmark ruling for parents’ rights. The victory dealt a significant blow to the state’s gay and lesbian lobby, who planned to use this case as a legal basis for creating alternative family structures. By a 6-1 vote, the justices rejected the idea that any third-party, non-biological, non-adoptive individual could win visitation rights to a child over a parent’s objections. In this case, a lesbian sued her ex-partner for visitation rights to the woman’s adopted daughter. Two lower courts granted it, despite the fact that the woman had never adopted the child. While Margaret K. claimed that her role in the girl’s life was sufficient to grant her legal standing, the Supreme Court disagreed. Chief Justice Robert Bell wrote that Margaret failed to meet any “rigorous test” qualifying her as a “de facto” parent. He said that if the state wanted to codify de facto parenting, the General Assembly was free to do so. This answer didn’t please Equality Maryland, one of the state’s most radical homosexual advocates. Equality’s spokesman told the Baltimore Sun, “…[O]nce again it’s very frustrating that the court did what they did and kick[ed] it back to the legislature.” If the court had sided with Margaret, the judicial floodgates would have opened to challenges by thousands of “de facto” parents, who believe that they have a “right to relationship” with children to whom they are not legally or biologically bound. FRC has carefully monitored the case from the beginning and even submitted an amicus brief with the Alliance Defense Fund that sided with the state’s long-standing adoptive protocol. As the culture tinkers with the natural definition of the family, the fate of an institution created and ordained by God has been vulnerable to the whims of the courts. We are relieved to see that these justices recognized their role in protecting–not rewriting–the definition of the family.
Animal House of Commons
The British House of Commons has passed an animal-human hybrid law that pushes the U.K. deeper into science’s uncharted waters than any other country in the world. After just three hours of fiery debate, critics of the research fell far short of blocking this radical marriage of the human and animal species. By a lopsided 336 to 176, MP’s granted scientists the license to create any kind of hybrid, including those derived from cloning, animal eggs and human sperm, genetic engineering, and more. From here, the outlook is bleak. Hybrids will likely be approved in a final vote next month. Making matters worse, MP’s also approved the creation of “savior siblings,” which means that parents can use fertility treatments to create an embryo whose genetic material would be harvested to help a sick older child. Here at home, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) and Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-N.J.) bill banning animal-human hybrids sits idle. Contact your leaders and ask them to move quickly in distancing America from Britain’s ethical quagmire.