Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

Priests for Life Medical Adviser Takes Additional Steps Forward on Protocol for RU-486 Reversal

Monday, December 15th, 2014

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 15, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that Dr. Matt Harrison, one of the physicians on the Medical Advisory Board of Priests for Life, has taken additional steps to equip medical professionals to save lives by reversing the effects of the abortion technique RU-486. This involves the deployment of an RU-486 reversal kit and increased publicity in the coming months.

When a 20-year-old woman walked into Dr. Harrison’s family practice in North Carolina in 2007 and asked if he could stop the chemical abortion process she had set in motion 36 hours earlier, the first thing he did was pray. Then he turned to his medical books and came up with an idea: Progesterone injections.

The first drug a woman ingests for a chemical abortion is mifepristone, progesterone counterfeit that tricks the body by filling the progesterone receptor with a key that will not turn the lock. Without progesterone, the placenta is starved and sloughs off, along with the baby, causing an abortion. The second drug, misoprostol, taken two days later, causes the baby to be expelled from the uterus.

Dr. Harrison hoped that by flooding Ashley’s system with progesterone, it would beat the RU-486 to the progesterone receptors and support the baby’s life.

Although the doctor had no idea if it would work, or what kind of side effects it might cause, Ashley was willing to take the risk for the sake of the baby she tried to abort only because her boyfriend was pressuring her to do so.

The progesterone injections worked and today Ashley’s daughter Kaylie is a happy and perfectly healthy 7-year-old.

Dr. Harrison said that after Father Pavone published a column on the reversal, “I started getting calls from all over, including other countries.” But because Dr. Harrison is a family practitioner, he doesn’t see that many OB-GYN patients.

But physicians who are part of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) began seeing more pregnant women seeking RU-486 reversals, leading Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Culture of Life Family Services in California, to develop a protocol similar to Dr. Harrison’s. When Dr. Mary Davenport contacted Dr. Harrison to send information on his reversal for a study she and Dr. Delgado hoped to publish, Dr. Harrison didn’t hesitate.

“We’re working together to try to promote this protocol to save lives,” he said. “We’re not interested in the credit.”

The study Dr. Davenport and Dr. Delgado published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy in December 2012 reported on six women treated with progesterone after mifepristone. Four of them had healthy babies, while two other babies could be saved.

Since then, 206 reversals have been attempted, with 65 healthy babies born and another 84 pregnancies continuing, Dr. Davenport said.

Dr. Harrison and Dr. Delgado speak about these successes in episodes in the current season of Defending Life, the worldwide EWTN program on abortion produced by Priests for Life. Dr. Harrison has also been on the series on previous years to spread this good news.

Drs. Davenport, Delgado and Harrison will be at an AAPLOG conference in February at Georgetown University to discuss the RU-486 reversal protocol and to unveil a new kit available to physicians.

“The kit will include everything that’s needed for a reversal, except the progesterone,” Dr. Harrison said.

In addition, the physicians, the reversal kit, Ashley and Kaylie all will take part in a press conference co-sponsored by Priests for Life Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More details will be released before the conference.

“The importance of this RU-486 abortion reversal protocol cannot be overstated,” said Father Pavone. “Chemical abortions now make up one-quarter of the estimated 800,000 abortions performed before nine weeks. At the abortion clinics, women are told there is nothing to do to save the baby once the chemical process has started, but it is absolutely clear now that is not the case.

“It’s easy to think it’s ‘too late!’ But where there’s life, there’s hope!”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Priests for Life Applauds End of Killing in Ohio Abortion Mill

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 21, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today celebrated the announcement that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio will no longer perform abortions because it is unable to obtain a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“It’s never surprising when a rule designed to protect patient safety causes an abortion clinic to stop performing abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “That’s because abortions are never safe, and the abortion industry has no care either for the mom or the baby, and does not want to reform its unscrupulous and dangerous practices.”

An attorney for abortion clinic owner Martin Haskell has announced that Haskell will not appeal a judge’s decision upholding the Ohio health department’s enforcement of state law. Abortions will no longer be performed in Sharonville as of Friday and women will be referred to another of Haskell’s clinics near Dayton.

“The man who made partial-birth abortion infamous is now down to one clinic,” added Bryan Kemper, Director of Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach and President of Stand True Ministries. “Priests for Life Youth Outreach has a presence at Haskell’s one remaining abortion mill in Kettering, OH and will be ramping up our ministry there. We have invited local priests and clergy to join us and will be there up to three times a week.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Fr. Pavone Supports “Common Sense” Indiana #Abortion Bill

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 7, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement commending the Indiana Legislature for passing SB 292 and urging Gov. Mike Pence to sign the legislation into law.

“President Reagan once said of dealing with the Soviet Union, ‘Trust, but verify.’ All we can say with regard to dealings with abortionists is ‘Verify.’ It’s only common sense that the state should know that abortionists are obeying the law,” Father Pavone said. “This bill is sound legislation and we look forward to Gov. Pence making this bill a law.”

Indiana currently requires an abortionist to have local hospital admitting privileges or to have an agreement with a doctor who has such privileges to treat any post-abortion complication. The new bill would require an abortionist to provide to the state the written agreement he has with the hospital or the designated physician.

The legislation also would amend current law to require annual state inspections of abortion clinics instead of every two years and would require an abortion clinic to maintain a 24-hour hotline to answer emergency calls.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Not created with illness, but vaccinated or implanted with one?

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

131017 blog image

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:4

Vaccines and donated stem cells can contain Human DNA traits of hosts:

While I definitely haven’t read the huge file of the HHS Mandate affordable health care act, I’m wondering where vaccines and stem cell research fit in with this overhaul which is at the core of the recent government shutdown? Often when I tell people that stem cell therapy and vaccines for babies, international travel and other reasons sometimes contain human DNA from hosts, they accuse me of sensationalism. They definitely don’t want to hear that Planned Parenthood and other eugenicists are up on the “ins and outs” of this “hidden in plain sight” information.

At soundchoice.org and vaccinetruth.org/genetic_code.htm there is genuine evidence that vaccines sometimes include fetal DNA. As we begin to connect some dots and ask pertinent questions, we can wonder if through vaccines, are DNA links to various conditions and behaviors transmitted as well? In other words, a baby may not be created, conceived or fertilized with certain proclivities towards say high blood pressure, diabetes, sexual issues, etc.; but once born and vaccinated they may “inherit” some otherwise not “bred” conditions. Please see excerpts below:

Vaccines and Production of Negative Genetic Changes in Humans
(c) 1996-1998 Leading Edge Research Group
Vaccination and Genetic Change: Mobility of Genetic Material Between Life Forms:

One of the indications that vaccinations may in fact be changing the genetic structure of humans became evident in September of 1971, when scientists at the University of Geneva made the discovery that biological substances entering directly into the bloodstream could become part of human genetic structure. Originally, Japanese bacteriologists discovered that bacteria of one species transferred their own specific antibiotic resistance to bacteria of an entirely different species. Dr. Maurice Stroun and Dr. Philip Anker in the Department of Plant Physiology at the University of Geneva, began to accumulate evidence that the transfer of genetic information is not confined to bacteria, but can also occur between bacteria and higher plants and animals. According to an article in World Medicine on September 22, 1971, “Geneva scientists are convinced that normal animal and plant cells shed DNA, and that this DNA is taken up by other cells in the organism.”

Dr. Theresa Deisher, Current: President & CEO at AVM Biotechnology writes: “When pharmaceutical companies switched from using animal cell lines to using aborted human fetal cells lines to produce these vaccines, in the mid to late 1970s, they assumed, without any evidence, that using aborted fetal cells would result in a more efficient production system. Brief discussions about potential adverse health consequences of using aborted human cell lines for vaccine production were captured in minutes from FDA advisory meetings about this switch. However, no studies have been done to actually measure the extent of those potential adverse consequences.

Vaccines and biologics (engineered proteins as drugs) are too large to make in a test tube, so companies harness the normal machinery used to make these, cells. No final drug is ever completely ‘pure’ and you will find contaminating DNA and cellular debris from the production cell in your final product. When we switch from using animal cells to using human cells we now have human DNA in our vaccines and our drugs.”

When we consider the “law of unexpected outcomes,” we discover that with embryonic and adult stem cell intervention, vaccines and other “scientific and medical” approaches, it takes many years to truly determine whether a process or procedure will have harmful side effects. Such is the case for example, with stem cell research and Roe VS Wade, which at its onset ignored the long term effects to a woman’s mental and physical health impacted by abortion, while it discreetly overlooked the humanity of the children in the womb.

As human beings we have the privileged advantage of being able to think and to pray. The question is, do we still have an obligation or a desire to be informed? Or don’t we?

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

How Can Surgery With Contaminated Instruments Not Endanger a Patient’s Life?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

130530 blog image

Recently the Washington Post reported that the Maryland health officials investigating the case of a woman [Jennifer Morbelli] who died in February after a late-term abortion [by abortionist LeRoy Carhart] at a Germantown clinic found “no deficiencies” in her case.

Read what three experts have to say about this:

1. The reason these people hang on the word natural is because they want to white wash the horrors of the abortion cartel. There are general three choices for cause of death listed: homicide, suicide, natural and unknown so Jennifer’s death could only be ruled as natural. What’s natural about a botched abortion? The sub standard care that LeRoy Carhart gave Jennifer, likely with dirty instruments similar to those noted in the “inspection” is below the standard of care and likely she would have lived if she had been treated by a real doctor in a hospital. Carhart abandoned Jennifer when she needed him most. He was on a plane and did not have a care in the world for her as she lay dying. Would these “natural” causes have occurred if there had not been a botched abortion? According to Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the examiner’s report noted that the first cause of death was “disseminated intravascular coagulation” resulting in the “dysfunction of multiple organs.” The condition involves amniotic fluid entering the woman’s blood stream, which affects her ability to clot blood. [Carhart routinely told his patients not to call 911. In the expose documentary Bloodmoney, former and repentant abortionist Carol Everett speaks on camera about how abortionists avoid being tied to ER locations after botching abortions. They do all they can to avoid discovery of their deeds by redirecting or ignoring patients.]

2. Carhart did not give standard of care service. I have never heard of a [reputable] MD telling a pt not to call 911. If anything we tell them to call 911 when they feel it is an emergency. You might note that most doctors’ offices telephone answering service says, “If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911.” In fact, you cannot reach any other office line without first hearing this. Of course dirty instruments are a health threat. Medical history tells us it was nurses that noted that patients had more infections when doctors did not wash their hands between patients. This would be the same situation whether it was dirty hands or instruments. Amniotic fluid embolism is a well known cause of DIC.

3. They know the truth! They know dirty anything is a hazard thus the business of waste management and sanitation depts. They are simply denying it for capital gain. The Medical Boards are just a formality. Health Depts are mired in politics. I agree the court of public opinion may be the best place to go utilizing social media. The mainstream media is censored.

The above three comments are from investigators and medical professionals in response to the article.

Additionally, the article goes on to say,

“But the department did find numerous deficiencies at Germantown Reproductive Health Services during its broader inspection of all surgical abortion clinics.

“The most common deficiencies found in Germantown and the 11 other clinics involved lapses in providing information about the professional credentials of clinic physicians, maintaining a sanitary environment at all times and providing a discharge diagnosis in the medical record. Health officials said all of the physicians had the educational and certification requirements to perform surgical abortions. There was no evidence that the other deficiencies resulted in harm to patients.”

First, let’s discuss the “no deficiencies” ruling by the MD health officials. I know that when I call any reputable doctor’s office either after hours or when they don’t personally answer the phone such as when they are out to lunch, the first thing I hear after the greeting is, “[i]f this is a medical emergency please hang up and dial 911.”

How does Carhart instruct his “patients” to seek help regarding emergency follow up treatment?

LifeNews’ Steven Ertelt reported in February 18, 2013 that,

“Among the papers was a document instructing women not to go to the ER in the event of an emergency, but instead to “call and we will meet you at the clinic,” which is clearly dangerous medical advice.

“The number given in the instructions has now been connected to a [horse equipment] business Carhart owns.

“It turns out the number to “Mary,” Carhart’s wife, is the same number as the 24-hour hotline number to Carhart’s horse equipment business,” pro-life blogger Jill Stanek notes.”

If I called my doctor and the recording said, ““[i]f this is a medical emergency do not hang up and dial 911. Instead call me at my other business that I own and I or my wife will answer.” That would send up red flags everywhere.

Also, when Ms. Morbelli called the office Carhart was nowhere to be found. Carhart travels between Maryland and Nebraska and was reported to have been on a plane to Nebraska as Morbelli struggled for her life.

Second, is the issue of “lapses in maintaining a sanitary environment.”

There are regulations that facilities are supposed to follow to make sure the patients receive a certain standard of care. Those regulations were not followed in Carhart’s abortion office. The sub standard care that LeRoy Carhart gave Jennifer is below the standard of care and she would have lived if she would have been treated by a real doctor in a hospital. But that’s right, she was told not to go to the hospital by Carhart’s office and Carhart was nowhere to be found.

The inspection report from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene noted that among the many deficiencies were surgical instruments not being cleaned properly and drugs being administered improperly across patients. And yet they found these deficiencies not to be a health threat to the patients.

No hospital surgical facility would get away with this type of regulation infringements. Neither should the abortions providers be allowed to get away with this.

The report also stated,

“During a tour on 2/12/13 at 1:30 pm, one pre-drawn syringe was observed in a locked cabinet. The syringe contained clear liquid, and was labeled, “2/11/13.” However, there was no other information documented (labeled) on the syringe in order to know the name, dose, and expiration of the medication.
Interview of Staff #3 on 2/12/13 at 1:30 pm revealed that she acknowledged that the syringe was not adequately labeled.”

The report also said that, “Single dose medication vials may only be used with one needle, and for one patient. After one time use, the single dose medication vial must be discarded. It may not be used as a multidose medication vial.

“Interview of Staff #3 on 2/12/13 at 1:30 pm revealed that 50 milliliter single dose vials of Fentanyl are used to pre-draw the syringes of Versed mixed with Fentanyl. If any Fentanyl remains in the 50 milliliter single dose vial after the desired number of pre-drawn syringes are prepared, the date that the vial was opened and used is documented on the vial, and the vial is used for up to 28 days after it is opened and used.’

In the “Provider’s Plan of Correction” section of the reports it states that, “We are no longer ordering the 50 ml SDV. We have switched to the 5 ml and 10 ml SOV to be used on only one pt.”

I guess prior to the inspection they were buying in bulk because it was cheaper and they didn’t mind using the medication on more than one patient. So what if they transmitted diseases between patients!

I know that when I buy and store my medicine, whether prescription or over the counter, I always make sure to keep the medicine in labeled bottles or boxes so that I know what the medication is. That’s in my own house. How much more diligence should abortion ambulatory facilities be in insuring the safety of their medications. Apparently Carhart is not that concerned about his patients that he safeguards against mislabeling or even bothering to label their medications properly.

Isn’t it funny how God works? As I’m writing this blog I get an email with a link to a story about Little Rock Family Planning. The story, Dangers Exposed With New Inspection Report states,

“Clinic exposed patients to dirty linens and blankets, dispensed expired medications, no plan in place to protect patients from TB, and no plan in place to report infectious diseases. Please note, the deficiencies related to the expired drugs being used on patients is a repeat offense, that can cause serious complications especially if these expired drugs are being used to treat patients during an emergency!”

I assure you, Carhart and this clinic in Little Rock are not the only ones that have deficiencies at their clinics.

Sometimes those entrusted with regulating the abortion industry let their politics get in the way of their doing their job, as is the case with Carhart.

Jill Stanek, reporting for LifeNews on April 9, 2013 regarding Carhart, states that although three abortion clinics in Maryland are being shut down, Carhart’s is not among them. She then goes on to explain the relationship between Carhart and Health Secretary Joseph M. Sharfstein. Jill opines, “That Sharfstein carries an affinity for Carhart is speculative, but a friend who worked across the aisle from Sharfstein on the Hill is confident there is a connection there.” As you read the article, you can make your own determination. It’s definitely worth reading.

Abortion hurts women physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Please read about how abortion hurt my body, soul, and spirit and how God healed me.

Finally, we must all continue to encourage our Senators and Representatives to support abortion regulatory bills and oppose bills expanding abortion access. And we must continue to demand that all abortion providers – surgical and chemical providers – and their facilities be regularly investigated and required to meet the same standard of care that other health service providers must give their patients. Period!

Instead, the opposite is true. New reports of inspections are emerging all over like in this report from Virginia where patients receive substandard care if you can call it care at all.

Thank you and God bless you!

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Alveda King and Black Leaders: ‘Gosnell Attorney Playing the Race Card is Outrageous and Shameful’

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Gossnell (left) Atty. Jack McMahon (right) and "Gosnell's House of Horror" (center)

Kermit Gosnell (left) Atty. Jack McMahon (right) and “Gosnell’s House of Horror” (center)

The defense attorney for Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist whose killing center earned the title “Gosnell’s House of Horrors” has tried to reduce Gosnell’s charges to “prosecutorial lynching.”

This strategy is an insult to the babies he slaughtered, the women he maimed and killed, the African Community at large and the human race, say African American leaders.

In his opening arguments Jack McMahon called the case “elitist” and “racist,” and charged the trail is coming from prosecutors trying to “put Mayo clinic standards into a West Philadelphia clinic.” Members of the Black Prolife Coalition believe it is Gosnell who is elitist and definitely racist.

“Don’t Black women and babies deserve Mayo Clinic standards?” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. “You sir, are being elitist and racist to suggest that we do not. We reject the notion that the black and brown women Gosnell preyed upon deserved less. Your tactics are shameful, outrageous and an affront in the face of God,” said Dr. King.

“Throughout the Holocaust Josef Mengele aka ‘the angel of death’ delighted in killing young children in the most atrocious and gruesome experiments — all in the name of science,” said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union. “Kermit Gosnell, is the Black community’s Mengele because he especially preyed on children of his own race who were fully born — totally free to experience the life and liberty that we are all promised in America. Yet, at that moment of new life — the child in warm hands, breathing air, seeing first light, may have also seen the face of his or her executioner. The only factor of ‘race’ is that Gosnell killed these children because he could. He thought no one would really care — after all, it’s just one more Black child — dead in Philadelphia,” Gardner said.

“Selling out the Black community in the name of abortion rights is unconscionable,” said Catherine Davis, Founder and President of the Restoration Project. “But, Gosnell’s attorney has taken this betrayal to a new low by claiming Gosnell should not be prosecuted because he is black. While “women kept being referred to and coming to his clinic because they could get what they needed at the right price,” the right price made Gosnell a millionaire while he was butchering women and babies in the name of abortion. I say he should be prosecuted and held accountable for the injuries and deaths of those he is now claiming to have served and his race makes this betrayal all the more difficult to stomach.”

Not only is Dr. Kermit Gosnell documented as a depraved butcher, he is a depraved butcher who made money on the desperation and despair of women from his own community. Even the Klu Klux Klan treated their own women better,” said Walter Hoye, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation.

The leaders are spearheading investigations, calling for enforcement of life saving laws for women and children, and are advocating information campaigns as to the harmful impact of eugenics and genocide in the Black community.

King, Gardner, Davis and Hoye are all members of the well known National Black Prolife Coalition. Their book LIFE AT ALL COSTS is a thoughtful and well researched account of the issues of life and family that are impacting the Black community.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Breast Cancer Among Young Women Almost Doubled From 1976 To 2009

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

SPACERtoo-many-mammograms-20130221By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2013

Rebecca Johnson was 27 years old and had just graduated from medical school when she got the diagnosis: breast cancer. She thought she was a rare case, but then a few of her friends got it too. So did some friends of friends.

Was it all just a coincidence, or was breast cancer becoming more common in younger women?

“I really wondered,” said Johnson, now 44 and the director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. So she examined decades’ worth of data from the National Cancer Institute and made a disturbing find: Cases of younger women with advanced breast cancer have increased about 2% each year since the mid-1970s and show no signs of abating.

The results, published in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., confirmed the suspicions of many oncologists who had noticed an uptick in patients younger than 40 with cancer that had spread to the bones, brain or lungs.

In 1976, 1.53 out of every 100,000 American women 25 to 39 years old was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, the study found. By 2009, the rate had almost doubled to 2.9 per 100,000 women in that age group — a difference too large to be a chance result.

“Most studies have failed to show an absolute increase,” said Dr. Benjamin Paz, a City of Hope Cancer Center surgeon who was not involved in the study. “Now, looking at a longer period of time, this study shows there’s clearly been an increase. It’s the first to do so.”

Read the full story HERE

One most often overlooked breast cancer link is contraceptives. A possible cause not mentioned in the article is the increased number of abortions, a warning that many in the pro-life movement have been alluding to for years. Number of breast cancer increases with increased number of abortions.

If you understand the effects of abortion on your body, you will understand why this study is of no surprise to me. An article by Dr. Gerard Nadal published over two years ago explains it in easy to understand language.

I bet that you can probably guess the age group of women that have the most abortions. According the the Guttmacher Institute, “More than half of American women obtaining abortions are in their 20s. Women aged 20–24 have the highest abortion rate of any age-group.” Given this information, it’s no wonder that breast cancer is on the rise in women 25-39.

Abortion Hurts Women! This is just another good example.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Black History Month Tribute: Strength, Persistence, Talent

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Black History Month

Contributor & author: Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD, (San Francisco) board-certified anesthesiologist, professor, lawyer and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons member (see bio at bottom of release)

Interview – Contact Dr. Singleton directly at marilynmsingleton@gmail.com, 510-421-5800, http://www.aapsonline.org/, (reporters and journalists welcome!)

For permission to publish this article (word count: 672), contact AngelPublicity@aol.com for a prompt response

Author/contributor: Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

Black history in American has certainly had its ups and downs. It’s troubling when, for political theater, those who should know better fail to emphasize the inspirational stories that highlight the strengths of blacks and the humanity of whites. While it is undeniable that cruelty and suffering are part of this country’s history, at some point it is counterproductive to paint blacks as weak victims of the white man’s callousness.

There were always free blacks in America (including my family). Indeed, in 1641, Mathias De Sousa, an African indentured servant who came from England with Lord Baltimore, was elected to Maryland’s General Assembly. The first census of 1790 counted 19 per cent black Americans, 10 per cent of whom were free.

Black Americans served on both sides during the Revolutionary War. The British promised freedom to slaves belonging to Patriot masters who served. Because of his manpower shortages, George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in the Continental Army in January 1776, creating his so-called “mixed multitude,” which was 15 per cent black. Economist Walter Williams is so correct that necessity can overcome prejudice.

Nestled in the back of some folks’ minds was (is?) the notion that blacks were not as intelligent as whites. They certainly couldn’t have had the smarts to be doctors. James Derham (c. 1757-1802?), born a slave in Philadelphia, proved the naysayers wrong. He was the first known black American physician, although not professionally trained in medical school. As was common at the time, physicians were trained in apprenticeships. Young Derham was fortunate that his three early masters were physicians who taught him to read and write.

Derham’s third owner taught the young teen how to mix and administer medicines. After this owner, who had been arrested during the war for being a Tory, died in prison, Derham was sold to a British officer, and he served as a doctor to soldiers. After the war, he became the property of a Scottish physician (appropriately named Dr. Love) from New Orleans, who hired him to work as a medical assistant and apothecary.

By 1783, Derham quickly saved enough money to buy his freedom, and he set up his own medical practice in New Orleans. Derham, who spoke English, French, and Spanish, was a popular and highly regarded doctor, who treated both black and white patients. By age 30, Derham earned more than $3,000 annually.

Derham’s medical paper on his success in treating diphtheria caught the attention of Benjamin Rush, a physician who signed the Declaration of Independence, served as surgeon general of the Continental Army, and has been called “the father of American medicine.” Rush invited Derham to Philadelphia in 1788 and was so impressed that he encouraged him to stay. There, Derham became an expert in throat diseases and in the relationship between weather and disease.

In 1789, Derham returned to New Orleans, where he saved many yellow fever victims. He stopped practicing medicine in 1801, when the new city regulations required a formal medical degree to be considered a doctor. Nothing is known of his whereabouts after 1802.

The first university-trained black American physician was James McCune Smith, born in 1813 to slave parents who were emancipated by New York law. Despite his scholastic achievements at the Free African School of New York, he was denied admission to American medical schools. When he was 19 years old, the Glasgow Emancipation Society helped Smith enroll in Scotland’s University of Glasgow. He received his B.A. degree in 1835 and his M.D. degree in 1837. A skilled debater and lecturer, Smith was a founding member of the New York Statistics Society in 1852, and was elected as an early member of the American Geographic Society.

The first American medical degree was conferred on David J. Peck, born circa 1826 into a free black family in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1846, after studying two years with a private physician, he enrolled in Rush Medical College and graduated in 1847. Peck practiced medicine in Philadelphia for 2 years before moving to Central America to start a homeland for free blacks in Nicaragua.

Thank you, doctors, for paving the way for my grandfather, my father, and me.

aapsonline.org

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Why It Matters That Your Doctors Are Pro-Life

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Attorney Linsey Sowinski of Coeur d’Alane, Idaho, was 32 years old and a newlywed when she and her husband, Scott, found out Linsey had B-cell lymphoma. She wanted to live, and she wanted her baby to live as well. Her doctors waited until after her first trimester to begin chemo, conscious of the fact that the baby was receiving the powerful drugs as well. When she was 37 weeks pregnant, doctors induced labor and Lena was born. Right after the birth, Linsey began radiation. Lena was hospitalized at one month old with an infection likely caused by an immune system weakened by chemo drugs. But today she is a healthy five-month-old, right where she’s supposed to be developmentally. Linsey is on the road to remission.

Linsey’s story, which was featured on the Today Show this morning, highlights the importance of finding doctors who don’t immediately leap to the abortion conclusion when presented with any kind of obstacle during a pregnancy. A pro-abort doctor might well have scared Linsey with a terrible prognosis of her own chances, and reassured her that she could “try again” once she was well. But she wouldn’t have had Lena, and she would have carried the burden of knowing her survival came at the cost of her daughter’s life.

A common argument as to why we need to have legal abortion in this country is to protect the lives of mothers at risk. But that argument grows weaker every day, when courageous couples like Linsey and her husband Scott, and doctors who can see beyond their own malpractice risk, show us there is another way.

Choosing life is always the right choice, even when it’s hard, even when it’s scary, even when the outcome is unclear.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.