The Wuhan lab theory, Roe v. Wade, and taking on Woke Capital

A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.

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Dr. Mark Komrad, a renowned psychiatrist and ethicist, has published a scathing condemnation of Canada’s suicide regime in the Psychiatric Times titled “Oh, Canada! Your New Law Will Provide, Not Prevent, Suicide for Some Psychiatric Patients.” This new law, he writes, puts Canada at odds with most nations worldwide—and is leading to predictable but gut-wrenching scenario:

A few days ago, a 30-year-old patient with very treatable mental illness asked me to end her life. Her distraught parents came to the appointment with her because they were afraid that I might support her request and that they would be helpless to do anything about it. It’s horrific they have to worry that by going to a psychiatrist, their daughter might be killed by that very psychiatrist.

Canada’s government now provides suicide to the mentally ill. Let that sink in.

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Live Action has published my essay on the aborted children of literary giant Ernest Hemingway. I’m hoping to write several similar essays on other great writers based on sporadic research I’ve done over the past several years.

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Once again, the media is falling on its face. For months, people were silenced or kicked off social media for highlighting evidence that COVID-19 may have originated from a lab in Wuhan rather than a wet market and a bowl of bat soup. Now, it is looking increasingly likely that the lab theory—which was derided as the purview of idiots and conspiracy theorists—is correct. If this turns out to be the case, Thomas Frank writes in The Guardian, “expect a political earthquake.”

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At RNS, Dr. Charles Camosy points out that even if there is a political backlash to the overturn of Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court, that backlash will be worth it.

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On the other hand, Ramesh Ponnuru—who also supports the overturn of Roesays in Bloomberg that there really isn’t a whole lot liberals can do if Roe is overturned, and that the backlash is likely to be weak and ineffectual.

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My own take in The American Conservative is that Roe will not be overturned, but further weakened. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect this will be another step forward rather than the grand finale.

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J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and potential Senate candidate in Ohio, has a fascinating essay at The American Mind titled “Fighting Woke Capital.” I’ve heard Vance speak before, and I’ve read his book. The prospect of new and creative conservative minds in the GOP is a refreshing one. Keep an eye on him.

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Parliamentarians in Malta are thus far holding strong on abortion decriminalization, and there are no MEPs supporting legalization. It appears likely that this attempt will fail.

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A Christian couple that has been imprisoned in Pakistan since 2013 on charges of blasphemy and sentenced to death has been acquitted.

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A positive development in the UK:

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was today granted leave to seek a judicial review of regulations which give Brandon Lewis the authority to direct all Northern Ireland departments and public health body to commission full abortion services across Northern Ireland. However critics say the move seriously undermines devolution.

Although Westminster controversially relaxed NI’s strict abortion legislation in 2019 there has been little expansion of staff and resources to bring services up to a comparative capacity with the rest of the UK. As a result many women are still reportedly travelling to England for abortions.

Mr Justice Colton ruled today that SPUC had made an arguable case and said a full hearing will take place at the end of this month.

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More soon.

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