How involved should government be in women’s pregnancies? A case from Wisconsin speaks powerfully about the dangers of personhood policy.
Early in 2014, 29-year-old Wisconsin woman Tamara Loertscher left her job, leaving her without the health insurance she needed to treat a thyroid condition. During her unemployment Loertscher sometimes self-medicated with marijuana and methamphetamine, a stimulant, for depression and pain.
Months later, in July, Loertscher suspected she had become pregnant by her long term boyfriend. She discontinued all substance use.
Then she went to the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on August 1. She was seeking care for her depression and thyroid condition, to confirm herpregnancy, and to ask questions about the health of a fetus she intended to carry to term. She disclosed her medical history, including previous substance use, so health providers might offer the best information about her health and the fitness of her pregnancy. A urine test confirmedpregnancy as well as drug use.
Tamara Loertscher’s visit to the Wisconsin clinic then took a dark turn.
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January 16, 2013 — “Fight to be free.” These are the words of Republican Senator and businessman Ron Johnson, and he is so committed to the fight, he had the words inscribed at the foot of a giant Atlas statue in his hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Johnson recently sat down with Laurie Rice of The Atlas Society to discuss the ideas of Atlas Shrugged, his experience running a successful manufacturing company, the goals of his political career, and the future of the American economy and culture.
Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged grow in influence everyday. In expressing the impact Atlas Shrugged has had on his ideas, Senator Ron Johnson is in the company of politicians such as Paul Ryan (who spoke at an Atlas Society event in 2005), Congressman Allen West (who gave an interview to The Atlas Society’s Ed Hudgins in June 2012) and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (who was interviewed by TAS CEO Aaron Day). These American leaders are using the ideas of Objectivism to realize their goals and shape the world according to their values. The Atlas Society is here to provide, explain, and promote the philosophical framework for “Objectivism in life and thought.”
Ron Johnson is a member of the budget committee and the appropriations committee in the United States Senate. Before he was elected to serve in 2010, Ron Johnson was a CEO and accountant at Pacur, a medical device packaging company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
UPDATE: As of February 4, 2013, this Atlas Society video interview with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was picked up by numerous media outlets, including Politico, The Nation, The Blaze, Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Slate, The Chicago Tribune, Human Events, Reason Magazine, The Hill, Roll Call, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton on msnbc, The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch, L’Opinione, The Northwestern.com, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Right Wisconsin.