I didn’t see any headlines at The New York Times calling Dr. Anthony Fauci a ‘Fringe Conspiracy’ theorist, as they did with Sen. Tom Cotton, for suggesting that there needs to be an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus that emanated from Communist China.
Fauci’s statements went for the most part unnoticed. Many people didn’t realize he had suggested nearly two weeks ago, that the COVID-19 virus could have been developed in the Wuhan laboratory ( or manmade versus nature) until a question and answer interview with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact became more public over the weekend.
His statements come in the wake of many other highly credible lawmakers, scientists and pundits were criticized for suggesting that the COVID-19 virus may not have evolved naturally but was possibly developed in the Wuhan laboratory. Dr. Anthony Fauci finally suggested he is “not convinced” COVID-19 developed naturally. He told PolitiFact’s Katie Sanders that there should be an open investigation into the virus’ origins.
But remember when Sen. Cotton questioned the origins of COVID-19? Remember The New York Times headline: “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins“
FROM THE TIMES:
The rumor appeared shortly after the new coronavirus struck China and spread almost as quickly: that the outbreak now afflicting people around the world had been manufactured by the Chinese government.
The conspiracy theory lacks evidence and has been dismissed by scientists. But it has gained an audience with the help of well-connected critics of the Chinese government such as Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist. And on Sunday, it got its biggest public boost yet.
Speaking on Fox News, Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, raised the possibility that the virus had originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak.The New York Times
I suspect this call for an investigation may have something to do with the fact that over 42% of the American people have lost confidence in Fauci’s statements.
First, I think the left and the establishment need a lesson in American tenacity and commonsense. We have both and aren’t fooled for long – at least I hope not.
Moreover, here’s what Fauci said to Sanders during the question and answer. He’s wanting the same questions answered that Cotton rightfully brought up at the hearings.
“There’s a lot of cloudiness around the origins of COVID-19 still, so I wanted to ask, are you still confident that it developed naturally?” Sanders asked the nation’s top infectious disease expert in an event, United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking event.
“No actually,” said Fauci. He is the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He makes the statements roughly 12 minutes into the event, as posted by Fox News.
“I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened,” Fauci said.
Well, I guess better late than never.
Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’
Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”
“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.
The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.
“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”
Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.
Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”
Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.
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