By Irene Starkehaus -
Kaci Hickox is a nurse with degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Johns Hopkins University. She spent time in West Africa helping and caring for Ebola patients while working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. When she returned to the U.S. last Friday, she was forced into quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. She has tested negative for Ebola and has exhibited no symptoms, but she was placed in confinement anyway because Ebola has a 21 day incubation period.
Hickox is now examining possible litigation against the State of New Jersey for having infringed upon her civil liberties because she was detained against her will. Her lawyer…let me rephrase that…one of her multiple lawyers summed up Hickox's position in this way:
"She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it."
Doctors Without Borders…for a little background on Médecins Sans Frontières, fifty years ago, a group of French physicians were employed by what is now known as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies and broke away to form an independent movement with its mission to provide timely emergency medical relief free of the administrative and legal restrictions imposed upon the ICRC .
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) was formalized in 1971, in the aftermath of the Biafra secession, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders.
Médecins Sans Frontières considers itself religiously agnostic and apolitical although it does consult with the United Nations in an advisory role, and it does receive government and corporate funding. Due to the award winning successes that Médecins Sans Frontières has had (Médecins Sans Frontières received the Nobel Prize in 1999 as well as the Seoul Peace Prize) it has inspired numerous other world minded organizations to adopt the "Without Borders" moniker. Again, the "Without Borders" designation is meant to reflect the belief that the needs of the individual outweigh respect for national borders.
In 1980, one cofounder of Médecins Sans Frontières, Bernard Kouchner, broke away and cofounded a splinter group known as Médecins du Monde during the Cambodian refugee crisis in 1979 that embraced imperative action up to and including military action (in the face of human rights abuses) over the rights of state sovereignty. MdM offers long-term healthcare solutions, with a focus on sustainability and bearing witness to suffering.
The American chapter of Médecins du Monde then separated from its parent organization in 2009 and became known as HealthRight International as it focuses on:
HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria, including the rights of people with these diseases to care and protection from stigma and discrimination.
Women's health, including women's right to safe and effective maternal and neonatal care, as well as information and equal access to protection and quality health services.
The health and welfare of orphans and other at risk children and youth, whose well-being may be endangered when they lack supportive families or social networks.
Care and support for survivors of human rights violations such as torture, human trafficking, and gender-based violence.
Doctors Without Borders is one of hundreds of splinter groups with consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council or whose origins link back to the International Red Cross. With each iteration, international medical societies procure billions of dollars in funding to essentially do the job that the International Red Cross does. The mission statement of each new branch becomes more radical and more interested in challenging the sovereignty of nations in the furtherance of internationalism.
What has any of this got to do with Kaci Hickox?
She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it. Per Fox News, her lawyer believes that states should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that require only monitoring, not quarantine, for health care workers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients. It would seem that he is demanding that states rely on the honor system to enforce public safety statutes in the face of a highly contagious disease.
According to Breitbart's Big Peace site:
Doctors Without Borders revealed on Tuesday that nine of its staff members who had risked their lives fighting Ebola in West Africa have died. The fate of 16 other of their staff, who they said have also been infected, has yet to be determined as the battle to thwart the spread of the deadly disease wares on.
The deaths reveal that even at well-quipped and properly staffed treatment centers the risk of infection is high, according to the Associated Press. Despite international efforts in the form of financial aid, the mobilization of troops, and volunteer clinicians from a host of organizations, Doctors Without Borders said it simply is not enough.
Regardless of the struggle over containing Ebola, Hickox's lawyers will ultimately contend that Hickox suffered human rights violations when she was detained in New Jersey, and the Left's ongoing contrivances over the rights of the individual will be taken to a whole new level while never bothering to wonder: Does Hickox's right to imperil her own life for what she views is the good of humanity require that every American should suffer the consequences of her actions? Do her rights include the right to subject Americans to contamination?
Consider this… Kaci Hickox went to Sierra Leone and experienced living conditions that are horrific. She went there knowing the risks to her own life in order to assist in fighting an epidemic. She experienced the squalor. She did this willingly because she wanted to make the world a better place.
Given that sacrifice in the presence of the wretchedness in Sierra Leone compared to the Western model, the aggravations that she suffered in New Jersey were perhaps not optimal, but they are trivial to what she lived through in Sierra Leone. She willingly imperils her life to save the people of Sierra Leone but she won't quarantine for a couple of weeks to protect her own countrymen? How messed up is that?
Right - people who want to enforce quarantines are ignorant. They don't understand science. She understands science. She knows better than you.
Let's be clear. There are a lot of very learned individuals who meant well as they screwed up entire ecologies along their paths to Hell. If you doubt me, I encourage you to study up on great American debacles like kudzu, the gypsy moth and Africanized honeybees. All of these invasive species were introduced into America by very smart, very good people who were trying to do very good things. All such experiments were abysmal failures.
We have been informed by Hickox's quite impartial lawyers that she a very good woman doing very good things, but her goodness in this situation isn't relevant because her right to do with her body whatever she chooses doesn't transmogrify into a right to do whatever she wants with your body proportionally with her good intentions.
Ms. Hickox's cavalier attitude about our ability to control a deadly pathogen is extraordinarily disturbing, but it's still not the worst thing about Ebola Americana. What should bother you most about this whole debacle is that the Obama Administration has explicitly and needlessly forced this debate about our nation's legal right to detain possibly contagious individuals. This is simply because they will not do the job that they have been entrusted to do or enforce the laws that they swore to uphold. They refuse to secure the borders, expel illegal immigrants and ban travel from West Africa, and this will be Ebola's gateway into our country with a little help from our friends, Kaci Hickox, her legal team and the ACLU.
The Administration's malicious incompetence is fueling a crisis in confidence that will foster panic and will require our representatives to pass more laws that will further restrict individual liberty in this country. Per the Administration, we must all make do with less liberty because we can't restrict entry into the country. We can't protect our borders so we are essentially living without borders.
The Obama Administration and Left leaning representatives desire strong centralized government, so they can make that happen by any means that they deem necessary. They have absolutely no incentive to do what's best for preserving freedom in combination with promoting national health standards, and that should petrify everyone who seeks to preserve life and liberty.
Stalin killed millions of the Ukrainian people in the Holodomor of 1932 to eradicate the rise of nationalism. Stalin too saw a world without borders. Imagine what he could have achieved with Ebola. With this is mind, perhaps it would be wiser to know why borders were established in the first place before we bring them down. Perhaps America should make protecting America her number one goal.