Pro-life vid of day: Miss California thinks euthanasia is a vaccine

by LauraLoo

Interviewing pageant contestants never fails to bring controversy and hilarity.

Miss California, Leah Cecil, had Americans shaking their heads when she responded to a Miss America pre-pageant question on ABC’s Good Morning America January 11 about her thoughts on euthanasia.

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40 thoughts on “Pro-life vid of day: Miss California thinks euthanasia is a vaccine”

  1. That is the US media for you.
    Harvard educated politicians with post graduate degrees get all the questions in advance, so they can prepare their answers.
    Inexperienced young beauty pageant contestants have to go in cold, so the condescending reporters can play gotcha and humiliate them.
    Double standard much?

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  2. It also makes the point that the media talks about stuff couched in so many euphemisms that the public doesn’t even know half the time what they are referring to.
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    Abortion is a great example.  The euphemism “choice” hardly causes the knee jerk negative reaction that “dismembering a baby” plain language description would.

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  3. Moors Murder Ian Brady, a serial child murderer, believes that long term prisoners should be allowed to apply for voluntary euthanasia.  
    Some of you — including, it seems, Jill Stanek — support the death penalty for those who commit heinous crimes. This form of euthanasia could be considered a kind of voluntary death penalty.
    What do you think of it?

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  4. This is clearly a bright, articulate, and focused young woman.
    So…. I blame whoever was responsible for her education.  How is it that her parents, teachers and pageant coaches never talked about life issues, such as euthanasia?  
    What did they spend their time talking and teaching about?
     

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  5. DeniseNoe:  “Voluntary Euthansia” means suicide.
    Euthanasia is “mercy killing.”  Suicide of this sort means “I ease my suffering by killing myself; I think that I shall be better off dead.”
    “Voluntary Death Penalty” is nonsense.  A “penalty” is always imposed by a superior force, as the result of some crime or failure.  Free choices are not penalties.
    Ian Brady says that he wants to “choose” his penalty — he prefers his own death over life imprisonment.  Will we permit him to do one more murder?  Will we help him to kill himself?  Brady thinks this would be a good idea.
    I do not support Brady’s proposal.  Killing solves no problems; killing is the problem.

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  6. I think it’s rather rude to make fun of someone because they didn’t know something. Pretty blondes seem to get a lot of that.

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  7. Well, now I find myself actually interested in how this Miss California feels about the possibility of euthanasia becoming legalized.  

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  8. It’s not unreasonable to expect a grown woman entering a scholarship pageant to understand at the least the basic definition of one of the current hot button political issues of our day. It’s not like they asked her about the Tonkin Gulf Incident.

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  9. The term “euthanasia” is a loaded term. “Doctor Assisted Suicide” is the more accurate term. Most likely, because of being under pressure, confused the word with anesthesia. Which is not a vaccine either but something a doctor does administer. In my experience most of America cannot answer that question very well.

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  10. I don’t think this was an unfair question but I think it just shows that she is probably a typical young woman of today. I’m betting that if I asked 20 teens this question they wouldn’t know what it is. maybe I will try this tomorrow. Many are very up on pop culture but not on issues that are being debated within society at large. I agree Nicole that she should know at least something about this issue.

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  11. Don Cooper, euthanasia is broader than doctor assisted suicide.  Terri Schiavo was euthanized (killed), she did not commit suicide with the assistance of a doctor.

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  12. Couod be worse, she could have answered that she’s very concerned about Chinese children.

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  13. JackBorsch says:
    January 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    I think it’s rather rude to make fun of someone because they didn’t know something. Pretty blondes seem to get a lot of that.
    (Denise) This young woman is probably of average or higher intelligence. She simply had one area of ignorance.  That doesn’t prove much.  However, the “dumb blonde” stereotype is there so people automatically play up anything that feeds into it.

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  14. Meh, no one’s perfect. I’m sure that we all have some moments in our lives that we are glad were not caught on camera. 

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  15. I can sympathize as well, but this is what she signed up for, people. So, what, we can only be entertained by staring at her in a bikini, but when we get a giggle (without being judgmental) because she goofed and/or is not super “informed,” we are being unfair to the poor gal? Come on now. Gag.

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  16. I see the similarity.  Vaccine reactions can leave our children with lifelong disabilities or have the same result as euthanasia.  Some vaccines are made by the propogation of aborted baby cells.  See cogforlife.org for details.  

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  17. Well, the person who asked the question gave an incorrect definition of euthanasia. Clearly the public needs much more education on what euthanasia is. That said, I have said plenty of ignorant things in my life, so I feel bad for this woman that there happened to be a camera in front of her.

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  18. She didn’t “happen” to be in front of a camera. It wasn’t her friend’s friend’s iphone camera at 1 am at the bar. She was in front of a camera preparing to compete in a contest of who’s the prettiest, most talented, well-spoken young lady in America. But I still feel bad for her. I say things that are equally ummm … interesting every day, but I can get away with wearing sweatpants too, so ya know.

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  19. .. and now she’s on youtube. Making fun of women is unbecoming. I am sorry even pro-lifers see it as a sport, and fail to connect how this might lead women to lose faith in their abilities to be good mothers.
    I bet she would still be an incredible mother.
    As far as JillStaneck.com’s sponsored charity, ‘Food For The Hungry,’ they receive large grants from USAid, who clearly states their core objective in reducing poverty is reducing fertility, and that anyone who receives money from them must also ‘educate women’ on the profits of abortifacents. 
    Miss America isn’t an intelligence test.
    JillStaneck.com is supposed to fight the subjugation of women, but in the instance of FH, they employ it?
    I am not sure what the regularly posted articles on this site that point out female error are trying to prove but they insinuate to women that pro-lifers don’t respect them, which is how the democrats wont he election.
    Mean girls suck.

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  20. only because we’ve never met. If we were familiar with each other personally, I doubt she’d be chomping at the bit to join my friends list.

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  21. Mean girls were mean to you so…you’re mean to other girls? People were mean to me when I was younger and that’s WHY I try not to be mean to others, myself. It’s not like this girl was mean to you, and you assuming that she WOULD be mean if given the chance, just based on the fact that she’s blonde or skinny or whatever, is as ridiculous as just about every single other stereotype you usually rail against.
     
    Anyway, no, this woman doesn’t come off very well in this, but I have definitely had some embarrassing moments in my own life. A lot of my gaffes have taught me that it’s better to say, “I’m sorry, could you explain what you mean in greater depth?” than to pretend that I know and answer a question, but this woman probably didn’t have that option or has not yet learned that as embarrassing as it can be to ask for an explanation (and it can be embarrassing! I’ve done it in large meetings and it sucks!) it is potentially less embarrassing than just throwing out a sound bite and hoping it sticks. 
     
    Some years ago, a friend of mine went on a morning news program to talk about an abstinence-type club he had started at his high school. In it he slipped up and said that he wanted to marry a girl who was “already a virgin” and of course he meant “still a virgin” and people made fun of him for EVER after that, being like “Hey James, you a virgin yet?” etc. People make mistakes. It happens.

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  22. you assuming that she WOULD be mean if given the chance, just based on the fact that she’s blonde or skinny or whatever, is as ridiculous as just about every single other stereotype you usually rail against.
     
    Maybe so, but a much safer prospect for me. I’d rather assume the worst and be proven wrong (and I have been before, and it’s great when that happens) than try to be the “bigger person” (teehee) and get burned (because that’s happened before, too).

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  23. Well it’s not like there’s any inherent “danger” in just NOT being mean to people, like being mean first is the “safer prospect.” There is a middle ground between walking over to the skinny blonde girl lunch table with your tray and a huge smile, and laughing loudly when a skinny blonde girl gets an answer wrong in class. It’s not like the world only has two groups of people – those who bully, and those who are bullied – so you need to be the bully FIRST to beat the other person to it. You can’t stop someone else from being a bully, but you can stop yourself from being one.

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  24. It’s not like the world only has two groups of people – those who bully, and those who are bullied – so you need to be the bully FIRST to beat the other person to it.
     
    From my experience, that statement is incorrect.

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  25. It’s like me becoming a criminal and fairly violent as a response to how I was treated as a child X. It was the wrong response. It’s not right to make more hate in the world just because you received a lot.

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  26. “It’s hard to get past, and I don’t think I’ll ever be completely over it.”
     
    I know, it’s really hard. It’s not about getting over it though. It’s about accepting that something completely unacceptable happened to you and learning how to rewire your responses to things that remind you of it. If I can learn not to punch people who remind me of my dad you can learn to be polite to the typical popular girls!  

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