Originally Posted by Arduinna
I remember the magazine issues she was featured in, as I had a sub during those years. I also remember plenty of heated debate on it here about it. Haven't kept up on the issue over the years though to have an opinion one way or the other though.
Considering that there is no magazine, I'm not sure there is even an official Mothering stance, from what I remember magazine articles were submitted not solicited for publication ( not in publishing so maybe those aren't the exact right terms).
Regardless I'm trying to see what the point of bringing up that old article from what the 90's is at this point in time?
I'm guessing probably just because of the new ua making it so that for the first time in a very long time the issue can be brought up with actual hope that it will stay up and maybe even get an answer instead of being deleted immediately for daring to be critical or question something from Mothering. Also because a recent discussion of AIDS and the idea that it could be cured by industrial bleach reminded people of it and that, as far as I am aware, Mothering has never published anything indicating a change of heart on the subject or that it is very likely that Christine Maggoire's daughter would still be alive and thriving today if her HIV had been diagnosed and treated appropriately... possibly even HIV free if Christine had just taken the AZT instead of painting her belly with political statements about it.
I was rather shocked when just a couple years ago an editorial by Peggy O'Mara brought up AIDS and while she did not deny the HIV AIDS link, did bring up the 1998 article and still seemed to be strongly encouraging women to avoid HIV testing, avoid HIV drugs even if positive, and breastfeed even when positive, and presenting those who did as brave mothers standing up for their kids in the face of evil medicine. In an article about informed consent, she made no mention of how medication and not feeding HIV breastmilk have been shown to be very effective in preventing HIV transmission from mother to child, though she did slam ATZ as being a horrible fate worse than HIV/AIDS on the basis of un-cited statistics and studies that I can't find and don't fit at all with the ones I can. She also brought up Christine Maggoire briefly in the context of critisizing a TV show for telling a fictionalized version of that story that painted her in a very negative light, didn't bother to mention just how well Maggoire's choices worked out for both her daughter and herself
Parents' freedom of conscience has been demonized of late. [...] On October 28, 2008, in its fifth episode of the season, the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit vilified Christine Maggiore, one of the mothers featured in our September 1998 article, in which a daughter and mother both die of AIDS.
Apparently the problem is that art imitates life? Though in all fairness, while her poor daughter had been dead for several years at that point, Christine herself only passed away a couple months before the date on that editorial, so it could have already been written and set for publication, too late to change it, at that point, I suppose.
As a sidenote, she helpfully did cite her source for this bit on measles:
The incidence of measles cases has risen dramatically from 2007 to 2008 and is at its highest level in more than a decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 63 of the 131 new cases of measles from January to July 2008 were among those unvaccinated. The majority of the cases (68), however, were among those vaccinated.
Unfortunately, she apparently did not pay close attention to her source. The report only gives vaccination status for for the 123 US citizens, not the other 8 cases which were among visitors. The 63 unvaccinated were just those who avoided vaccines for religious or philosophical reasons. There were also other cases in infants too young to have been vaccinated, those who were delaying vaccines, and those were unvaccinated for unknown reason, as well as fifteen who were of unknown vacciantion status. There were only 11 out of 123 cases in US citizens who were known to have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine, not 68. The vast majority of measles cases were among the unvaccinated.