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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Former vice president Joe Biden is beginning to show his anti-life cards and, some say, it appears he may have an ace of spades in his hand.
Despite being at the beginning of the legal phase of the 2020 general election, Biden is appointing a presidential inner circle. One of his new advisors on the China virus is an architect of Obamacare, a lockdown proponent who opposes pro-life conscience protections for medical professionals. He is also known for allegedly advocating death panels.
Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an oncologist and bioethicist, is one of 10 COVID advisory board members appointed by Biden in the aftermath of Nov. 3 election. The oncologist and bioethicist — the brother of former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel — is known for controversial statements on the allocation of health care resources. In a 2014 essay, for example, he spoke of his disdain for the practice of elongating life.
"Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements," Emanuel wrote, "all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible."
Emanuel opined on this stated movement. "I reject this aspiration," he stated emphatically. I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop."
Emanuel, who was also an advisor to President Obama, was caught up in a firestorm of criticism in 2009 when, as a presidential health care advisor, he wrote about his advocacy for health care rationing by age and disability.
Then-representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota quoted Emanuel on the floor of the House of Representatives that year. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said Emanuel's philosophy was "Orwellian" and "downright evil," and tied it to a health care reform end-of-life counseling provision she claimed would create a death panel.
Emanuel claimed that conservative politicians were taking him out of context, and that he never advocated for death panels.
In 2009, Betsy McCaughey, a former chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former lieutenant governor of New York under George Pataki, warned:
As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician's duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient's needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.
Biden has no regrets in creating a COVID board of advisors before the states have certified their official election results.
"The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective and distributed efficiently, equitably and free; and protecting at-risk populations," Biden said in a statement.
Politico has reported Biden may be considering Emanuel as Health and Human Services secretary; however, the Buffalo Chronicle reported that this job is slated for Utah senator Mitt Romney.
As a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, Emanuel argued that laws protecting conscience are "unacceptable" and "unjustifiable." He suggested that medical professionals who cannot in good conscience participate in anti-life practices should "leave the profession."
Emanuel is considered in some circles to be an expert on the Wuhan virus. One of his observations, according to the Western Journal, is that the United States will not be able to reopen responsibly for at least another year.
"It'll be closer to November, closer toward the end" of 2021, he maintained.
Biden himself has spoken about prolonged mask mandates as soon as a potential Biden administration is born.
Prior to the election, Emanuel did not keep his political views secret.
"The best way to stop Trump's do-nothing #COVID19 plan is to vote!" he exclaimed on Twitter before the election. "A Biden Administration would take critical steps to fight [the] pandemic, including clear messaging and a comprehensive, coordinated federal effort that builds trust."
Emanuel has apparently taken down his Twitter account since being considered for this position.