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  • New York Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

    03/26/2015 4:17:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/25/15 | Steven Ertelt
    **SNIP** For years, the state legislature has been embroiled in a mulch-year battle over a package of bills designed to push the interests of women. The bills have been held up in part because it includes a measure that would promote late-term abortions in the Empire State. Despite strenuous support from pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature has refused to pass the package of bills because of the abortion measure. The abortion bill would allow an abortion procedure that has abortionists shooting poison through the hearts of unborn children to kill them. Now, the state Assembly has approved part of...
  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 8:28:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/24/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    March 24, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs.The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular media. The Atlantic has an article advocating that dying patients be killed for their organs rather than having to actually, you know, die first. From, “As They Lay Dying:” A more useful ethical standard could involve the idea of “imminent death.” Once a person with a terminal disease reaches a point when only extraordinary measures will delay death; when use (or...
  • Mother of seven faces being removed from life support on Tuesday against familys wishes

    03/24/2015 6:46:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/23/15 | Dustin Siggins
    March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fight for life for the family of Lisa Avila, a mother of seven, continues.Avila, who has been in a coma for nearly six weeks, has been surrounded by family and friends who do not want Anaheim Regional Medical Center to remove the medical care that is keeping her alive.The hospital had planned to withdraw care on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. local time, but chose to extend the deadline until Tuesday at noon.According to Avila's family, however, that's not enough time for their wife and mother to recover. They are insisting that she...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. True conservatives and libertarians, lets not pretend there arent fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • REMEMBRANCE OF EASTER 2005

    03/21/2015 7:44:58 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Mrs. Don-o ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    REMEMBRANCE of EASTER 2005 Crowd my eyes, you bevies of daffodils, And you forsythias in throngs of cheer, Dandelion galaxies and fountains of trees. Fill my mouth with the breath of hyacinths, you purple air And you roistering breeze. And you quince-buds so eager, you swelling seeds, You squirrels running stitches across the loom Of woven grasses, inflorescent weeds; Jasmine-bush, loop me with your lariats of perfume. Fill me, small birds, with your versicles, And chuckled replies. She is bleeding from the mouth and eyes. Sate me then, Sun, all dapple and spangle Crowd out all else Lade me...
  • TERRI SCHIAVO PLUS TEN

    03/21/2015 4:52:13 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    3/21/2015 | Self
    It was in the early morning hours of Monday March 21st, 2005 that a Republican controlled Congress wrapped up a weekend series of sessions to pass legislation related to Terri Schiavo's case to allow federal courts to consider her right of due process. Final Senate passage of House Bill 203 came at 12:41 am and shortly thereafter President George W. Bush stepped out of his bedroom at the White House to sign the bill in a hallway. There was hope and fear surrounding the legislation. Hope from lawyers trying to save Terri's life and fear from Michael Schiavo. An emotional...
  • Letters needed to stop assisted suicide bill

    03/16/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by celmak · 25 replies
    California Family Alliance ^ | 03/13/2015 | Lori Arnold
    As we feared, the most egregious bill introduced this session is Senate Bill (SB) 128, a concerted effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Despite failing to pass similar laws five previous times in California, supporters of these so-called Death with Dignity laws have been emboldened by both a national effort to expand legalized physician-assisted suicide from coast to coast, and by the high-profile case of a 29-year-old California cancer patient who moved to Oregon to end her life there. While many such cases are tragic, just three states have succumbed to the legalization efforts of pro-death forces. Only Oregon, Washington and...
  • THE GREAT TERRI SCHIAVO DIVIDE

    03/06/2015 7:39:49 AM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    First Things ^ | 3/6/15 | Wesley J.Smith
    At the end of this month, Terri Schiavo will be ten years dead. But she is far from forgotten. Everyone reading these words knows the story, and everyone has an opinion. What began in 1990 as a private tragedya vivacious young woman stricken in the prime of life with a severe cognitive disabilitybecame a source of profound cultural division, as likely to spark debate today as when the case first broke into the publics consciousness. Why has her story remained so potent? Part of it has to do with the high-profile and vituperative legal and public-relations battle between Terris...
  • Contraception gave us divorce and gay marriage and will destroy us: heres how

    03/05/2015 8:05:00 AM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/4/15 | David F. Prentis
    March 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Although there has always been contraception, its acceptance and practice by society as a whole is a relatively new phenomenon. In the first part of the 20th century barrier methods became through mass production increasingly used. However, with the advent of the hormonal contraceptive pill in the 1960s the contraceptive era, ushering in the sexual revolution, really took off.The term “revolution” is by no means exaggerated, for the result was a fundamental change in the understanding of human sexuality in society. With the pill, people thought, nothing can happen, i.e. no child could be conceived....
  • Third Doctor Says Jahi McMath is Not Brain Dead, Family Wants Death Certificate Revoked

    02/16/2015 8:41:02 AM PST · by wagglebee · 65 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/16/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctorthe others are Shewmon and Calixtohas signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate. From the N.J.com story: Dolan provided NJ Advance Media with signed declarations from four doctors, including Charles J. Prestigiacomo, director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at University Hospital in Newark and chair of the neurological surgery department at Rutgers, stating that McMath isnt brain dead.The brain structure evidenced in the MRI is not consistent...
  • Netherlands is the Euthanasia Capital of the World, Will America and Britain Follow?

    02/13/2015 9:31:44 AM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/13/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Newsweek has a long articlein which I briefly appearexploring how and why the euthanasia monster broke its fetters to turn the Netherlands into ground zero for the culture of death (now seriously challenged by the even more death-enthusiastic Belgians).Reporter Winston Ross interviewed experts and the impacted on both sides of the issue, so you should read the whole thing. What I wanted to share here, are the theories about why Netherlanders have permitted euthanasia with virtually no meaningful limits.First, media propaganda. From, Dying Dutch: Once a supporter of euthanasia, hes now one of its most vocal critics. Among the reasons...
  • Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

    02/06/2015 10:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:03 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.For one lawmaker who voted no, the issue was personal. Tearfully telling her colleagues she was a cancer survivor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera recalled how a doctor told her she wouldnt live more than five years. But she found a doctor who gave her a different opinion. [] A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives...
  • BREAKING: Canadas top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 12:15:32 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    In a momentous ruling this morning, Canadas highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the states obligation to protect the vulnerable outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the...
  • Canadas top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 10:05:33 AM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    OTTAWA, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join...
  • Doctor-assisted suicide allowed by Supreme Court in specific cases

    02/06/2015 8:35:24 AM PST · by RansomOttawa · 7 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Laura Payton
    People with grievous and irremediable medical conditions should have the right to ask a doctor to help them die, Canada's highest court says in a unanimous ruling.. The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help a person commit suicide should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations. The ruling only applies to competent adults with enduring, intolerable suffering who clearly consent to ending their lives. The court has given federal and provincial governments 12 months to craft legislation to respond to the ruling; the ban on doctor-assisted suicide stands...
  • Texas boy breathing on his own after hospital tried to have him declared brain dead

    02/02/2015 3:30:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 2/2/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, February 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A 12-year-old Texas boy who slipped into a coma after suffering a severe asthma attack has begun breathing on his own – just hours after hospital officials fought to take him off life support because they believed he was legally “brain dead.”  Now, his family has obtained a court order requiring the hospital to provide nourishment to the boy via a feeding tube, and hope to have him transferred to another facility within the week.Joey Cronin has been at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi since January 14, when he suffered cardiac...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When Im 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynards decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So heres the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • After 12 Years in a Coma This Man Said I Was Aware of Everything, But Hes Not The Only One

    01/23/2015 8:05:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/23/15 | Ken Connor
    The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.Despite...
  • New York Times Wants to Force Nursing Homes to Starve Alzheimers Patients to Death

    01/21/2015 12:54:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/21/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Immoral bioethical policies and practices advance toward implementation through discoursefirst in professional journals, and then in elite popular media columns.That process is now gearing up regarding what I call VSED-by-Proxy.VSED stands for voluntary stopping eating and drinkingsuicide by self-starvationpushed for the elderly and others by those compaaaaassssssionate death zealots at the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices.But what about mentally incompetent residents of nursing homes who willingly eat, but who years previously stated in an advance medical directive that they wanted to be made dead by starvation under such circumstances?We see increasing advocacy in bioethics that nursing homes be required to...
  • State Senators Look to Introduce Death With Dignity Legislation This Month

    01/15/2015 4:56:01 PM PST · by 9thLife · 8 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 01/15/15 9:23am | By Jillian Jorgensen
    After a terminally ill woman made headlines when she moved to Oregon so she could end her life under a doctors care, two State Senators are hoping to bring a similar law to New York. There are only five states in the country that allow for people to make end of life decisions similar to what Oregon does, and New York is not one of them, State Senator Diane Savino told the Observer. Brittany Maynard, 29, was suffering from brain cancer when she ended her life November 1 with a lethal dose of secobarbital prescribed by her physician. In New...
  • Canadian proposal to euthanize incompetent

    01/14/2015 6:32:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 1/13/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    In the 1990s the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. But the Court has again taken up the issue–and hence, I suspect the handwriting is on the wall.  That seems so clear that culture of death advocates are already making serious proposals to determine the look of the beast that seems to be a-aborning. University of Victoria bioethicist Eike-Henner W. Kluge has made news with a “Legislative Proposal” that would:1. Establish euthanasia death courts–also being proposed in the UK–in a country that doesn’t permit capital punishment;2. Allow a broad license to be euthanized based on almost wholly subjective criteria;3....
  • Man Awakens After 12 Years in a Vegetative State, Says I Was Aware of Everything

    01/12/2015 5:26:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 110 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Sarah Zagorski 1/12/15
    In the 1980s, 12-year-old Martin Pistorious became seriously ill with what doctors believed was Cryptococci Meningitis. His health started deteriorating and Martin lost his ability to move, make eye contact and even speak to others. His doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorious, to bring him home and let him die. They told them he was as good as a vegetable.However, he didnt die. Joan said, Martin just kept going, just kept going. According to NPR news, his father would get up at 5 oclock in the morning, get him dressed, load him in the car, take him to...
  • Duty to Die: Author Says Too Few People in Oregon are Requesting Assisted Suicide

    01/12/2015 8:10:58 AM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/12/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Just as an illustration of where too many among the intelligentsia and technocratic classes are concerning euthanasia: I would like to briefly review a book review by former New England Journal of Medicine executive editorand assisted suicide boosterMarcia Angell.Angell reviews Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. I have read the book and written a review, not yet published, so I cant expound on that here. But I would like to focus on Angells increasing zeal for legalizing assisted suicideand now, in this review, euthanasia.Angell spends about a quarter of her long review discussing just...
  • Europe's Euthanasia Craze

    01/09/2015 12:24:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/9/15 | Tom Wilson
    The case of Frank Van Den Bleekenthe Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prisonhas provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of this case are shocking. But far more shocking is the rapidly growing euthanasia culture that made this whole affair possible. The increasing normalization of euthanasia is just one of many social trends that reveals a Europe that is becoming profoundly estranged from its Judeo-Christian heritage. As that happens, European societies are losing the moral and spiritual anchor with which to resist the gradual slide into...
  • Doctors Euthanize 650 Babies Under Assisted Suicide Law in the Netherlands

    01/05/2015 8:57:17 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/2/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    In 2013, 650 babies died under Hollands assisted suicide law because their parents or doctors deemed their suffering too difficult to bear. Although the law was designed to help terminally ill patients have a dignified death, the right to die has also been granted to a growing number of people who are physically healthy but have psychological problems. Official figures show that 13 patients suffering from mental illness were euthanized in 2011; by 2013 this number had risen to 42 patients.And it is not just adults who are being euthanized. According to the Royal Dutch Medical Association, as many as...
  • Activists Propose Death Doulas to Push Elderly and Disabled Into Assisted Suicide

    12/31/2014 6:49:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 12/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Hippocratic Oath is one of the last remaining impediments to the complete deprofessionalization of medicine.Doctors dont take it much anymore, but the people still embrace its core purpose as an essential protection of their lives and wellbeing.Now, in the LA Times, a doctor and journalist try to put the Oath out of its misery by taking the primary responsibility for interacting with dying patients away from physicians and handing decision-making over to death doulas. From, The Hippocratic Oath and the Terminally Ill, by Nora Zamichow and Ken Murray: If we allow medicine to prolong life, should we also allow...
  • All Life Matters: Jahi McMath's Journey

    12/24/2014 3:41:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    "Jahi McMath is ALIVE." The very first column I filed in 2014 exposed the plight of a beautiful young girl, the same age as my daughter, whom medical experts declared "brain dead" after a routine tonsillectomy gone wrong. Are you ready for the rest of the story? Doctors told Jahi's mom, Nailah Winkfield, that her child's organs would "shut down" and her brain would "liquefy" if kept on life support. Hostile hospital administrators in Oakland moved to pull the plug on Jahi. Medical officials callously referred to Jahi as "dead, dead, dead" and dismissed the child as a "body." Smug...
  • The Science of Eugenics: Americas Moral Detour

    12/23/2014 9:39:35 AM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons ^ | Winter, 2014 | Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.
    When most people think of eugenics, they think of the unspeakable acts of Adolf Hitler and Dr. Josef Mengele. But history tells us that some of Americas best and brightest promoted eugenics as settled science and necessary for the preservation of society. Within 100 years, our deep thinkers went from declaring that in our new country all men are created equal to espousing the idea that some animals men are more equal than others.1 Eugenics was popularized in the in the United States in the 1890s. High school and college textbooks from the 1920s through the 1940s often had chapters...
  • Activist Says Switzerland Should Harvest Organs of People Killed in Euthanasia

    12/19/2014 6:06:30 AM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/18/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide articleNewsweek, June 28, 1993in which I wrote: "Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to legalize assisted suicide]. "Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We dont get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent to depravity is reached by small steps. First, suicide is promoted as a virtue. Vulnerable people like Frances become early casualties. Then follows mercy killing of the terminally ill. From...
  • Killing Has Taken Its Toll: Abortions Slippery Slope Has Turned Into Euthanasia

    12/17/2014 11:53:14 AM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/17/14 | Bobby Schindler
    Anybody paying attention to what has happened in our nation, and worldwide for that matter, regarding the lack of reverence for the dignity of life, is probably aware of the advances the culture of death has made over the past several decades. Here is some of what has happened:In 1968, a committee of 13 men at Harvard Medical School endorsed brain death as legal death; in 1981 it was approved by the American Medical Association. This has a profound effect on decisions regarding life and death and has placed physicians as the sole decision makers of who is alive and...
  • Infanticide now debatable in bioethics - on its way to justifiable

    12/17/2014 5:57:24 AM PST · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/16/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote of bioethicists: Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on the way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as unexceptionable. In my over 20 years engaged in trying to push back against the bioethics movement, I have found that to be an absolutely accurate formula.Take, as one example, dehydrating the cognitively devastated to death–a slow and potentially agonizing death. That was once unthinkable, it became debatable in the 1980s, and is now unexceptional.Allowing infanticide has now reached the “debatable on the way...
  • Terminally ill allowed to be put into deep sleep until death if French law passes

    12/14/2014 8:38:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    New plans unveiled Friday could allow French doctors to put terminally ill patients into a deep sleep until they die. The French parliament will debate the issue in a new draft law, according to The Telegraph. So far only Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. A 2005 French law already allows passive euthanasia, where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life, but the new proposal takes the idea further. The proposals by two MPs one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP ...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, Kings Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • French parliament prepares new end-of-life legislation

    12/13/2014 1:13:37 PM PST · by BBell · 7 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk via drudge ^ | 12/12/14 | Henry Samuel
    Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia. Apart from Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, few countries in the world explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. In France, a 2005 law permits "passive euthanasia", where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life. The proposals by two MPs one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP go a step further, as they allow doctors to couple...
  • Jahi McMath, Once Declared Dead, is Not Brain Dead Neurologists Say

    12/12/2014 11:35:26 AM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/12/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis.But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorateas happens in almost all brain death casesthat would raise my eyebrows. Now, its one year later, and she remains here. My eyebrows are now above my receding hairline.Moreover, I am increasingly suspicious of the seeming ideological commitment of some to making sure she stays dead. The intensity of their resistance to even the possibility that a mistake has been madeor that we can learn something new about...
  • France wants to legalize terminal sedation

    12/12/2014 9:25:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 8:28 AM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    Frances president wants to allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid a national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia. Franois Hollande stopped short of recommending lethal injections and avoided the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide, highly sensitive issues in this majority-Catholic country. [] Doctors are divided about the idea. Hollande did not outline details of his proposal, but so-called terminal or palliative sedation can involve medicating patients until they die naturally of their illnesses, or until they starve.
  • Respect for human dignity demands infanticide for disabled newborns: bioethicist

    12/05/2014 11:53:53 AM PST · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/5/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    Udo Schuklenk, who was the chair of theone-sided Royal Society of Canada: End of Life Decision Making panel, is now proselytizing his philosophy (or Peter Singer's philosophy) promoting euthanasia for newborns and infanticide. Schuklenk uses quality-of-life arguments to support hiseugenic philosophyto encourage the killing of newborns with disabilities.In an article published inThe Journal of Thoracie and Cardiovascular Surgery, titled:Physicians can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates, Schuklenk argues that some lives are not worth living and that parents should have the right to decide to end the lives of newborns with disabilities. Schuklenk states: A quality-of-life ethic requires us to...
  • Brittany Maynard Sent Email to Euthanasia Activist the Day She Died Supporting Assisted Suicide

    12/05/2014 9:27:27 AM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/4/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Brittany Maynard was clearly working with the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion and Choices when she took a lethal drug to end her life and released a video in conjunction with the euthanasia group about her decision.Now a new revelation has come out about the extent to which Maynard worked with and had contact with assisted suicide activists in the time leading up to her killing herself. A new report indicates she emailed a woman who illegally provided lethal drugs to her own father that he used to take his life.A People magazine report indicates Maynard, the day she committed suicide,...
  • Belgian euthanasia doctors tour the inspiring venue of Auschwitz

    12/01/2014 12:37:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 11/30/14 | Cassy Fiano
    Earlier this year, Dr. Wim Distelmans raised eyebrows when it was revealed that he was organizing a euthanasia tour of Auschwitz, a venue that he called “inspiring” — not entirely surprising when you practice the art of dealing death, as Distelmans is.His trip has now concluded, with about 70 people attending, most of whom practice euthanasia in Belgium. Protests surrounded the trip, and especially Distelmans himself. The German publication Der Spiegel described the trip this way: That evening, the group checks into the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. In the marble lobby there is a sign that reads “Dying with...
  • Time for commercially-assisted suicide?

    12/01/2014 11:09:03 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/1/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Human logic goes where our first principles and fundamental premises take it. Assisted suicide’s core premise is that being killed to stop suffering is a fundamental human right. In other words, terminal illness may sometimes be politically expedient entry point to euthanasialand, but it isn’t the point of legalization.And now, in the journal Bioethics, bioethicist Roland Kipke argues that if assisted suicide is a right of autonomy, we should permit entrepreneurs to go into the business of making people painlessly dead, what he calls “commercially-assisted suicide” (CAS). From, “Why Not Commercial Assistance for Suicide?”:  ‘CAS’ means that persons who wish to commit suicide are supported in a businesslike fashion,...
  • Pope Francis urges Europe to reject throwaway culture (tells EU Parliament, "No to Abortion")

    11/25/2014 4:31:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    St. Louis Tribune ^ | Nov 25 2014 | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA
    Strasbourg, France Pope Francis on Tuesday urged European leaders to reject a "throwaway culture" that treats people like "cogs in a machine" too easily discarded through abortion and euthanasia. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. In a highly critical address amid tight security, Francis blamed "selfish lifestyles" and "uncontrolled consumerism" for promoting alienation and indifference to the poor during a time of economic crisis....
  • Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by euthanasia victims

    11/25/2014 10:59:59 AM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Specialists from several Dutch medical schools have prepared a document that is to serve as official guidelines for organ donation after euthanasia, and aims to facilitate the procedure. Doctors expect the legal framework to step up the number of organ donations, which up to now have been few and far between: 6 cases in 16 years, less than in neighboring Belgium. It will help people who choose euthanasia to give a “meaning” to their death, the guidelines’ authors suggest.Up until now, organ donation after euthanasia has been a very marginal practice for several reasons, the first being that killing of...
  • Brittany Maynards Mother Calls Vatican Assisted Suicide Opposition A Slap in the Face

    11/19/2014 1:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Shortly after Brittany Maynard took her own life, a leading Catholic Church official said assisted suicide was reprehensible because it violated the dignity of human life. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said dignity is something other than putting an end to ones own life, when asked about Maynards decision to kill herself. Carrasco de Paula said Brittany Maynards act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know. brittanymaynardHe cautioned that he was not judging individuals but the gesture in and of itself should be condemned....
  • Child with disabilities dehydrated to death

    11/11/2014 7:41:57 AM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 11/10/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    The death by intentional dehydration of Nancy Fitzmaurice, a 12 year-old child with significant disabilities in the UK, is clearly a case of euthanasia by dehydration and not a case of withdrawing medical treatment. I have a relative who lives with a very similar condition to Nancy, a condition that developed in a similar manner. The British case, that became known when an article was published in the Daily Mirror on October 25, 2014, is based on a decision by Justice Eleanor King in August, to approve the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition from Nancy. This case set a terrible and dangerous...
  • Suicide is not dignity, it is suicide

    11/10/2014 12:19:09 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/10/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Beware movements that word engineer and deploy gooey euphemisms to further their agenda. It generally means there is something very wrong with the agenda. In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s death, suicide promoters are now using the word “dignity” as a synonym for suicide, more than implying that dying naturally is not dignity. That is not only cruel, it is wrong. Dignity is intrinsic. Sick and dying people seeking to be assured they still have it look at us–our faces–like mirrors. If they see us thinking they are less than they once were, it can be devastating. In the Guardian, Brian Smith–obviously no relation–says his father...
  • Deliberately Hastened Death Here Now, Just Not Heavily Advertised

    11/09/2014 10:38:28 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
     After-Birth “Abortion”    We Are In The Middle Of A Tsunami Of Physician-Hastened Termination—Goodness Has Nothing To Do With It, Don’t Call It “Euthanasia”  I watch the people’s faces coming out of Mass, the time when their lives are most affected by our Blessed Lord’s earthly mission. Sometimes my notice is caught by a heavenly glow on the faces of mothers with many children. Little children are innocently preoccupied by more immediate emotions. But most arresting are the looks of young people, often ranging between wistfulness and angst.Youth are faced with some of the most serious business of life,...
  • Far from being an heroic deed, it is a most cowardly act. (Brittany Maynard ends own life)

    11/03/2014 2:19:24 PM PST · by NYer · 120 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | November 3, 2014 | BRIAN WILLIAMS
    With the sad and scandalous news out of Oregon last night of Brittany Maynard’s state sanctioned suicide, thoughts turn toward the eternal consequences of such actions. The Internet and social media com boxes are full of praise and condolences for the terminally ill young woman and her grieving family. Many have offered their personal belief that Brittany is now in heaven with God who understands (and apparently condones) her decision. Even among professing Catholics there has been an incredible disconnect between what we are called to believe and what some “want” to believe. As word of her suicide was released...
  • 'Goodbye World. Spread Good Energy': Terminal Cancer Patient, Brittany Maynard, 29...

    11/02/2014 5:40:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 177 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | November 02, 2014 | WILLS ROBINSON
    'Goodbye World. Spread Good Energy': Terminal Cancer Patient, Brittany Maynard, 29, Exercises Her Right-to-Die And Takes Her Own Life Surrounded By Her Family Brittany Maynard, 29, had previously planned to legally end her life on November 1 - before she loses her battle with terminal brain cancer She died on Sunday in her Portland, Oregon home on Sunday Maynard wrote on Facebook: 'Goodbye to all my dear friends and family' Added that she had 'a ring of support' around her as she typed Was diagnosed in April and doctors gave her just six months to live She then made headlines...
  • Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

    11/01/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 154 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 1, 2014 | JP
    Its November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Brittany has become the poster girl for Compassion & Choices, a so-called end-of-life choice advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called Death With Dignity laws on the books. The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesnt allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now). Oregon...