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Posted on 02/02/2007 3:49:53 AM PST by 8mmMauser
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Organ Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) has become an option in Ontario with nine successful cases resulting in saving 25 lives since its introduction. DCD has become an option for families of patients who have decided to withdraw life support after a physician has determined that there is no long-term prognosis for recovery and for those patients who do not meet the criteria for neurological death (brain dead). Improved medications and surgical techniques have dramatically improved the outcomes for recipients of DCD organs.
Keep in mind that the organs must remain oxygenated to keep them fresh. Which means these living patients are kept alive on respirators while their organs are being removed. The nine successful cases refers to nine people whose organs were removed while they were still alive. That resulted in saving 25 lives that were worth something, so society made a profit.
I see the wisdom of your theory over mine, and I agree with your position on the case generally. It's still shocking to me that people actually think that, whatever happened to her, it was right for him to seek her death through the court - with her money - to shut her up, be rid of her, and "move on" with his new family.
Me too. One of those who said it didn't matter how Terri was injured was (are you ready for this?) -- Judge Greer.
Many doctors feel they have no ethical obligation to inform patients about controversial medical practices or to make referrals to doctors who think differently, according to a survey of physicians by University of Chicago researchers.
"Some doctors see it as a comfort to the patient," he said, "but others may see it as taking an active role in ending the patient's life." The thorniest question, he said, is whether a patient should continue to receive food and water intravenously after sedation. The uproar that ensued in 2005 when doctors removed the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman from Florida, evidenced the strong feelings surrounding the issue.
Under a Maryland law known as the "conscience clause," doctors, nurses and pharmacists are not required to perform or participate in a medical procedure they find objectionable. Also, they are not obligated to refer a patient to another health care professional.
Our family decided to take the process a step further. We also chose to create a living trust and living wills. Our living wills ensure that our desires are followed concerning health care and life support. Instead of putting the burden on your child or spouse, make your desire known in advance. For example, how long would you want to be held on life support? I am reminded of the Terri Schiavo case in which the colliding desires of the husband and parents led to year of court battles over the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube. I don't want that to happen.
Each family's situation is different so make sure you talk to someone who has the legal knowledge. I've heard that the non-biological parent in a family doesn't automatically have the right to be the guardian for the family's children if the biological parent dies. This is another compelling reason to create the proper legal documents in advance.
These days, with our advanced technology, it doesn't have to be difficult to prepare your family with these documents. One easy way is through www.legalzoom.com an online legal service center, where you answer questions online and attorneys create legal documents for you. Once the documents arrive in the mail, both you and witnesses need to sign the papers before you have them notarized.
Background There is a heated debate about whether health professionals may refuse to provide treatments to which they object on moral grounds. It is important to understand how physicians think about their ethical rights and obligations when such conflicts emerge in clinical practice.
Scarcely any reporters feel they have an ethical obligation to inform readers about controversial issues. On the contrary, nearly all of the delight in lying through their teeth. Remind me why anyone would trust a reporter?
In a partial-birth abortion, the abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal (vagina), except for the head, which the abortionist purposely keeps lodged just inside the cervix (the opening to the womb). The abortionist punctures the base of the babys skull with a surgical instrument, such as a long surgical scissors or a pointed hollow metal tube called a trochar. He then inserts a catheter (tube) into the wound, and removes the baby's brain with a powerful suction machine. This causes the skull to collapse, after which the abortionist completes the delivery of the now-dead baby.
The January 2003 Gallup poll found that 70% favored and 25% opposed a law that would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as partial birth abortion, except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother. (margin of error +/- 3%)
"Colliding desires" -- interesting. The legal fiction is, it was Terri's wish to die. If Michael did it out of his own desire, it was murder.
What a great effort the lefties make to soften murder to the point it is spreadable...
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new study finds that pro-life laws such as parental notification or consent reduced the abortion rate on teenage girls by more than 50 percent. Dr. Michael New says that parental involvement laws passed in the 1990s resulted in a "dramatic decrease in the incidence of abortion among minors."
In 1985, 13.5 abortions were performed on minors for every 1,000 girls between the ages of 13 and 17. By 1999, the abortion rate for minors had fallen by over 50 percent to 6.5 per 1,000 teenage girls ages 13 to 17
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life advocate in the black community says abortion diminishes the worth and value of African-Americans in the same way slavery and a lack of civil rights did before. Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, hopes Americans will learn more about this travesty during Black History Month.
"Throughout the month of February, we take the time ... one month out of the year to remember the tragedies and celebrate the triumphs of African Americans in history," Gardner explained.
"We celebrate the fact that we are a strong race that survived the many horrors and inhumane treatment when we were an enslaved people -- presumed by many to be less than human," she said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
Which, in a left-handed way they never thought of, is a proof of God.
C.S. Lewis made the point at the very beginning of MERE CHRISTIANITY. Namely, we are all haunted by the same moral code. Any culture, any age, anywhere on earth. Whenever we get into a dispute, we appeal to this one moral code to show that we were in the right. We ALWAYS rationalize our acts to conform to the code. Of course, nobody ever does live up to God's law, but -- like Cain -- we all try to make it look as if we'd acted lawfully. We can't help it.
The Left probably thinks it is putting one over on the rest of us when it uses ridiculous euphemisms to try to conceal the evil they do. That right-to-die lady in Missouri who called murder a "decision." The right-to-die fellow who unfailingly called murder "treatment" or "a change in the course of treatment."
The leftists are trying to fool themselves. They may succeed for a few days or a few years. In the long run, they cannot escape the truth.
The lady is spot on, of course. What could demean the black community more than welfare culture, fatherless homes, street life and self-genocide? So tell me. Why does any self-respecting African-American ever vote Democrat?
I have been rereading a lot of C.S. Lewis lately and it is amazing how clearly he understood fifty years ago the grave threat that moral relativism/secular humanism posed.
A pretty turn of phrase!
Tagline practice :-)
Ring, Ring. "I knew Nancy, but you don't know me".
From the Frontline transscript:
Mr. COLBY: We have to establish somehow that this is in the best interest of Nancy. You do that by looking at statement she made in her life. If she made clear statement that she wouldn't want these kinds of things, then that's strong evidence to the court. You do that by looking to the substituted judgment of loved ones and people close to her, say to them, "You knew Nancy. You know what she was like. She's not able to tell us now what she would have wanted. What do you think she would have wanted?"
No, sir, that is playing God. That is substituting your judgment for hers, and when you put her to death, it is homicide.
The whole basis for Nancy's liberty or privacy rights to refuse medical treatment, going back to Griswold, is INFORMED CONSENT. She could not give you that, but everyone knows that she would NOT consent to this torturous death by dehydration and starvation. Nobody would. You put her through eleven days of hell, Mr. Colby, and you killed her.
Now you have the gall to talk about HER "best interest."
So, we conclude that Michael Schiavo, his brother Scott Schiavo and his sister-in-law Joan Schiavo were Terri's "loved ones," for they are the ones who substituted their judgment for her wish and her right to live. Yeah, sure, and they showed how much "love" they had by putting her to death by torture. The fact that Michael hated Terri, had a potentially huge financial interest in her death, and wanted her out of the way so he could marry another woman, didn't count for a thing.
We equally conclude that, in the eyes of Judge George Greer, Terri's mother, father, brother, sister, best friends and priest were not "loved ones" or "close to her." That's why he tossed out the testimony from all of them.
Your right-to-die trade is utterly corrupt, Mr. Colby.
If the only way to spread it is with a pitchfork, I don't want it.
I saw a couple familiar names there, promoting racist eugenics, while denying the existence of either racism or eugenics. *sigh*
Did you see that link in #52? I braved it and got a quick blast of undiluted Naziism. (I was perusing the last chapter to see the conclusions... yikes!). Sanger had weird friends. That would seem to include all the weird baby killers floating around even now. Eugenics is ever popular among the folks who think they are gods.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick hosted his first Ask the Governor call in program today on 96.9 FM TALK WTKK. Governor Patrick appeared in studio along with Eagan and Braude from 1pm 2pm. Ask the Governor was born out of Governor Patricks desire to speak directly to the citizens of Massachusetts.
We ran a campaign, talked about on your show, asking people who checked out to check back in, said Governor Patrick. It was a strategy to win. Having asked all those people to check in, we need to keep faith with them; continue to have a way to talk directly to me; for me to hear their ideas, get their advice this is one way.
The subject of the Department of Social Services once again missing signs of a problem in the death of four year old Rebecca Riley as they did with Haleigh Poutre was brought up.
When asked, if the head of DSS, Harry Spence, be fired along with additional social workers, Governor Patrick said Secretary Bigby and I, and her team, are going to look at very closely, and fast, because frankly there are a whole series of recommendations that followed the Haleigh Poutre case and I want to see how many of them in fact have been implemented.
Their front page looked racist to me, but when I clicked on a link to read more, it crashed my browser. I'm probably happier with that result anyway.
This showed up this morning in our Maine rag.
BOSTON (AP) - The Department of Social Services commissioner on Thursday defended how his agency handled the case of a 4-year-old girl who died of a prescription drug overdose, saying the child "didn't fall through the cracks."
Rebecca Riley was found dead at her Hull home Dec. 13. Her parents, Michael Riley, 34, and Carolyn Riley, 32, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of first-degree murder.
"The department completed its inquiry ... did not drop that inquiry, but completed that inquiry with assurances from medical experts that the care was appropriate and sufficient," Spence said. "This child didn't fall through the cracks."
"Our interpretation of their explanation was that there was a reluctance to engage in second-guessing of fellow professionals," Spence told the Globe.
Their refusals underscore the difficulty DSS generally faces trying to find physicians willing to provide an independent medical opinion, Spence said.
The agency had been working to establish a panel of medical specialists following the controversy over Haleigh Poutre, now 12, who was beaten into a coma in 2005 and from whom DSS almost prematurely withdrew life support.
All I wanted to know about Grand Theft Auto and its connection to the liberal mind, is right here in one gulp. Funny, they single out our vigil for Terri as an example...
While liberals seem clueless, both the far left and right seem to understand better how to cultivate the image of rebellion. From the suave, pipe-smoking, masked Subcomandante Marcos issuing magical missives from the jungles of southern Mexico, to the revelry of the street protestors against the buttoned-down bureaucratic World Trade Organization, to the singing, praying warriors for life camped out in front of Terri Schiavos hospitallike Grand Theft Auto, these forms of political expression articulate a popular dream of sticking it to the Man, with a certain style.
how can one not wince at the idea of the country's most prominent feminists turning on the country's first viable female presidential candidate only to find themselves eating their words if she wins the primary?
Not much to worry about there. FIrst, Clinton is far from a sure thing and second, there is a long history of folks getting behind candidates they criticized during a primary. The one who is currently "eating her words" is Hillary, as regards her pro war stances and votes of the past four years. Actually, it's very empowering and feminist to look past a candidate's gender and talk about his/her stands on the issues.
Given Hillary's positions on the war, her pandering towards a flag burning amendment, her stand on the Schiavo matter, her two faced talk regarding choice, her constant finger-in-the-wind political blathering and a host of other issues, if the Senator from New York was a man and not named Clinton no one would be taking this candidacy seriously. Michelman, Fonda and Steinham, iconic and brave feminists all, deserve lots of credit for understanding this.
While it is true that the committee reached consensus, the truth is more complicated. The committee's arrival at consensus was anything but easily reached. After the journal article was publicized, the hospital attempted to present a united front to the public. It asked that no doctor, aside from Diekema and Daniel Gunther, the endocrinologist who performed the surgery, speak to the media. Yet Salon has spoken to pediatricians and doctors inside the Seattle hospital who remain deeply troubled by the so-called Ashley Treatment. Although they were somewhat more circumspect than critics at other medical centers, some of whom called the disfiguring treatment appalling, they agreed that disapproval inside the hospital was more acute than has previously been known.
Last seen as head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department, where he harassed patriots, propagated anti-white racism and obstructed justice for Bill Clinton. This guy was mean. If he has changed his ways, I'll be astonished.
However, he has a different role in a different setting now, and it is at least possible he could do something for Haleigh. It doesn't hurt to ask him to.
White supremacist, with orders for the best of the whites to breed, and everybody else should exit this earth.
These bureaucrats sound like they're in kindergarten. "Oh, I know, let's sneak up on the house!"
Science is what "they" say it is, period. No discussion, decision final, it is all about feelings and algorically correct.
This comes from a real school lots of people have heard of and from somebody who is really smart, too.
Sample: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out with a report last week that hopefully put to rest any of the unexplainable hope that some in this country had about our role (as humans) in contributing to the now noticeable trends in Global Warming. Shhhhh, it is below zero here again this morning and I am still not able to plant the palm tree I am saving for the warmup. I can't decide whether this is from a student in the third grade or his/her teacher. It all blends in, showing my deficit in caffeine this morning.
The Terry Schiavo and stem cell controversies are the final symbols of Bushs disdain for the academic sciences. In examining these recent debates, a strange definition of life has risen from Washington. Our President is a stern believer in the culture of life (meaning that he does not support the right of a woman to control her own reproductive system, yet executions and destructive wars are completely fine), and as such he tried his best to circumvent the constitution in 2005 to prevent a person whose brain had been reduced capacity of a sponge to finally be at peace. This obsession with the protection of every living cell has also extended itself into the stem-cell issue. Bush has put a hold to the development of research on new stem-cell lines, meaning that our scientists are being hampered by inadequate materials in the battle against Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, and who knows how many more diseases.
The hospital did not respond to requests for comment for this story. But doctors say no one has perfected a method of determining mental age and attaching it to a specific treatment plan. The late psychometrics pioneer Louis Leon Thurstone said, "The mental age concept is a failure in that it leads to ambiguities and inconsistencies."
The results of such imprecision were brought to bear when the late Terri Schiavo's parents refused to accept that she was in a persistent vegetative state, a diagnosis that, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan, means the patient has no mental age.
Yet patients and their families crave a diagnosis, and when it comes to mental ability, brain age provides a number that's easy to relate to.
You can spread it with a butter knife. Does that help?
Something smells rotten here. Why did they investigate "again" in October? What is this "appeared safe" stuff? Why did they come back yet again, and if it was that urgent, why in the heck did they give up when Mrs. Riley "resisted and evaded"?
OTTAWA, February 8, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) This week the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) recommended all pregnant women to be offered non-invasive prenatal genetic screening for fetal aneuploidy (chromosomal abnormality), with a particular emphasis on Down's syndrome. The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), an entity sponsored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus, called the proposal a disturbing step towards eugenics in our society.
The National Post reported on January 6, 2007 that according to the executive vice president of the SOGC, this screening was being recommended "so that a greater number of women would have the option to terminate their pregnancies should fetal abnormalities be detected".
Btw, this wussy-wuss is missing the obvious. Looking at Hillary's spotty record will not prevent one feminist from voting for her with joy and gladness. Does he think that Kate Michelman, Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem [which is not spelled Steinham, Mr. Wuss] will switch to Republican?
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new survey of doctors nationwide finds 52 percent said they oppose abortion and others wouldn't refer women considering an abortion to a place that does them. They survey also found some physicians believe it is appropriate to withhold information about abortion on moral grounds.
Next thing you know, we'll be screening wives so husbands can have more options for terminating them. Husbands get bored, y'know. They need a little space to run around with floozies named Betti Sooee or I-didn't-catch-your-name at the diner or Jodi. And if you wives grumble about it, snuff you.
Meaning half of all doctors DON'T oppose abortion? Sick.
Miramar, FL (LifeNews.com) -- The owner of an abortion business has been arrested on charges that unlicensed employees were working there. Belkis Gonzalez, who owns the A Gyn of Miramar abortion center was already under investigation in the case of a baby who was apparently born alive following a botched abortion at another center.
Along with most other witnesses. I think there were 33 doctors who disputed the PVS diagnosis, along with family friends, priests and lawyers. In fact, millions found out that Terri wasn't PVS from the videotapes. Now, that raises a question about the mental age of this "reporter," who won't look beyond his template, who won't investigate the facts, who is gullible enough to believe George Felos, and so on. This is woeful performance for anyone in the media. But then, the media have long since given up FINDING the news. Now they make it up to suit their politics.
If we could measure moral quotient (MQ), we'd have to give up on Art Caplan. I did catch him saying something moral once, and was duly astonished, but that doesn't give him a score much above floor level. Can we allow this moral imbecile to go on wasting scarce air and food? Yes -- tempting though it may be to listen to HIS advice about how to dispose of useless eaters.
For Caplan, MQ=MT
They claim that they are "eliminating the disease by eliminating the diseased," which could actually serve as the title to the culture of death's handbook.
This is all nothing more than a smokescreen. When did PVS become a death sentence? Who the hell cares what a person's medical condition is, it still doesn't give anyone the right to decide to kill them.
A point that cannot be repeated often enough.
Still, we need to shoot down the template lies, too.