Skip to comments.Battle Over Possible Euthanasia of New York Teenager Gets Pro-Life Attention
Posted on 01/02/2008 3:57:55 PM PST by wagglebee
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It remains a mystery who bashed in Randy Hall's skull the night of April 19, 2000 – possibly the jealous husband of his latest conquest or a jilted lover. No one was arrested and the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. has closed the case. What's not a mystery is who saved Randy's life as he lay in a coma for two years.
It was Alan – smart, articulate, stubborn Alan. With a background as a fraud investigator and an HMO director, he knew how to battle the system.
After six months, Randy stabilized and Alan agreed to move him. He found a respected coma facility, with sweeping ocean views and dozens of patients. One had survived 13 years. Finally, Alan thought, his brother would recover. Or would he?
Didn't your last doctor tell you?the new doctor asked.
"Tell us what?"
He only has 30 percent of his brain function left. He's never going to come out of the coma.
Thread by wagglebee.
TENNESSEE, January 8, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Children of God for Life reports that a recent stem cell breakthrough that turns adult skin cells to "embryonic" is not a pro-life solution as currently done. On November 21st and 22nd, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and Dr James Thomson published back-to-back studies that were hailed as moral alternatives to embryonic stem cell research. Both studies involved introducing genes into adult stem cells through a lentivirus, which reprogrammed them to become "embryonic" or induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, without destroying human embryos. But pro-lifers may have celebrated too soon, without studying the methods used in the papers.
Both researchers used several versions of the 293 aborted fetal cell lines to modify the DNA of the host adult skin cells, in order to accomplish the reprogramming.
"Unless you read the papers published by Dr Yamanaka in Cell and Dr Thomson in Science, you would have no idea where the DNA came from that was used to transform the adult cells", stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a pro-life watchdog organization focused on stem cell research and aborted fetal cell lines in medical products. "And even then you would have to know what you were looking for to understand it", she added............
Thread by rhema. Thanks, wagglebee, for the ping.
In the movie Knocked Up, blond-and-beautiful television producer Alison is tapped for her on-air dream job, but while celebrating she gets pregnant during a one-night stand. She decides not only to keep the baby but also to build a relationship with the father.
In Bella, a soccer star's life is upended when he kills a young girl in a traffic accident. Realizing a new reverence for life, he convinces a friend to carry her unplanned pregnancy to term.
In Noelle, a priest whose job is to shut down ailing parishes encourages an unmarried woman to keep her baby, the fruit of a liaison with the arrogant heir of a wealthy family.
In the comedy Juno, the title character, a pregnant teenager, decides to carry to term and place her child for adoption—because a pro-life teen picketing the abortion clinic where Juno had gone to terminate her pregnancy points out that Juno's baby already has fingernails. The film is nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Has Hollywood tilted off its reliably pro-abortion axis? With the 2007 debut of these films, has the American abortion debate finally reached a tipping point, where more art now imitates pro-life?
Yes, says Steve McEveety, producer of Braveheart and executive producer of Bella and The Passion of the Christ. He believes moviegoers will see "a lot more films" with an underlying reverence for the unborn "and a lot more pro-life people coming into the film industry based on pure logic."..................................
Go, Bobby. If championing for the disabled was a sports league, he’d be the Chairman.
(fog, smoke, semis and speed don't mix)
Carrie Hutchens speaks out once again.
In Hillary's victory speech last night, she thanked the people of New Hampshire for helping her find her own voice. I wonder what it is that voice will say in comparison to all the other voices we have heard in the past months upon months of listening to her. Curiosity is not something I have ever denied having. I even wonder if the Clinton new-found voice will accidentally give voice to others more deserving.
It is no secret that I don't like Hillary Clinton, nor do I believe in her way of life or politics. However, Hillary does deserve credit for doing what has needed to be done for years. She destroyed the illusion that "polls" are pure gospel in reflecting true public opinion. After all, the poll results leading up to the NH primary were anything but what actually happened, and they didn't even have any trick questions to trip up the poll-voters. What does that say about polls and polling?
Maybe the message in Hillary's New Hampshire win is that polls are not the ultimate last word. They are not necessarily accurate. Sometimes they don't represent, even in the slightest, what the public thinks and feels. So maybe...just maybe...they ought to be demoted back to the rank of importance they were initially designed to hold--a "tool" to get an idea of public opinion--and not considered the absolute final vote of what the majority of people think about anything. And definitely not a tool utilized to sway the votes of those who simply want to go along with the crowd and therefore presumably with the winner.
In Terri Schiavo's case, the polls, in my opinion, were often stacked against even getting a hint as to what the public actually thought, or might think, simply by the way the questions were being asked and the answer options available. The suggestion was often that Terri Schiavo was actually "brain dead" and merely being kept alive by machines. Little did many know that the "life support" being referred to was merely a feeding tube. Little did many people know that their uninformed opinion in a poll might one day be utilized to kill off the young woman that was guilty of nothing more than being disabled through no fault of her own.
Terri Schiavo never had a chance to find her voice, such as what Hillary Clinton claims to have discovered in New Hampshire after the votes proved the polls to be a totally untrue representation--a mere delusion! After all, apparently (by their reaction), until tonight those news people reporting on the election thought the polls were the absolute in defining what was and what was to come!
Too bad the realization of defective polls didn't slap people up side the head a couple of years ago when it might have saved the life of an innocent woman. But it didn't. However, with Hillary's win in New Hampshire, nobody can deny that poll results are defective and unreliable. Maybe that will be the voice heard from here on out! The actual votes will tell!
Nobody's an innocent. I don't think that any of the characters are innocent. Before we judge, we have to look at ourselves. What Jarvis has to do in order to move on, you see where she came from and who she's become, and you see why she acts the way that she does.
This is the second story that's come up in an author interview in which a character has a life partner in a comatose state, the other being John Fulton's "The Sleeping Woman. Why does that story and the Terri Schiavo case resonate so much with authors?
For me it was an upfront metaphor for just letting go in general. At the time, I was trying to let go of a past relationship. I think that authors want to understand what it feels like, that life and death situation. It's a compelling question--what would you do in that situation? Life and death is the biggest question we can answer.
Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) -- As expected, former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner paved the way for an intense statewide debate over assisted suicide as he filed papers to make it the second state after Oregon to legalize the grisly practice. Pro-life groups will likely rally along with disability advocates and the medical community in opposing the bill.
Gardner, a Democrat, was Washington's governor from 1985 to 1993, and his measure would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to kill terminally ill patients. Two physicians would have to agree that the patient had fewer than six months to live and was mentally capable of making the decision.
Ironically, just months ago Gardner underwent deep brain surgery for Parkinson's Disease, which could possibly be used to help incapacitated patients like Terri Schiavo....
Thread by wagglebee.
SPAIN, January 9, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the face of numerous police raids, arrests, and negative media reports against their abortion facilities, the members of the Spanish Association of Accredited Clinics for the Interruption of Pregnancy (ACAI) began a "strike" yesterday that is scheduled to last until Saturday, January 12.
According to ACAI spokesman Santiago Barambino, the members of the Association will be protesting the fact that they are treated as "monsters, mafiosos, and delinquents" for killing unborn children up to to the sixth month of gestation, a practice they justify on their website for preserving the "psychological and social well-being" of the mothers......
The Nevada Republican Assembly held a Presidential Endorsing Convention on Sunday Jan 6, 2008, choosing to endorse Congressman Duncan Hunter.
The endorsement by NVRA by more than a two thirds majority is a significant statement about the character and principles of a living and practicing conservative Republican. Duncan Hunter's record as a 26 year member of Congress places him squarely at the lead of all the GOP contenders, as the standard bearer of conservative Republican example.
Amazing how even Faux News has turned against the GOP lately.
I just learned that Ann Coulter’s dad recently died. Her euology for him is supposed to be a nice tribute.
The fight between a mother and father over the fate of their comatose 16-year-old daughter will move to the courtroom on Monday.
The parents, who are estranged and had never married, disagree over whether life support for Javona Peters should be discontinued. Both will seek guardianship rights at a hearing before Judge Edgar Walker at Bronx Supreme Court.
Javona, who has been unresponsive since an operation three months ago at Montefiore Medical Center, was transferred from Montefiore to the renowned Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Monday.
"Montefiore told me there was nothing more they could do for her and wanted her moved to a nursing home, a permanent setting," said the teen's mother, Janet Joseph of Providence, R.I.
Teams of doctors at Spaulding are performing extensive tests to determine the extent of Javona's brain function and her chances for any recovery, Joseph said........
Javona's father, Leonard Peters of Mount Vernon, has so far resisted Joseph's desire to disconnect feeding and breathing tubes and "let her go in peace."
Conflicting reports have him now speaking back at the University of Florida (FU) this month,
Location: Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Date and Time: 1/15/2008 8:00:00 PM
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, is an advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide
Details: Dr. Kevorkian, an advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide, will speak at the O'Connell Center at 8 p.m. Free tickets are required and are available at the University Box Office. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for students with Gator 1 cards at Gate 2 and for the general public at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. No backpacks will be allowed. Following Kevorkian's speech, a panel discussion will be held with UF faculty members from disciplines including law, medicine and philosophy. Submissions for the post show Question & Answer session can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An upcoming speech at UF from Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who spent eight years in prison for assisting more than 130 suicides, has spurred about 1,000 e-mails to UF's administration in the past few days.
The letters all request one thing -- cancel the date with Dr. Death.
Kevorkian is scheduled for a speech at the O'Connell Center Tuesday night sponsored by Accent, Student Government's speakers bureau.
Reason: Why shouldnt libertarians vote Democratic this year to punish the GOP?
Flake: Were better than the other guy. Maybe weve learned a few lessons. Maybe the [Terri] Schiavo experience or the prescription drug deal or some of the other items have taught us a lesson. I cant honestly say that they have...................
When it comes to abortion, I generally fall in the pro-life camp. Not as “pro-life” as many of you, no doubt, but a good 90% of the way there.
Which is why I can understand why someone might claim that the recent debates over embryonic stem cells, or Terry Schiavo, or partial-birth abortion have had an effect on their thinking about the issue of Life.
All of those issues have impacted mine. My position changed and developed. I grew.
But I’m pretty darn sure there hasn’t been a great leap forward in medical technology that is responsible for my shift in opinion.
Sonograms these days may come in color or 3-D or HDTV-level clarity, but way back in 1996 it was still pretty clear to me that the little fella on the TV screen was a future Boy Benzion, not some mysterious glob of goo growing inside my wife..........................
That’s why so many embrace euthanasia today — it’s the money, as the liberals said in Watergate, keeps your eyes on the money!
Mom makes permanent setting sound so negative. It doesn't have to be a bad thing. You can bet they are swarming w/activist judges up there and Spitzer won't save her.
We better pray cuz Mom condemns Javona by going to court. Wake up, mom. She's the one who's asleep.
Faux news is definitely not balanced. They are unbalanced and Carl Cameron is awfully sassy. IMO, if Obama wins, the terrorists will think they won.
The gates of hell open at 6:30 p.m. (couldn’t resist).
Many families are faced with decisions about what to do when their loved ones suffer serious brain injury. When individuals are unlikely to come out of so-called "vegetative states," should we discontinue nourishing them by tube feeding? Is there anything wrong with causing patients in compromised states to die from starvation and dehydration under these circumstances? We all lived through such a decision when Terri Schiavo died in 2005 in Florida. Her death raised disturbing ethical questions that continue to reverberate in society today.
I remember discussing her situation with somebody who remarked, "Well, I wouldn't want to live the way Terri did, with such poor quality of life." My response was, "Nobody would want to live the way she did - yet we all face deficits and disabilities that we have to live with. The bigger question is whether other people should be taking it upon themselves to remove feeding tubes that are effectively nourishing individuals who are compromised or disabled."
Oftentimes people fail to grasp several of the key factors regarding Terri's condition. First, they may mistakenly assume that she was actively dying from something, that she was hanging onto life by a mere thread. But Terri was not dying of any particular disease; she was living with a disability, surrounded by the love of her parents, siblings and friends. She had been living reasonably well with her disability for nearly 15 years, before her estranged husband made the decision to stop feeding her. Terri was an otherwise healthy young person who suffered under the burden of a serious brain injury, which left her unable to do many things on her own. In many ways, she was like a young, helpless child because of her injury. But she was not actively dying from anything..........................
Something similar goes on when the government forbids or requires people to do something for their own good. Why shouldn't people, at least adult people, have the right to decide for themselves? Libertarian thinking has been useful, for example, in making it easier to get prescription drugs through the approval maze at the Food and Drug Administration. The Terri Schiavo case of 2005 was libertarianism's greatest moment so far, as the entire nation rose up in defense of her right to die.
LOUISVILLE, January 11, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A leader of the evangelical movement in the United States recently came down hard on the effects of in vitro fertilization on his blog, decrying the destruction of millions of embryos for the sake of IVF.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the primary school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world, called the destruction of embryos in IVF a tragedy, after reading a report in the London Times that over one million human embryos have been killed in IVF procedures (See LifeSiteNews coverage:
NEW YORK, January 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Cleverly marketing legal abortion as a boon to women's emancipation has been the most important task of the abortion industry and lobby for thirty years. In this month's edition, the gruesome procedure of partial birth abortion has been given a style makeover by the world's most influential fashion magazine, Vogue.
The magazine offers the article's description: "When Lori Campbell's second pregnancy developed complications, she was faced with a painful decision. But she was thankful it was hers to make." What follows is a paean to legalized late-term abortion and a series of long complaints about the efforts of pro-life Americans to make it illegal......
In irony just as homosexuals and drug users are allowed to donate spare parts in oh so PC Canada, thus jeopardizing recipients of used parts even more, this special protected category now faces the prospect of termination a tad early for their treasure of innards, just like ordinary folks. Thread by wagglebee.
OTTAWA, January 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Earlier this week, the federal government came under attack after the CBC reported that active homosexual men are barred from being organ donors because of the high risk of disease associated with homosexual activity. The Globe and Mail reported yesterday, however, that transplant groups denied that active homosexual men are barred from donating organs.................
How do you get through to a distraught mom (with lawyer advising,) and tell her that killing her daughter will not bring the relief she craves? She may cry, "peace, peace," but peace will not come if she does it.
She is ready to say goodbye.
The Rhode Island mother set to begin a court battle Monday in Bronx Supreme Court to have her comatose teen daughter removed from life support wants her child "to go in peace."
"She's just lying there. I mean, she's alive, you could say, but that's it," said Janet Joseph, distraught over the vegetative state of her daughter Javona Peters, 16.
Standing in the way of Joseph's wishes is Javona's father, Leonard Peters of Mount Vernon. He wants his daughter to stay on life support.
The estranged parents are set to embark on what lawyers in the case said could become a long and complex struggle. Both want to become Javona's guardian, responsible for Javona's rights in any personal injury lawsuit, as well as any medical decisions.
A judge meanwhile may appoint an outside guardian to represent Javona's legal interests, according to Edward Gersowitz, an lawyer for Joseph.
Further complicating the issue is the possibility that the court will ask an independent physician to evaluate Javona's medical records and physical state.
Javona, a high school athlete who has lived with her mom since birth, fell into a coma Oct. 17 at Montefiore Medical Center, after what was supposed to be routine surgery to drain cerebral fluid.
The teen was transferred from Montefiore last week to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."
I prefer to remember the good ole days riding through the orange groves as a kid in the Desoto City area. No clouds then. Fast forward to a decade or two back when wife was terrified to cross the old bridge, for good reason.
It's almost as if we were the Joe Btfsplk of the country. Joe with the unpronounceable last name was a character in the "Li'l Abner" comic by Al Capp who had a permanent black cloud floating above his head. Wherever Joe Btfsplk was, disaster was sure to follow.
I turned on the television and there was former middle school teacher Debra Lafave standing in front of a judge. Now education is a big issue in this country, but here is a story that has been in the news since she first was arrested in 2004, and, to tell you the truth, I don't think it has done that much for the school district.
Lafave has been a part of the personality parade from around here that never seems to end. From Jessica Lunsford to Terri Schiavo to that former "American Idol" contestant what's-her-name Sierra, someone is always keeping us in the news.
America, whatta country...we are becoming. Now the blood lust will be whetted for the hoards of FU students as they seize the rare honor to actually meet the celebrated hero and patron saint of serial killers, Dr. Death himself.
FU may have handled controversial speakers in the past, but this time they are sure to outdo themselves. I expect the jack boots on the ground will be an impressive show in itself as the celebrated LE forces galvanize to deal with anyone really protesting. We have seen back at Pinellas Park how steely the LE's become in resolve to protect the official killing of an innocent. Now we will see how they respond to shielding this mass murderer from his detractors. Maybe it's just me, and maybe the opposite will happen. Yeah, that's it.
So what's in store when controversial assisted-suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian comes to Gainesville Tuesday?
UF officials aren't releasing many details on their security plans, but the aim is to provide security for the speaker and attendees without squelching free speech and the kind of rigorous public discourse universities are known for.
UF officials are bracing for a large, potentially boisterous crowd, but they say police will be brought in as a last resort.
"The staffing plan for this program is more like what we would do for a basketball game or a concert," said Beth Waltrip, UF's adviser to ACCENT, the student-run speakers bureau that arranged for Kevorkian's visit.
But given the intense emotions surrounding Kevorkian - and given the national furor a few years ago over Pinellas Park hospice resident Terri Schiavo's right-to-die case - UF officials are bracing for a large, potentially boisterous crowd.
Some think it is cute, and some think it is humorous to snuff puppies. I expect the same crowd will be squealing in joy at the FU visit of Dr. Death. Mostly, I ignored them much as I would ignore a tour of a sausage processing plant. But not to ignore completely, I proffer this typical verbiage from that side of the septic tank.
Congress has met in a special session today to pass legislation that would shift the responsibility for the care of President George W. Bush from doctors at the Bethesda Naval Hospital to Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Citing the fact that they as a legislative body have already set a precedent with their legislation concerning Teri Schiavo, the House of Representatives has concluded that if they can legally keep someone alive against the wishes of their legal guardian then they can also kill them if they want......
WINNIPEG - A family's fight to keep their 84-year-old father on life support because of their faith has turned into a messy court case that is pitting physicians' opinions against one another.
Several doctors at Winnipeg's Grace Hospital say Samuel Golubchuk has minimal brain function and because chances of recovery are slim, they want to disconnect his ventilator and pull his feeding tube.
Golubchuk's adult children believes that would be a sin under the Orthodox Jewish faith because it would "hasten his death."
On Thursday, exactly a month after the first court hearing, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Perry Schulman called lawyers back to debate whether to allow sworn statements from a pair of American doctors, who are suggesting Golubchuk's condition has improved............
Gardner is, however, pressing ahead with his "last campaign," an initiative to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state of Washington. The cause is controversial even in definition: Advocates speak of "death with dignity." Critics call it "legalized euthanasia."
"My life, my death, my control," Gardner, who has Parkinson's disease, told a New York Times Magazine profiler.............
The world just learned that "Catholic" actress Brooke Shields is the proud mother of a new baby girl. For a long time infertility problems made it impossible for her and her husband to conceive, and after many failed attempts to conceive naturally she resorted to the technological solution: in vitro fertilization (IVF). Now she is pictured on the covers of glamorous magazines with a smiling beautiful baby girl, but some have questioned her decision to use IVF. I am one of them. Was this star wrong to have a "test tube" baby?
Yes. Dead wrong.....
Pray daily for Javona.
Such crafts take practice, and it took early stumbling at slaughter to make him really good and confident.
The author today sees a silver lining in this cow pie. Maybe some good will come of it. Maybe someone will find a gold coin in the cow pie. Maybe they will wash their hands before lunch...
In the back he'd rigged a makeshift bed next to a contraption that looked like a junior high shop project gone bad - three bottles dangling from hooks screwed into a piece of wood. Around 10, Kevorkian's two sisters arrived at the campsite with a 54 year-old woman from Portland named Janet Adkins. Adkins, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, had flown to Detroit the day before for her "appointment." The morning did not go smoothly. Kevorkian knocked over a vial of thiopental, the drug he used to cause unconsciousness, necessitating another two-hour trip to Detroit and back for more drugs. Near noon, when he finally got Janet Adkins on the bed in his van, Kevorkian's first four attempts to find a vein in her arm failed. Eventually though the IV needle found its mark. Ms. Adkins pushed a button three times to send the thiopental into her body. After about a minute, the device switched automatically to potassium chloride, stopping her heart. ~Snip~ Jack Kevorkian was a lightning rod in America in the 1990s. The American Medical Association called him a killer. Others called him a hero. Hero or killer, he made us talk. A search of The New York Times archives turns up 471 stories on Kevorkian between 1991 and 1998. And talk is good. So, here's some homework for Gator students. Go hear Kevorkian. Talk in class about what you heard. Talk about Terri Schiavo. Talk about your own family stories. Next time you go home, continue the discussion with your parents. Don't look for "right" answers, because they aren't there. Understand, though, that every student in America today will face questions many times in their lives about how we die. If listening to Jack Kevorkian can help jump-start some thinking, and talking, now, then that's an hour worth spending.
In the back he'd rigged a makeshift bed next to a contraption that looked like a junior high shop project gone bad - three bottles dangling from hooks screwed into a piece of wood. Around 10, Kevorkian's two sisters arrived at the campsite with a 54 year-old woman from Portland named Janet Adkins. Adkins, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, had flown to Detroit the day before for her "appointment."
The morning did not go smoothly. Kevorkian knocked over a vial of thiopental, the drug he used to cause unconsciousness, necessitating another two-hour trip to Detroit and back for more drugs. Near noon, when he finally got Janet Adkins on the bed in his van, Kevorkian's first four attempts to find a vein in her arm failed. Eventually though the IV needle found its mark. Ms. Adkins pushed a button three times to send the thiopental into her body. After about a minute, the device switched automatically to potassium chloride, stopping her heart.
Jack Kevorkian was a lightning rod in America in the 1990s. The American Medical Association called him a killer. Others called him a hero. Hero or killer, he made us talk. A search of The New York Times archives turns up 471 stories on Kevorkian between 1991 and 1998. And talk is good.
So, here's some homework for Gator students. Go hear Kevorkian. Talk in class about what you heard. Talk about Terri Schiavo. Talk about your own family stories. Next time you go home, continue the discussion with your parents. Don't look for "right" answers, because they aren't there. Understand, though, that every student in America today will face questions many times in their lives about how we die. If listening to Jack Kevorkian can help jump-start some thinking, and talking, now, then that's an hour worth spending.
Thread by wagglebee.
A U.S. Coast Guard officer and devout Catholic has filed suit to prevent being forced to receive a vaccination derived from the lung of an aborted child after a higher ranking officer disputed his understanding of Church theology.
The Alliance Defense Fund filed a complaint last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Healy, charging the government with using its own arbitrary judgment of what constitutes Catholic theology while permitting religious exemptions to others, effectively discriminating against Healy's sincerely held religious beliefs.
Healy's request for religious exemption cited a 2005 letter from the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life which condemned the use of cell lines from abortions in vaccines and supported Catholics' right to refuse them while not requiring them to reject the medicines. In May, 2007, Capt. Brent Pennington rejected Healy's request, saying Catholic teaching "does not state that these immunizations are against the religious tenets of the Catholic Church."....................
Thread by wagglebee on some sunshine in Georgia.
As Georgia legislators meet for their first session of the season, pro-life advocates will rally outside the state Capitol Monday to urge them to prioritize a measure acknowledging the personhood of embryos and recognizing the right to life of persons from conception to death.
The Let Them Live Rally in Atlanta will seek to impress upon lawmakers the importance of supporting the Human Life Amendment (HR 536), which requires a two-thirds vote of the Georgia House and the state Senate to appear on the November 2008 ballot..............
Thread by wagglebee. Thanks, narses, for the ping.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, at approximately 12:15 PM, pro-life activists were in the crowd at The Green Street Cafe (located at 3110 Commodor Plaza, Coconut Grove Florida, just outside Miami) waiting for Giuliani to begin his Florida Bus Tour. When Rudy Giuliani arrived, Joseph Landry (age 26) was within 5 feet of the candidate, and began yelling: You are a baby killer! You are a baby killer! Florida is pro-life! Rudy wants public funding for abortion!" See news report. Law enforcement officials immediately escorted Mr. Landry from the area, while Mr. Landry continued his monologue.
Within Minutes, Steven Pokorny, age 28, stood to his feet and cried out, "A third of my generation is dead because of politicians like Giuliani! Giuliani wants to kill children and have you pay for it!" Law enforcement did not stop Mr. Pokorny.
At that point, Giuliani left the building, without addressing the crowd.............
Mary Jo Kopechne, may you rest in peace and may your killer be brought to justice on this Earth and beyond.
Thread by governsleastgovernsbest. Thanks, narses, for the ping.
Could a description of Mary Jo Kopechne's death in a car accident possibly not mention Ted Kennedy till five paragraphs later?
A judge has found for the mother who wants to snuff Javona, but not entirely, just for the malpractice suit. Hmmmmm.
A woman seeking to cut off life support for her comatose 16-year-old daughter against the father's wishes won a minor victory Monday in court.
Janet Joseph was named the girl's guardian, but only for the purposes of pursuing a medical malpractice suit against Montefiore Medical Center, where the girl suffered irreparable brain damage during an operation three months ago.
The father, Leonard Peters, was not in the courtroom, but his lawyer agreed to the appointment.
The estranged parents - who never married - both filed for guardianship of their daughter, Javona Peters, in Bronx Supreme Court.
Referring to the life support issue, Justice Stanley Green said, "I just want to make it clear" that the appointment "has nothing to do with the continuation or discontinuation of life support or any care and treatment of this young woman."
Legal experts said Monday's decision would affect future court decisions on guardianship and Javona's fate.
"It sets the stage," said lawyer Joshua Rubenstein, former chairman of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Rubenstein and other experts said the issue could take years to resolve, an echo of the life support cases involving Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quindlen.
Monday's hearing was held behind closed doors at the request of the parents' lawyers, neither of whom would comment, except to state jointly, "The parents are agreeing to cooperate."
An appeal to nip this travesty in the bud...
As the time for Dr. Death to deal quickly approaches, at least some question the celebration of a convicted killer of such mass dimension.
If pro-assisted suicide and euthanasia advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian's appearance is not canceled, the moral integrity of higher education in America will receive a serious blow. With the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo still fresh in our nation's memory, I am appalled that a convicted felon like Dr. Kevorkian is being given the microphone at the University of Florida. The immoral behavior he promotes is unfit for civilized society. Obviously, freedom of speech has limits. Would Accent also be willing to sponsor Hitler, Stalin or Mao? I sure hope not.
.............The modern GOP and their enablers on K Street have made a conscious decision to abandon the Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan-fusionist argument and remake the GOP as the party of big government. They opened Pandoras Box and out flew largess and patronage, subsidies, corruption, and earmarks. Out the window went the hard work of millions of dedicated conservatives.
For fifty years, the Religious Right understood its compact with the Economic Right and they were content to slug it out with liberalism in the states and localities. But when the Bush Republicans came to town, religious conservatives, under the siren song of compassion, embraced federal intervention in everything from education to the Terry Schiavo affair, from Faith-Based Initiatives to the federal Marriage Amendment. The Bush crowd promised the easy fix of top-down government to these religiously-motivated voters...........
The Florida Chautauqua Center presents the 13th annual Chautauqua Assembly, Jan. 31 - Feb. 3.
This year's theme is "A Journey into the American Presidency," featuring presentations by Terri Schiavo's brother, Jimmy Carter's research assistant, and the former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
Thursday, Jan. 31
7 a.m., at the Florida Chautauqua Assembly Hall of Brotherhood, DeFuniak Springs - A Continental breakfast with video presentation by WMBB-TV.
10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in DeFuniak Springs - Keynote speaker is by Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo's brother....................
Useless and irritating as a Boyle...
Thread by wagglebee.
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- The Wisconsin legislature will hold a hearing on a bill that would legalize assisted suicide and make the state the second after Oregon to allow the grisly practice. The bill follows similar measures in other states such as Vermont, Hawaii and California that failed last year and a new ballot initiative in Washington.
State Sen. Fred Risser and state Rep. Frank Boyle, two Democrats, are behind the legislation, which would allow terminally ill patients to request life-ending drugs from their physicians............
ATLANTA, Jan. 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, will speak today in support of Georgia's Human Life Amendment at the "Let Them Live Rally" to be held at the State Capitol. She issued the following statement in advance of the rally.
My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said that "life's most urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" I implore our Georgia legislature to do what is right for others......
When Life Decisions International put out their most recent list of sponsors of Planned Parenthood, my company was on the list. In fact, my company has been on their boycott list since the mid-1990s.
I recently confronted the higher-ups of my company on this and was told that our most recent donation was due to a matching grant in 2004. We haven't donated since and no longer get involved in controversial issues. This new list came out after this conversation, so I went back to LDI to get information I could take back to the higher-ups. I wanted to show them that we do indeed continue to support Planned Parenthood. There is no information to support LDI's position. They received a letter from my company in 2004 saying the same thing I was told. They can point to no further donations since then. In fact, before the 2004 donation by a local branch office, our last donation was 1999. Then why are we still on the list?
According to "Ken", Douglas Scott (LDI President) believes that it's not enough for a company to cease its support for planned parenthood, it has to send a letter repudiating the organization entirely.............
Bronx, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The mother of a teenage girl in New York embroiled in a euthanasia battle has been named her guardian, but only for the purpose of pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. She has now been named Javona Peters' guardian for the purpose of deciding whether or not to end the comatose girl's life.
The fight to save Javona Peters reminds some of the struggle of the Schindler family in Florida to save the life of Terri Schiavo, a beloved daughter and sibling whose former husband eventually took her life.
Peters' parents are disagreeing on whether or not to remove her feeding tube and take her life.
Peters fell into a coma in October while she had a routine medical procedure at Montefiore Medical Center. Doctors have pegged her as being in a persistent vegetative state, a medical diagnosis pro-life advocates dispute because so many patients have partially or fully recovered.
Janet Joseph wants to pursue a medical malpractice case against doctors at the hospital and she won a limited victory in court on Monday to be named Peters' guardian for that purpose.
Leonard Peters, Javona's father, was not present at the court, but, according to the New York Daily News, agreed to the appointment.
"I just want to make it clear" that the appointment "has nothing to do with the continuation or discontinuation of life support or any care and treatment of this young woman," Justice Stanley Green said during the hearing.
Peters' parents were never married and are estranged -- and they are feuding over Peters' care and have each filed separate requests to be given custody of their daughter. Peters has been opposed to removing the feeding tube but has wavered recently.
Edward Gersowitz, an attorney for Joseph, told the newspaper that "Because of her condition, she cannot make decisions for herself, and the court will have to appoint a guardian to make decisions for her."
As a teen, Peters doesn't have a living will or some other advanced directive providing guidelines for the type of medical treatment, or withdrawal, she favors.
The case has drawn the attention of the Schindler family, who sent out a notice about the case from their foundation, which helps disabled patients receive legal help and appropriate medical care.
Leading bioethics watchdog Wesley J. Smith has also commented on it and he says the PVS diagnosis seems "rushed" to him.
Smith says he sympathizes with the father and the pressure he is under to take Peters' life.
"We know that too often medical teams and social workers pressure and cajole for such outcomes," he said.
Smith draws comparisons to the case of Haleigh Poutre, a Massachusetts girl whom LifeNews.com reported was also declared PVS, but who has recovered from the abuse she suffered.
In that case, state government officials had ordered her feeding tube removed but she recovered from the PVS state shortly beforehand.
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