Skip to comments.Lauren Richardson Becomes Next Terri Schiavo as Parents Debate Euthanasia (Delaware)
Posted on 02/01/2008 2:51:57 PM PST by Pyro7480
A Delaware woman has become the next Terri Schiavo as her parents engage in a massive legal and philosophical debate about whether to subject her to euthanasia. Richardson is a 23-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin in August 2006 while she was three months pregnant with a baby girl.
Doctors kept Lauren on life support until she delivered her baby in February 2007. Shortly thereafter, her parents began a fight that is reminiscent of the battle over Terri's life and death.
As in the Terri Schiavo case, physicians have been quick to label Lauren as having a persistent vegetative state -- something Terri's family called dehumanizing and medically inaccurate as patients have recovered from it.
Edith Towers, Lauren's mother, wants to remove her feeding tube and starve and dehydrate her to death in the same manner that Michael Schiavo subjected Terri.
Towers claims Lauren would never have wanted to live as a permanently disabled person, but Lauren, as with Terri, did not have a living will or other advance directive spelling out her treatment wishes. She claims Lauren told her during Terri's battle that she would not want to live like her.
On the other side is Randy Richardson, Lauren's father is fighting to save her life and wants to be appointed as her guardian to ensure she receives appropriate medical care and treatment.
"She's committed no crime and doesn't deserve to have this death imposed on her," Richardson told the News Journal newspaper on Wednesday. "We just want to give her a chance."
Lauren no longer uses a ventilator or other breathing apparatus and is not on artificial life support -- something Randy contends is showing progress.
Towers is winning the legal battle in court as she was awarded guardianship of Lauren, but Randy Richardson has filed an appeal.
The News Journal indicates Delaware Court of Chancery Master Sam Glasscock III has put any action taking Lauren's life on hold while the court reviews the guardianship ruling -- a process that could take as much as three months to complete.
Regardless of the decision, an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court is expected.
Randy Richardson also has other concerns about his daughter and says that Towers, his ex-wife, has not allowed Lauren's baby to see her.
Richardson and the Delaware Pro-Life Coalition released a video on Wednesday that shows Lauren at a nursing home reacting to family members and a dog.
The pro-life group also organized a prayer vigil near the Arbors Rehab Center in New Castle.
Per Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink: “During the 20th Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said the one vote he would take back was his 2005 U.S. Senate vote to help save the life of Terri Schiavo, a brain-injured Florida woman.
"’We adjourned with a unanimous agreement that eventually allowed Congress to interject itself into that decision-making process of the families,’ Obama said. ‘It wasn't something I was comfortable with, but it was not something that I stood on the floor and stopped. And I think that was a mistake.’
“Schiavo was not dying nor terminally ill; she was not brain-dead nor in a coma. Yet for seven years, her husband, Michael, sought to have her feeding tube removed. Congress intervened toward the end, but it was not enough. Schiavo died March 31, 2005, after 13 days of court-ordered dehydration and starvation.
“Jill Stanek, a pro-life speaker and blogger, called Obama ‘utterly pro-death.’"..................
The Haleigh’s story is relevant. Many would not have known about her if not for this thread. There have been numerous cases where doctors have given up and said there is not hope and yet the patient survived.
OTTAWA, March 3, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Yesterday's Ottawa Citizen featured a two page spread detailing the moving experiences of three separate families with Down Syndrome children.
In the articles three sets of parents candidly speak of their struggles to care for children with special needs, their deep appreciation for the beauty and the enrichment that their children have brought to their lives, and of Canada's pervasive anti-disability mindset and the pressure to abort those with disabilities............
Thanks for the encouragement. T’wit felt very strongly about it that we could never take the spotlight from Haleigh lest she be forgotten in the archives and caverns of DSS. The Massachusetts newspaper, The Republican, has faithfully followed Haleigh’s plight when others had gone to fresher topics. This is great motivation for us to persevere.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With national attention focused on a new investigative report from a magazine produced by UCLA students about Planned Parenthood and racism, a leading African-American pro-life advocates wonders why top black leaders haven't responded. The report found several Planned Parenthood affiliates accepting "racist" donations.
The Advocate magazine called Planned Parenthood centers in several states and found officials supportive of abortions on black Americans................
Not a week goes by that some troll doesn't make some statement that essentially says, "Terri has been dead almost three years, it's over, when are you going to let it go and move on?"
What they either don't know or, more likely, choose to ignore is that we fight for Terri's legacy so that it won't happen again, but tragically, her murder is being played out again on new victims every day.
The link to "latest posts" no longer works. I hope it is temporary since it limits lurkers and other posters from coming across this thread.
I’m not quite sure why JR decided to reformat everything, I’m starting to get the hang of it, but it’s still awkward.
Judge assigned to child abuse case
SPRINGFIELD - Hampden Superior Court Judge Judd J. Carhart has been assigned to preside over the child abuse case against Jason D. Strickland of Westfield for assaults on his stepdaughter Haleigh Poutre.
The assignment came Monday from Barbara J. Rouse, chief justice of the Superior Court for the state.
Both prosecution and defense had asked for a judge to be specially assigned to the case.
Carhart is the third judge specially assigned to the case. Previous judges were Hampden Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder who was replaced on the case by the assignment of Juvenile Court Judge James J. Collins, who recused himself for an unidentified reason in late December.
Strickland was charged with assault and battery on a child after Haleigh Poutre was hospitalized with a brain injury in 2005.
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Brain death and coma are not the same. Often confused, even by health professionals and judges, a “persistent vegetative state,” such as that of Terry Sciavo implies neither cessation of brain function or irreversibility, both basic criteria of brain death. These criteria are codified in the Uniform Definition of Death Act, now recognized in all of the fifty states.
Coma is a neurologic condition in which much of the brain function is impaired and results in degrees of unconsciousness and loss of many basic reflexes and homeostatic activities, such as breathing. This condition may be caused by trauma, hemorrhage, biochemical abnormalities such as hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Another common cause is intoxication with alcohol, barbiturates, opioids and numerous other substances. In most cases there remains some baseline brain activity detectable with an electroencephalogram (EEG)--most, but not all. So a flat-line EEG is not enough to establish brain death. Further, in all the above cases the condition is reversible, at least potentially.
In Terry Sciavo’s case, EEGs were found to be active in every instance. But, we didn’t need an advanced medical device to make the case that there was brain activity. We all saw the videos of her smiling at her family’s faces, reaching toward balloons, and following people about the room with her eyes. She most certainly suffered significant loss of cerebral function, but she did not lack brain activity and she was not shown to be in an irreversible state, i.e., she was not brain dead (and, she was not comatose). She was pronounced to be in a “persistent vegetative state,” a condition newly coined and nebulously defined. Wikipedia summarizes the conditions thus: “A persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a condition of patients with severe brain damage in whom coma has progressed to a state of wakefulness without detectable awareness.” You don’t have to be a medical ethicist or Harvard neurologist to see how subjective such a definition is......................
For the past seven-plus years, weve had a president who has trashed science about stem cell research, about Terry Schiavo and end-of-life issues, about humankinds role in creating greenhouse gasses, and about the efficacy of abstinence only programs..............
...but for many of these culture war issues, its not really about winning the legal battle in the short run, its about stirring up the faithful and keeping them excited. it was the same thing with terri schiavo. once the FL supreme court ruled there was no chance of winning anymore. and yet congress passed a blatently unconstitutional law just to lead on their base for a little while longer..........
Newcastle, England (LifeNews.com) -- A British nurse has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 30 years for killing four elderly patients and attempting to kill a fifth. Colin Norris gave five women overdoses of the diabetes drug insulin as they recovered from hip replacement surgeries because he was too lazy to provide them care.
According to the judge in the case, Norris was "evil" for killing the patients because he thought they were too old and their conditions too poor for him to provide appropriate medical care.
"You are, I have absolutely no doubt, a thoroughly evil and dangerous man," the judge said. "You are an arrogant and manipulative man with a real dislike of elderly patients."..........
If you click the “comments” button, it shows the latest comments just like it used to.
Thread by wagglebee.
According to the organization known as Feminists for Life, she opposed both abortion and infanticide, a position noted in The Revolution, the newspaper published by Stanton and the legendary Susan B. Anthony. When her seventh child was born, Stanton celebrated her motherhood by hoisting a flag in front of her home, indicating that she was as overjoyed with her seventh as she had been with her first...........
I’m just glad that the women who frequent the Terri Dailies threads aren’t feminazis because I wouldn’t want to be on THEIR bad side! :-)
I really don’t know why Jim changed the format, it was fine the way it was.
It's a divorce case with a coma patient smack dab in the middle albeit a side issue. Maybe Greer will show compassion for Graziano cuz he's a MALE. Greer prefers men to women of all walks of life.
Will Linda get kicked out by Greer?
I must be overlooking something simple. But I don’t see a “comments” button on the Home Page, just “Latest posts” and that gets me only latest articles.
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Can you picture Obama standing up in the Senate and saying, “KEEP TORTURING TERRI SCHIAVO. SHE MUST DIE.” That is what he wished he had done.
We were discussing that on a Rudy thread. It’s a disaster. We are just watching tv. I think it’s such a shock that people are fleeing... I’ll ping you.
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."
WASHINGTON (BP)—A young, severely brain injured Delaware woman is at the center of a life-and-death court battle between her parents.
Randy Richardson and Edith Towers are locked in a fight over the fate of their daughter, Lauren Richardson, 26, whom a judge has ruled is in a "persistent vegetative state" after an accidental heroin overdose, according to The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. Lauren was pregnant when she suffered the brain injury in August 2006. She was placed on life support in order to save her baby, whom she gave birth to several months later.
A judge granted guardianship to Towers in January, a ruling that could lead to removal of her feeding tube. Richardson, however, appealed the ruling, blocking any withdrawal of treatment for now.
The case is reminiscent of that of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who was described as being in a "persistent vegetative state" despite giving the appearance of responding to others and died in 2005.
Another consideration of the promise of B.O. from the hussain asylum..."I cross my subjects and hope they die."
This article comes from Germany with a LifeSiteNews byline.
What is worse, however, is that when he does give the occasional look into the sort of world for which he hopes, Obama bears a too-close resemblance to Chesterton's letter writer. Consider, for instance, his opposition to legislation that would have told doctors to treat babies that survive abortion and are born alive. Consider his statement that the "worst mistake" of his career was voting for a motion that gave Terri Schiavo a last chance at life. Consider his unequivocal, unapologetic support for homosexuality, for abortion, for embryonic stem cell research. For a man seeking bipartisan cooperation, he is strikingly keen on taking social liberalism to its extreme, and alienating even the so-called "moderate" factions of the conservative movement...........
Memo to the FRiberals:
We don’t do Kumbaya!
Somehow this fella sounds like a critter from an anti-freeper site. I can imagine how he discovered it, "Hey, dude, kewl, look what I founds, really..."
SAN BRUNO — Seconds after Marc Perkel's mind had shifted into a higher state of thinking, he had a revelation: The Church of Reality. Perkel was relaxing alone at home nine years ago when the light bulb went on. "I was smoking a little weed, and I was thinking about religion," the now 52-year-old realist said. "The name kind of popped in my head. But I had a hard time grasping the idea that no one (had) thought about it. Quite frankly, that aspect (has) never gone away." The next morning, The Church of Reality was born. "If it's real, we believe in it," said Perkel, who is self-employed and works in Web hosting and spam filtering. "Anything true will stand up to scrutiny. We're not a faith-based religion. We're doubt-based. The Church of Reality is a new kind of religion." ~Snip~ Gaylor suggested America may be moving in a more secular direction due to the controversy surrounding Terry Schiavo and the fight by the government and some groups in 2005 to keep her feeding tube in. "People are waking up to the danger of religion taking control of our government," Gaylor said................................
Perkel was relaxing alone at home nine years ago when the light bulb went on.
"I was smoking a little weed, and I was thinking about religion," the now 52-year-old realist said. "The name kind of popped in my head. But I had a hard time grasping the idea that no one (had) thought about it. Quite frankly, that aspect (has) never gone away."
The next morning, The Church of Reality was born.
"If it's real, we believe in it," said Perkel, who is self-employed and works in Web hosting and spam filtering. "Anything true will stand up to scrutiny. We're not a faith-based religion. We're doubt-based. The Church of Reality is a new kind of religion."
Gaylor suggested America may be moving in a more secular direction due to the controversy surrounding Terry Schiavo and the fight by the government and some groups in 2005 to keep her feeding tube in.
"People are waking up to the danger of religion taking control of our government," Gaylor said................................
I used to do a bit of that (actually several times a day, every day) in my younger years and I remember having similar "revelations." Perhaps if I had followed through on this I would have my own jet and TV show!
Warrensburg, MO (LifeNews.com) -- Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to students at the University of Central Missouri on Tuesday night and told them that abortion isn't found in the Constitution. He also indicated he would be lucky to get 60 votes in today's political climate where abortion rules how senators vote on judicial confirmations.
"The reality is the Constitution doesn't address the subject at all," Scalia said of abortion. "It is one of the many subjects not in the Constitution which is therefore left to democracy.".........
I received a phone call with a message from Steve King, and while at first I thought he would be asking me to support Fred Thompson, it turned out he was trying to get support for the Life Begins at Conception Act.
Here is information from the Pro-Life alliance about the act, which was submitted in January of 2007 by Duncan Hunter: .............................
TAMPA, Fl., March 6 - Terri's Foundation to Launch Live Radio Program, America's Lifeline to Protect Disabled
America's Lifeline begins Saturday, March 15 on Talk Radio 860 WGUL in Tampa, Florida, to educate Americans about their health care rights as well as protecting themselves and loved ones who may be sick or disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
America's Lifeline is hosted by The Healthcare Advocate, Cary Hall, with co-hosts Bobby Schindler and Suzanne Vitadamo, directors of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation and brother and sister of Terri Schiavo.
Read the entire press release here.
“How did we ever end up with Hillary/Obama/McCain - surely three of the worst candidates.”
I think we got McCain because the open primaries gave him momentum.
Even McCain thanked the Dems and Independents for voting for him.
We need to stop this open primary nonsense. Why should Dems and Independents be able to pick the Republican candidates?
As we keep watch for Lauren...
Terri Dailies March
Exactly. Stupid to have them pick our candidates.
“Stupid to have them pick our candidates.”
I even started a thread about it.
Maybe if a lot of us told the Republican Party in states that allow cross overs that we want Republicans to choose Republicans, it might eliminate it in some states, especially if we stopped contributing to the state GOP parties.
I wish talk radio would get on this. imo, if this were eliminated after we saw McCain doing so well with Independents and Dems 2000, we would have a more conservative GOP candidate today.
“Terri Schiavo’s Family Launches New Radio Program on Protecting the Disabled”
What a great idea! People need to be educated.
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