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American Life League: Do Not Remove Laurenís Feeding Tube
Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/08 | American Life League

Posted on 02/03/2008 10:18:11 AM PST by wagglebee

Contact: Michael Hichborn of American Life League, 1-540-226-9178

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judie Brown, president of American Life League, released the following statement concerning an order by Delaware Court of Chancery Master Sam Glasscockon to give guardianship of Lauren Richardson to her mother, who wants to remove Lauren's feeding tube.

Lauren is 23 years of age and, due to a heroin overdose, is now in a persistent vegetative state. At the time of the overdose, Lauren was expecting the birth of her baby and reports indicate that she was kept alive to allow her to give birth, which she did in February of last year. Her daughter is now about to celebrate her first birthday, but Lauren may never have another birthday.

Of interest is the fact that, during the pregnancy, Lauren relied on feeding tubes and a breathing machine to keep her alive. Today Lauren has a feeding tube only. But there is a struggle going on regarding whether or not Lauren will live or die.

Lauren's case is more than a sad commentary on the plight of a family battling over what each of the opponents believes would be in her best interest. Her story is a testimony to the growing philosophy in this country that some, because of their condition, are better off dead than alive.

Like Terri Schiavo before her, Lauren is not dying nor is she in a terminal condition. She has been diagnosed as someone in a persistent vegetative state, someone who is very much alive but locked in her body and unable to express her desires to anyone. The only thing Lauren is relying on is a feeding tube without which she will starve to death. Lauren's mother, who is Laurens guardian, wants the feeding tube removed while Lauren's father is fighting to keep Lauren alive.

This family is in our prayers. We hope that, in the interest of respecting Lauren's dignity as a human being whose future improvement or lack thereof is known only to God, the court will listen carefully to those who argue in favor of Lauren's right to life. It is a tragedy beyond description when any human beings fate rests solely on the subjective opinion of others, some of whom truly believe that patients like Lauren have no quality of life and therefore are better off dead.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: all; euthanasia; fakesubsistence; laurenrichardson; moralabsolutes; prolife
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Her story is a testimony to the growing philosophy in this country that some, because of their condition, are better off dead than alive.

The culture of death CANNOT be allowed to succeed.

1 posted on 02/03/2008 10:18:16 AM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 02/03/2008 10:18:41 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Moral Absolutes Ping!

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3 posted on 02/03/2008 10:19:06 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: BykrBayb; floriduh voter; bjs1779; Sun; Mr. Silverback; MHGinTN; MarMema

Ping


4 posted on 02/03/2008 10:21:04 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: yorkie; TigersEye

Prayers for Lauren.


5 posted on 02/03/2008 10:21:18 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: wagglebee
Lauren's mother, who is Laurens guardian, wants the feeding tube removed

Starvation is euphoric............

6 posted on 02/03/2008 10:22:12 AM PST by cowboyway ("No damn man kills me and lives." -- Nathan Bedford Forrest)
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To: cowboyway

When they were killing Terri, they loved to talk about how she was feeling “euphoric,” which was somewhat ironic when you consider that their argument in court was that Terri was “brain dead” and couldn’t “feel” anything.


7 posted on 02/03/2008 10:24:56 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

In Saudi Arabia, an innocent woman gets 200 lashes for being gang-raped (or WOULD have, had it not been for the world outrage). In America, an innocent woman has her feeding tube removed and is left to starve to death for being a vegetable.....Islam and liberalism become indistinguishable.


8 posted on 02/03/2008 10:31:25 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: wagglebee

WHo is paying for her care?


9 posted on 02/03/2008 10:34:20 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: wagglebee

Here we go again... Better and cheaper to just let the weak die off or starve to death, than to have a bit of compassion and err on the side of life....

(is a sarcasm tag even necessary?)


10 posted on 02/03/2008 10:47:38 AM PST by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: pandoraou812
...some of whom truly believe that patients like Lauren have no quality of life and therefore are better off dead.

Just what do these people know of the quality of death?

11 posted on 02/03/2008 10:47:56 AM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: TigersEye

I don’t know.


12 posted on 02/03/2008 10:50:41 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: wagglebee

Oddly enough, I don’t think I’m on your “moral absolutes” ping list. Please add me. :-)


13 posted on 02/03/2008 10:56:03 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: pandoraou812

I don’t either but I’ll wager they’ve never given it much thought and are probably too fearful to try.


14 posted on 02/03/2008 11:00:12 AM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: wagglebee

Who has guardianship? Was there any sort of written, recorded statement by Lauren, prior to her OD, regarding her wishes in circumstances such as these?

Personally, I offer my prayers for Lauren and for her child. But, at the same time...this decision should be left to the guardian and any recorded wishes of the patient. I know that position will not win any friends on FR, but it is borne of my belief that we, each, have the benefit (or curse) of free will, granted by God, the Almighty. Consequently, if we do not make our wishes known ahead of time, we are acquiescing de facto in the decisions of those appointed to our guardianship should the need arise.
Do others have a voice? Perhaps, but only a voice...not a vote.

I am also NOT blindly granting anything to the government, absent an appointed guardian. IMO, the government has no business in family business...any family business.


15 posted on 02/03/2008 11:01:51 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion...)
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To: wagglebee

That is the dichotomy of the insane. If someone is brain dead then why the rush to free them from the situation? If one can not feel anything then how can they be suffering? It is really not about the individual with the feeding tube it is about the irrational emotions and often selfish desires of those who remain. I personally think that we should err on the side of the individual who can not speak for themselves. Would we not feed a retarded individual who had no hands?

It says a lot about us and our culture of convenience. The sad thing though is the individuals who in both Terri’s case and this case with Lauren could easily discharge their responsibility over the individual in their care to someone who wishes to take care and provide for them. So it comes down to law that emboldens irrational and inhuman behavior.
Even with Terri they rushed to proclaim that she could not possibly improve and then tried to twist the results of her brain scan and autopsy to prove it. What they show is a brain that had deteriorated but not so unlike the brains of others as they age or special conditions as shown in the first link below. The one thing we do know is that we can not have confidence in the recommendations of doctors when they say a patient is in a PVS and will not recover. Increasing numbers of people are waking up and are recovering. A friend of mine did. The doctors told his mom he would never come out of the coma, he did, they said he’d never walk, he did. That is why I err on the side of life.

http://drx.typepad.com/psychotherapyblog/2007/07/man-with-tiny-b.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,,1870279,00.html


16 posted on 02/03/2008 11:04:36 AM PST by Maelstorm ("Christ didnít tell us to go to the government...He told us to do it." Fred Thompson)
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To: Balding_Eagle
WHo is paying for her care?

I don't know and it isn't relevant.

17 posted on 02/03/2008 11:05:01 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

bump 4 LIFE!

Prayers needed.


18 posted on 02/03/2008 11:07:31 AM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Maelstorm

What NOBODY wanted to take into account with Terri was the amount of brain damage that occurred after thirteen days without hydration or nutrition.


19 posted on 02/03/2008 11:07:51 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
I wonder where MYTH stands on this issue.

He toatally dodged the Terri Schiavo case.

McCain was on the right side

“I think that the motivation of my colleagues is that we want to give this young woman’s family a chance to care for her for as long as she lives,”

20 posted on 02/03/2008 11:10:26 AM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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