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‘Stop dehydration deaths,’ says Terri Schiavo’s brother in response to new brain scan
Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/4/10 | Catholic News Agency

Posted on 02/05/2010 4:01:24 PM PST by wagglebee

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To: wagglebee
There were many FReepers who were 100% committed to making sure Terri was murdered, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mikey Schiavo and Felos infiltrated FR.

The number of pro-death trolls who descended upon FR during Terri's final days was astounding. Many seemed to relish the prospect of her death by forced dehydration and starvation.
I found it shocking and very disturbing to read their hate-filled posts.
51 posted on 02/21/2010 5:30:01 PM PST by Deo volente (January 19, 2010...the Second American Revolution begins, right where it all started!)
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To: Deo volente

There are still a few remaining. They love to say that Terri was “brain dead” and other such nonsense.


52 posted on 02/21/2010 5:33:00 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Red Badger; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
As if we needed more convincing proof that abortionists are monsters.

Thread by Red Badger.

Sick: Frozen Dead Babies Found During Doctor’s Office Raid

Abortion centers are not nice places. How many more horror stories need to be uncovered before America wakes up to this harsh truth?

Philadelphia and federal authorities who raided a doctor’s office after allegations a woman died during an abortion made a shocking discovery: more than two dozen frozen fetuses.

For the second time in four days, Philadelphia Police, along with State Licensing officials and DEA agents, searched the West Philadelphia office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on Monday.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that the search came after a patient reportedly died during an abortion on November 20. Sources say the female patient had high levels of a painkilling drug in her body and autopsy results are pending.

Sources also told Eyewitness News that during the search, investigators recovered more than two dozen fetuses stored in a freezer, some dating back 30 years. The fetuses are now being analyzed to reveal if illegal late-term abortions may have been performed. (Local CBS 3)

Let’s pray for these poor babies, for the women who are tempted into having their children aborted and – yes – for the people who perform these little murders, that they will experience swift conversion.


53 posted on 02/27/2010 12:14:39 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Disturbing news out of Canada.

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Canadian Poll Finds Two Thirds Support Legalization of Euthanasia

February 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Angus Reid poll released last week found that approximately two-thirds of Canadians nationwide support the legalization of euthanasia. At the same time, however, a prominent anti-euthanasia activist has questioned the results, saying that “there's still an awful lot of misunderstanding” about euthanasia. 

The poll found that respondents from Quebec and British Columbia were most likely to support the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.  67% of all respondents supported legalizing euthanasia, while 77% of respondents from Quebec supported legalization, and 75% of those from BC. Twenty-three percent of respondents opposed legalization.

Additionally, 48% disagreed with the statement that legalizing euthanasia would “leave vulnerable people without sufficient legal protection,” while 41% agreed.

Regarding assisted suicide, 43% stated that parents who help a terminally ill son or daughter to die should not be punished, and 41% thought any person who helps someone else commit suicide should not be prosecuted.

The poll also asked whether respondents thought that legalizing euthanasia would give those who are suffering an opportunity to ease their pain.  85% agreed, and 9% disagreed.

The poll was conducted between February 2nd and 3rd, through online interviews with 1,003 Canadian adults. The margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeSiteNews (LSN), however, that he does not consider “the poll results as being totally accurate.” 

He explained that this is “not because I don't think there's a lot of support for euthanasia, because actually I know there is a fair amount, but because the Quebec physicians, for example, have been constantly talking about euthanasia as being the same thing as use of large doses of pain killers in palliative care, and, of course, that's not true.”

Schadenberg believes that ongoing statements from such bodies as the Quebec College of Physicians (CMQ) and the Federation of Quebec Medical Specialists (FMSQ) have exacerbated the confusion that exists around euthanasia.

Both the CMQ and the FMSQ have called for euthanasia to be legalized, while apparently arguing that the practice of palliative sedation is a form of euthanasia.  Palliative sedation involves administering increasing doses of pain killers to terminally ill patients, and can result – often foreseeably, but unintentionally – with the death of the patient because ultimately lethal doses are required to control the pain.

The CMQ and FMSQ have both argued, as they did last week before the Quebec government's legislative committee examining euthanasia, that this practice, which has long been considered ethical by ethicists, could currently be considered illegal under Canadian law.  While no doctors have been prosecuted, they insist that doctors fear the law.

Dr. Margaret Somerville, director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, refuted this claim in an op-ed on Tuesday in the Montreal Gazette.  “Palliative means the sedative was necessary to relieve pain and suffering and was not given with an intention of killing the patient,” she wrote.  “That cannot result in a murder charge, or any other legal charge, unless the patient refused it.”

Somerville added that the public's wishes shouldn't dictate the law.  “Just because the public wants something or a majority votes for it doesn't mean it is ethical - or even wise,” she wrote.  “Democratic decisions and ethical ones are not necessarily the same.”

Schadenberg made a similar comment regarding the current Angus Reid poll.  “Just because a large group of people want it to happen, that doesn't help out the group of people who are threatened by it,” he said.  He explained that many people who favour euthanasia are “thinking out of fear.”

“They're thinking of 'I don't want to experience what maybe my mother or my aunt or my friend did.',” he said.  “And that's understandable.  But we don't give doctors the right to directly and intentionally cause our death because of fear.”

“What I'm suggesting is that the majority of Canadians don't actually understand the question,” Schadenberg reiterated.  “If they did, they would feel far more unsettled.”

An October Environics poll commissioned by LifeCanada revealed a majority supporting euthanasia, but also seemed to indicate that Canadians are conflicted on the issue.  While 61% stated support for legalization, 70% indicated that they were worried that if euthanasia were legalized, patients would be euthanized without their consent.  Additionally, 69% said that the government's priority should be improving palliative care, while only 18% wanted legalization as the priority.

LifeSiteNews did not hear back from Angus Reid by press time.


54 posted on 02/27/2010 12:16:35 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: julieee; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
This is beyond sick.

Thread by julieee.

Woman Draws Pro-Life Shock by Live Blogging Abortion on Twitter, YouTube

Woman Draws Guffaws, Live Blogs Abortion on Twitter, YouTube

Washington, DC -- A woman who calls herself Angie the Atheist is drawing guffaws from pro-life advocates for live-blogging her drug-induced abortion and putting update on Twitter as she goes through the process. Angie recounts the process in graphic terms and displays a hatred for pro-life detractors.

http://www.LifeNews.com/state4841.html

(Excerpt) Read more at LifeNews.com ...


55 posted on 02/27/2010 12:19:28 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: JimWayne; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
An excellent description of how socialism expands the culture of death.

Thread by JimWayne.

The Dutch way of Death: Socialized medicine helped turn doctors into killers

Many old people now fear Dutch hospitals. More than 10% of senior citizens who responded to a recent survey, which did not mention euthanasia, volunteered that they feared being killed by their doctors without their consent. One senior-citizen group printed up wallet cards that tell doctors that the cardholder opposes euthanasia.

The path to the death culture began when doctors learned to think like accountants. As the cost of socialized medicine in the Netherlands grew, doctors were lectured about the importance of keeping expenses down. In many hospitals, signs were posted indicating how much old-age treatments cost taxpayers.

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


56 posted on 02/27/2010 12:22:54 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Baby Isaiah's is on trial for his life.

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Canadian Doctor: 'Baby Isaiah's Status as Human is on Trial in Canada'

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Canadian doctor has stated in an editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press that the controversy surrounding the fate of Baby Isaiah May is ignoring the fundamental issue at stake - the status of the child as a human being.

Dr. Joel B. Zivot, an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology, University of Manitoba, and the director of the intensive care unit, cardiac sciences program, at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, said, "What has been reported is information that misdirects the public from the fundamental issues.

"Although the issue before the court is the degree of brain injury incurred by Isaiah, I realize that it is Isaiah's status as a human being that is on trial."

Isaiah was born in the Rocky Mountain House Hospital after a difficult 40-hour delivery. On Oct. 24th, the boy was airlifted to Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital because Isaiah's umbilical cord had been wrapped around his neck, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation. He was then placed on a ventilator in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

The hospital declared Isaiah “brain dead” shortly thereafter and clinical director Dr. Ernest Z. Phillipos informed the parents of his decision to take Isaiah off the ventilator.

The parents, Isaac and Rebecka May, took the hospital and Alberta Health Services to court, seeking a 90-day injunction against the order.

On January 27, Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michelle Crighton ruled that Isaiah should remain on life support until February 19th for further assessment by medical experts.

Last Friday Justice Crighton again decided to give the parents of the infant more time to assemble medical experts to review their son's condition, who against all odds seems to be thriving.

"He's doing very well. There hasn't been very many improvements over the past few weeks but he's still growing. He's over 12 pounds and he just looks like a perfect little boy," Isaiah's father Isaac told reporters.

Dr. Zivot said his own inquiry into Isaiah's case has confirmed the parents' assessment of their son's condition and chances for life, but has also raised the question of the moral obligation Isaiah's doctors have toward his care.

"In my investigation of Isaiah, I learned that he had gained weight, moved and breathed occasionally on his own. His photos displayed an infant who by all accounts seemed normal in appearance apart from some paraphernalia of the critical care trade," Dr. Zivot observed.

"In contemporary thought," Dr. Zivot continued, "once born, humanity is considered automatic and should not be revoked by disability. The yardstick of being a human being is set too high for Isaiah. Discussion on the prediction of degree of disability, including mental capacity, is not relevant as are counter-arguments based on the physical appearance of normalcy."

"All that really matters, to be blunt, is if Isaiah is dead or alive."

Contact Information:

Gene Zwozdesky, Alberta Minister of Health
208 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Phone: 780 427-3665
Fax: 780 415-0961
E-mail: health.minister@gov.ab.ca

Stollery Children's Hospital
8440 112 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7
General Phone Line: (780) 407-8822

Alberta Health Services - Complaints
Mail Slot 57
11111 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L4
Toll-free: 1-877-753-2170
Telephone: 780-342-8080
Fax: 1-877-871-4340

Dr. Ernest Z. Phillipos, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Stollery Children's Hospital
Phone: 780-407-1305
Fax: 780-407-3030
E-mail: ernest.phillipos@albertahealthservices.ca

Office of Premier Ed Stelmach
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800 - 97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B6
Phone: (780) 427 2251
Fax: (780) 427 1349
E-mail: premier@gov.ab.ca


See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Baby Isaiah’s Case Part of a National Trend Say Advocates for the Disabled
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10012009.html

Young Canadian Parents Fighting Hospital to Save Their Baby's Life
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10011910.html

"We will not be silent.
We are your bad conscience.
The White Rose will give you no rest."

57 posted on 02/27/2010 12:25:28 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Faith; Salvation; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
40 Days for Life continues to save lives!

Special thanks to Faith for all the work she does on the daily threads.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 6 - TAKE ONE MINUTE TO PRAY FOR THE UNBORN.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - 45 Babies Saved So Far! Please pray.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 8 - 4000 American Babies Killed Today in Abortion Clinics

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 9 - Roe V. Wade Does Not Make Abortion Right

40 DAYS FOR LIFE-DAY 10- 60,000 CLASSROOMS OF FUTURE STUDENTS KILLED BY ABORTION EACH YEAR

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 11 - NEVER STOP PRAYING! NEVER!

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What can YOU do to truly help transform the heart of this nation?
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER!
Pray for God’s help in ending abortion, and in establishing a culture that supports life in America.
40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and He abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hands of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. (See Psalm 106:37-43)

Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
in these 40 days during Lent
as we pray for an end to abortion in this nation.

58 posted on 02/27/2010 12:30:36 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide today at the age of 18. Jumped off his apartment bldg. in LA. Sad day for the Osmond’s. Suicide is not the answer but depressed people make terrible decisions.


59 posted on 02/27/2010 12:35:34 PM PST by floriduh voter (Charlie Crist said about the summit, ..."I don't think a lot..." What else is new?)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


60 posted on 02/27/2010 1:45:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee
Lawsuit: Mother taken off life support without permission

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A young mother died when, a lawsuit claims, she was taken off life support without her family's permission.

It was supposed to be a day of joy for the Francois family. Twenty-six-year-old Caroline was giving birth to her third child at a local hospital.

The baby was born fine, but the next day things went terribly wrong for the young mother. "Her blood pressure remained high and continued to remain high," said the family's attorney, Loreen Kreizinger. "As a result of her uncontrolled hypertension, she had a bleed to the brain, which happened the next day after the baby was born."

Caroline was put on life support. "It's terrible," said Kreizinger. "It's probably one of the worst things I've personally ever experienced as an attorney, and I am also a nurse."

According to the lawsuit, after Caroline was put on life support, the local hospital called the University of Miami organ donor program. An employee of the donor program went to the hospital and tried to meet with the family. "Mr. Francois never spoke with them and never gave consent," said the family's attorney.

But despite that, the lawsuit against the University of Miami claims that same employee, who is not a medical doctor wrote physician's orders in Caroline's chart which read: "Patient pronounced brain dead at 16:16 hours," and, "Please discontinue all treatments including the ventilator."

"We have evidence that he physically entered the room and actually turned off the ventilator," said the lawyer.

Court testimony supports that shocking allegation. Caroline's respiratory therapist was asked in a deposition, "Who physically took Caroline off the ventilator?" The therapist replied, "That's a gentleman from organ procurement."

In Caroline's chart, her nurse wrote the employee from UM "turned off vent," referring to the ventilator.

No one is saying why this employee might have pulled the plug, but Caroline's doctor is very clear. In testimony, her doctor was asked, "Did you yourself at anytime make an assessment that Caroline was brain dead?" The answer: "No."

"We have evidence that Caroline began to breathe on her own, both by a computerized respiratory printout and by handwritten notes of the respiratory therapist," said Kreizinger.

Asked if she was implying that Caroline was breathing on her own and still taken off life support, the family's attorney replied, "That's right. That's what we're saying here."

The University of Miami denies the allegations in the lawsuit, saying, "This defendant specifically denies that it, or anyone for whom it could be held legally responsible, caused or contributed to Caroline Francois's death."

"It certainly is the University of Miami's position that there were four determinations of brain death prior to disconnection from ventilator," said University of Miami attorney Helenemarie Blake. "There is an issue of fact as to who disconnected the ventilator, if at all."

In court Thursday, University of Miami attorneys tried to get the judge to strike Caroline's nurse from the witness list. That nurse allegedly witnessed who turned off the ventilator. The attorneys say they have not been able to locate that nurse to depose him. The judge has denied that request.

61 posted on 02/27/2010 6:08:53 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Ʋ)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
If Zero and the others don't believe there is anything wrong with abortion then why are they afraid to admit they want to pay for it.

Thread by Mrs. Don-o.

USCCB Nixes Pelosi's Claim That Health Bill Doesn't Fund Abortion (Pelosi Lies, Babies Die)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted on Friday that the Senate health care bill does not allow tax-funding of abortion, and added that she had spoken with “Catholic bishops” about the issue. However, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNSNews.com that anyone who had spoken to the bishops about the legislation should know that it does fund abortion and that the bishops oppose the bill.

At a press conference on Friday, Pelosi was asked whether Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who opposes President Obama’s health proposal which uses the Senate bill as its foundation, was wrong in stating that the legislation would allow tax dollars to fund abortion and whether this would be a problem for those trying to advance the bill.

Pelosi, a Catholic, said, “Let me say it this way, there’s three, three--I don’t want to say principles--but three standards that we are using as we go forward, and I talked to the Catholic bishops about this and people on all sides of the choice issue.

“Law prevents federal funding, and federal law prevents federal funding of abortion,” said Pelosi. “There is no federal funding of abortion in this bill. There’ll be no expansion or diminution of a woman’s right to choose and that does not happen in this bill, and we’re determined that we are going to pass health care reform.

“This bill that passed the Senate does not have federal funding of abortion,” said Pelosi.

After Pelosi's press conference, Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), told CNSNews.com that “anyone” who has talked with them knows that the Senate bill, which forms the basis for the president’s proposal, allows taxpayer money to be used to pay for health plans that cover abortion.

“We do not know how anyone who has spoken to the bishops could conclude that the Senate health care bill does not fund abortions,” Doerflinger told CNSNews.com in an e-mail statement.

“As the bishops have said in their letters to Congress, abortion problems in the Senate bill are so serious that, despite our strong support for expanding access to health care, we will have to oppose the bill unless they are resolved,” said Doerflinger.

Inquiries to Speaker Pelosi’s office by CNSNews.com about the USCCB’s statement were not returned before this story was posted.

The USCCB has explained in detail, and in several letters, how the Senate health care bill allows for taxpayer money to go to health care plans that cover abortion.

Doerflinger told CNSNews.com: “While the Senate bill includes some language limiting the direct use of tax credits to subsidize abortion coverage, it still violates longstanding federal precedent on abortion funding in two ways.”

”First, the Senate’s abortion language limits only the use of tax credits for abortion in qualified health plans, not other funding in the bill,” he said.

“For example, the bill authorizes and appropriates $7 billion for services at community health centers (increased to $11 billion in the President’s new proposal),” said Doerflinger. “The Hyde amendment does not prevent direct use of these billions of dollars for elective abortions (because the funds are not provided through the appropriations bill governed by Hyde), nor does any provision in the Senate bill.”

“Second, the Senate’s language on tax credits still allows subsidies for overall health plans that cover elective abortions, against the policy of the Hyde amendment and other longstanding federal laws,” said Doerflinger.

“The bill requires each American purchasing such a plan to make a separate payment to the insurer every month, solely to pay for other people’s abortions,” he said. “This is an enormous imposition on the consciences of the millions of Americans who oppose abortion.”

Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, also reacted to Pelosi's claim that the Senate health bill does not fund abortion. “She has just repeated the same deceptive claptrap,” Johnson told CNSNews.com.

“She is back to the old denial and deception approach, but she has no credibility on this issue and her claims were repudiated by one-quarter of her own caucus last Nov. 7th ,” Johnson said.

Nov. 7th refers to the day that the House passed its version of health care reform with only one Republican in support and one-quarter of Democrats in opposition, which culminated in a 220 to 215 vote. Before narrowly approving the bill, the House voted by a larger margin to approve an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) that prohibited any federal funding of any health care plan under the bill that covered abortion.

Michelle Begnoche, a spokeswoman for Rep. Stupak (D-Mich.), told CNSNews.com in an e-mail that Stupak was not available for comment but that “he has made clear that the Senate language is a departure from current law and is unacceptable.”

The Senate rejected language by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) that mirrored the pro-life Stupak amendment in the House legislation.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a 13-page document explaining why the Senate bill allows tax dollars to funded abortion.

“Of the two bills, only the House bill conforms to current law on abortion funding,” reads the document. They credit that to Stupak’s amendment.

“Thus under the Senate bill, notwithstanding ‘the segregation of funds’ provision, federal subsidies will be used to help expand access nationwide to abortion coverage,” reads the document.


62 posted on 03/07/2010 10:17:46 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Faith; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
This is an incredible story showing how powerful prayer really is.

Thread by me.

"I've Already Had 4 Abortions!"

Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

March 3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A young woman walked up to the 40 Days for Life vigil outside an abortion center in Austin, Texas recently. She signed up to join the others in prayer ... and then immediately sat down on the sidewalk and started to cry.

One of the volunteers stopped praying for a moment to approach the young woman, whom she had never met before, and asked her if she needed a hug. This volunteer assumed that the thought of what was going on inside the abortion facility had simply overcome this woman and brought her to tears.

But that wasn't the case. To her surprise, she found out this young woman was crying for another reason.

"I'm pregnant right now and don't want to be," she said. "I've already had four abortions.

She said she didn't have an abortion scheduled. "But I keep feeling this huge temptation to just go to an abortion clinic, pay my $400 and get it over with. I came to the sidewalk to pray, and to be around people who are like-minded as I am."

The young woman told one of the sidewalk counselors that she was twelve weeks into her pregnancy. She had already been to a pregnancy resource center, but was still a mess emotionally.

She had become a Christian, she said. "But with this pregnancy, I just feel so depressed. I'm living in a women's shelter, and the last thing I want right now is to be pregnant."

The sidewalk counselor took her to dinner, and they sat and talked for hours. "As they developed a long-term plan to get this young woman the help she needs," said Elizabeth McClung, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Austin, "she said something that should serve as an encouragement to every single pro-lifer who has ever thought about going to pray at an abortion facility."

"If you guys weren't out there praying," this woman said, "I would have pulled up to the facility, sat in my car for hours on end -- and ended up going inside for a fifth abortion. Since you were on the sidewalk praying, I knew I could find comfort and support there, so I went there to cry instead. Thank you for being there."

"Her story is the perfect example as to why we not only pray from home and from church, but we also go pray at the very places where lives are being hurt and taken," Elizabeth said.

She is now on a path to healing from her previous abortions, finding a job and taking her pregnancy one day at a time. And, Elizabeth said, "She is not going to have another abortion!"

Please pray for her, and for all who are desperate to break out of that cycle of abortion.


63 posted on 03/07/2010 11:20:49 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Just a glimpse of what we can look forward to under Zero's Deathcare.

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Illinois Considers 'Presumed Consent' Organ Harvesting Bill

PEORIA, Illinois, March 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Illinois senator is pushing legislation that would allow doctors to harvest organs from citizens who have not explicitly given consent for the procedure.

The Journal Star reported Monday that a hearing was scheduled this week for Sen. Dale Risinger's bill that would establish a "presumed consent" policy governing organ donation for individuals 18 and older.

"This is an important first step to getting a law in Illinois that helps us have more organ donors," said Risinger, a Republican. Risinger said he was open to public input suggesting revisions to the bill, and that it was not "in its final form."

Under the proposed legislation, individuals who wish to avoid donating their organs would have to explicitly opt-out of donating their organs prior to becoming incapacitated. If passed, the law would be the first of its kind in America.

Stephen Drake of the anti-euthanasia group Not Dead Yet pointed out the grave implications of such a bill, given the flexibility of the definition of brain death, which can vary from hospital to hospital.

Vital organs such as the heart become unusable after an extended period of complete cessation of bodily functions. Therefore, "brain death" is used as a parameter to determine when an individual is extremely unlikely to recover, even as functions such as the heartbeat continue, so that usable organs may be removed.

But the flexibility of that definition has raised considerable controversy.

"Most people assume that since the state they live in considers them a corpse if they're declared 'brain dead,' then the state also imposes some sort of uniform standards regarding how that determination should be made," wrote Drake.

"That's a comforting thought, but it's not the reality." Drake pointed to a 2008 article in the medical journal Neurology that discovered "wide disparities" in hospitals' determinations of brain death. 

Drake also pointed to the well-known case of Zack Dunlap, who "miraculously" became responsive after being diagnosed brain dead, but minutes before his organs were to be harvested. 

Prominent bioethics commentator Wesley Smith predicted that the legislation would only serve to breed mistrust between an already-strained doctor-patient relationship.

"Think about it: We already have bioethicists advocating for futile care theory, that is the right to refuse wanted life sustaining treatment based on quality of life judgmentalism, resource allocation, or both," wrote Smith on his Secondhand Smoke blog. 

"Add in the motive for taking organs to this volatile field – and wary families will become even less trusting, and medical issues will become even more likely to end up in court," he continued. "Square that if we ever enact explicit health care rationing, or redefine death to include a diagnosis of PVS – as many luminaries in the transplant field advocate. 

"If doctors ever start taking organs without explicit permission – even if allowed by law – there will be hell to pay."


64 posted on 03/07/2010 11:23:15 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Faith; Salvation; julieee; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
40 Days for Life continues.

Thanks to Faith for the wonderful threads!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 12 - EVERY BABY WANTS TO LIVE!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 13 - ON THE SIXTH DAY GOD CREATED HUMAN LIFE.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 14 - ABORTION IS NOT HEALTH CARE!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 15 - DON'T BE AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR LIFE!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 16 - THE WOMB IS THE FIRST HOME OF HUMANITY!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 17 - PRAY FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE IN AMERICA!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 18 - WILL YOU TAKE 30 SECONDS TO PRAY FOR A HELPLESS BABY?

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What can YOU do to truly help transform the heart of this nation?
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER!
Pray for God’s help in ending abortion, and in establishing a culture that supports life in America.
40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and He abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hands of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. (See Psalm 106:37-43)

Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
in these 40 days during Lent
as we pray for an end to abortion in this nation.

65 posted on 03/07/2010 11:28:57 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Thanks for the ping!


66 posted on 03/07/2010 12:01:26 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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BTTT.


67 posted on 03/07/2010 12:17:57 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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What an amazing story!!


68 posted on 03/07/2010 1:41:23 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: bruinbirdman; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
The Dutch are now looking to expand euthanasia and this thrills the FR deathbots.

Threads by bruinbirdman and me.

Dutch plan to let healthy elderly people commit suicide

Healthy elderly people who are simply "tired of living" could be allowed to end their lives with a lethal injection under new euthanasia laws being debated by the Dutch parliament.

The country's MPs will discuss the "right to die" proposals after a campaign forced a debate by collecting over 100,000 signatures in support.

The influential Dutch "Right to Die" campaign, active since 1973, has launched new "vrijwillig levenseinde", or "of free will", demands to extend euthanasia beyond assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

The group has proposed training non-medical staff to administer a lethal injection to healthy people over the age of 70 who "consider their lives complete" and want to die.

Under the plans, the suicide assistants would be certified and would be required to make sure that patients were not temporarily depressed and had a "heartfelt and enduring desire" to die.

Marie-Jose Grotenhuis, the campaign's spokeswoman, said: "We've been overwhelmed by the amount of reactions, especially because people took it so seriously and reactions were mostly positive."

Euthanasia was legalised in Holland in 2002 and the new proposals have been backed by the majority of people in Dutch opinion polls.

The Royal Dutch Medical Association is divided over calls to extend euthanasia beyond those suffering from painful terminal illnesses and has set up a committee to examine the proposals.

Sander Hofman, the association's spokesman, said: "For instance, a doctor probably has a role in easing the suffering of a person who is refusing to eat or drink."

Several European countries, including neighbouring Belgium, allow euthanasia for terminally ill people who wish to die. Britain and France allow terminally ill people to refuse medical treatment but stop short of allowing active assisted suicide. . .

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Dr. Mark Mostert: The Dutch Lead the Way to Barbarism Once Again

The pro-death crowd is usually quick to discount the slippery slope argument when it’s applied to assisted suicide and euthanasia. They are quite good at finessing the slope argument by constantly assuring the gullible that assisted suicide and euthanasia are only for the very few, under extreme and horrible circumstances, and that killing is done humanely and under strict supervision that will almost always prevent abuse (yes, I am talking about killing humans here, not animals).

Too bad the Netherlands has always been the absolute exemplar of the slippery slope from the dignity of exceptionable human life to death on demand. Given recent news, it’s getting increasingly difficult for the pro-death lobby to deny that this slope doesn’t exist.

News reports this week have shown that not only are the Dutch on a slippery slope, but also that they may well have taken a leap of a cliff into the abyss of madness and nihilism.

Why? Glad you asked.

Because now the Dutch are pushing for legal killing of healthy people over 70 years of age.

Yes, you read correctly. If, as they say, you are 70 or over and feel that your life is "complete,” then, they argue, you should be able to go to a trained professional killer and kick the bucket.

From the UK Telegraph:

The influential Dutch "Right to Die" campaign, active since 1973, has launched new "vrijwillig levenseinde", or "of free will", demands to extend euthanasia beyond assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

The group has proposed training non-medical staff to administer a lethal injection to healthy people over the age of 70 who "consider their lives complete" and want to die.

Where’s the slippery slope?

Well, until about 20 years ago, assisted suicide/euthanasia were illegal in the Netherlands. Then they legalized assisted suicide/euthanasia for those who were terminally ill, with less than 6 months to live, and in unbearable or untreatable pain. Very soon this morphed into assisted suicide/euthanasia for people with chronic diseases or pain, then to those who had psychological but no physical pain, and on and on.

Where has this lead? Well, every year in the Netherlands several thousand people are now euthanized without their ever having asked for it.

I know what comes next: Death for anyone, anywhere, for whatever reason. That will include not only the elderly, but also those with disabilities, others the Dutch feel are expendable, and even those who may be judged to have a difficult life of suffering in the future.

I’d have more respect for the pro-death crowd if they just came out and said what they really mean:

Death for all, whenever, just because.


69 posted on 03/14/2010 11:04:46 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Funny how Big Murder's story has changed over the past few decades.

Thread by ZGuy.

Planned Parenthood in 1952: Abortion “kills the life of a baby”

The scientific fact that an abortion ends the life of a living human being isn’t so convenient these days for Planned Parenthood – after all they are now the largest abortion chain in the country. Back in 1952 before Planned Parenthood was an abortion operation, they sure had a more accurate understanding of science before their twisted abortion ideology of today took over. Just look at their pamphlet below that states that abortion “kills the life of a baby after it has begun.”


70 posted on 03/14/2010 11:08:35 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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The Girl Scouts seem to be totally committed to abortion.

Thread by me.

Girl Scouts OK Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at United Nations Mtg

New York, NY (LifeNews.com/CFAM) -- The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” The event was part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which concludes this week.

The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”

The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”

The brochure also tells students that national laws requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their status to their partner(s) “violate the rights of people living with HIV” and calls for advocacy to “change laws that violate your rights.” It explains, “There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. … They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender.”

The Girl Scouts, along with the YMCA have been co-moderating a young women’s caucus that included an “Intergenerational Conversation” side event on “universal access” and “reproductive health.” One recent Girl Scout project “aims at securing the right of women, men and adolescents aged between ten and twenty-five, to better reproductive and sexual health.”??

Also at CSW last week, the heads of various powerful UN agencies including the UN Population Fund, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organization released a “UN Joint Statement” under the name of the “UN Adolescent Girls Task Force,” which calls for their agencies to promote and support programs “that empower … adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years.”

One of the chief priorities for empowerment is ensuring access to “life-skills based sexuality education, HIV prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.”

The New York Times recently reported that UN Population Fund had co-sponsored a very controversial curriculum with UNESCO, that included teaching children as young as five to be sexually active and training adolescents to advocate for abortion.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women of America told the Friday Fax, “Governments and NGOs should be aware of Planned Parenthood’s insidious plan to work with UN agencies and girls’ organizations in order to profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active.”


71 posted on 03/14/2010 11:12:29 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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This is incredibly sad news and I can't help but thinking that the parents were pressured..

Thread by BykrBayb.

Baby Isaiah taken off life-support, passes away in Edmonton hospital

Baby Isaiah May passed away Thursday after being taken off life-support, ending a three-month, high-profile effort to prolong his life. A lawyer representing the family confirmed the news of the infant's passing to media Thursday afternoon.

"Isaiah James May passed away at 12:11 this afternoon. He was in the arms of his parents," said Rosanna Saccomani.

Rebecka and Isaac May issued a statement saying, "All along it was our hope that his condition would brighten and improve, it has not."

They went on to say, "Isaiah has been a blessing to us and his spirit will always be in our hearts. We have set our tiny miracle free and he is now in the arms of angels."

Dr. Richard Taylor, an independent neonatologist, said in a statement Thursday he examined the infant on Feb. 19th and 20th.

"When I examined Isaiah, I confirmed that he did have movements of his trunk and limbs, as witnessed by his parents. He had gained weight since his birth and had bodily functions as they had reported. He was not in any distress. But on testing the nerves entering and leaving his brain, I confirmed that his reflexes were all completely absent. He was also unable to breathe for himself without airway and ventilator support."

~snip~

Alberta Health Services issued this statement Thursday afternoon:

"Understandably this is an extremely emotional time and it is important to be respectful of the May family's need for privacy given the difficult decision they have made. All Alberta Health Services' physicians and staff who have been involved in caring for Baby Isaiah were touched by the May family's strength. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. At this time we would ask that the family's request for privacy be respected." ...

Isa

72 posted on 03/14/2010 11:15:55 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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This destroys any notion that Klan Barrenhood has any interest in babies other than killing them.

Thread by NYer.

How Many Lives Does Planned Parenthood Take in one Year?

Feminists like to say they’re fighting for women’s right to choose. The abortion lobby says they just want women to have all of the options, to make the choice of whatever is best for them.

Don’t believe it.

What they actually want is for women to have abortions. They don’t want women to see ultrasounds because then, they might choose to keep their baby. They don’t want women to know that adoption is an option for them, too. Women are misled to believe that abortion is their only choice, that they have no way out. When a scared, confused, and desperate woman walk into a Planned Parenthood, she often gets an abortion because she feels like she has no other choice. The so-called “counselors” there prey on this mentality. They don’t show women that there are other options besides just abortion.

See for yourself: over at Live Action, the 2007 Planned Parenthood Annual Report was exposed, and the numbers are gruesome. In the year 2007, Planned Parenthood made only 4,912 adoption referrals yet performed 305,310 abortions.

Should those numbers really be so lopsided? No, but Live Action’s newest undercover project, the Rosa Acuna Project, shows why these numbers are so lopsided. The “counselors” at Planned Parenthood aren’t there to help women make the best choice for themselves. They aren’t there to tell women that abortion isn’t the only choice they have. They are salespeople, plain and simple, and the product that they are selling is abortion.

Now, if abortion is legal, then for the time being women should be advised that abortion is an option for them. But why do these clinics never tell women about other choices they could make? Why is it that pro-choicers never seem very thrilled about the idea of a woman choosing to have her baby? When someone walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic, all of the options should be explained to her. There are ways to get help if you choose to keep your baby. If you don’t want an abortion, we can do an adoption referral for you. If you feel like you have no options, let us tell you that you do have a choice.

How is making women feel like abortion is the only option they have advocating choice?


73 posted on 03/14/2010 11:18:44 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


74 posted on 03/14/2010 11:21:51 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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This family's joy about euthanasia is unbelievably revolting.

Thread by me.

The unbearably haunting picture of a father before he killed himself at Dignitas clinic

To the casual observer, they must have seemed like all the other families dining in the elegant riverside restaurant in Zurich that night.

Laughing and joking, a strikingly attractive woman was evidently revelling in the company of her sister, mother and father as they ate risotto and shared a bottle of wine.

Throughout that cool, clear August evening in 2006, the family enjoyed animated conversation before sharing a late-night gin and tonic. So far so ordinary, except for one extraordinary detail: they all knew this would be their last meal together.

 Poignant farewell: John Huff, his wife Barbara and daughters Dianne, far left, and Joanne share their last supper on the night before he killed himself at Dignitas clinic

Poignant farewell: John Huff, his wife Barbara and daughters Dianne, far left, and Joanne share a last supper the night before he killed himself at the Dignitas clinic

The man at the head of the table, John Huff, was to die the next day - having booked himself into the infamous Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in the city.


75 posted on 03/14/2010 11:22:14 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Oh, what a sad story! I don’t think I could have done that.


76 posted on 03/14/2010 11:23:27 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: Faith; Salvation; juliee; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
Lives continue to be saved and abortionists are starting to repent.

God Bless Faith and others for their wonderful threads.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 19 - PRAY FOR BABIES ASSIGNED TO DEATH THIS WEEK.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 20 - BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 21

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 22 - PRAY FOR THE FATHERS . . .

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 23 - PRAY FOR DOCTORS TO CHOOSE LIFE!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 24 - GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EVERY HUMAN LIFE.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 25 - PRAYER + GOD = POWER UNLEASHED!!!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 26 - OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE BEING KILLED EACH DAY.

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How great is our God, the Creator---the Author and Giver of life?
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER!
Pray for God’s help in ending abortion, and in establishing a culture that supports life in America.
40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and He abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hands of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. (See Psalm 106:37-43)

Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
in these 40 days during Lent
as we pray for an end to abortion in this nation.

77 posted on 03/14/2010 11:27:00 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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One patient, a 29-year-old man who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a traffic accident, was able to communicate by willfully changing his brain activity

This could allow a previously uncommunicative person to make decisions about his treatment. Including the cessation of treatment, if that is his desire.

But this horror of starving/dehydrating people to death so we can pretend we aren't killing them has got to stop. If we kill people, we should at least have the balls to do it using a humane method.

BTW, this used to be unofficially handled more humanely all the time, using overdoses of morphine, etc. But our present litigious society has made this impossible.

78 posted on 03/14/2010 11:28:08 AM PDT by Sherman Logan ( .)
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Remembering Terri on the Five-Year Anniversary of Her Death

Today, March 18, 2005, was Day 1 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of the 13 horrific days that Terri went without food or water. We offer this not only in regard for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

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Congressional Intervention Fails to Spare Terri Schiavo


From March 18, 2005 (World Net Daily)

Not yet availableDoctors removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube carrying out her estranged husband's requested court order allowing the brain-damaged woman to starve to death over the objections of her parents.

Barring an intervention, Terri Schiavo is expected to live another week to 10 days.

Reports conflict over whether Michael Schiavo was present when the tube was removed.

(continue reading . . .)


79 posted on 03/18/2010 4:30:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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There is no statute of limitations on murder, Judge Greer, et al.


80 posted on 03/18/2010 4:38:58 PM PDT by floriduh voter (I heart Adam Lambert from American Idol Season 2009. He's gay. Get over it.)
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To: wagglebee

Most profound week of my life!

We never thought she would die. We kept hearing that
there was a rescue planned!

Shame on Jeb Bush for letting Terri die on his watch!


81 posted on 03/18/2010 9:21:46 PM PDT by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: Sherman Logan

Thanks for the ping!


82 posted on 03/18/2010 9:26:32 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee
Terri's sister sends her regards. This is Day 2 without nutrition or hyration. If Terri had been a pet, it would CONSTITUTE ANIMAL ABUSE/CRUELTY and the abuser would be sent to prison.

March 19, 2005.

83 posted on 03/19/2010 8:38:24 AM PDT by floriduh voter (I heart Adam Lambert from American Idol Season 2009. He's gay. Get over it.)
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To: wagglebee

We will be remembering Terri.


84 posted on 03/19/2010 8:57:51 AM PDT by Dante3
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Remembering Terri on the Five-Year Anniversary of Her Death

Today, March 19, 2005, was Day 2 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of the 13 horrific days that Terri went without food or water. We offer this not only in respect for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.
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Schiavo's Feeding Stops

From March 19, 2005 (Tampa Tribune)


Even U.S. marshals armed with congressional subpoenas could not stop the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube Friday. The fight to keep the brain- damaged woman alive, however, is not over, federal lawmakers and Schiavo's parents said.

Twice before the 41-year- old St. Petersburg woman's feeding tube has been removed, and twice before Bob and Mary Schindler found a way to have it reinserted against the wishes of their son- in-law.

(continue reading . . .)


85 posted on 03/19/2010 3:59:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


86 posted on 03/19/2010 9:42:58 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

If You, Twist And, Turn Away

http://lesforlife.blogspot.com/2010/03/if-you-twist-and-turn-away.html


87 posted on 03/20/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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Remembering Terri on the Five-Year Anniversary of Her Death

Today, March 20, 2005, was Day 3 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of the 13 horrific days that Terri went without food or water. We offer this not only in respect for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

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Senate Passes Bill That Could Save Schiavo

From March 20, 2005 (Florida Baptist Witness)

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Sunday afternoon that could save Terri Schiavo’s life, sending it to the House, which is Not yet availableexpected to vote on it after midnight.

The plan had been for the House to take up the bill first, but when House Democrats objected early Sunday afternoon, the Senate decided to take it up. It passed there on a voice vote.

If it passes the House unamended, it will go to President Bush, who has said he will sign it. If the bill is amended, it will go back to the Senate, where it must pass again before it goes to Bush.

(continue reading . . .)


88 posted on 03/20/2010 12:44:50 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Lesforlife

Thanks Les. That’s a very good read.


89 posted on 03/20/2010 1:28:40 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Ʋ)
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To: wagglebee

After five years, my system still can’t accept the fact that our government ordered the murder of an innocent woman, while a large segment of our population cheered for more. By “large segment” I don’t mean the outrageous lies reported by the entrenched media. The most trustworthy sources reported approximately 8% supported killing her. That’s a lot of blood thirsty bastards.


90 posted on 03/20/2010 1:36:45 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Ʋ)
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The most trustworthy sources reported approximately 8% supported killing her. That’s a lot of blood thirsty bastards.

I don't think there was ever a poll done of FReepers, but by my estimation the number of supposedly conservative FReepers who supported Terri's murder was MUCH HIGHER than 8%.

91 posted on 03/20/2010 1:44:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I don’t think so. I think the blood thirsty freepers were just louder than the rational ones.


92 posted on 03/20/2010 1:45:07 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Ʋ)
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To: BykrBayb

That’s possible.


93 posted on 03/20/2010 1:47:03 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Lesforlife; BykrBayb

Leslie that was fantastic!

I really like the “abortion counter” on your blog, I wish there was a way to post it here.


94 posted on 03/20/2010 1:48:01 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All; wagglebee

In Terri’s memory, we will continue PRAYING and fighting for all of the other Terri’s out there.


95 posted on 03/20/2010 4:46:17 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

Amen!


96 posted on 03/20/2010 4:47:01 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Remembering Terri on the Five-Year Anniversary of Her Death

Today, March 21, 2005, was Day 4 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of the 13 horrific days that Terri went without food or water. We offer this not only in respect for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

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House Passes Schiavo Bill

From March 21, 2005 (CNN)

Bush signs bill into law

Not yet availableFollowing more than three hours of passionate debate on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House early Monday passed a bill on 203 to 58 vote that transfers jurisdiction of the Terri Schiavo case to a U.S. district court for a federal judge to review.

Although highly partisan, 47 Democrats joined 156 Republicans in voting for the bill.

President Bush put his signature on the bill within an hour of passage, and an attorney for Schiavo's parents raced to district court to file a lawsuit and restraining order under the new law.

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97 posted on 03/21/2010 9:45:12 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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A glimpse of what we have to look forward to if Obamacare passes.

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Repost: Cass Sunstein Advocates for Removal of People's Organs Without Explicit Consent

Oldie but goodie from 9/4/09

For the last couple of weeks we have been blasting Cass Sunstein on this blog. Many of you have also picked up the sword and begun fighting this Obama appointment as well.

Now, we need to really stand up. The Senate will be coming back into session next week and Harry Reid has already mentioned that he wants to make confirming Sunstein one of his first priorities. We CANNOT let this happen.

Check out this story today on Sunstein from Matt Cover at CNS News. If this doesn't make you pick up a phone and call your Senator, I don't know what will. We need to be blasting this information to all corners of the internet.

PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR SENATOR NOW TO STOP CASS SUNSTEIN. http://www.capwiz.com/libertyleaders/issues/alert/?alertid=13971556&type=ML

Here is the story from Mr. Cover at CNS News titled OBAMA REGULATION CZAR ADVOCATED REMOVING PEOPLE'S ORGANS WITHOUT EXPLICIT CONSENT:

Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken.

Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done.

Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the main reason that more people do not donate their organs is because they are required to choose donation.

Sunstein and Thaler pointed out that doctors often must ask the deceased’s family members whether or not their dead relative would have wanted to donate his organs. These family members usually err on the side of caution and refuse to donate their loved one’s organs. “The major obstacle to increasing [organ] donations is the need to get the consent of surviving family members,” said Sunstein and Thaler.

This problem could be remedied if governments changed the laws for organ donation, they said. Currently, unless a patient has explicitly chosen to be an organ donor, either on his driver’s license or with a donor card, the doctors assume that the person did not want to donate and therefore do not harvest his organs. Thaler and Sunstein called this “explicit consent.”

They argued that this could be remedied if government turned the law around and assumed that, unless people explicitly choose not to, then they want to donate their organs – a doctrine they call “presumed consent.”

“Presumed consent preserves freedom of choice, but it is different from explicit consent because it shifts the default rule. Under this policy, all citizens would be presumed to be consenting donors, but they would have the opportunity to register their unwillingness to donate,” they explained.

The difference between explicit and presumed consent is that under presumed consent, many more people “choose” to be organ donors. Sunstein and Thaler noted that in a 2003 study only 42 percent of people actively chose to be organ donors, while only 18 percent actively opted out when their consent was presumed.

In cases where the deceased’s wishes are unclear, Sunstein and Thaler argued that a “presumed consent” system would make it easier for doctors to convince families to donate their loved one’s organs.

Citing a 2006 study, Thaler and Sunstein wrote: “The next of kin can be approached quite differently when the decedent’s silence is presumed to indicate a decision to donate rather than when it is presumed to indicate a decision not to donate. This shift may make it easier for the family to accept organ donation.”

The problem of the deceased’s family is only one issue, Sunstein and Thaler said, admitting that turning the idea of choice on its head will invariably run into major political problems, but these are problems they say the government can solve through a system of “mandated choice.”

“Another [problem] is that it is a hard sell politically,” wrote Sunstein and Thaler. “More than a few people object to the idea of ‘presuming’ anything when it comes to such a sensitive matter. For these reasons we think that the best choice architecture for organ donations is mandated choice.”

Mandated choice is a process where government forces you to make a decision – in this case, whether to opt out of being an organ donor to get something you need, such as a driver’s license.

“With mandated choice, renewal of your driver’s license would be accompanied by a requirement that you check a box stating your organ donation preferences,” the authors stated. “Your application would not be accepted unless you had checked one of the boxes.”

To ensure that people’s decisions align with the government policy of more organ donors, Sunstein and Thaler counseled that governments should follow the state of Illinois’ example and try to influence people by making organ donation seem popular.

“First, the state stresses the importance of the overall problem (97,000 people [in Illinois] on the waiting list and then brings the problem home, literally (4,700 in Illinois),” they wrote.

“Second, social norms are directly brought into play in a way that build on the power of social influences [peer pressure]: ‘87 percent of adults in Illinois feel that registering as an organ donor is the right thing to do’ and ’60 percent of adults in Illinois are registered,’” they added.

Sunstein and Thaler reminded policymakers that people will generally do what they think others are doing and what they believe others think is right. These presumptions, which almost everyone has, act as powerful factors as policymakers seek to design choices.

“Recall that people like to do what most people think is right to do; recall too that people like to do what most people actually do,” they wrote. “The state is enlisting existing norms in the direction of lifestyle choices.”

Thaler and Sunstein believed that this and other policies are necessary because people don’t really make the best decisions.

“The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest or at the very least are better than the choices that would be made [for them] by someone else,” they said.

This means that government “incentives and nudges” should replace “requirements and bans,” they argued.

Neither Sunstein nor Thaler currently are commenting on their book, a spokesman for the publisher, Penguin Group, told CNSNews.com.

In a question-and-answer section on the Amazon.com Web site, Thaler and Sunstein answered a few questions about their book.

When asked what the title “Nudge” means and why people need to be nudged, the authors stated: “By a nudge we mean anything that influences our choices. A school cafeteria might try to nudge kids toward good diets by putting the healthiest foods at front.

“We think that it's time for institutions, including government, to become much more user-friendly by enlisting the science of choice to make life easier for people and by gently nudging them in directions that will make their lives better,” they wrote.

“…The human brain is amazing, but it evolved for specific purposes, such as avoiding predators and finding food,” said Thaler and Sunstein. “Those purposes do not include choosing good credit card plans, reducing harmful pollution, avoiding fatty foods, and planning for a decade or so from now. Fortunately, a few nudges can help a lot. …”

 

98 posted on 03/21/2010 10:07:58 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Yet more proof against embryonic stem cells.

Thread by metmom.

Stem Cells Help British Boy Grow New Windpipe

A British boy successfully underwent a groundbreaking operation involving the transplant of a windpipe which is being regenerated inside his body using his own stem cells, The Times of London reported Saturday.

Scientists described the operation, carried out on Monday at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, as a "milestone moment" in the development of techniques that could allow people to rebuild damaged or transplanted organs inside their bodies.

The replacement trachea - the bony tube that connects the nose, mouth and lungs - was stripped of the donor's cells to leave a scaffold which was then laced with the child's stem cells. The boy, aged 10, then received the transplant hours later. The stem cells are now reconstructing the airway and ensuring it is not rejected by his immune system.

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99 posted on 03/21/2010 10:14:22 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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40 Days for Life will become more important than ever if Obamacare passes.

Thread by me.

Meet Two Babies Saved from Abortion

March 16, 2010 (40DaysforLife.com) - Over the last few days, I was on a whirlwind tour of Southern California -- from Fresno down to San Diego. In addition to speaking at two pregnancy center banquets, I was able to visit numerous 40 Days for Life sites and meet for dinner with several dozen local 40 Days for Life campaign leaders. It was a very hope-filled trip!

I brought along my pocket camcorder and shot footage all along the way -- and just posted a highlight video online for you here.

During the short video, you will see:

- Photos of two baby boys saved during a previous 40 Days for Life campaign who were born a week ago - on the same day ...

- A 40 Days for Life location where 22 babies have been saved and the abortionist resigned ...

- A small group of faithful volunteers who had two women change their minds and choose life shortly after I left their vigil site ...

- A campaign that has seen 7 lives saved thus far ...

- And much, much more!

As you can see, there are miracles taking place in many, many places were people are joining together to pray and fast for an end to abortion.

As they pray outside the abortion centers, people are beginning to understand that the woman who seeks an abortion is often a woman who has simply run out of hope.

One such woman saw people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil recently in Indianapolis, Indiana. She got out of her car, walked up to them at a rapid pace ... then hugged one of the vigil participants and started to cry.

This prayer volunteer -- Kathy -- called Eileen, the local coordinator, for help. At Eileen's suggestion, Kathy then handed her phone to the sobbing woman.

"She then started telling me that she had done something terrible," Eileen said, "and that the father of the baby -- her daughter's boyfriend -- told her that she must get an abortion."

Eileen told her that if she did, she would feel even worse and would regret it forever. "I tried to encourage her that at this point," she said. "She could still do the right thing -- the thing her heart was telling her to do -- and that God would take care of her and the baby."

After lunch with Kathy, the woman went home. She called Kathy later to thank her -- and to say she was not going to abort her twins!

"I have never met a woman who WANTED to have an abortion," said Eileen.

The volunteers didn't know it at the time, but this woman had sat alone in her car outside of Planned Parenthood for two hours -- crying.

When Kathy drove up, the woman saw a sign on Kathy's car that said, "Pregnant? Need help?"

"It gave her hope," said Eileen. "She jumped out of her car to run to Kathy for help. We never know what God will use to reach out to us."


100 posted on 03/21/2010 10:18:42 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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