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NEWS ALERT! Brain-Injured Wife Goes Without Food or Water for Seven Weeks
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network ^ | 9/17/10 | Bobby Schindler

Posted on 09/17/2010 4:15:52 PM PDT by wagglebee

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To: Headline Bistro; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
One man's personal story of how dangerous the culture of death is.

Thread by Headline Bistro.

Not Letting Dad Die

“The fact that you are reading this indicates you escaped the abortion holocaust. But don’t relax yet. We are all candidates for the growing euthanasia movement.”

These oft-repeated words of Msgr. William B. Smith, one of the Church’s best moral theologians until his death last year, came to mind as my father lay in the emergency room and a grave-faced doctor called me, my brother and our mother aside for a consultation. Since this was a top-rated yet secular hospital, I was already reviewing in my mind all I knew about Church teaching regarding “ordinary” and extraordinary” care. But I was not prepared for the ease with which this doctor suggested that we let my dad die peacefully.

My father (still living, thank God, at age 83) suffered a bad fall at home in late August and was rushed to the hospital across the street, where he underwent surgery for a broken femur. He then went to a Catholic rehabilitation facility, where he was progressing slowly in physical therapy when he developed respiratory problems that landed him in the emergency room of another hospital.

So there we were – with my dad in pain, barely breathing and unable to speak – being pulled aside by an important-looking specialist, as doctors, nurses and interns rushed in and out of the room. He assured us that dad was “very sick,” and tried to bring us into his confidence by adding, “But you already know that.” I thought to myself: We do not know that; no one has told us anything definite yet. In a voice that seemed more rehearsed than sincere, he said that we could treat dad “aggressively” (which sounded rough in his throat) or opt for “comfort care” (which sounded warm and fuzzy). This is a decision point, he stated. Since my dad does not have an advanced medical directive, we would have to decide whether to insert a breathing tube (aggressive) or simply keep him warm, clean, fed and comfortable until … well … nature took its course.

Wow! No one had told us even what was wrong with dad or how serious his condition was, and already this M.D. was suggesting that we let him slip away with “comfort care.”

“What kind of doctor are you?” I demanded, trying not to sound too insulting. I thought he might be the appointed euthanasia specialist, and was shocked to learn that he was the head of the intensive care unit.

“Well, if you’re in intensive care, don’t you think you should treat him intensively?” I said, again trying not to sound too critical.

Of course, he assured, this is the family’s decision. He mentioned something about New York state law and concluded, “Are we all agreed then on inserting a breathing tube?” My mother, my brother and I all agreed. “You can always change your mind as we go along,” he reminded us. Then he offered a final warning: When people this age fall down and have complications after surgery, lots of bad things usually happen. Somewhere in his flurry of words we heard the term “quality of life.” My brother told him that our dad had rarely gone out of his apartment in the past four years, so his “quality of life” was not very exciting to begin with. “If he spends the next few years in a wheelchair doing his crossroad puzzles and watching ‘Jeopardy’ that will be good enough for us,” my brother said, again trying not to insult.

It was not a pretty sight as they stuffed breathing and feeding tubes down my father’s throat. They drew the curtain so we couldn’t watch. But my dad surprised them all and got off the respirator in three days. He’s breathing fine on his own and being treated for an infection that is going away. He’s still a little confused and sees people in the room who aren’t there, but the doctor says these hallucinations may be from the trauma of the past month and being confined to a bed for days on end. We pray he’ll be out of the hospital soon since they are finding fewer and fewer reasons to keep him.

I often think how different things could have been if family members were not so attuned to the tentacles of the culture of death, or if a couple of sons were more interested in their inheritance than in seeing their father living with the high-quality love of family and friends. And what if an elderly spouse, already stressed and confused by the whirl of the emergency room, unwittingly agreed that “comfort care” sounded better than being “aggressive” because no one wants to see a loved one suffer? Even my mom could have agreed to something she really didn’t want in the rush of the moment.

I won’t mention the name of the hospital because other than that one incident in the emergency room, my dad has received great and compassionate care. But I want to thank the late Msgr. Smith, for warning so often about the growing euthanasia ethic, which now has cast a pall over the practice of medicine everywhere.


51 posted on 09/26/2010 10:55:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Of course this only matters if the Tea Party embraces life.

Thread by topher.

Planned Parenthood Scared by Tea Party Success

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In addition to discontent with out-of-control spending and government expansion, the American Tea Party movement is motivated by a strong devotion to the right to life of the unborn - something that appears to have caught the pro-abortion establishment, including Planned Parenthood, off-guard.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America expressed frustration at the burgeoning popularity of thoroughly pro-life candidates who have shot to stardom thanks to Tea Party momentum.

"It's easy to laugh at some of the crazy statements made by the newest Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Christine O'Donnell and others running on extreme anti-abortion platforms," wrote the group. "But did you know that the day after O'Donnell's primary victory in Delaware, she raised $1,000,000 online?"

The grassroots Tea Party movement, while largely dismissed by mainstream media and Democrat leaders early on - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously wrote off the movement as "astroturf" – has grabbed the attention of both parties after Tea Party senate candidates snatched the GOP nomination in seven states earlier this month.

The Republicans' "Pledge to America," a document released Thursday outlining a congressional agenda for the party, clearly aimed to please Tea Partiers. Party leaders, distancing themselves from "politicians in Washington," promised to shrink government, reform Congress, and in general facilitate "listening to the American people and fielding their concerns and ideas for turning things around."

In its statement, PPFA lamented that the Tea Party has ushered in "a groundswell of support across the country for these anti-choice candidates." "They're everywhere, raising money and support," it said, and urged supporters to help the abortion giant "fight them, stop them, and defeat them."

On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner noted that the Tea Party's impact in the upcoming midterm elections will mean trouble for pro-choice incumbents, particularly those among the GOP.

Examiner columnist Timothy P. Carney noted that the four top casualties of Tea Party furor - Lisa Murkowski, Mike Castle, Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter - were all pro-choice members or former members of the Republican Party. In contrast, all of the successful Tea Party candidates for Senate are strongly pro-life.


52 posted on 09/26/2010 10:59:07 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

BTTT for the whole thread and wagglebee’s post 38.


53 posted on 09/26/2010 11:02:34 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: markomalley; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
EVERYTHING possible must be done to make people aware of this fact!

Thread by markomalley.

'Planned Parenthood Aborts African Americans': New Mass Media Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas, September 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new mass media campaign is hoping to shed light on Planned Parenthood’s racist roots and continued targeting of black communities.  The PPAbortsAA campaign (“Planned Parenthood Aborts African Americans”) is aimed at getting the message out to a wide audience through billboards in large cities and TV ads on popular channels.

“When you look at the numbers, it’s absolutely astounding the lie that’s been given to African Americans - that this is really good for them,” said Kimberly Speirs, a spokesperson for PPAbortsAA.org.

African American babies are three times more likely to be aborted than white babies, according to data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the black population in the U.S. has been reduced by over 25 percent.

Planned Parenthood is accused of targeting black communities because 62-78% of their facilities are in minority neighbourhoods, depending on how the data is interpreted.

PPAbortsAA.org notes that this targeting of blacks was part of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s plan from the beginning.  “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated,” said the famed eugenicist and leader of the Negro Project, which was designed to curtail the black population.

The campaign organizers have been able to get their ads on BET (Black Entertainment Television), and they are available through their website, but other mainstream media outlets in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston have refused to run them.

“It looks like the mainstream media is more interested in protecting Planned Parenthood than they are in educating African American women about the truth of abortion,” said Speirs.

She said it is clear from Planned Parenthood’s own statistics that they favor abortion over other options.  She noted, for example, that in 2007 they aborted 305,310 babies in the U.S., but only made 4,912 adoption referrals.

“Most women who are abortion-minded, they don’t want abortion, they just don’t know what else is out there,” she said.  “Once you let them know all the positive, hopeful, beautiful alternatives available for them ... they almost always choose life.”

“It’s so heartbreaking that so many African American lives have been snuffed out because of the deception that they’ve been sold,” said Speirs.  “We just think that they want to know the truth about this issue.  I think Afircan American women primarily want to know that they and their babies are being targeted.”


See the PPAbortsAA.org campaign here.


54 posted on 09/26/2010 11:39:11 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Trisha Rushing Duguay - Rest in Peace

Thread by PetroniusMaximus.

Bride in coma, 27, dies after surviving 8 weeks

For Trisha Rushing Duguay, tragedy arrived suddenly. Death was less hurried.

On Friday morning about 9 a.m., four months after taking her wedding vows, Trisha quietly passed away in hospice, her husband and parents by her side. Just 27 years old, she had continued living, remarkably, for eight weeks after her husband and family had, according to her wishes, removed her feeding tube.

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


55 posted on 09/26/2010 11:43:33 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: nina0113; Salvation; Faith; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
The Fall 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign has begun.

Threads by me and Salvation, daily threads by nina0113.

40 Days for Life Launches in Record 238 Locations around the World

September 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A record 238 locations in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Northern Ireland and Denmark are participating 40 Days for Life campaigns of prayer and fasting from today, September 22, through to October 31.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of peaceful vigil in front of abortion clinics, and 40 days of community outreach.

This unified effort has seen more than 350,000 people joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion.

More than 11,500 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns.

The campaigns have resulted in at least 35 abortion workers quitting their jobs and walking away from the abortion industry, six abortion facilities completely shutting down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns, and documented reports of at least 2,811 lives that have been spared from abortion.

In addition to the babies, nearly 3,000 women have been spared from the suffering, trauma and regret that come with the decision to abort one's child.

After witnessing tremendous success by the 40 Days For Life program in the United States, Campaign Life Coalition brought it into Canada for the first time 2007, holding the nation's first 40 Day vigils in Ottawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This fall, people of faith and conscience have mobilized in 9 Canadian cities for the seventh coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign.

The Canadian cities hosting the 40 Days for Life campaign this fall are: Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sudbury, Ontario; Perth, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Moncton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A series of 40 prayers that can be used during the 40 Days for Life campaign is available online here.

Go to the Campaign Life Coalition website for information on 40 Days for Life campaigns in Canada.

To learn more about the international 40 Days for Life campaign and locations please visit here.

__________________________________________________

40 Days for Life Campaign -- [September 22-October 31]

THREE ELEMENTS

Constant vigil

 40 Days for Life in Flagstaff, Arizona

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.

Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence.

This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.

If you do not have an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood office in your town, you can still conduct 40 Days for Life. However, you will need to select a different location which has some strategic significance ... perhaps near city hall, a courthouse, or a highly visible intersection.

 

Community outreach

 40 Days for Life in Greenville, South Carolina

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. This can identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters.

A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Informational flyers are distributed in neighborhoods to raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life by wearing wristbands, placing signs in their yards, or displaying bumper stickers on their vehicles.

These people can then be encouraged to pray and join in local pro-life efforts.

Church involvement begins by meeting with local pastors, other church leaders, and members of different congregations. The Body of Christ is invited to pray together and participate in 40 Days for Life, uniting in one focused mission that can save lives and make an eternal impact.

Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials, and letters to the editor. This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.

If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of flyer raids, sidewalk chalking, petition drives, table displays, and much more.

 

Local leadership with 40 Days for Life

 40 Days for Life in Halifax, Nova Scotia

40 Days for Life is primarily a local campaign. Yes, there is a national team that provides information, resources and encouragement, but all campaigns are based at the local level. Each community knows best when it comes to countering the damage abortion has caused in each individual city and town.

No one is appointed as a local 40 Days for Life leader; in each community, someone must step up and accept the challenge.

The campaign is also a group effort. There needs to be a main coordinator, but there is a whole level of duties and responsibilities that must be filled in addition to the director's position:

  • Prayer coordinator
  • Vigil coordinator
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Event coordinator
  • Church coordinator
  • Communications coordinator
  • And possibly others, depending on your local needs.

A line from Scripture comes to mind: "Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will." Please pray for discernment and guidance. 40 Days for Life won't happen without somebody. "Somebody" could be you!

__________________________________________________

40 Days for Life - Day 1

40 Days for Life - Day 2


56 posted on 09/26/2010 11:50:40 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

Lord have mercy


57 posted on 09/26/2010 11:51:41 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: wagglebee

Saw a pro life group here in Fresno at the Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Van Ness Avenue. I’ll find out how to join them. God bless all pro life people!!!


58 posted on 09/26/2010 11:53:28 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: wagglebee

I am not buying the “according her wishes” part.


59 posted on 09/26/2010 11:55:28 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

Me neither.


60 posted on 09/26/2010 11:57:05 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

This senseless death is beyond disturbing!! What is it about
America that it hates the disabled?

I’m thinking that someone really needs to get to the bottom of this
evil and cruel murder or we risk falling into an apathetic stupor!!

I called GA RTL and they said that little could be done since the
family closed ranks.

Was there anything in writing that Trisha wanted to deny herself
food and water ~ not that it would be right to abuse her this way,
even if she requested it. Yet, if not, could there be any prosecution
if he starved her based on hearsay?

What a mess we are in!!

I’m feeling guilty that we couldn’t muster a more effective battle
for an innocent woman’s life. What if there were to be an adult stem
cell cure revealed this year for her precise condition and . . .

Lord, forgive us for failing this dear woman!


61 posted on 09/26/2010 5:42:18 PM PDT by Lesforlife (Co-sponsor Personhood CO 2010 ~ Woo Hoo 62!)
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To: flaglady47

The first sentence of the posted article says otherwise


62 posted on 09/26/2010 5:55:56 PM PDT by fml
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To: yldstrk

I think we can get off the husband’s case. This was not a Schiavo case. The new bride had a brain tumor and surgery. They discussed all the possibilities ahead of them, and SHE requested this; he carried out her wishes. They may have been misguided, but they were her declared wishes to her husband and her parents.


63 posted on 09/26/2010 6:05:22 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: wagglebee

“Trisha Rushing Duguay - Rest in Peace”

So very sad. Prayers for Trisha’s soul, and prayers for all concerned.


64 posted on 09/26/2010 6:28:06 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: EDINVA; wagglebee; Lesforlife; BykrBayb
There has been no definitive science that someone in a coma or who is in a PVS state does not feel pain. If anyone who is starved-dehydrated to death for any reason feels pain, God help us all.

Suncoast Hospice: palliative care my arse. Suncoast Hospice gleefully killed Terri Schiavo for the cultists among them. They wear turtlenecks so they look spiritual. They are merchants of death. Are they also peddlers of pain? Terri suffered unimaginable pain and anguish as she was ALERT AND AWARE. A strange ceremony took place in her "cell". George Felos brought a special doctor bag but, gee, he's no doctor, he's an attorney!

Suncoast Hospice: death factory. Pinellas County, Florida: DEATH CENTRAL.

imo but my opinion's based on fact.

65 posted on 09/26/2010 6:58:11 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Obama still America bashing - wants to be more like China!)
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To: EternalVigilance
No hurricanes have hit Pinellas County since Terri's murder. Charlie Crist thinks it's because he's the governor. That he's a fool is finally reaching the masses.

If this peninsula is sacred ground, maybe no more direct hits here. The forced exits continue here though: emboldened.

66 posted on 09/26/2010 7:03:03 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Obama still America bashing - wants to be more like China!)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


67 posted on 09/26/2010 8:14:46 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Lesforlife
Was there anything in writing that Trisha wanted to deny herself food and water ~ not that it would be right to abuse her this way, even if she requested it.

I don't think so, but I'm not positive. The problem is that the entire family was in agreement and that makes it a lot more difficult.

68 posted on 09/27/2010 5:11:12 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: topher; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ..
Hopefully the Tea Party movement will not abandon social conservatism.

Thread by topher.

Planned Parenthood Scared by Tea Party Success

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In addition to discontent with out-of-control spending and government expansion, the American Tea Party movement is motivated by a strong devotion to the right to life of the unborn - something that appears to have caught the pro-abortion establishment, including Planned Parenthood, off-guard.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America expressed frustration at the burgeoning popularity of thoroughly pro-life candidates who have shot to stardom thanks to Tea Party momentum.

"It's easy to laugh at some of the crazy statements made by the newest Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Christine O'Donnell and others running on extreme anti-abortion platforms," wrote the group. "But did you know that the day after O'Donnell's primary victory in Delaware, she raised $1,000,000 online?"

The grassroots Tea Party movement, while largely dismissed by mainstream media and Democrat leaders early on - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously wrote off the movement as "astroturf" – has grabbed the attention of both parties after Tea Party senate candidates snatched the GOP nomination in seven states earlier this month.

The Republicans' "Pledge to America," a document released Thursday outlining a congressional agenda for the party, clearly aimed to please Tea Partiers. Party leaders, distancing themselves from "politicians in Washington," promised to shrink government, reform Congress, and in general facilitate "listening to the American people and fielding their concerns and ideas for turning things around."

In its statement, PPFA lamented that the Tea Party has ushered in "a groundswell of support across the country for these anti-choice candidates." "They're everywhere, raising money and support," it said, and urged supporters to help the abortion giant "fight them, stop them, and defeat them."

On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner noted that the Tea Party's impact in the upcoming midterm elections will mean trouble for pro-choice incumbents, particularly those among the GOP.

Examiner columnist Timothy P. Carney noted that the four top casualties of Tea Party furor - Lisa Murkowski, Mike Castle, Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter - were all pro-choice members or former members of the Republican Party. In contrast, all of the successful Tea Party candidates for Senate are strongly pro-life.


69 posted on 10/03/2010 11:27:23 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: topher; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ..
Zero now claims that Jesus Christ is speaking to him.

Thread by Topher.

Obama Says Teachings of Jesus Christ 'Spoke to Me,' then Defends Abortion

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, September 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following reports of widespread skepticism over his professed Christianity, President Obama on Tuesday invoked the teachings of Jesus Christ as the inspiration for his public agenda, which he called part of an "effort to express my Christian faith" - and in his next breath defended the legalized killing of unborn children.

When a teacher's assistant asked him why he was a Christian during a townhall Q&A in Albuquerque, the president answered, “I’m a Christian by choice.”

The president admitted that his parents “weren’t folks who went to church every week" and that his mother "didn’t raise me in the church.” "I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead - being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me," he said.

Obama continued: "And I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God.  But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.

“That’s what I strive to do.  That’s what I pray to do every day.  I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith," he said.

But the president then jumped to defend the legal killing of unborn children when the same woman asked about regulating the procedure.

"Now, with respect to the abortion issue, I actually think - I mean, there are laws both federal, state and constitutional that are in place," he said. "And I think that this is an area where I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is abortion should be safe, legal, and rare."

Obama exhorted the audience to "recognize" killing unborn children as "a difficult, oftentimes tragic situation that families are wrestling with." "I think the families and the women involved are the ones who should make the decisions, not the government," he said, adding: "I do think actually that there are a whole host of laws on the books that after a certain period, the interests shift such that you can have some restrictions, for example, on late-term abortions, and appropriately so."

As an Illinois and U.S. senator, Obama never once voted in favor of an abortion restriction, supporting even the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure and voting against a state law to protect infants born alive during an abortion.

Since ascending to the White House, he has solidified his 100% pro-abortion record by pursuing greater funding for abortion groups both overseas and at home. In crafting the federal health care reform, Obama's administration worked closely with abortion giant Planned Parenthood, whom he promised in 2007 that reproductive health would be "at the center, the heart" of his health care plans.

Obama's devotion to abortion is not the only aspect of a public agenda in plain conflict with the Christian worldview.

Obama has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against Christian values on marriage and the family by courting the homosexualist lobby, and has pushed for an end to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the repeal of the U.S. military's ban on open homosexuality, and gay adoption. Obama also successfully championed the inclusion of "sexual orientation" as a federally protected trait alongside race and religion in federal "hate crimes" legislation.

A survey by the Pew Research Center in August found that nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, and only one in three believe he is an adherent of the faith he claims; 43 percent said they were unsure. The White House shot back at the polls, claiming that right-wing "misinformation campaigns" had produced the results. 

Yet skeptics likely remained unmoved when, after the Pew results were collected, Obama vouched for a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. The president announced his support at a White House dinner celebrating the Muslim fast of Ramadan.

Christian leaders have expressed frustration at Obama's claim to Christianity despite failing to attend church services regularly since winning the 2008 presidential election, including Christmas Day 2008 and 2009.


70 posted on 10/03/2010 11:32:37 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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A deranged lunatic kills an abortionist once a decade or so, abortionists murder nearly 4000 innocent Americans EACH DAY. So much for Zero's priorities.

Thread by julieee.

Obama Admin Targets Pro-Lifers in FBI Training Forum With Pro-Abortion Orgs

Washington, DC -- Documents LifeNews.com obtained today reveal the Obama administration partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the sole focus of declaring as "violent" the free speech activities of pro-life Americans. http://LifeNews.com/nat6740.html

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


71 posted on 10/03/2010 11:36:24 AM PDT 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; ...
James Dobson is now advocating partial surrender.

Thread by me.

James Dobson: Pro-Life Cause May Have to Settle for Overturning Roe, Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Ask most pro-life Americans and they will tell the you the ultimate goal for the pro-life movement is a constitutional amendment recognizing the legal status of unborn children from conception. But former Focus on the Family president and founder James Dobson says that may not be attainable.

Before a constitutional amendment, either federally or in any state, can be recognized, the Supreme Court must be changed to remove its current pro-abortion majority -- pegged by most pro-life legal scholars as 5-4 at best.

Once that happens, the Supreme Court can reverse the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that allowed for virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and has resulted in more than 52 million abortions since 1973.

When the high court overturns Roe, states may be able to pass their own laws prohibiting abortions, and Dobson says that may have to be good enough for the pro-life movement because getting three-fourths of the states and Congress to ratify a constitutional amendment is an extraordinarily difficult process.

"I would be willing to settle for each state making a decision, and we'll fight that out in the state legislatures in 50 states. I just don't see the Supreme Court saying this is flat-out illegal," he lamented. "I wish they would, but I don't think that will happen."

Dobson's comments also refer to the theory among some pro-life legal observers that the Supreme Court could find the necessary votes to overturn Roe -- throwing the abortion battle back to the states -- but not having enough votes to uphold a constitutional amendment.

The election of President Barack Obama set back the pro-life cause because it allowed him to replace retiring pro-abortion jurists, John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O'Connor, with abortion advocates who will almost assuredly vote to keep Roe and unlimited abortions in place for decades to come.

The pro-life movement won't have the opportunity to replace a pro-abortion Supreme Court judge with the potential fifth vote to overturn Roe until at least 2013, assuming Obama is defeated by a pro-life presidential candidate in the next election.

Dobson, who made the comments, according to a OneNewsNow report, on the Today's Issues program on American Family Radio, also said he applauded pro-life groups and advancements such as better-quality ultrasounds for changing the face of public opinion.

"You can't deny it's a baby," Dobson says. "You see it sucking its thumb, moving and turning cartwheels in its mother's womb."

Recent polls have consistently shown a majority of Americans are both pro-life and strongly support limits such as no tax funding for abortions or parental involvement for teens.


72 posted on 10/03/2010 11:39:14 AM 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 love in taking innocent life.

Thread by me.

Loved to death (Euthanasia via dehydration/starvation)

Whether there are more Terri Schiavo’s suffering a torturous death by starvation and dehydration these days, or we’re just hearing more about them these days is uncertain. But the manner of such death should be made clear, and the media are certainly not doing that.

The latest case we know of is the ‘bride in a coma’ story. She was young and just married. But what we know through the media is incomplete about Trisha Rushing Duguay’s death is incomplete.

Just 27 years old, she had continued living, remarkably, for eight weeks after her husband and family had, according to her wishes, removed her feeding tube.

Trisha’s father, Jim Rushing, announced the news in an e-mail to family and close friends.

“Trisha has finally departed us on this physical journey to take her branch onto her spiritual journey. This journey has been 132 days in length 56 of those days off of life support. We know that not only her love & caring for others, but the sheer volume of prayer that has occurred will truly help her along this new path. Thank you.

That volume was generated through media coverage of this dramatic story and social communications media that spread it. The good news is that it generated a tremendous amount of prayer. The darker side of this story didn’t make it into the news coverage, as Terri Schiavo’s brother tried to warn people. Bobby Schindler writes:

Terri’s Life & Hope Network expresses concern with the manner in which some media outlets are portraying the situation, treating Trisha’s prolonged death and going without food and hydration-for over 7 weeks now-as an act of compassion.

I think it is important to be reminded that dying this way is not compassionate, peaceful or pleasant. My family witnessed, first hand, something quite the opposite. Terri went through almost two weeks without food and water before she died, and it was heartbreaking. Her death was cruel and barbaric and she suffered horribly. We must continue to educate the general public that food and water is basic and ordinary care and despite ones intentions, it does not change the nature of the act.

That’s a vital point. Food and water are not medical treatments, they’re ordinary care, no matter how they are redefined. People are very confused about this. Conscientious, faithful people are looking for moral guidance in making end of life decisions, and it’s available for all people concerned with preserving and respecting human dignity when it can be toughest to discern that process.

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

73 posted on 10/03/2010 11:42:00 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Today is Respect Life Sunday and 40 Days for Life is continuing with great success.

Threads by Salvation, GonzoII and nina0113.

Respect Life Sunday set for October 3

Respect Life Sunday set for October 3

Catholic parishes in western Oregon will celebrate Respect Life Sunday on October 3. That Sunday will mark the beginning of a month long observance of promoting respect for life from conception to natural death. The theme for this year is “The measure of love is to love without measure.” Archbishop John G. Vlazny will mark the occasion with a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, October 3 at 11:00 am.

The Respect Life Program was adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1972. It promotes the Church’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and to the wider community. It combines education, prayer, service and advocacy. The topics addressed this year include:

• the death penalty and Divine Mercy
• end of life care
• infertility treatments in line with church teaching
• sexual trafficking
• population control
• depression and suicide among youth
• the promise of pro-life youth

At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, all bishops around the world will join with their parishioners in the Advent season to pray for respect of human life.
Archbishop Vlazny will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on December 5, 2010 at 11:00 am. The Mass will join with others around the globe to witness that we are a “people of life.”

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40 Days for Life sets record

The 40 Days for Life campaign that began Sept. 22 will have the most locations in its short history.

The pro-life effort, which has occurred twice a year since the fall of 2007, consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting to end abortion, as well as community outreach and peaceful prayer vigils outside abortion clinics.

This fall’s campaign, which will end Oct. 31, will be at 238 sites. Those include locations in 46 states, six Canadian provinces, Australia, Denmark, England and Northern Ireland.

According to 40 Days for Life, here are some of the reported results from the six previous campaigns:

• 2,811 unborn babies have been saved from abortion.

• 35 abortion clinic employees have quit their jobs.

• Six abortion clinics have closed after 40 Days efforts.

Locations for this fall’s 40 Days outreach may be found at http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm.

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THREE ELEMENTS

Constant vigil

 40 Days for Life in Flagstaff, Arizona

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.

Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence.

This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.

If you do not have an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood office in your town, you can still conduct 40 Days for Life. However, you will need to select a different location which has some strategic significance ... perhaps near city hall, a courthouse, or a highly visible intersection.

Community outreach

 40 Days for Life in Greenville, South Carolina

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. This can identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters.

A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Informational flyers are distributed in neighborhoods to raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life by wearing wristbands, placing signs in their yards, or displaying bumper stickers on their vehicles.

These people can then be encouraged to pray and join in local pro-life efforts.

Church involvement begins by meeting with local pastors, other church leaders, and members of different congregations. The Body of Christ is invited to pray together and participate in 40 Days for Life, uniting in one focused mission that can save lives and make an eternal impact.

Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials, and letters to the editor. This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.

If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of flyer raids, sidewalk chalking, petition drives, table displays, and much more.

Local leadership with 40 Days for Life

 40 Days for Life in Halifax, Nova Scotia

40 Days for Life is primarily a local campaign. Yes, there is a national team that provides information, resources and encouragement, but all campaigns are based at the local level. Each community knows best when it comes to countering the damage abortion has caused in each individual city and town.

No one is appointed as a local 40 Days for Life leader; in each community, someone must step up and accept the challenge.

The campaign is also a group effort. There needs to be a main coordinator, but there is a whole level of duties and responsibilities that must be filled in addition to the director's position:

  • Prayer coordinator
  • Vigil coordinator
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Event coordinator
  • Church coordinator
  • Communications coordinator
  • And possibly others, depending on your local needs.

A line from Scripture comes to mind: "Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will." Please pray for discernment and guidance. 40 Days for Life won't happen without somebody. "Somebody" could be you!

40 Days for Life - Day 5


74 posted on 10/03/2010 11:50:11 AM PDT 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!


75 posted on 10/03/2010 11:52:56 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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Another Terri Schiavo?

Prayers for her.


76 posted on 10/03/2010 6:46:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

She passed away last week.


77 posted on 10/04/2010 5:02:58 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I’vebeen fighting the CO death cultists since
1986.
I remember evil State Senator Dotty Wham foisting
her wicked law on us which allowed the removal
of food and water from incapacitated patients without
their knowledge or permission.
SB 3 was passed in the early 90s, as I recall.

Probably led to Terri’s demise and who knows how many thousands
more?

Dick Lamm brought the abortion holocaust to America and Dotty
Wham the euthanasia agenda.
Vote yes on Amendment 62 to end the madness!!


78 posted on 10/06/2010 9:48:26 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Co-sponsor Personhood CO 2010 ~ Woo Hoo 62!)
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Just defending their "right" to murder babies.

Thread by topher.

Abortionist Pulls Gun on Pro-Life Witnesses

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, October 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Tennessee abortionist was arrested, but released on $25,000 bail Saturday after brandishing a gun at pro-lifers peacefully witnessing outside a Charleston clinic.

Witnesses say Tennessee abortionist Gary Boyle, 62, pointed a loaded handgun from his vehicle at about 8:30am Saturday morning at three pro-life witnesses, including one 17-year-old young man, who were standing outside the Charleston Women's Medical Center in West Ashley. After Boyle entered the clinic, the pro-lifers called police.

"We were like, 'Well, that was a gun,'" John Karafa, one of the three, told the Charleston Post and Courier. "You can't do that." Karafa was a participant in the 40 Days for Life campaign, an international semiannual event of prayer, fasting, and pro-life witness outside abortion facilities. The abortionist was arrested and charged with pointing a firearm.

The Post reports that Boyle attended a bond hearing by video conference, and paid his $25,000 bail later the same day. About eight pro-lifers wearing 40 Days for Life wristbands attended the proceedings.

The Charleston Women's Medical Center is South Carolina's largest abortion center, performing 2,550 abortions in 2008, and nearly 55,000 between 1988 and 2008, according to Columbia Christians for Life.

Boyle has been in trouble with the law before. For several years in the 1990s, Boyle operated a Bristol, Tennessee abortuary without proper state certification; however, an appeals judge eventually ruled in 2002 that the statute requiring certification violated a woman's right to privacy, the Post reports.

Cheryl Freiberger, outreach coordinator for the local 40 Days for Life, told LifeSiteNews.com that the charge facing Boyle is a felony. She also said reports claiming the men had approached the abortionist as he sat in his vehicle before he brandished the firearm were false.

"It's not the peaceful pro-life people who are attacking or acting violently, but it's often the pro-choice people who act out against us," she said. She said she hoped that other minor assaults suffered by pro-lifers, which she said police had treated with less diligence, would receive more scrutiny thanks to the recent incident.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for December 17.


79 posted on 10/10/2010 9:29:27 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Pure unrestrained EVIL.

Threads by markomalley and me.

Shock! Smothering A Disabled Child An Act of Love?

‘If I were the mother of a suffering child - I mean a deeply suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face… If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would.’

This goes to show that no principle of civilization, no precept—no matter how holy, authentic, or certain—cannot be twisted into the service of evil. Murder as an act of love.

The statement above is that of UK television pundit Virginia Ironside. The video below shows the entire exchange.

The host, about to introduce another guest was shocked into continuing the conversation calling her statement a “horrifying thing.” Indeed.

In another part of the interview, Ironside said that abortion too is an act of love. ‘If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.’

Ironside’s statements left the other guest, Reverend Joanna Jepson, with her mouth hanging open at the horror. She has other reasons for being horrified. If Ironside had her way, people like Jepson and her disabled brother would never have been born or perhaps lovingly smothered to death.

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British Pundit Virginia Ironside: "Smother Disabled Child With Pillow," Use Abortion

London, England (LifeNews.com) -- British television pundit Virginia Ironside is drawing gasps from pro-life advocates from across the globe for advocating killing disabled children. She said any "good mother" would smother a disabled child with a pillow because of the frustration bringing up such a baby would pose.

"If I were the mother of a suffering child -- I mean a deeply suffering child -- I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face," Ironside said in a video clip of a new BBC television interview she gave.

"If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would," she adds.

The host of the program was so shocked by the statement, that, as another guest was about to be introduced, she called the remarks a "horrifying thing."

But Ironside went further -- advocating abortions for children who are diagnosed in the womb with severe disabilities.

"If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother," she said.

Reverend Joanna Jepson, the other guest, was left stunned in amazement at the comments. She was born with a severe birth defect, since corrected in a minor surgery, that left her top and bottom jaws considerably out of alignment. She has advocated for the rights of disabled children who are targeted for abortions even for minor issues such as a cleft palate.

Patrick Archbold responded to the remarks in a post at the National Catholic Register.

"This goes to show that no principle of civilization, no precept -- no matter how holy, authentic, or certain -- cannot be twisted into the service of evil. Murder as an act of love," he said. "If Ironside had her way, people like Jepson and her disabled brother would never have been born or perhaps lovingly smothered to death."

"You might think that all this is some wicked theoretical exercise on the part of Ironside, alas no. Ironside willingly recounts the tales of her two abortions. The second of which she professed to be for the good of her baby," he continues.

"Ironside’s horrifying statements are the logical extension of many of the arguments in favor of abortion and euthanasia, but simply taken to their utilitarian ends. And she is not alone," Archbold concluded. "The only good that comes out of this is the glimmer of hope that such things still have the ability to shock."

YouTube: Virginia Ironside would be willing to smother a sick child


80 posted on 10/10/2010 9:35:43 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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The death mongers abhor facts.

Thread by me.

Alex Schadenberg: Getting the euthanasia facts straight

In article written by Neil Francis in the online opinion entitled Dying with Dignity, Francis claims to be setting the facts straight but he also gets the facts wrong. Link: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11084

Francis states:
Opponents also regularly point to 1,000 deaths in the Netherlands each year being a hastened death without a current request for assistance to die, and say that voluntary euthanasia laws promote this kind of behaviour. They offer this as evidence of the slippery slope to involuntary euthanasia but they ignore the facts.

First, the data they refer to - contained in the Remmelink report was collected in 1990. The Netherlands didn’t enact a euthanasia law until 2002.

The fact is that the Netherlands government do a report every 5 years. The last report was in 2005 and it stated that 550 people died in the Netherlands without request or consent. This number may seem much lower than the Remmerlink report of 1990 unless you are one of the 550.

A recent study that was published May 17 in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association stated that 32% of all euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region in Belgium are without request or consent.

To suggest that there is not a slippery slope is just ignoring the facts.

The fact is that for many euthanasia cases, choice is an illusion.


81 posted on 10/10/2010 9:40:21 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Wesley J. Smith explains why euthanasia can NEVER be considered safe.

Two threads by me.

Australian PM Right: Belgium Proves No Way to Create a “Safe” Euthanasia System

This is a real hoot.  Apparently OZ PM Julia Gillard has stated that she doesn’t see a way to create a euthanasia legalization system with safeguards that really protect.  A Belgian professor–Down Under for a convention of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies–claims that she should look to Belgium to learn how it is done.  From the story:

A PIONEER of Belgium’s voluntary euthanasia law has rebuffed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s statement that it could be ”almost impossible” to find appropriate safeguards for such a law in Australia. Professor Jan Bernheim, a cancer specialist who was instrumental in creating Belgium’s voluntary euthanasia law in 2002, said Australia could learn a lot from his country about how to create a safe system. Last week, Ms Gillard said she found it difficult to conceive how there could be appropriate safeguards for such a law, but Professor Bernheim said Belgium’s safeguards had worked very well for the past eight years. ”Ms Gillard obviously hasn’t looked at the data,” Professor Bernheim said. ”I think Belgium has a system that is well worth considering.”

Belgium???? Abuses abound!  Consider these stories covered by SHS and elsewhere:

I would say that Professor Bernheim is the one who hasn’t actually looked at the facts. PM Gillard is absolutely correct.  Guidelines do not–and cannot-protect against abuse.

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Belgium Euthanasia: Only Half of Patient Terminations Reported as Required by Law

Euthanasia guidelines don’t work as advertised.  We’ve seen that truth evidenced again–in the Netherlands–and again–in Switzerland–and again–in Belgium–and again–in Oregon.  A new study published in the British Medical Journal shows that in Flanders, Belgium, only half of the euthanasia deaths are reported as required by the law.  From the study:

The reporting rate for euthanasia in Flanders in 2007 is estimated to be 52.8%. This means that only one out of two cases of actual euthanasia is reported to and reviewed by the Federal Control and Evaluation Committee, and one in two is not. The most important reason given by physicians for not reporting a case to the review committee was that the physician did not perceive the act to be euthanasia (76.7%).Alarge majority of the unreported cases (92.2%) were in fact acts of euthanasia as defined in our study but were not perceived or labelled as “euthanasia” by the physician involved. Unreported cases of euthanasia were generally dealt with less carefully than reported cases: a written request for euthanasia was absent more often; other physicians and care givers specialised in palliative care were consulted less often; the life ending act was more often performed with opioids, sedatives, or both; and the life ending drugs were more often administered by a nurse instead of a physician.

Not only is it against the law for nurses to kill patients, as we discussed here before, a study by the Canadian Medical Association found that nearly half of nurse administered euthanasia deaths in Belgium are without request or consent.

I also don’t buy that doctors don’t know when they are taking direct action to terminate a patient.   But be that as it may, this study demonstrates–again–that euthanasia cannot be controlled by doctor administered death regulations.  Once you let the vampire out of the coffin, it goes where it will.  Guidelines  are primarily there to give a comforting illusion of control.


82 posted on 10/10/2010 9:44:24 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 a FANTASTIC strategy! All leftists should do this.

Thread by GonzoII.

Democratic candidates using abortion to mobilize support

.- Recent analysis from the Associate Press (AP) and the New York Times show Democratic candidates in state races using the contentious issue of abortion against their opponents, hoping to boost what is feared to be sluggish support for the party in November's mid-term elections.

According to the AP's Sept. 30 report, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was the subject of a heated pro-abortion commercial when, after winning the nomination from his party, told an interviewer that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Abortion advocates aired commercials last week claiming that Paladino wants to treat women as criminals by outlawing abortion.

"It became pretty clear to us we had the most anti-choice candidate the state had ever seen," argued Mary Alice Carr, spokeswoman for NARAL Pro-Choice New York. The abortion supporting group has endorsed the state's Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo.

Additionally, in the race for U.S. Senate, hopeful Republican Joe DioGuardi – a longtime abortion opponent – was recently and publicly questioned on the issue by incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

"I think the Democrats sense they are facing a turnout issue heading into election day. There's enthusiasm among Republicans and not much enthusiasm among Democrats," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg told the AP. "It is an issue that really appeals to Democratic voters."

New York attorney general candidate Democrat Eric Schneiderman, also touched on the issue of abortion on Sept. 28 to a crowd in Albany. Schneiderman, who has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, told supporters that he will "aggressively defend" their rights to birth control, adding that at the age of 17, he worked at a Washington abortion clinic.

Commenting on the insight of pollster Steven Greenberg, the AP wrote that one aspect of candidates bringing up the heated topic of abortion “is the desire to rouse part of the Democratic base that may have become lethargic since President Barack Obama's win two years ago.”

On Oct. 7, the New York Times discussed a “bruising” Senate race currently underway in Colorado, where Republican candidate Ken Buck has been the focus of a controversial ad approved by his Democratic opponent, Michael Bennett. The ad features a female obstetrician in scrubs arguing that women will lose control of their bodies if Buck were to win.

Buck's campaign told the New York Times that the attacks are merely an attempt to deflect from other, more important concerns.

“The No. 1 issues are jobs and the economy, and Michael Bennet can’t run on that,” Owen Loftus, a spokesman for Buck, told the paper. “It’s a desperate effort by a desperate campaign.”

Bennett was appointed last year to replace former Democratic Senator Ken Salazar, who is now secretary of the interior. Earlier this week, Bennett presented a new agenda attempting to link advancements for women – specifically as business owners, workers and mothers – to abortion support.

Contrary to Bennett's stance, Loftus told the NY Times that Buck believes life to begin at conception and opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. However, he added, Buck's vision as a senator would highlight issues surrounding the economy.


83 posted on 10/10/2010 9:47:34 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 an incredible editorial by Judie Brown!

Thread by me.

Judie Brown: Options and the Right to Live

If you thought the debate over providing a patient food and water had ended with Pope John Paul II’s 2004 address to health care professionals, you are sadly mistaken. The Holy Father clarified Catholic teaching, but even his profound words did not end the ongoing discussions which are taking on more innuendo and less fundamental ethical guidance as time progresses.

Pope John Paul II discussed the provision of nutrition and hydration in the case of patients in a coma, and did so as the Terri Schiavo drama was playing out in Florida. When he addressed the subject, he said that even in the case of a prolonged condition such as “vegetative state,” there is no ethical justification for ending or interrupting “minimal care” for the patient, including nutrition and hydration. Further, “Death by starvation or dehydration is, in fact, the only possible outcome as a result of their withdrawal. In this sense it ends up becoming, if done knowingly and willingly, true and proper euthanasia by omission.” These are strong words and should have had the effect of ending any discussion about removing comfort care—which is really all that nutrition and hydration can provide to the dying.

So it was with considerable shock that I reviewed a brochure forwarded to me by a medical professional who learned of a presentation that will be made in her home state of Missouri. The title of the seminar is “Ethical Considerations for Withholding Nutrition and Hydration: End-of-Life Decisions.” The course director is Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP, MFT, a speech therapist in private practice in Pennsylvania. Ms. Dougherty earned a master’s degree at St. Louis University, which is a Catholic university.

Upon reviewing the description of the seminar, it disgusted me that seminars such as this—which take place across the country all the time—are being offered at Catholic facilities. One session is being conducted on October 21 at St. Clare Hospital—a Catholic institution located in Fenton, Missouri. The Catholic Church strongly defends the dignity of the human person and that individual’s right to be treated with full respect and care even when dying, yet this type of seminar goes against that teaching.

The seminar’s marketing brochure uses language which unmasks the intent of the discussions that will occur. For example, under nutrition options we find the words “appropriate and inappropriate” as well as “pulling tube.” Under hydration options we find “benefits” and “burdens.” Each of these terms are subjective—meaning that one can apply a sliding scale of ethics depending on who is making the decisions and the ulterior motives that could come into play with a particular patient and his or her family. In other words, there is no such thing when dealing with a dying patient as a “one size fits all” program of care and preparation for death. Each individual presents a unique set of challenges and questions.

This fact brings me to the question the health care professional asked in her email to me: “Are there really ethical considerations for withholding nutrition and hydration from dying patients?”

The answer to this question is a simple one: Not unless the patient’s body is either rejecting the nutrients or the provision of same is causing a high level of pain to the patient. Otherwise, to withhold or remove nutrition is, as the Pope pointed out, “euthanasia by omission.”

This is why the Holy Father encouraged the medical professionals who were in his audience “to guard jealously the principle according to which the true task of medicine is ‘to cure if possible, always to care.’”

What a blessing it would be for those gathered at St. Clare Hospital on October 21 to study and learn the health care principles set forth by Pope John Paul II in his March 20, 2004 address rather than spending a few hours learning how to apply end-of-life principles guided by moral relativism.

We have expressed our concerns about this seminar to the remarkable shepherd, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, and invite you to pray that he intervenes so that, at the very least, this event is moved to a secular location.

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


84 posted on 10/10/2010 9:50:30 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I apologize for forgetting to post this a couple weeks ago.

I remember this from the time, but it was very illuminating to be reminded that Christine O'Donnell played a crucial role in saving Lauren Richardson's life.

Thread by DelaWhere.

Christine O'Donnell's Schiavo Case: 'Life For Lauren' (Inquiring minds want to know...)

You know that Christine O'Donnell is pro-life. But one episode that hasn't gotten much attention is her work on an end-of-life case, reminiscent of Terry Schiavo's, in 2008.

O'Donnell, the new Republican Senate candidate from Delaware, cites her pro bono public relations work on the case as the reason she was in dire financial straits during her Senate campaign against Joe Biden that year. Her straits were so dire, in fact, she sold her home...

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85 posted on 10/10/2010 9:55:49 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 continues to save babies and change lives!

Thread by nina0113.

THREE ELEMENTS

Constant vigil

 40 Days for Life in Flagstaff, Arizona

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.

Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence.

This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.

If you do not have an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood office in your town, you can still conduct 40 Days for Life. However, you will need to select a different location which has some strategic significance ... perhaps near city hall, a courthouse, or a highly visible intersection.

Community outreach

 40 Days for Life in Greenville, South Carolina

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. This can identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters.

A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Informational flyers are distributed in neighborhoods to raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life by wearing wristbands, placing signs in their yards, or displaying bumper stickers on their vehicles.

These people can then be encouraged to pray and join in local pro-life efforts.

Church involvement begins by meeting with local pastors, other church leaders, and members of different congregations. The Body of Christ is invited to pray together and participate in 40 Days for Life, uniting in one focused mission that can save lives and make an eternal impact.

Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials, and letters to the editor. This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.

If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of flyer raids, sidewalk chalking, petition drives, table displays, and much more.

Local leadership with 40 Days for Life

 40 Days for Life in Halifax, Nova Scotia

40 Days for Life is primarily a local campaign. Yes, there is a national team that provides information, resources and encouragement, but all campaigns are based at the local level. Each community knows best when it comes to countering the damage abortion has caused in each individual city and town.

No one is appointed as a local 40 Days for Life leader; in each community, someone must step up and accept the challenge.

The campaign is also a group effort. There needs to be a main coordinator, but there is a whole level of duties and responsibilities that must be filled in addition to the director's position:

A line from Scripture comes to mind: "Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will." Please pray for discernment and guidance. 40 Days for Life won't happen without somebody. "Somebody" could be you!

40 Days for Life - Days 10,11,12

40 Days for Life - Day 13


86 posted on 10/10/2010 10:00:25 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

We thank God for pro lifers!!!


87 posted on 10/10/2010 11:02:47 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: wagglebee

I saw this on Glenn Beck. Not surprising given the state of the world today. It reminds me of the warning in the Bible that says in the last days, people will kill people and believe they are doing God a favor. Lord have mercy.


88 posted on 10/10/2010 11:05:25 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


89 posted on 10/10/2010 9:19:38 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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The Komen Foundation's true agenda IS NOT what it appears.

Thread by julieee.

Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5M to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009

Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5M to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009

Washington, DC -- October is the month for breast cancer awareness, but it's difficult for pro-life advocates to lend their support to one of the primary organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer because it has provided contributions to the Planned parenthood abortion business.

http://LifeNews.com/nat6765.html

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90 posted on 10/24/2010 10:41:57 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Charlie Crist has finally quit pretending.

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Charlie Crist Attacks Marco Rubio on Abortion, Fully Abandon's Pro-Life View

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Charlie Crist is up with a new television commercial in the Florida Senate race that attacks pro-life Republican opponent Marco Rubio's pro-life views. The ad essentially is the final confirmation that Crist has abandoned any pretense of holding a pro-life position on abortion.

"I'm fighting to stop Marco Rubio's extremist agenda to roll back Roe v. Wade and cut your Social Security," Crist says in the commercial.

The reference is made to the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy and has resulted in more than 52 million abortions since 1973.

Crist's ad will further upset pro-life and middle of the road voters who are already upset he vetoed a bill that would have allowed women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby prior to an abortion.

The bill would have also exempted the state from some of the abortion funding in the government-run health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law.

Then, in a move to set up an ad of this nature against Rubio, Crist scrubbed his web site of any mention of his supposedly pro-life views or opposing abortion.

The other problem for Crist is that he's changed his abortion position so many times for political gain that he has nothing left in his campaign playbook other than to accuse his main opponent of being an "extremist."

In the March 2010 debate with Rubio during the Republican primary, Crist tried to sell himself as a pro-life candidate, saying he's “strongly pro-family and pro-life and has made these issues a priority throughout his career of public service.”

But footage the Rubio campaign unearthed at the time shows Crist in 1998 saying he is firmly for abortion. The footage the Rubio campaign provided LifeNews.com showed Crist engaged in a debate with Sen. Bob Graham during a Senate campaign. Florida voters see a younger Crist passionately articulating his views for abortion.

Asked by the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert if he would support a constitutional amendment banning abortions, Crist responded with the standard pro-abortion line the 1998 debate: "No, I would not. I think this is a very personal decision. And I think it is a decision that a woman should make and have the right to make after consulting with her family, her physician, and her clergy. But not her government."

Crist followed up that statement with a response to the a 1998 questionnaire for the St. Petersburg Times.

He wrote, "I am pro-choice, but not pro-abortion. I believe that a woman has the right to choose, but would prefer only after careful consideration and consultation with her family, her physician and her clergy; not her government."

The newspaper highlighted Crist's pro-abortion views at the time by noting he "voted against proposals to require counseling and a waiting period for all women seeking abortions" -- pro-life legislation that has proven to cut the number of abortions in other states.

In 2006, Crist appear to make a foray towards the pro-life perspective, while still retaining an underlying pro-abortion position.

"I would rather encourage adoption. I would prefer not to change law, I would rather change hearts," he said in 2006, according to an Associated Press report.

Yet, the Crist campaign, in January, released the statement saying, “Charlie Crist … is strongly pro-family and pro-life and has made these issues a priority throughout his career of public service. … As Florida’s next U.S. Senator, Charlie Crist will fight for pro-life legislative efforts."

In March 2010, Crist said he would sign a bill that would ban abortions, like the legislation that received national attention in South Dakota in 2008.
He then backtracked from his position, according to AP, and backtracked to the view that he doesn't favor changing laws to ban abortions.

“He later clarified that the South Dakota law, set to go into effect July 1, is too restrictive, and he would only sign a ban if it also allowed abortions for victims of rape and incest. Crist added, ‘Promoting a culture of life is preferable to me than passing laws," AP reported.

Related web sites:
Crist video on abortion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYJ3RaZVFU


91 posted on 10/24/2010 10:45:13 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

She’s died over a month ago ...


92 posted on 10/24/2010 10:49:41 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: topher; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ..
Tim Tebow and his family are stepping forward for life once again.

Threads by topher and me.

Mother of Tim Tebow Endorses Colorado Personhood Amendment

DENVER, October 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pam Tebow, whose story about her refusal to abort her football star son reached millions last year, has endorsed Colorado's Personhood Amendment - the only pro-life issue on the ballot anywhere in the U.S. in 2010.
 
"A child's right to life begins at conception, not at birth. From conception, all children are people, made in the image and likeness of God. Thus, I support the Personhood amendment and appeal to Colorado voters to vote 'yes' on amendment 62," stated Pam Tebow, mother of Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner who scored his first touchdown in the NFL as a Denver Bronco Sunday.
 
Pam Tebow made headline news when she and Heisman-trophy-winning son Tim Tebow appeared in a pro-life television ad during the 2010 Superbowl. The advertisement directed viewers to learn more about Tebow's story online, where Pam described her refusal to let doctors take her son's life while she was pregnant. The ad was sponsored by Focus on the Family, which has also urged Colorado voters to vote "Yes" on Amendment 62.
 
In an interview with Focus on the Family, the Tebows explained the circumstances of Pam's high-risk pregnancy. Pam recalled, "We went to see a doctor in the town we lived in and she said [he] wasn't a baby at all. [She said] he was a mass of fetal tissue and that I needed to abort him immediately if I was going to save my life." Despite a myriad of concerns about Pam's life and the life of her baby, the Tebows fought through a difficult pregnancy and gave their son life.
 
"Pam Tebow had the courage and conviction to choose life, despite desperate circumstances," commented Keith Mason, Manager of the Yes on 62 Campaign. "Parents facing difficult pregnancies should realize that the child in their womb is a person, just as Pam Tebow realized her son's humanity, value, and dignity while he was in the womb. He is just as much of a person today as he was when the doctor advised that he be aborted."
 
"Pam Tebow's testimony serves as an inspiration to women in difficult pregnancies," added Leslie Hanks, cosponsor of Amendment 62. "Although it was challenging, Pam did the right thing, and the world is a better place for it. Likewise, Colorado's 'Yes' vote on Amendment 62 is the right thing for Colorado. Amendment 62 will ensure that Colorado is a better, safer place for women and for preborn babies."

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Video links Obama to 'Angel of Death'

A new YouTube video in support of Colorado's pro-life Amendment 62 – the only "personhood" amendment on 2010 ballots across the United States – links President Obama with the "Angel of Death."

The ominous video urges support for the amendment that would declare an unborn child a "person" under state law – and eligible for all the protections the law gives a "person," from the beginning of development.

The video has raised a stir, too, among those who support abortion.

~snip~

The campaign also is reaching out to voters with a gentler touch.

The organization announced an endorsement from Pam Tebow, mother of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and four others.

"A child's right to life begins at conception, not at birth. From conception, all children are people, made in the image and likeness of God. Thus, I support the personhood amendment and appeal to Colorado voters to vote 'yes' on amendment 62," Pam Tebow said in a statement.

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


93 posted on 10/24/2010 10:50:20 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Eternal_Bear

“Trisha made Jim promise: If she were to end up in a vegetative state, with no hope of getting better, he would not let her languish.”


94 posted on 10/24/2010 10:53:05 AM PDT by SeeSac
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Students saving lives!

Thread by me.

At Least 31 Babies Saved During Students’ Day of Silence

October 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – By all accounts Tuesday’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which saw students from around the world refusing to speak in commemoration of those unborn children who die through abortion, was a smash success.

For Bryan Kemper, the founder of the massive annual pro-life event, it isn’t just about the tens of thousands of students who braved the taunts of their peers, or even the disapproval of school officials, to stand up for the unborn. More than anything, it's about the lives that were literally saved through the students’ witness.

According to Kemper, so far the Day of Silent Solidarity team is aware of at least 31 babies that were saved on Tuesday. Over the years, at least 500 babies have been saved from abortion thank to the campaign.

Kemper said today that, "One thing that struck me this year was how many kids were doing this because they knew their own parents almost aborted them, but decided to give them life.  They were now fighting for all those kids whose parents are in the same situation as their own were so many years ago."

Students who take part in the pro-life event typically place red duct tape across their mouths with the word “Life” written on it, and hand out pro-life flyers when asked for an explanation. While they strive to maintain silence throughout the day, in solidarity with the unborn child who is unable to defend himself, event organizers encourage students to speak to school administrators when spoken to.

One girl wrote in to the day of silence team, saying that when she arrived at school, a fellow student came up to her and said she was wasting her time and that no one would listen to her. “All I did was nod,” wrote the student, “and gave her the paper [flyer],” at which point she “threw it at me.”

But when the pro-life student walked away, she said that she saw the other girl pick up the flyer and put it in her pocket. Later that day, she said, “I saw her but her eyes were puffy, then she hugged me and said I was making a huge difference to a lot of girls, and that she was scheduled for an abortion later this week and that she will cancel it.”

The pro-life student concluded saying that she feels “happy to know that not even saying something made such a difference.”

Another student named Amanda wrote in that she talked to a girl in “my drivers ed class that just found out she was pregnant, and she decided on abortion. After we wrote back and forth, (because I was silent), she is planning on adoption.” 

Other e-mails and letters from participants illustrate not only the often hostile reception that participants receive, but also their remarkable personal courage in standing up to those fellow students who mock their efforts – a silent courage that often leads to conversion.

One student named Liana described how she was “mocked” throughout her art class. “The next class,” Liana continued, “one of my peers said ‘Why the hell are you wearing this?’ and ripped the tape off my mouth! It stung, both physically and emotionally. I had been pretty good friends with this particular guy. I went on the rest of the day and ignored what I heard.”

Later on Liana says she bought “a present of baby supplies, dresses, onesies, bottles, socks, blankets, etc. for one of the girls at my school who chose to keep her child.”

Another student, Lyssa, described how when she entered the school wearing a pro-life t-shirt and the red duct tape, a bunch of students at a nearby table were murmuring about it, and “one of the guys came over with clear duct tape on his mouth, trying to mock me.” But by lunch time Lyssa had convinced 25 other students to join in the Day of Silence effort.

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity began in 2004, after Kemper was asked by a student at McNeese State University what he could “do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion,” a question that Kemper says set off a “spark” in his head.

That first year a few thousand students on about 300 campuses participated; by last year students on over 4,800 campuses in 25 countries were involved. This year there were reports of students participating in Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Africa, Wales, Germany and elsewhere.

Kemper says that thanks to the Day of Silent Solidarity, “Hearts are being changed, babies are being saved, and women are being spared the trauma of post-abortive pain. People are coming together in unity to promote a culture of life. Personhood is being restored on campuses across the nation.”

“I really cannot take any credit for the success of this movement,” says Kemper. “It is only God who grants us the power to do this.”

“I believe that, through Christ, we can restore personhood to the most innocent of our brothers and sisters: the children in the womb.”

“The stories that we are hearing from students who participated in pro-life day, are stories that we hear everyday from pro-life students across the country,” said Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life. “This is the pro-life generation, and they are making a difference on their campuses every day.”

To find out more, click here.

To read more stories from this years' event, click here.


95 posted on 10/24/2010 10:53:48 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It's disgusting that this is even necessary.

Thread by me.

The Card to Protect You from “Presumed Consent” Organ Harvesting

October 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the push for organ harvesting gets increasingly aggressive, and more and more cases of abuse by transplant teams surface, one pro-life leader has developed a card to ensure doctors respect one’s wish to live a natural lifespan.

“The card documents that they want to live as long as God gives them,” said Dr. Paul Byrne of the Life Guardian Foundation, who is a pioneer in the field of neonatology and a leading opponent of the notion of “brain death,” which is often used as the point where doctors can begin harvesting organs from dying patients.

Dr. Byrne argues that brain death is not in fact real death, but rather a set of criteria that were developed in order to be able to harvest healthy organs, including vital organs, thereby causing the patient’s true death.
 
“The fact of the matter is all organs that are transplanted are healthy organs and they always come from a living person,” he explained.  “After they take the organ, the living person is either dead, when it’s a beating heart, or weaker if it’s one of two kidneys.”

Dr. Byrne told LifeSiteNews that it is essential to protect oneself from the presumed consent laws that have already been passed in 40 states, and are being promoted in the other states as well as Canada.  Under these laws, a patient is presumed to have consented to organ donation unless he specifically opts out.

“The only way to stop what they do is to have some documentation of refusal,” he said.  “This medical card gives the way to document refusal so far as being an organ donor is concerned.”

But even more importantly, he explained that the card gives life support directions.  “It documents that they don’t want anybody to shorten their life or hasten their death,” he said.

The card also says that the patient does not consent to an apnea test, which doctors use to declare “brain death.”  Dr. Byrne explained that because this test involves removing a person’s ventilator for up to ten minutes - increasing carbon dioxide, and thus causing brain swelling – it actually causes the patient’s condition to worsen.

Further, the card allows the patient to designate someone else to speak for him, who can ensure the person is properly treated.  That person can only do what the card says and cannot take away treatment.  It also allows the patient to indicate that they want a priest, minister, or rabbi to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

“Carry it with you.  Have more than one.  Give it to your relatives,” said Dr. Byrne.

Cards can be obtained from the Life Guardian Foundation.


96 posted on 10/24/2010 10:57:35 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 an amazing story!

Thread by NYer.

Newborn Saved from Dumpster by Man who Later Finds Out He's the Father

CALGARY, October 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A newborn left to die in a dumpster in northwest Calgary was saved by a man who only later found out he was the boy's father.

Calgary police said that the boy's mother told them she did not know she was pregnant until she gave birth to the child. She allegedly put the living baby in a garbage bag and tossed him into the dumpster.

The 29-year-old woman's boyfriend said he had no idea she was pregnant because she was heavy set and always had "a bit of a belly."

On Tuesday, October 19, the man said his girlfriend was complaining of cramps and illness. He told police that on returning home for lunch a passerby alerted him to cries coming from a dumpster.

"A girl said, 'I think I hear a baby in the dumpster.' With no knowledge at the time that this is my kid whatsoever, I went running over there, stood beside the dumpster, heard the baby cry," the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, told the Calgary Herald.

"I jumped in and removed the stuff. I personally opened the bag and uncovered all the stuff off," he said.

"My first thought seeing the baby there was disgust. I just thought 'we've got to get that baby out of here' and I didn't know CPR," the man said.

The baby was immediately taken to hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition. Hospital staff said it appeared the baby had been in the dumpster for about two hours before being rescued and was suffering from hypothermia when brought to them.

Police questioned the man after the rescue, and later that evening informed him that he was the child’s father. "It was the most shocking thing I've ever encountered in my life - to find that out from police is not something I'd ever expected to happen," he said.

The father said his girlfriend's behavior was perplexing but he feels she needs help rather than his anger.

"I'm not mad. I don't know if it's just my demeanor, knowing that getting mad isn't going to solve everything, not going to help the problem," he said, adding, "I'm not happy with her but I'm not angry, either. I want to make sure she gets the help she needs."

The woman is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric assessment and is facing charges of attempted murder, failing to provide the necessities of life and child abandonment.

Staff Sergeant Leah Barber of the Calgary Child Abuse Unit said that although "Information suggests the woman was not aware of the pregnancy prior to the birth," she believes there are reasonable grounds for the charges.

"The baby was put in there with no expectation to survive ... where it couldn't be found," Barber told the media.

"There's always other options. Obviously if something like this were to happen, 911 would be the first call I'd make," she said.

According to police, the custody of the child is being discussed with Alberta Children and Youth Services. However, the child's father told the Calgary Herald today that he hopes to gain custody of his son.

"I'm just going to try to be the best dad I can be. If he wants to get involved in sports, be a computer geek, try to be the next prime minister, I'll do whatever I can do to support him," the father said.


97 posted on 10/24/2010 11:00:43 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Repulsive beyond words.

Thread by me.

It Takes a Long Time to Starve a Severely Disabled Infant to Death by Withdrawing Nutrition

Tube supplied hydration and nutrition is deemed a medical treatment, like aspirin, surgery, or chemotherapy, and hence, can be denied or withdrawn under the law.  Normal receipt of food and water, is not allowed to be withheld when it can be taken, since that isn’t medical treatment.  Still, take away either form of sustenance from infants (or adults) and they will die.

A disturbing study has come out about how long it takes to starve an infant to death, I assume by withdrawing tube-supplied sustenance.  (I hope so!) From the study (may need to register, my links to the conditions mentioned):

Neonatal survival after withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition can last up to 26 days, according to a case series presented here at the 18th International Congress on Palliative Care. Although physical distress is not apparent in the infants, the psychological distress of parents and clinicians builds with the length of survival, said Hal Siden, MD, from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“These babies live much, much longer than anybody expects. I think that neonatologists and nurses and palliative care clinicians need to be alerted to this,” he said. “The time between withdrawal of feeding and end of life is something that is not predictable, and you need to be cautioned very strongly about that if you are going to do this work.” He presented a series of 5 cases that clinicians at his hospice had overseen over a 5-year period. Two infants had severe neurologic impairment, 2 had severe hypoxic ischemia, and 1 had severe bowel atresia.

This means that these infants did not die from the underlying conditions:

Despite this, there is one factor that medication cannot alleviate, and that is the visual signs of emaciation, said Ms. Keats. “The longer a child lives, the more emaciated he or she becomes. This is something that we as clinicians need to anticipate. You can alleviate some of the physical symptoms, but this is one symptom, or result of our action, that we can’t relieve. A critical factor for counseling is to anticipate the kind of suffering that comes with witnessing the emaciation. It isn’t something people can prepare themselves for.”Autopsies are often encouraged in such neonatal palliative care cases to help both parents and medical staff gain a better understanding of the reasons for the death, said Dr. Siden. Parents should be warned that the report will document the technical cause of death as “starvation” — a loaded word for all concerned. It is important that parents separate this word from any notion of suffering, he said.

The study wants infants being dehydrated to become research subjects on the physiological processes of being starved:

“All of the children we’ve cared for have been in a very quiet, low metabolic state — not an agitated state — with no overt signs of hunger behavior. Whether they are neurologically capable of hunger behavior is another question, and I don’t know the answer. That’s why I am trying to understand better what they are going through, because I don’t want them to suffer,” Dr. Siden explained.

He emphasized the importance of more research into the physiologic processes that occur after withdrawal of fluids and nutrition so that clinicians can both inform and reassure parents. “There’s an ethical component to doing research. If you don’t do research yourself, you need to support those who do, because we desperately need to know more,” Dr. Siden asserted. “There’s a technical aspect to what we do, and we need to become really good at that because we need to be able to say to people, without a doubt, that we are going to do this and there is not going to be any kind of suffering. You’ve got to be very on top of your game.”

Perhaps it shouldn’t be deemed ethical and acceptable to take the extra step of withdrawing sustenance when the child can assimilate nutrition.  Indeed, I think higher ethical standards should apply when deciding to starve or dehydrate any human being to death as a matter of refusing treatment than when withdrawing other interventions.

Maybe I am just too unsophisticated to not find this study very disturbing.

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

98 posted on 10/24/2010 11:03:30 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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She’s died over a month ago ...

This is the Terri Dailies Thread.

We are painfully aware that the culture of death preys on the public's emotions, forces evil laws and is successful in murdering most of their intended victims. However, that WILL NOT prevent us from speaking out on the behalf of the innocent.

If you want to push a pro-death agenda, do it elsewhere.

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

99 posted on 10/24/2010 11:09:02 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SeeSac

Take your anti-life message elsewhere. This is Free Republic, not democrat underground.


100 posted on 10/24/2010 1:07:11 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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