Skip to comments.Lauren Richardson Becomes Next Terri Schiavo as Parents Debate Euthanasia (Delaware)
Posted on 02/01/2008 2:51:57 PM PST by Pyro7480
A Delaware woman has become the next Terri Schiavo as her parents engage in a massive legal and philosophical debate about whether to subject her to euthanasia. Richardson is a 23-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin in August 2006 while she was three months pregnant with a baby girl.
Doctors kept Lauren on life support until she delivered her baby in February 2007. Shortly thereafter, her parents began a fight that is reminiscent of the battle over Terri's life and death.
As in the Terri Schiavo case, physicians have been quick to label Lauren as having a persistent vegetative state -- something Terri's family called dehumanizing and medically inaccurate as patients have recovered from it.
Edith Towers, Lauren's mother, wants to remove her feeding tube and starve and dehydrate her to death in the same manner that Michael Schiavo subjected Terri.
Towers claims Lauren would never have wanted to live as a permanently disabled person, but Lauren, as with Terri, did not have a living will or other advance directive spelling out her treatment wishes. She claims Lauren told her during Terri's battle that she would not want to live like her.
On the other side is Randy Richardson, Lauren's father is fighting to save her life and wants to be appointed as her guardian to ensure she receives appropriate medical care and treatment.
"She's committed no crime and doesn't deserve to have this death imposed on her," Richardson told the News Journal newspaper on Wednesday. "We just want to give her a chance."
Lauren no longer uses a ventilator or other breathing apparatus and is not on artificial life support -- something Randy contends is showing progress.
Towers is winning the legal battle in court as she was awarded guardianship of Lauren, but Randy Richardson has filed an appeal.
The News Journal indicates Delaware Court of Chancery Master Sam Glasscock III has put any action taking Lauren's life on hold while the court reviews the guardianship ruling -- a process that could take as much as three months to complete.
Regardless of the decision, an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court is expected.
Randy Richardson also has other concerns about his daughter and says that Towers, his ex-wife, has not allowed Lauren's baby to see her.
Richardson and the Delaware Pro-Life Coalition released a video on Wednesday that shows Lauren at a nursing home reacting to family members and a dog.
The pro-life group also organized a prayer vigil near the Arbors Rehab Center in New Castle.
Rocks and socks are the same keys on a phone keypad.
Did he have matching rocks and/or socks?
8mmmauser tagged Crist lovers “the new cristi minstrels.” Out of tune and out of touch.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being a reactive mind, I give you a 10.
bttt for Lauren Richardson.Let Lauren Live.
Occasionally the new cristi minstrels add an “h” to Crist’s name. I’ve never seen them ask for a correction, nor even pretend they didn’t mean to call him “Christ.”
Jean S.said: This is not a pro-life thread, it a thread in the news/activisim forum. Free Republic is a pro-life website, that's a given, but discussion and dissension of end of life situations are allowed here.
So maybe I can clarify for visitors. We are a Terri Dailies thread. We have continued in this form since the horrible event of three years ago this month, and have kept the same structure. We are a distinct feature now an institution of FreeRepublic dedicated to issues surrounding Terri's Legacy and that includes inseparably pro-life perspective. As in this thread we seek out similar cases and anything related to the dark forces assaulting Terri and us.
Carrying this heavy theme we strive to keep it light with a little humor dispersed so as lighten a dark and heavy burden. This tone is similar, nay branded, by the successful quest of William F. Buckley, R.I.P. and his close sidekick, our own T'wit, R.I.P. See tribute upthread to these influences on our approach.
We welcome discussions, but as the past taught us well, we are targets of that dark side and have stood up to withering assaults from death enthusiasts and trolls and we do not suffer them kindly. Happily since we support truth, facts, and evidence, the detractors ran out of ammo many moons ago, and resort to lobbing spent shells at us. But that has nothing at all to do with discussion of pro-life issues and we welcome it, being glad to inform and to learn. Whenever dissension turns to attack of our core, we do respond sometimes in very un-P.C. ways. In this regard, as resulting from brutal battles initially and which we conquered, we keep our threads troll-free. Pour over past Terri Dailies to witness how disruptors dwindled.
Sorry Charlie has been a thorn from the start and his performance in Tallahassee makes our case. That makes me very happy, joyous, he is not our governor here in Maine, although few are worse than ours.
I don't give a hoot about Charlie's proclivities or his taste in effeminate wear. If it doesn't bother his girlfriends, it sure doesn't bother me. But I have no problem poking fun at him because of his stand on pro-life issues and Terri. Ha ha about his gay apparel. I am much worse poking fun at our candidates. You don't see me accuse Hillary directly for her choices of pals like Huma, Ellen Degenerate, or her problem, B.O., but you will see me lighting into all the candidates who equivocate on life issues.
Back to the topic, Terri Dailies are a chronicle of pro-life news. Like in church, we do not give equal time to the devil, but are decidedly pro-life. We warmly welcome visitors who are also pro-life as is our Founder. May we always strive to keep our internal disputes mild and transient if we just gotta have 'em.
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Many Catholics still need to learn about the church's teachings on end-of-life issues, such as when it might be morally acceptable to reject or terminate life-prolonging treatments, said some participants at a Vatican-sponsored congress.
This was made especially apparent during the legal battle over the fate of Terri Schindler Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged Florida woman who died in March 2005 after a court ordered that her husband could make her medical decisions for her. Michael Schiavo, the husband and legal guardian, said she would have wanted her feeding tube removed, while her parents said she would have wanted to remain alive based on her Catholic faith.
Bobby Schindler, Schiavo's brother and executive director of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, said he attended the Vatican congress "to keep educating myself on these issues."
He told CNS that while the case "raised an incredible amount of awareness," incomplete or misleading media coverage also generated "a tremendous amount of confusion" that still lingers.
Pope John Paul II's 2004 allocution said artificial feeding and nutrition of patients in a persistent vegetative state was not "a medical act," but was proportionate and ordinary and therefore morally obligatory.
But Schindler said these teachings are not being conveyed adequately. He said U.S. clergy were being too silent from "apathy or indifference" and not coming to their defense in time.
Much confusion, he said, is caused when the case mistakenly is "lumped into these end-of-life discussions when in fact it was not an end-of-life situation."
"Terri was not dying, the brain injury was not going to kill her," and she died just like anyone else would die "if they took away our food and water," Schindler said..................
... Personhood, that is.
So you think you have a handle on how the brain works? You're sure, absolutely sure, the Terri Schiavos of the world are incapable of thought or feelings? Do you think you even know your own mind?
We've discussed babies with no brains, people with "vegetables" for brains, and preborns who experts (at spin) say can't possibly think.
Well from her fingertips to your ears, here is yet another voice.
Makes you wonder who is really lacking in grey matter. Or it should.
The YouTube post, she says, was a political statement, designed to call attention to people's tendency to underestimate autistics. It wasn't her first video post, but this one took off. "When the number of viewers began to climb, I got scared out of my mind," Baggs says.
As the hit count neared 100,000, her blog was flooded. At 200,000, scientists were inviting her to visit their labs. By 300,000, the TV people came calling, hearts warmed by the story of a young woman's fiery spirit and the rare glimpse into what has long been regarded as the solitary imprisonment of the autistic mind. "I've said a million times that I'm not trapped in my own world,'" Baggs says. "Yet what do most of these news stories lead with? Saying exactly that."...
Baggs is working on some new videos. One project is tentatively titled "Am I a Person Yet?" She'll explore communication, empathy, self-reflection â€” core elements of the human experience that have at times been used to define personhood itself. And at various points during the clip, she'll ask: "Am I a person yet?" It's a provocative idea, and you might find yourself thinking: She has a point.
Can't wait to view that one.
[HT: moderator MK, who also composed most of this post; graphic courtesy ofautism.org]
Tiny excerpt here.
Your husband, Tom Brazaitis, died without fanfare in your living room in Washington — in sharp contrast with Terri Schiavo, whose far-more-public death is also recounted in your book. Tom died one day before Schiavo. It was bitter and angry for all the people around her, especially her parents, who did not want to accept the fact that she could not be rehabilitated. They found enough people to fool them into thinking she could............
Heroin??? This girl was a mess. Perhaps the mother should give the girl to her father. But the mother should not have to pay a dime. Let the father take care of her. The state should not pay either. Congratulations Dad. Hopefully she will rid herself of that heroin problem. Good Lord! What will the father do when the insurance runs out?
Friends of Haleigh keep the spotlight focussed lest we forget, and now especially as all is coming into the open.
Life News put out this story on Haleigh Poutre.....
Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Haleigh Poutre nearly became a victim of euthanasia when doctors gave up hope on her after she entered a coma and state officials, who had custody, petitioned a court to let them take her life. Poutre showed unmistakable signs of consciousness just prior to her possible euthanasia and now the young girl is talking more about what happened.
The Massachusetts Department of Social Services eventually took 14-year-old Poutre into custody after she was hurt in a case of child abuse.
When she appeared to slip into a coma, the agency asked the state Supreme Court for permission to take her life.
Doctors declared Haleigh "brain dead" and in a permanent vegetative state but that's when Poutre began responding.
She began to interact with people and now, according to the Republican newspaper, is talking more.
Information about Poutre's condition has been sparse over the last 18 months and the last details had her at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston getting rehabilitative care.
Poutre's biological mother, Allison Avrett, who also has abused Haleigh, wouldn't talk with the newspaper about her current condition.
At the time she was initially hospitalized, DSS had argued Poutre had "the least amount of brain function that a person can have and still be considered alive." State officials later said that a brain injury and stroke left "the child [with] no hope of any meaningful recovery."
Noted attorney and bioethics watchdog Wesley Smith says Poutre's is another case where a life and death decision is made based on a quality of life ethic.
"Accepting the 'quality of life ethic,' which is promoted so heavily among bioethicists, led to the Department of Social Services and the Supreme Court of Massachusetts to approve taking a little girl's food and water away," he said.
"No thanks to them, she lives, is in rehab, and apparently is talking," he added.
Meanwhile, investigators have learned more information from Poutre about her step-father, Jason D. Strickland, who has been charged with assaulting the girl. Poutre apparently has confirmed that Strickland abused her and is providing more details.
Boise, ID (LifeNews.com) -- After news surfaced earlier this week that Planned Parenthood of Idaho had accepted a donation from someone pretending to want it to go towards abortions on black babies, the abortion business initially apologized. Now, its main spokeswoman is criticizing the pro-life students that organized the investigation.
As LifeNews.com initially reported, pro-life students at UCLA organized a probe to find out if Planned Parenthood offices in seven states would accept racist donations............
Seattle, WA (LifeNews.com) -- A biotech firm has announced it will offer ethical alternatives to some of the vaccines that currently rely on the use of fetal tissue form abortions. The Seattle-based AVM Biotechnology says it will produce ethical alternatives in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and vaccine development.
The news gives hope to pro-life people who have been reluctant to use some vaccines because their development came as a result of the destruction of unborn children......
Thanks, BB, for this story.
IT was a fight even his parents feared was beyond him, but Connor Blythe has finally returned home.
The 11-year-old left the Royal Children's Hospital yesterday to move back home to Beaufort -- 14 months after pushing his sister Erin, 6, out of the way of a car and taking its full impact.
The December 20, 2006, crash all but killed Connor, leaving him with head injuries and limited communication.
Since, Connor has defied medical expectations, learning to smile, giggle and make noises to answer questions.
Since Christmas he has learned to sign "thank you", is close to saying "hello" and several other words, and is using a communication book to pass on messages he cannot yet say.
But his biggest smiles yet were reserved for a surprise goodbye party yesterday.
"He is just a courageous little kid who is thrilled to be going home," said Connor's father, Ray Blythe.
"I never thought he'd get this far . . . to see him leave today is an amazing thing.
"They wrote him off to the point of suggesting his life support was turned off but we said all along we wouldn't do it, and we had to give him a chance.
"Clearly he has a long way to get yet, but I think he'll take that next leap now that he has his friends, family and animals around him."
An eight-day home visit over Christmas paved the way for Connor to return permanently.
He will live at his grandmother's house while his family's old home is demolished and a new disability-friendly home built with the support of the Transport Accident Commission.
Connor's mother, Erolyn, said his return home was also reminder of how much things had changed since he left.
"It is a realisation that while this is a fantastic step, things are not going to be the same," she said.
"But there is no reason it can't be different, but just as good."
It is also a bittersweet time for Mr Blythe. The divorced parents have spent every day by Connor's side for the past 14 months, but now he will have to drive from Melbourne to the outskirts of Ballarat to see his son several times a week.
"He keeps proving everyone wrong and I hope in a year's time he is hitting more milestones," Mr Blythe said. "After all, he's only 11 and has his whole life ahead of him, who's to say what he can and can't do?"
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."
Terri was alert and aware and SHE WAS MURDERED.
DOROTHY'S Family HAS AN ATTORNEY. Her family has a strong case. HE IS MARK BUELL, ESQUIRE.
If he's smart, he won't let any stone go unturned. His obstacles are State Atty Bernie McCabe, friend of George Greer, felosers and Mikey.
If there is yet another REPUBLICAN COVERUP like with Terri, it could impact the November elections.
Even without rehab, Terri was by all accounts (except the propagandists for the left) content and had a sense of humor and bad days too like everyone may have.
TERRI'S REHAB MONEY WAS WHISKED AWAY TO Debra Bushnell, at law and GEORGE FELOS, at law. Whatever hidden policies Mikey had are unknown but remember Jodi his linebacker bride is an insurance underwriter.
What a set up.
Now, there's a dead woman from Mikey's portion of the jail he works at courtesy of Sheriff Everett Rice who QUIT being Sheriff to BECOME UNOPPOSED to the Fla Legislature where HE VOTED TO END TERRI'S LIFE in 2005 shortly after HE HIRED MIKEY.
This is more wicked than Harry Potter cuz Harry Potter is fiction.
Did you want well off Christopher Reeve to die after a riding accident? That guy "was a mess" as you put it re: Lauren. It's good that he didn't die. He started the Christopher Reeve Foundation for Paralysis.
Lauren wasn't superman but she has an inalienable right to life.
Mom can keep the baby which seems to be okay w/dad.
Foreign aid doesn't help Americans - it only helps politicians. FV
"Love one another." Jesus Christ
I will continue to post when I want and on whatever thread I want to as I have for nearly 10 years.
I am and have always been pro-life but I think I have the right to question floriduh voter's accusation about the governor of Florida being GAY because he wore a GAY sweater.
May we always strive to keep our internal disputes mild and transient if we just gotta have 'em.
"Can't we all just get along?" Rodney K.
Of course I’m not “huffy” at you. You’re too darn nice.
Thanks for your post, things got a bit heated.
Wouldn't it be great if all the euthanasia attempts we counter turned out so well as Haleigh's?
The Republican reports.
More than two years ago, the state's highest court ruled that doctors could remove the feeding tubes of Haleigh Poutre - so convinced was the court that the condition of the 11-year-old child abuse victim was virtually hopeless.
Before the decision to end life support was implemented, Haleigh began to breathe on her own. The Westfield girl was transferred to a children's rehabilitation hospital in the eastern part of the state where she still resides.
In a dramatic turn of events, Haleigh, now 14, is able to communicate and may be able to testify against her stepfather, Jason D. Strickland, who is charged with assaulting the girl, according to recent court documents.
Haleigh's apparent ability to communicate coincides with Statehouse efforts toward adopting a bill that would create an "office of the child advocate" in the governor's office that would be responsible for monitoring and reviewing services for children in the custody of the state. The bill would also impose other systemic changes aimed at preventing child abuse.
The Senate voted 36-0 on Tuesday to approve the bill, which was crafted in response to Haleigh's plight. Starting in 2001, the state Department of Social Services received more than 20 complaints of abuse and neglect of the girl.
How could the DSS, which had been supervising Haleigh's adoptive mother, have failed Haleigh so terribly? That is the haunting - and central - question lawmakers have been asking as they craft a bill that will reform the state's child welfare system.
"There are still gaps in the system," Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said after the vote. "This bill goes a long way toward closing those gaps."
We expect there will be some changes in the legislation after a House-Senate committee develops a compromise bill. We applaud lawmakers for their work so far and urge them to continue with judicious speed so that no child will ever have to suffer as Haleigh Poutre has suffered.
Haleigh Poutre, the center of one of the nation's most passionate end-of-life cases, has been at an acute rehabilitation hospital in Brighton 12 times longer than the typical patient, prompting some child advocates to question whether the state is allowing political and legal factors to delay placing her in a permanent home.
Flatley said DSS cannot be entirely trusted to act in Haleigh's best interests, given its lengthy history of missing overt signs of the girl's repeated abuse in her Westfield home and then its aggressive effort to withdraw life support when she clearly, in hindsight, still had life in her. She said "it's allowing the fox to guard the henhouse."...................
An Interview with the author of Walk Me to Midnight Walk Me to Midnight by Jane St. Clair is a new pro-life novel from Capstone Fiction. It is a chilling medical thriller guaranteed to keep you up reading all nightlong until you reach the horrifying conclusion. Available here and from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Q. How did you come to write Walk Me to Midnight? First, I was with my mother, sister and father during their long deaths by cancer. I was with them when they died. They were very vulnerable, but the hospice nurses knew what to do and how to help us. That's why I dedicated Walk Me to Midnight to hospice nurses. ~Snip~
An Interview with the author of Walk Me to Midnight Walk Me to Midnight by Jane St. Clair is a new pro-life novel from Capstone Fiction. It is a chilling medical thriller guaranteed to keep you up reading all nightlong until you reach the horrifying conclusion. Available here and from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Q. How did you come to write Walk Me to Midnight?
First, I was with my mother, sister and father during their long deaths by cancer. I was with them when they died. They were very vulnerable, but the hospice nurses knew what to do and how to help us. That's why I dedicated Walk Me to Midnight to hospice nurses.
An old saying in law is that bad cases make bad law. When a situation is too complex, there is no way to write a good law that covers every situation. There are too many variables. Assisted suicide is like that. Do you treat a 21-year-old the same as a 95-year-old? How do you determine competence in someone all drugged up? How do you determine Terri Schiavo's desires when she left no written instructions?
Also, the Netherlands experience teaches us that even if you have two doctors to supervise each patient's "suicide," there is plenty of room for corruption. Insurance companies and often the person's relatives have personal stakes in having that person die quickly. It saves them money, allows them to inherit quicker, or allows them relief from the burden of the person's care. Often these are unconscious motives. Studies have shown that when there are assisted suicide laws, dying people feel obligated to end their lives prematurely. When given a choice, most people want to live as long as possible.
Q.Why do you think so many Americans believe in assisted suicide?
First, they are thinking only in terms of themselves and not in terms of society. They look at someone like Terri Schiavo and say, "I don't want to end up like her. I want control." You have to look beyond your fear and your desire to control your death to the implications of such laws for society.
Secondly, they want the sanction of society and doctors to do something that is traditionally a moral wrong. They want approval for committing suicide. If you don't think it's wrong and you want it for yourself, why do you have to involve society in your decision? Why indeed?
............Embryonic stem cell research is a most promising way to find cures for many diseases. It has nothing to do with the issue of abortion or preservation of human life. Other methods like using adult stem cells or deriving synthetic embryos from skin cells are less promising and still require comparative results that can be found only through research with real embryonic stem cells.
The Terri Schiavo case is another example of ideology trumping reality. It is understandable that her parents would be in denial about her condition, but it is absolutely unconscionable that politicians would seize upon the human tragedy for political gain. "Persistent vegetative state" cannot be denied for political reasons.
Science is reality, ideology is a construct. Let's not confuse the two.........
A book review, and a glimpse into the fevered mind of the left...
In the carnival house of mirrors, their vantage point, they must think they see us, but really see themselves as distorted reflections.
I think it was the Terry Schiavo case that really scared me. The Religious Inquisitors seemed to be clumping around the corner on hobnailed boots, bellies heavy with righteous belief, hellbent on entering our sickrooms on the way to our bedrooms while looking to trample any semblance of independent thought and action.
It's always wise to remember that America was settled by a group of religious cranks unwelcome anyplace else. You might say our frequent eruptions of rampant religiosity are bred in the bone. In one sense, it's odd that America has such a long history of anti-enlightenment; the country may have been settled by Puritans, but it was invented by card-carrying intellectuals - Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and so forth...........
Chicago, IL. -- A federal judge refused to allow enforcement of an ill-fated state law requiring teenage girls to notify their parents before getting abortions, potentially ending any chance the decades-old measure will ever take effect.
Abortion rights groups on Saturday hailed the ruling on the legislation that was passed in 1984 and updated in 1995 but has never been enforced because of complex legal wrangling.........
To me, anyway!
I thank Mitt Romney for helping protect HALEIGH POUTRE. Right there, he’s more of a man and a leader than JEBEDIAH.
Clothes can certainly be symbolic of freedom, I’ll grant you that. And when you’re dressed a certain way, it can make you more aware of your freedom. For me, it’s when I’m barefoot, looking out over the water. That’s not the sum total of freedom, but it sure puts me in mind of it. It also puts me in mind of how fragile that freedom is. If I should suffer a brain injury, a probate judge could order my death, and there would be nothing my family could do to stop it. I don’t really have the freedom I once thought I had. There is no guarantee that the Constitution will be applied to any court decision. If clothes were the sum total of freedom, I’m sure some judge would find a way to force me into a burka.
March 1, 2008
Mothers' Outcry to Shock National Organization of Women
On March 8th 2008, mothers across the nation will join the efforts of leaders like Adele Guadalupe from Florida, Palm Beach County, N.O.W., one of the largest and most active in the country, to honor Susan B. Anthony and to denounce continuous bias against women in court.
As director of FACTs Court Watch and member of National Now Family Law Advisory Committee, Adele says that: "After hearing from hundreds of parents in matters of domestic violence and child abuse, the court has frequently rewarded the offender with primary custody. This travesty must stop!" Adele, explains.
"There is widespread, systematic failure of agencies and the courts in America. A system that was created to protect victims has for years now, further oppressed children and their protective mothers, " according to leader and researcher, Liz Richards of National Alliance for Family Court Justice.
"Equipped with broad discretion decision, family court judges are not subject to scrutiny and their decisions are hard to reverse: That is where all across our nation, bias and discrimination against women are present, more than in any other public arena," states Puppet Child's, author Talia Carner.
"It has only gotten worse for abused women and children, who increasingly find themselves oppressed also by the courts," says Texas' leader Tommy King, of Justice for Us. "We are concerned and closely monitoring the courts after hearing from many victims and studying the issue in depth," he adds.
"Other Judicial watchdogs groups are also increasingly and loudly denouncing this judicial crisis in America," adds Alex Petroski of Florida, We the People.
Dr. Mo Theresa Hannah, psychologist and Chair of the Battered Mothers Conference, adds that "Gardner's brainchild, `Parental Alienation Syndrome,' continues to be applied regularly, even against standards of courtrooms procedure and rules of evidence; Despite ongoing controversy and widespread criticism from top legal and medical experts, as well as victims' advocates in the country. "
In response to this unprecedented crisis in America, women across the nation will be joining National Organization for Women on March 8th to draw attention to this devastating trend with far reaching consequences.
A call for action, from protective mothers and victims of abuse across the country, is the message that many will send on this, March 8th, marking a new historical hallmark for the rights of abused women and children across the United States.
For more information, contact Mari Fernandez of Mothers in Crisis Coalition, Florida Chapter at 813-610-2842
Mari worked very hard in Terri's Fight. This press release reveals that it was never just about Terri. Mari met Senator Jim King. She should get some kind of medal for that. He was rude and threatening. He gets excited discussing dehydration and Senator Jim King had a special law written SO THAT HIS DOG CAN BE BURIED WITH HIM WHEN HE DIES. (Now, I don't know if the dog is on ice or if Senator King's wishes are to kill the dog upon his death).
He's really a sicko).
Anyway, MARCH 8TH A DAY TO REMEMBER MISTREATED AND ABUSED MOTHERS & KIDS. When will they get justice??? Is this a third world country or what?
FV SAYS: Mari worked very hard in Terri's Fight. This press release reveals that it was never just about Terri. Mari met Senator Jim King. She should get some kind of medal for that. He was rude and threatening. He gets excited discussing dehydration and Senator Jim King had a special law written SO THAT HIS DOG CAN BE BURIED WITH HIM WHEN HE DIES. (Now, I don't know if the dog is on ice or if Senator King's wishes are to kill the dog upon his death). He's really a sicko).
Anyway, MARCH 8TH A DAY TO REMEMBER MISTREATED AND ABUSED MOTHERS & KIDS. When will they get justice??? Is this a third world country or what?
More pressure comes to air the unusually long detention of Haleigh.
BOSTON - Haleigh Poutre, at the center of one of the state’s most highly publicized end-of-life case, has spent more than two years in a rehabilitation hospital.
That’s 12 times longer than the typical patient, who stays about two months.
Critics say the state is reluctant to place Poutre in a permanent home after her adoptive mother and stepfather were accused of beating her.
They say that reluctance stems in part from the fact that the Department of Social Services initially pushed for permission to remove her from life support. Poutre’s health improved before they could act.
Other child advocates say the long hospital stay shows the state is trying to do all it can for Poutre.
Considering that voter registration among younger people is sharply up this year, could it be that Barack Hussein Obama's rising popularity is one indicator of government education's brainwashing success? With voters younger than age 25 offering him the highest margin of victory, record numbers of young people helped push Obama 20,000 votes ahead of competitors in the Iowa Caucus. Increased leftist political activity on college campuses is powering an unprecedented surge of students to voter registration booths.
This year could be a turning point in America as young people, excited about a candidate supporting partial-birth abortion and the dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, come out in droves to support Obama for the highest public office in the world.
Or this year could spark a revolution marking a more dynamic spiritual change as Christian parents take their country back by pulling their children out of the socialist indoctrination centers mistakenly called "public" schools..........
In a victory for Washington's proposed Death With Dignity initiative, a judge on Friday refused to add the words "physician-assisted suicide" to the ballot or official voters pamphlet description.
"It is a somewhat loaded term," said Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham. He said it conjures up images of Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan physician who claimed to have helped more than 100 people die before being convicted of murder in one of the cases...........
MEXICO, February 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A former attorney general and human rights commission chairman is claiming that unborn children in the earliest stages of development are not human, and are in fact chimpanzees.
Dr. Jorge Carpizo McGregor claims that "for the topic of abortion, there are very important scientific advances that prove that the DNA of chimpanzees is 99 percent identical to that of a human being. The difference between ourselves and chimpanzees is one percent, this quantity that makes the difference is the central nervous system."..........
Just saw a photo of Crist with his deer-in-the-headlights look.
I don't know why but I can no longer get "latest posts" but only "latest articles."
Use a nickname or omit your last name. The men don’t seem to mind but women should make up a name as a general rule. Get to CC from my pg see r. side.
Have you ever wondered why some people are opposed to euthanasia, and believe that as long as there is any evidence of life, that the date of someone's death is best left up to God?
Unless you're very young, or have been on Mars for a few years, you've probably heard of the Terri Schiavo case from a few years ago. She was the woman who was hospitalized unconscious under suspicious circumstances, and was diagnosed as being in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS). Her husband, who had since moved on and produced children with another woman and stood to gain financially from Terri's death, lobbied the courts until they finally gave permission to starve this woman to death.
No one denied Terri had suffered brain damage, but despite videos showing her laughing, trying to talk, and responding to various stimuli, a judge in Florida determined her life wasn't living and ordered her feeding tube removed. After about 13 or 14 days, she finally died of dehydration.
Now comes word from ABC News of Haleigh Poutre who was beaten into a coma by her stepfather Jason Strickland in 2005. She became a ward of the state and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services tried to have her life ended. Almost at the last minute was her death sentence by the state lifted, when her stepfather--probably trying to avoid a murder trial--petitioned the court to keep her alive, and before the state could remove her ventilator, she began breathing on her own.
Now, after doctors said she would never recover, the girl is awake and communicating.
Here is what the "experts" said:
"Short of developing a technique for a complete brain transplant, there is no hope that medical treatment will be discovered in the foreseeable future which could reverse" her condition, a doctor said, according to court records.
This is especially true in children, who have a more “plastic” brain that often recovers from even severe injuries. So why the rush to discontinue life support before there was time? Yes, her father might have interest in keeping her alive.
But the state (who faces a huge hospital bill, not to mention a huge lawsuit for her care since they failed to intervene when previous evidence of abuse had been noted) also had an interest –in making her dead.
Ironically because of the slowness of court appeals, Haleigh’s life support was not ended in October after the first court approved the state’s petition, and by the time the courts made the final decision in January she was starting to show signs of alertness.
A January 2006 report shows that the day after the court authorized the hospital to stop treatment, she was able to be removed from the breathing machine, and needed only a feeding tube, and the DSS said they didn’t plan to do that quite yet..........................
But now, as much as I hate to, I must disagree with my friend Joseph Farah once again. Yesterday he wrote: "But Bill Buckley is gone. And so, in my opinion, is the conservative movement."
The last man standing as the leader of the heart of the Republican Party is Gov. Mike Huckabee. He's only candidate who stands for the Human Life Amendment and Marriage Protection Amendment – which just got even more important.
Terri Schiavo: Obama says helping her was his one great "regret" in life. He wishes he could go back in time and have a hand in starving a disabled women to death. Nice. But so does John McCain. Take a look at what he told Esquire (August 2006) and re-run Feb. 21, 2008:
"I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel," McCain says. "We're not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget."
As Bobby Schindler said on my radio program last week, "What about the hopes and dreams of my sister (Terri Schiavo)?" Wasn't Barack's book about hope? Just not for the disabled, apparently. The audacity. And do we really want a candidate who thinks the budget is more important than human life? I don't. Huckabee stands for "the least" of us, and he's the only one.......................
Re: Letters (under "Kevorkian Care") in Reader Mail's Sissy Slapped:
As someone who is both handicapped and over sixty, the prospect of Obama Care is positively chilling. I can't help but wonder if I, too, will face the horrible death by torture endured by Terri Schiavo at the end of my life. Even mass murderer Timothy McVeigh had a more merciful death, but then, of course, the law forbids "cruel and unusual punishment." The only "crime" poor Terri was guilty of was that of being an inconvenience to her louse of a two-timing spouse.
-- Gretchen L. Chellson
Those who watched "Family Ties" years ago would recognize this as the writing of the conservative views of Alex Keaton played by Michael J. Fox. The character was a "conservative" as many viewed the term, well close in my view, but NKR (Not Quite Right.) As I remember he was a conservative as liberals see us.
Its been almost 20 years since Family Ties went off the air. And Alex P. Keatons political idols, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, have each gone off to their deserved places in history. Yet I still get asked a lot O.K. maybe not a lot but more than twice whether Alex Keaton would be a Republican today. And, if so, who would be his candidate in the 2008 presidential election.
Alex Keaton was a true conservative Republican. He was for limited government. He was strongly against government involvement in the personal lives of its citizens. He was competent and capable the ultimate over-achiever. But, above all Alex Keaton was a firm believer in the power of ideas. He believed in the competitive marketplace of intellectual discourse, where the best ideas win usually Alexs. And so its difficult to recognize in this current incarnation of the Republican Party, a party whose legacy will include Terri Schiavo and Hurricane Katrina, a place where Alex Keaton might feel the least bit comfortable............
Departed liberal Molly Ivins foresaw (had an advance copy of the script...)
The funny, and typical, thing, is that she saw this story coming. She may even be responsible for it, a self-fulfilling Molly Ivins prophecy. It would be interesting to go back and see who in the Democratic Party read her column of Jan. 20, 2006, dateline Austin, distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate. It began:
Id like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president . . . Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges . . .
What's really behind the vehement protests against the mention of Barack Obama's middle name and the arrogant advice of some Democrats NOT to oppose him in certain ways (as though they really want to be helpful to those who DON'T want Barack to become the President of the United States)?
Answer: Grave concern that the Barack bubble will burst, if he's closely inspected.
The middle name of the candidate of hope and change (and supporter of infanticide and euthanasia as well as abortion) is Hussein. When it's mentioned, some folks go insane.
Barack identifies himself as a Christian, but he lies when he finds it helpful. For example, during his Ohio debate with Hillary he identified himself as a constitutional law professor when lamenting his failure to block the United States Congress from passing a law permitting Terri Schiavo's parents to go to federal court to try to prevent Terri from being starved and dehydrated to death. The truth is that he was a lecturer, not a professor, and he has to know the difference............