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Let Lauren Live!
ChristtheKingMaine ^ | May 7, 2008 | Judie Brown

Posted on 05/08/2008 3:14:03 AM PDT by 8mmMauser

LAUREN RICHARDSON - YOU CAN HELP!
By Judie Brown

It has been a source of ongoing sadness to read of the difficulties Lauren Richardson’s father has had over the course of the past several months. For those of you who are not familiar with her case, Lauren overdosed on heroin on August 28, 2006. She suffered oxygen deprivation and, as a result of the overdose, is now in a coma and unable to speak out for herself. At the time of the overdose, Lauren was expecting a baby. Her parents honored what they knew would have been her wish and did all they could to keep her healthy and comfortable until the child was born. Today, though Lauren may not be aware of it, she is the mother of Ember Grace, who was born in February 2007.

Since the birth of her daughter, Lauren remains unable to speak of her concerns, but she has a loving father who is doing all he can to protect her from suffering the same fate as Terri Schiavo. However, Lauren’s mother, who has been named her legal guardian, is sadly not of the same opinion and is working with attorneys to pressure the courts to permit Lauren’s starvation.

Lauren’s father has kept hope alive, even at times when there appeared to be no hope in human terms. Lauren’s father is a man of hope in Christ and is dedicated to spending every breath he has on defending Lauren, regardless of what it might cost him in physical exhaustion and worldly goods. The most recent update for those concerned about Lauren tells us the following:

We struggle at times as we seek to share with the public the details of what is happening with Lauren because of the disagreement we have with Lauren’s mother. We cannot understand her reasoning in refusing a path of hope, healing and restoration for Lauren and insisting on causing her death by withholding food and water from her. The issue in Lauren’s case is the eternal truth that all people, no matter what their medical condition, bear the image of God and deserve basic care and an opportunity to be restored to health.

Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, has written about Lauren in an editorial earlier this year, "False Compassion," and is working closely with Lauren’s father in order to provide expertise that he is uniquely qualified to share during a trying time like this.

There are many links on the Life for Lauren web site that will assist you in tracking this case and learning who is supporting Lauren’s ongoing care and who is opposing it. More importantly, there is something you can do to express your concerns.

ACTION NEEDED NOW

The governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner, is being asked by pro-life Americans across this nation to intervene in this case in order to save Lauren from what many fear is an imminent court order dictating that Lauren be starved and dehydrated to death. I am asking you to be one of those who communicates your passionate belief that Lauren’s life is sacred and deserves to be protected from those who would order her death. The governor’s e-mail address is governor.minner@state.de.us.

Further, it would mean a great deal to Lauren’s father, Randy, if you sent him a copy of your e-mail to Governor Ruth Ann Minner. Randy’s e-mail address is Lifeforlauren@aol.com

During a recent visit to Anchorage, Alaska where Bobby Schindler was invited to speak, he told a reporter from The Catholic Anchor, "Once we accept that killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering, we lose any type of parameters. Euthanasia is a form of abandonment. It is not compassion."

Truer words were never spoken. As I frequently tell people who argue that we pro-lifers are being heartless and cruel for fighting to defend the rights of a "hopeless case," "God is the author of every human being’s life, and He has never given permission to a single one of us to arbitrarily rob another human being of life for any reason including disability or illness."

As Flannery O’Connor once wrote on the subject of false compassion, "In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber."

Lauren Richardson is not terminal – she is severely disabled. Lauren Richardson should not be murdered.

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.


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On this Sunday as we contemplate thoughts of Faith, may we remember those who need our prayers, Lauren Richardson, Karen Weber, Janet Rivera, Eluana Englaro, Haleigh Poutre and those with frail voice or no advocate. May we also remember those on the prayer threads.


1,001 posted on 07/27/2008 3:36:48 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Due to the nature of this story, I just had to check. Sanger, CA was not named after Margaret Sanger. http://www.ci.sanger.ca.us/sangerhistory.asp .


1,002 posted on 07/27/2008 5:34:59 AM PDT by BykrBayb (www.lifeforlauren.org Þ)
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That is a curious coincidence, unnervingly close.


1,003 posted on 07/28/2008 3:46:13 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Janet Rivera update...

Interestingly, the only ones to carry a story on her today are from Gannett Publications so I can only link, not even excerpt...

Family of comatose woman revives Schiavo debate

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1,004 posted on 07/28/2008 3:55:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Warning, this article contains leftist language, offensive as it may be, only the last resort in their attempts to emulate lucid thought.

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This morning I've come to one of those monstrosities, North Phoenix Baptist Church, to witness John McCain's halfhearted offensive in his battle to win over the Christian right. On the stump, McCain talks about God less than any Republican politician in recent memory -- certainly less than any Republican I've ever seen. The guy pitches a tent visible from a mile off whenever anyone so much as mentions the military; you can almost hear the dopamine surging into his bloodstream every time someone stands up in a town hall and begins a question by saying, "Hello, Senator, my husband was a Navy pilot. . . ." And he seems positively tumescent when talking about such horrors as Al Qaeda or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But his basic stump speech doesn't contain a single line about God or religion. McCain is probably the first Republican in modern history to talk more about "green technology" than about his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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The marriage of fundamentalist Christianity and the conservative movement has been a powerful force in world affairs. It has been the best smoke screen the archpriests of supply-side economics could possibly have had, giving Wall Street a populist in with the very people victimized the most by their union-busting, deregulatory policies. It turned out, for decades, that Bible-thumping Americans didn't mind having their jobs shipped to China, so long as someone was worrying about the air supply to Terri Schiavo's brain lump. As political cons go, this was the ultimate gift that kept on giving...........

McCain Doesn't Have a Prayer

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1,005 posted on 07/28/2008 4:10:51 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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A strong light cuts through the PP induced fog! Thread by wagglebee.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauds South Dakota for taking a stand to protect the unborn. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that South Dakota’s informed consent law may now be enforced. This law requires physicians to tell women who are seeking abortions that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living being.” Physicians are also required to provide a description of all the medical risks of the procedure, including depression and increased risk of suicide....

A Victory for Babies in South Dakota

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1,006 posted on 07/28/2008 4:14:36 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: chadsworth; Clovis_Skeptic; JustAmy; Salvation; Brad's Gramma; Ohioan from Florida; ...
Lady In Red, R.I.P.

Please note update posts at #970-972 by Chadsworth and please join me in prayer for all.

Prayer Request for Ladyinred [update in post #908]

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1,007 posted on 07/28/2008 5:09:11 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Prayers.


1,008 posted on 07/28/2008 11:59:21 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: BykrBayb
Coroner as guardian? How SICK is that? The culture of death mongers can't wait.

Where are the wagons from the plague? I fear they're going to be making a comeback.

1,009 posted on 07/28/2008 12:18:07 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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You know how expensive medical treatment has become? Maybe that in itself is part of the euthanasia movement... Price people out of the marketplace by inflating the cost of medical treatment.

This euthanasia plan has deep roots and since they have infiltrated govt, insurance, medical community and even the coroner's offices, I believe the death cultists drove up the cost of medicine to further the euthanasia movement.

DEHYDRATION SPECULATORS.

1,010 posted on 07/28/2008 12:22:24 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser

Was Kathy Rivera actually in a real coma?


1,011 posted on 07/28/2008 12:24:25 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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RUMOR MILL: Judge Greer's criminal attorney Barry Cohen is in a tiff with law enforcement investigators in Tampa over the missing Sabrina Eisenberg who went missing in 1997. LE has a snitch who alleges that Greer's criminal attorney Cohen had the child's body thrown out to sea. Sheriff says he's not targeting Cohen.

(at Judge Whittemore's DE NOVO HEARING for TERRI SCHIAVO, Barry Cohen was there as Greer's counsel. Now if Greer wasn't guilty of anything, why did he have a criminal atty at the DE NOVO HEARING.

No matter. Judge Whittemore was as gung ho about killing Terri Schiavo as Judge Greer was. I can't recall if Greer was at the federal hrg but if he was, nobody thought that was unethical, illegal or a conflict. CROOKS ALL.

www.judgegeorgegreer.com

1,012 posted on 07/28/2008 1:05:24 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: Salvation; Brad's Gramma; trussell; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; ...
From the blog of Jill Stanek, the story and the plight of little Tuesday who needs our prayers as she faces this great danger... Little Tuesday is the granddaughter of our own LesforLife.

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Leslie Hanks is a dear friend of mine and friend of this blog. She posts comments here using the moniker, "lesforlife." She is an integral part of American Right to Life and also runs the Passionate Prolifer blog.

Leslie's family has recently received unfathomable news about one of her 22-month-3-year-old twin granddaughters, Tuesday. As her friend Judy explained in an email:

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Tuesday... has just been diagnosed with adrenal cancer and is sufffering through chemotherapy since the tumor is inoperable.

Leslie came and ministered with us one day at Alternatives and soon afterward that killing kafe closed. Leslie boldly confronted Quennie DeHaan with her camera and asked him pointedly how he could do what he did. 85-year-old Quennie responded in a smart-a** manner but, it was apparent he had not been face to face with boldness like Les presented to this hired killer. I am convinced that it was just one more straw that caused this abortuary to close it's doors and it remains that way to this day....

Now this fearless grandma needs our prayers to bring complete healing to Tuesday. Confront death on Tuesday's behalf, if you would. Pray that she will only be a short time in ICU and be able to come back to her happier room at the hospital where all her "stuff" is. Pray for her mom and dad that they will experience that "peace that passes ALL understanding" that we have all seen born out in so many God-situations.

What a wonderful "earthly" reward it would be if the Lord would restore total health to Tuesday and honor this faithful "grandma" to so many little lives who have lived because she pled for their lives.

Leslie emailed me the photo of Tuesday in ICU, attached to an IV.

Please join me in praying for Tuesday and her family.

Pray for Tuesday

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1,013 posted on 07/29/2008 2:54:51 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Janet Rivera...

From the blog of Professor Pope on Medical Futility...

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In a "classic" futility dispute, the legally authorized decision maker wants to continue LSMT against the recommendation of the health care providers. But sometimes there is a dispute just among the health care providers or just among potential proxy decision makers. The latter sort of dispute is unfolding in Fresno, California.

46-year-old Janet Rivera suffered profound brain damage after a 2006 heart attack. Janet's husband was her authorized decision maker (apparently by default under the California Health Care Decisions Act) until his own medical problems prevented him from playing that role. Dr. David Hadden, the county coroner and public guardian was then appointed as Janet's guardian. On July 11, 2008, Dr. Hadden agreed with Janet's physicians that it was appropriate to stop LSMT because her condition was "untreatable and irreversible." Janet's ANH was then removed.

Ten days later, Janet's family sought a TRO. Today, before the ruling, the guardian agreed to allow ANH to resume pending further judicial resolution. This afternoon, the judge ordered Fresno County to restore all medical needs to keep Janet alive until a fuller evidentiary hearing on Tuesday.

Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 10:19 PM

New Futility Case: Janet Rivera

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1,014 posted on 07/29/2008 3:09:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Wagglebee has a thread on a story of Janet Rivera today.

Valley Springs attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa, who worked with family members of Teri Schiavo several years ago in the nationally publicized case, went to work last week on a Fresno County case that has many similarities to Schiavo's but also one rather significant difference.

"I think this is almost identical but for this fact: (Schiavo) was family versus family. This is government versus family," he said.

Chavez-Ochoa said this may be the first time for litigation of just such a case. Janet Rivera was removed from tubes providing food and water for nearly two weeks. Last Tuesday, the Fresno County Superior Court ordered that Rivera's feeding tube and water be reinstated until a July 29 trial........

Attorney tackles Schiavo-like case

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1,015 posted on 07/29/2008 3:16:32 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Janet Rivera, more...

Thanks, BB.

I may only excerpt from this site, so please follow the link.

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............Experts say the county is taking a chance by trying to make an end-of-life decision for Rivera.

It's unusual for a conservator to argue for removing life support without evidence that's what the patient would want, said David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

While Hadden says financial considerations have played no role in deciding whether to keep her on life support, her family contends Rivera might not be in this situation if she had more money or better health-care coverage. Rivera's medical bills are being paid by Medi-Cal, the state-federal insurance program for low-income families.

A question of life support... FRESNO CASE HAS ECHOES OF SCHIAVO STORY

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1,016 posted on 07/29/2008 3:56:05 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Eluana Englaro update...

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ROME, JULY 28, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Twenty-five doctors are appealing to Italian courts for the life of a 37-year-old woman who has come to be known as Italy's Terri Schiavo.

Eluana Englaro was condemned to death by starvation by a Milan court earlier this month. The decision was a new development in a near 10-year court battle waged by her father, who seeks to deny her hydration and nourishment.

Englaro entered what is sometimes called the permanent vegetative state after a car accident in 1992.

Milan's attorney general requested time to lodge a possible appeal against the preceding judicial decision..........................

Doctors Decry Ruling in "Italy's Schiavo" Case... Appeal for Reversal of Decision to Remove Feeding Tube

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1,017 posted on 07/29/2008 4:01:55 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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The leftists, this time in the Washington Post, try again that old propaganda trick that Americans wanted innocents like Terri dead and abhor any who would hope to save her.

This pile of verbiage is scraped from TruthDig...

From the people who brought you the Terri Schiavo spectacle, the stem-cell research stalemate and the atrocious waste of tax money on abstinence-only sex education that has been shown not to work, comes a sequel: a proposal to redefine abortion to include some of the most common forms of birth control, and to potentially penalize with funding cuts hundreds of thousands of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who expect their employees to give women full reproductive care.....

A Parting Gift to the Religious Right

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1,018 posted on 07/29/2008 4:08:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Recall that Singer is the present tense of Sanger...

Thread by wagglebee on that yo-yo...

Peter Singer is the Princeton bioethicist who first broke into the public's consciousness more than thirty years ago with Animal Liberation, a book in which he claimed that granting human beings special privileges based on being human is "speciesist"—discrimination against animals.

Instead of society being human centric, he asserted that the lives and well-being of animals deserve "equal consideration" with those of humans.

Singer's intent was (and is) to destroy human exceptionalism—the belief that human life matters morally simply because it is human—and replace it with a "quality of life" ethic in which being a "person" rather than a human is what matters morally..........

The Triumph of Peter Singer's Values: Animal Rights More Important Than Human

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1,019 posted on 07/29/2008 4:17:48 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Wow! Somebody dealt a blow to Tiller the Killer...

Thread by wagglebee.

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- A Kansas judge ruled against late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller and his request to declare Kansas' ban on most late-term abortions unconstitutional. District Court Judge Clark Owens determined that the post-viability abortion ban is legitimate.

Judge Owens said the law "survives all of the constitutional challenges" Tiller's lawyers presented.....

Kansas Judge Dismisses George Tiller Motion Against Late-Term Abortion Law

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1,020 posted on 07/29/2008 4:29:17 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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More from Colorado on personhood in this thread by wagglebee...

DENVER, Colorado, July 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Colorado for Equal Rights has announced the support of over 70 physicians and pharmacists, including neonatologists, family physicians, ob-gyns, pediatricians, and other physicians nationwide. These physicians have stated that they concur with the statement, "A 'person' includes any human from the time of fertilization." A list of these physicians is available at http://www.personhood2008.com.

"We are honored to have received these endorsements from such respected physicians," stated Kristi Burton, the sponsor of the "Personhood Amendment" which is set to appear on the 2008 Colorado ballot. "Science clearly proves that life begins at the time of fertilization. We are secure in the fact that we have science and reason on our side, and we are pleased to have the medical community supporting our efforts."...

Over 70 Colorado Physicians Sign Statment Saying Personhood Begins at Fertilization

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1,021 posted on 07/29/2008 4:33:38 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Prayers for the very adorable Tuesday and all who love her.


1,022 posted on 07/29/2008 6:51:15 AM PDT by syriacus (Democrats got THEIR "change" in Election 2006. Are WE better off now?)
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To: 8mmMauser

Prayers for Tuesday and her family.


1,023 posted on 07/29/2008 3:04:14 PM PDT by Twink
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Such a BEAUTIFUL child!

Prayers for all!


1,024 posted on 07/29/2008 4:00:01 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Waqglebee has a prayer thread for little Tuesday.

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FReeper Lesforlife's 22 month old granddaughter Tuesday has been diagnosed with adrenal cancer and since the tumor is inoperable, she is undergoing chemotherapy.

Lesforlife is one of the most dedicated pro-life workers in the country and she and her family really need our prayers now. Please pray that the Lord will show His Love on a little girl whose grandmother has saved so many other innocent lives.

Jill Stanek has more Tuesday on her website:

Prayer Request for Lesforlife's Granddaughter (Adrenal Cancer, Update #30)

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1,025 posted on 07/30/2008 3:18:14 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Eluana Englaro update...

Thread by wagglebee.

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Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) -- A group of leading doctors have sent the Italy attorney general a letter asking that the European nation do more to help prevent Eluana Englaro's euthanasia death. Englaro is the subject of the latest battle similar to the one Terri Schiavo's family waged to prevent her former husband from denying her food and water.

Englaro has been in what doctors term a vegetative state for 16 years following an automobile accident in 1992 and has received food and water through a feeding tube.

Beppino Englaro, Eluana's father, has been seeking the right to remove the feeding tube and starve and dehydrate Eluana to death in the same way as Schiavo.

Now, some of Italy's leading neurologists are saying Englaro should not be killed and they question whether she is in a persistent vegetative state....

Italian Doctors Appeal to Court to Not Subject Eluana Englaro to Euthanasia

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1,026 posted on 07/30/2008 3:28:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Janet Rivera update...

Thread by wagglebee.

FRESNO, Calif., July 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After a hearing today in the Fresno County Superior Court, the family of patient Janet Rivera was reinstated as her conservator. The Court ruled that Ms. Rivera's cousin, Suzanne Emrich, temporarily replaces the public guardian who made the decision a few weeks ago to deprive Ms. Rivera of food and water.

Rivera has been in coma for the past two years, resulting from a heart attack. After Rivera's husband recently experienced medical problems, a Fresno County Public Guardian was appointed to take charge of Rivera's medical care.

Last week, after having been dehydrated and not fed for 8 days on the order of the Fresno County Public Guardian, attorneys representing Rivera's family intervened in the case, with the result that the Court ordered that her foods and fluids be restored.....

Court Protects California Woman from Schiavo-like Death by Dehydration

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1,027 posted on 07/30/2008 3:33:07 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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More on Janet Rivera from the California Catholic Daily...

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Fresno Superior Court on Tuesday allowed family members to take over the conservatorship of the hospitalized, unconscious Janet Rivera and make medical decisions for her. Earlier this month, a court-appointed conservator ordered Rivera's feeding and hydration tubes removed.

Janet Rivera of Sanger, 46, suffered a heart attack in February 2006 and never regained consciousness. Her husband, Jesus Rivera, had been Janet’s conservator until June 17, when the county replaced him with the county guardian, Dr. David Hadden. After the change in conservators, Janet Rivera’s condition became worse. She was admitted to Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on July 5. Six days later, on the advice of Janet Rivera’s doctors, Hadden had her feeding and hydration tubes removed.

Janet Rivera’s family objected to Hadden’s decision and went to court to get her feeding tubes restored. On July 23, Probate Judge Debra Kazanijian ordered Rivera’s feeding tubes temporarily restored.

The court has replaced Hadden with Rivera’s cousin, Suzanne Emrich. She will be Rivera’s temporary guardian until an investigation determines if she fit to have guardianship on a more permanent basis.

Though the family wants to keep Rivera on feeding and hydration tubes, they will petition to have her respirator removed. When doctors removed Rivera’s feeding tubes, they discovered she could breathe well enough on her own, said a July 29 LifeNews.com report.

Euthanasia averted... Fresno court saves unconscious woman from starvation

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1,028 posted on 07/30/2008 3:36:31 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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More on Janet Rivera from the California Catholic Daily...

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Fresno Superior Court on Tuesday allowed family members to take over the conservatorship of the hospitalized, unconscious Janet Rivera and make medical decisions for her. Earlier this month, a court-appointed conservator ordered Rivera's feeding and hydration tubes removed.

Janet Rivera of Sanger, 46, suffered a heart attack in February 2006 and never regained consciousness. Her husband, Jesus Rivera, had been Janet’s conservator until June 17, when the county replaced him with the county guardian, Dr. David Hadden. After the change in conservators, Janet Rivera’s condition became worse. She was admitted to Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on July 5. Six days later, on the advice of Janet Rivera’s doctors, Hadden had her feeding and hydration tubes removed.

Janet Rivera’s family objected to Hadden’s decision and went to court to get her feeding tubes restored. On July 23, Probate Judge Debra Kazanijian ordered Rivera’s feeding tubes temporarily restored.

The court has replaced Hadden with Rivera’s cousin, Suzanne Emrich. She will be Rivera’s temporary guardian until an investigation determines if she fit to have guardianship on a more permanent basis.

Though the family wants to keep Rivera on feeding and hydration tubes, they will petition to have her respirator removed. When doctors removed Rivera’s feeding tubes, they discovered she could breathe well enough on her own, said a July 29 LifeNews.com report.

Euthanasia averted... Fresno court saves unconscious woman from starvation

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1,029 posted on 07/30/2008 3:36:45 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Janet Rivera story on WND...

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A court ruling in Fresno, Calif., today gave a relative of an injured woman the authority to make medical decisions on her behalf, taking that power away from the county coroner.

The case of Janet Rivera has similarities to the case of Terri Schiavo, who also was handicapped. WorldNetDaily broke the story of her battle for life and eventual death after a judge in Florida ruled that doctors could follow her husband's orders and withhold from her food and water.

Officials with the Life Legal Defense Fund said a hearing in Fresno County Superior Court today resulted in a family member of Rivera being reinstated as her conservator to manage her health care.

The court ruled Rivera's cousin, Suzanne Emrich, will replace the county's public guardian who made the decision a few weeks ago to deprive Rivera of food and water....

Woman's health decisions yanked from coroner... Court restores feeding tube for heart attack victim

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1,030 posted on 07/30/2008 3:41:46 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Janet Rivera in the Fresno Bee...

Kazanjian could have directed the county to take Rivera off life support -- something family members have vehemently opposed.

But Deputy County Counsel Heather Kruthers said the county was willing to let Rivera's cousin, Suzanne Emrich, make all of Rivera's medical decisions for now....

Cousin gets power in coma case... Relative of woman on life support can temporarily make medical decisions.

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1,031 posted on 07/30/2008 3:46:09 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Steve Ertelt of LifeNews has this on Janet Rivera...

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Fresno, CA (LifeNews.com) -- In a significant legal victory, a California court has allowed the family of Janet Rivera to resume making her medical decisions. As a result, the incapacitated woman will not become another euthanasia victim and have her food and water taken away like Terri Schiavo.

Rivera was deprived of food and water for 8 days after a court-appointed guardian removed her feeding tube despite her family's wishes when he won the right to make her medical decisions.

The 46-year-old had a heart attack on February 2006 and she never regained consciousness.

After a hearing today in the Fresno County Superior Court, the family of patient Janet Rivera was reinstated as her conservator. Rivera's cousin sought conservatorship so Janet's care can be administered in a life-affirming manner.

The court ruled that Rivera's cousin, Suzanne Emrich, temporarily replaces the public guardian who made the decision a few weeks ago to deprive Rivera of food and water.

An investigation is planned to determine if Emrich is fit to have guardianship on a more permanent basis.

Attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa, with the Legal Defense Foundation, intervened on behalf of Rivera and her family and he told LifeNews.com he was pleased with the outcome of the hearing.

"The County of Fresno and the Public Guardian are to be applauded for immediately recognizing the rights of the family to care for their loved one and taking the steps to allow that process to be accomplished quickly and without delay," he said.

"The Court, from the earliest stages of this proceeding, proffered rulings of wisdom and gave substance and value to Janet Rivera's life," the attorney, who helped the Schiavo family during its legal battle, explained. "The sanctity of life was honored and we thank the Lord for the wonderful outcome in this case."

The family wants permission to be able to remove Rivera from a respirator because, after she was removed from it when her food and water were taken away, they discovered she could breathe fine on her own.

Two more hearings will come up in the case before a permanent decision is made.

Last week, the court issued a temporary decision allowing the reinstatement of Rivera's feeding tube while the case continued to today's hearing.

Rivera's brother, Michael Dancoff, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he was excited to hear about the ruling.

"I'm happy they're giving her a second chance," he said. "I'm happy we'll get to prove she's not on her deathbed."

He says he believes Rivera, whom doctors diagnosed as being in a so-called persistent vegetative state, is still conscious.

"She looked at me and her eyes were open," he said. "She wasn't dying. She wanted to live."

Jesus Rivera, Janet's husband, had been his wife's conservator until June 17, when he was replaced for unknown reasons by David Hadden, the Fresno County coroner. At the hearing, Judge Kazanjian said that happened because Jesus Rivera was not able to adequately provide for Janet's medical care.

Jesus, according to a Bee report, wants to allow his wife to continue to receive food and water and wants "her body to give out when it gives out between her and Almighty God and no one else."

"You can't starve someone to death," he said.

Doctors disagreed and, after consulting them, Hadden decided to remove Janet Rivera's feeding tube.

At the time, Hadden's office released a statement saying he made the decision after "immense consideration" and due to Rivera's "untreatable and irreversible condition and to prevent any and all suffering that she may be enduring."

"If this were a family member of mine, I would want the decision made by the group of physicians who are taking care of this patient," he added.

Disability rights and pro-life groups have weighed in on the case in favor of Rivera and her family.

The newspaper said Hadden called the ruling last week an "appropriate course of action."


Rivera is currently admitted at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

Janet Rivera's Family Can Make Medical Decisions, Won't be Euthanasia Victim

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1,032 posted on 07/30/2008 3:49:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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In this climate, the whine of the left is reduced to a distant whine in the background, but they sure try...

From the people who brought you the Terri Schiavo spectacle, the stem-cell research stalemate and the atrocious waste of tax money on abstinence-only sex education that has been shown not to work, comes a sequel: a proposal to redefine abortion to include some of the most common forms of birth control, and to potentially penalize with funding cuts hundreds of thousands of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who expect their employees to give women full reproductive care....

Plan redefines birth control as form of abortion

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1,033 posted on 07/30/2008 3:53:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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In this thread by AreaMan, the lady may havehad her picture in the Miller's Log as a freshman at good ole Springfield High, when I graduated. Her plight shows over that time the horrible regression dubbed progression by the left of that part of the country. Thanks to TheSarce for the ping.

Opponents of physician-assisted suicide are fired up this summer, and rightfully so, over an ethically questionable provision of the Oregon Health Plan. The conflict came to light in a recent report in The Register-Guard of Eugene. The newspaper described the sad plight of Barbara Wagner, a 64-year-old Springfield woman with lung cancer.

After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that would cost $4,000 a month, the newspaper reported, "Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn't cover the treatment, but that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide."....

Fix this medical ethics glitch

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1,034 posted on 07/30/2008 4:03:53 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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It shows how the truth terrifies PP.

Thread by wagglebee.

Sioux Falls, SD (LifeNews.com) -- The lone abortion center in South Dakota appears as if it is still not doing abortions following the implementation of a new law a week and a half ago. Rather than tell women abortion kills children and has numerous risks, Planned Parenthood closed its doors to women wanting abortions.

As LifeNews.com was first to report last week, Monday was the first day for abortions at the Planned Parenthood abortion center but women who went for abortions were turned away....

South Dakota Abortion Center Apparently Still Not Doing Abortions With New Law

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1,035 posted on 07/30/2008 4:08:44 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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What an awful trick reality played on the lefties....

Their cherished baby embryo slaughter didn't do squat, yet its competitor flourishes. Hah!

Thread by wagglebee.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Though the debate over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research isn't as hot of a political topic in this presidential election, part of the reason could be the enormous success of adult stem cells. While embryonic cells still haven't helped a single patient, adult stem cells continue to perform miracles.

Arizona toddler Chloe Levine had cerebral palsy and was unable to perform tasks such as holding her bottle with her right hand or crawling....

Adult Stem Cell Research With Cord Blood Cells Eases Girls' Cerebral Palsy

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1,036 posted on 07/30/2008 4:13:28 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Janet Rivera story amplified by Professor Pope. Thanks, Leslie.

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Fresno County Public Guardian's Office had been the authorized health care decision maker for Janet Rivera, ever since it was determined that Rivera's husband was doing a poor job of handling her medical care.


Rivera's family initially agreed with the guardian's decision to stop her ventilator and ANH on the recommendation of health care providers. But after Janet began to breathe on her own and was clearly going to die solely because of the lack of ANH, the family no longer supported the guardian's decision. The family challenged the decision in court last week. The hearing on the merits was scheduled for today.

But the Fresno County, California court never reached the merits of the case. It never addressed whether the guardian acted appropriately under the Probate Code. It never addressed whether stopping ANH ws in Rivera's best interests. Instead, The county guardian apparently voluntarily agreed to step aside (at least temporarily) in favor of Suzanne Emrich, Rivera's cousin who lives in Santa Cruz County.

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Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 2:16 PM

Janet Rivera - Replacing the Guardian

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1,037 posted on 07/31/2008 3:34:46 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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We haven't heard from the MoveOn crowd lately claiming Terri's Legacy was fading. But as we see once more, her Legacy shines brightly and hurts the eyes of the left. So they continue their propaganda bordering on the preposterous, that decent Americans wanted innocent Terri dead and abhorred any effort to save her life. Now it is #6 in the top ten list of reasons to hate Bush.

Meanwhile Terri's Legacy shines on as more and more cases, once perhaps concealable are now in the open for the truth to be revealed.

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In what will no doubt go down in history as one of the craziest things our federal government has ever done, the U.S. House and Senate both passed an emergency law to save the life of a woman who had been near brain-dead for more than a decade. The case of Terri Schiavo, who collapsed in her home and who later lost oxygen to her brain after her doctors misdiagnosed the cause of her collapse, was undoubtedly tragic for everyone involved; it was also undoubtedly none of the federal government’s business.

After numerous state courts had sided with then-husband and guardian Michael Schiavo and ruled that Terri’s condition was irreversible and that her feeding tube could be removed to end her life, the Christian right launched into an epic freakout the likes of which America has not seen since 17th-century Salem. After much Tasmanian devil-style screeching and hollering from the GOP base, the Republican Congress passed a bill transferring jurisdiction of the Schiavo case to federal court. Bush, who seemingly never misses an opportunity to take a naked ride on the crazy train, interrupted one of his frequent Texas vacations to sign the damn thing into law.

Ah, if only he’d been this swift and alert when Hurricane Katrina hit (see moment No. 4).

While there were several moments of sheer, unbridled lunacy throughout (Pat Buchanan calls Michael Schiavo and his supporters Nazis! Tom DeLay issues threats against judges who don’t rule how he wants them to! Peggy Noonan calls Michael Schiavo supporters part of a “culture of death!"), the craziest by far was then-Sen. Bill Frist’s declaration that Terri had been misdiagnosed after he spent an hour watching a video of her in his office.

6 The Terri Schiavo Affair

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1,038 posted on 07/31/2008 3:44:51 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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And the whining and sobbing continues unabated, three long years and more after the event that doesn't go away. Leftist writer Cocco whimpers more about the meanie good guys. Reminds me of a nasty teenager caught snuffing a puppy and being stopped before he got the thrill of achieving the poor thing.

WASHINGTON -- From the people who brought you the Terri Schiavo spectacle, the stem-cell research stalemate and the atrocious waste of tax money on abstinence-only sex education that has been shown not to work, comes a sequel: a proposal to redefine abortion to include some of the most common forms of birth control, and to potentially penalize with funding cuts hundreds of thousands of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who expect their employees to give women full reproductive care....

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Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for The Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows. Her e-mail address is mariecocco@washpost.com.

Under New Proposals, Some Rape Victims Wouldn't Get Emergency Contraception

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1,039 posted on 07/31/2008 3:54:05 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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And what would the sobbing leftist in my post above say about this? Thread by wagglebee.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A majority of Americans take a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions, but polls show one-third to one-half of pro-life people believe abortion should be okay in cases of rape and incest. A new book from a rape survivor shows the added horror abortion is that only compounds sexual abuse trauma.

In a gripping personal account of pain and redemption, author Nicole W. Cooley offers a candid look at her rape as a young military officer by a trusted friend.

She relates the devastating emotional consequences of her decision to abort the child conceived during the attack.

"I felt that the abortion was like being raped again," says Cooley. "Only this time, it was much worse because I had consented to the assault."........

Rape Victim's Book Recounts Added Horror of Abortion After Sexual Abuse

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1,040 posted on 07/31/2008 3:59:38 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Eluana Englaro update...

She is still around despite the wishes of such ilk as the authors in Spain of this update.

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ROME (Reuters) - State prosecutors in Italy lodged an appeal on Thursday against a court ruling authorising a man to remove the feeding tube which has kept his comatose daughter alive for 16 years.

The ruling by a Milan court earlier this month, a first in Italy, was condemned by the Vatican and Catholic politicians,mainly on the centre right, as justifying euthanasia.

Eluana Englaro, 37, has been in a vegetative state and receiving food and water artificially at a hospital in the northern Italian town of Lecco since a 1992 car crash.

Her father Beppino Englaro has been seeking an end to the life support for nearly 10 years.

Since the ruling on July 9, he has been trying to find a hospice willing to permit the removal of the feeding tube.Euthanasia is illegal in Italy.

State prosecutors said they had asked Italy's top court to suspend the ruling until their case is heard.

Italy's lower house of parliament had earlier on Thursday approved a resolution saying the Milan judges had no right to authorise the removal of the feeding tube and that it was up to lawmakers to legislate on bioethical matters.

A vote on the same resolution will be held in the Senate onFriday. If, as expected, it is approved, the Constitutional Court will also be asked to rule on whether the Milan court has overstepped its boundaries.

Explaining their decision, the Milan judges said it had been proven Englaro's coma was irreversible and that before the accident she had stated her preference to die rather than being kept alive artificially.

The Vatican has called the Milan ruling a "grave" verdict,saying no Italian court had ever authorised such a request before. Pro-euthanasia activists hailed the ruling as historic,but Italian political leaders were split over the case.

The Englaro case has been compared to that of American Terri Schiavo, who spent 15 years in a persistent vegetative state and was allowed to die after a long court battle.

(Additional reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio; writing by Silvia Aloisi; editing by Andrew Roche)

Right-to-die case faces legal challenge in Italy

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1,041 posted on 08/01/2008 3:08:14 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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And this just in from the Vatican...

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State prosecutors in Italy lodged an appeal on Thursday against a court ruling authorizing a man to remove the feeding tube which has kept his comatose daughter alive for 16 years.

The ruling by a Milan court earlier this month, a first in Italy, was condemned by the Vatican and Catholic politicians, mainly on the centre right, as justifying euthanasia.

Eluana Englaro, 37, has been in a vegetative state and receiving food and water artificially at a hospital in the northern Italian town of Lecco since a 1992 car crash. Her father, Beppino Englaro, has been seeking an end to the life support for nearly 10 years.

Since the ruling on July 9, he has been trying to find a hospice willing to permit the removal of the feeding tube. Euthanasia is illegal in Italy.

State prosecutors said they asked Italy's top court to suspend the ruling until their case is heard.

Italy's lower house of parliament had earlier on Thursday approved a resolution saying the Milan judges had no right to authorize the removal of the feeding tube and it was up to lawmakers to legislate on bioethical matters.

A vote on the same resolution will be held in the Senate on Friday. If it is approved, as expected, the Constitutional Court will be asked to rule on whether the Milan court has overstepped its boundaries.

Explaining the decision, the Milan judges said it was proven Englaro's coma was irreversible and, before the accident, she said she would rather die than be kept alive artificially.

Vatican decries Italy court ruling

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1,042 posted on 08/01/2008 3:13:00 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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A new month has commenced and still no recent updates are in on Lauren Richardson. We keep watch until Lauren is safe.


1,043 posted on 08/01/2008 3:38:50 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Father Pavone continues the fight... Thread by wagglebee.

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July 31, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "God chose us in Christ, before the world began, to be holy and blameless in his sight" (See Ephesians 1:5). On Saturday, July 12, I had the joy of baptizing three babies, chosen by God from all eternity to live. A cause of particular joy and celebration was that two of these babies were rescued from abortion. Their mothers had gone to an abortion mill in Allentown, PA, but sidewalk counselors intervened and helped them to find the strength to say "No" to abortion and "Yes" to life.

The Church was filled with pro-life advocates, including the sidewalk counselors who intervened, and all were immersed in the joy of the victory of life. Once this ceremony was scheduled, I announced it nationally, not only so that as many people as possible could come, but also so that the whole pro-life movement could be encouraged by this celebration of victory............................

Two Saved Babies Baptized - From Abortion Mill to Baptismal Font

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1,044 posted on 08/01/2008 3:46:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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I can think of nothing more horrifying or threatening to a leftie than truth. Thread by wagglebee.

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Planned Parenthood of South Dakota is refusing to do abortions.

Why? Because a federal court has upheld a new law that would require them to disclose to women the risk factors of abortion. These are statistically proven risk factors that reliably identify which women are at highest risk of post-abortion psychological problems, including depression and suicidal behavior.

That's not the way the story is being told in the national media, however. Following Planned Parenthood's shutdown, the mainstream media has adopted PP's spin on the story, focusing on how this “radical” law requires doctors to give women a written statement of the following:............

Temporary Stoppage of South Dakota Abortions Points to Abortion's Risks

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1,045 posted on 08/01/2008 4:09:22 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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More bad news for the PP peeps, good news for us. Thread by wagglebee.

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Americans received good news back in January when new figures from Planned Parenthood's research group showed the number of abortions nationwide have fallen to their lowest point in 30 years and have declined 25 percent since 1990. That has resulted in a drop in the nation's infant mortality rate.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute report found just over 1.2 million abortions in the United States in 2005, down nearly 25% from their high of 1.6 million in 1990......................

Abortion Decline in US Leads to Long-Term Reduction in Infant Mortality Rates

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1,046 posted on 08/01/2008 4:14:11 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Explaining their decision, the Milan judges said it had been proven Englaro's coma was irreversible and that before the accident she had stated her preference to die rather than being kept alive artificially.

I wonder how many people have really considered the potentially devastating consequences of legally defining FOOD and WATER as "artificial".

1,047 posted on 08/01/2008 5:09:14 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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1,048 posted on 08/01/2008 3:34:58 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: wagglebee

To the leftists, words are simply tools, valuable for effect, not meaning. If they can retool a word so it sounds innocuous, the meaning in reality may be devastating.

Reminds me of Roberta Flack’s “Killing me softly...”


1,049 posted on 08/02/2008 3:54:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Janet Rivera...

Killing her softly with your funds...(?)

Reason.com merely points out in a helpful way the situation with Janet Rivera and how she will be allowed to live, and who will wind up paying for it. Recall, lefties are very generous with the funds of others, but try to pull a nickel out of their own pockets.

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Should authorities pull the plug on Janet Rivera, a woman who has been comatose for a couple of years in a Fresno, Calif. special care facility? In mid-July, Rivera's court-appointed conservator, on the advice of five physicians, asked that her respirator be removed and food and water be withheld. Some family members objected and the conservator reversed his request.

Rivera's situation differs in many respects from the Terri Schiavo case. First, Rivera is described as being comatose. Comatose by itself implies a possibly transient inability to respond to stimuli and temporary deep unconsciousness. On the other hand, the five physicians consulted by the conservator believe Rivera's unconsciousness is irreversible. Second, unlike the Schiavo case, Rivera's family members apparently all agree that she should receive artificial hydration and nutrition. And third, again unlike Schiavo's case, no one claims to know what Rivera would want to be done.

Although Rivera's court-appointed conservator says that expense played no role in his decision to have hydration and nutrition tubes withdrawn, there is an issue concerning how Rivera's care is being paid for. On July 28, the Chicago Tribune reported:.................................

Another Terri Schiavo Muddle in the Making?

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1,050 posted on 08/02/2008 4:09:19 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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