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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

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.


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

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

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.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charliecrist; googling; johnmccain; justsayno2johnmccain; lauren; moralabsolutes; prolife; richardson; schiavo; terridailies; vp
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To: All; wagglebee
Going after the strangely sanctioned murder factories... They won't give up easily, will fight to the death. Death is their life. Thread by wagglebee.


CHICAGO, Ill. September 19, 2008 ( - Yesterday, leaders from more than 20 pro-life organizations came together in Rosemont, Ill. to draft a joint plan aimed at de-funding and shutting down Planned Parenthood.

The pro-life advocates gathered at the "Planned Parenthood: BAD for America" summit, organized by the Pro-Life Action League (PLAL), of Chicago, and shared techniques that have proved successful in impeding Planned Parenthood's objectives across the country. This is the first time so many pro-life groups from across the country have gathered in a single location to address fighting Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider....

Pro-Life Groups Scheme to Shut Down Planned Parenthood


1,451 posted on 09/21/2008 3:42:39 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Once again the PP peeps do the diametric opposite of what they purport. It is their essence, and that of their father, the father of lies. Thread by wagglebee.

And I know Eugenics! I grew up near Eugene.


Planned Parenthood, an organization that claims to promote women's health and well-being, has a deeply stained history of racism, hatred and lies.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, summed up the purpose of her organization with this statement: "More children from the fit, less from the unfit."

It sounds like something out of Nazi Germany, like eugenics or creating a master race. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1923, which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. She was a passionate advocate for eugenics, a movement that essentially tried to wipe out any human being deemed genetically "unfit."

Another well-known fan of eugenics? Adolf Hitler.......

Planned Parenthood's dirty little secrets


1,452 posted on 09/21/2008 3:49:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Sad that we even need to seek such laws...

Thread by wagglebee.


With the President Bioethics Council expected to meet soon over a proposed law protecting the conscience of pro-life healthcare workers, an association of Christian physicians is urging the public to weigh in on the highly debated issue before the deadline for public comments ends next week.

The proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services calls for stronger protections for health professionals who refuse to participate in abortions or dispense emergency contraception or birth control because of personal, moral or religious beliefs.....

Christian Docs Urge Support for Law Protecting Pro-Life Healthcare Workers


1,453 posted on 09/21/2008 3:53:20 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
We touch on Mary Warlock again...Uggghhhh.

Thread by wagglebee.


People with dementia should be able to end their lives if they feel they are a burden to others or to the NHS, according to a respected ethicist.

Baroness Mary Warnock, who has made similar calls in recent years, first made her remarks in a Church of Scotland magazine.........

Dementia patients' 'right-to-die'


1,454 posted on 09/21/2008 3:58:09 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

The amazing thing is that this expose of Big Abortion was written by a female UConn student.

1,455 posted on 09/21/2008 9:38:45 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SErtelt; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...

That is what it is. This evil creature, mask falling by the wayside, shows his face for what it is. Obamunism is a means to his evil wranglings, but Obamacide is the core of his evil.

Thread by SErtelt with thanks to narses for the ping.


Washington, DC -- A new commercial from the Obama slams a survivor of a botched late-term abortion and presidential candidate John McCain as "sleazy" for promoting a "despicable lie" that calls Obama into question for his votes against providing medical care to babies who survive failed abortions.

As reported, Gianna Jessen, a young woman who survived a failed saline abortion in the late 1970s, chides Obama for voting repeatedly against bills in the Illinois legislature to stop infanticide........

Obama Ad Calls Abortion Survivor, McCain "Sleazy Despicable Liars"


1,456 posted on 09/22/2008 3:21:13 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; daylilly; narses
Daylilly has a thread from WND on this Obama Nation of Islam and his lust for Obamacide. Thanks, narses, for the ping.


In the increasing flurry of this election's negative political ads, the Barack Obama campaign produced a TV commercial that not only attacks Republican rival John McCain, but also takes aim at an unusual target: a 31-year-old woman who was born alive after her mother's botched abortion. Obama's commercial predictably takes shots at the GOP campaign, calling John McCain's ads "the sleaziest ever, truly vile." But when the screen shows clips of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and the ad she made asking Obama to reverse his stance on born alive infant protection legislation, the Obama ad calls Jessen's appeal "a despicable lie."..........

Obama ad goes to war with abortion survivor


1,457 posted on 09/22/2008 3:28:33 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; daylilly

Please note, all, that the above thread by daylilly has video documentation of the actual words from both sides. Check the link to WND.


1,458 posted on 09/22/2008 3:31:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Kaslin; narses
Mor on Barat Obamacide...

Thread by Kaslin with thanks for ping to narses.


No, I’m not talking about Sarah Palin, I’m talking about Gianna Jessen.

If it was up to the abominable Obama, the to-be-aborted little baby, Gianna Jessen, would have been turned into worm dirt 31 years ago. Thankfully, Mr. Change and Mr. Hope wasn’t around back then to lay his liberal legislative death-dealing pen to Ms. Jessen’s fate—and the world is a better place for it........

If It Was Up to Obama, This Woman Would be Dead


1,459 posted on 09/22/2008 3:37:06 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Boxer shorts out the abortion circuit with a slip of truth.

Thread by wagglebee.


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2008 ( - Although Chairman Barbara Boxer expressed frustration when the unborn's right to life emerged as a topic of discussion during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting, she herself repeatedly admitted that a pregnant woman is carrying a child, despite her reputation for being staunchly pro-abortion.

Her admission happened while the Senate panel was reviewing a bill involving the dollar value assessment the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assigns to human life in environmental decisions. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), an established pro-life advocate, wanted to amend the bill to include considerations for unborn life...........

Pro-Abortion Senator Admits Pregnant Women Carry Children (Barbara Boxer)


1,460 posted on 09/22/2008 3:42:47 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
And what about the men in the mix? Thread by wagglebee.


The conference's purpose explores the revelation that men experience, according to, profound regret and grief after an involvement in an abortion decision. Vicki Thorn of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing believes consideration and psychological care for post-abortive fathers is long overdue.

"It's time we begin speaking about it, and that was my intent in being able to organize these two conferences -- that we begin to speak through the veil of science about the fact that there's more than one partner in this," Thorn explains. "The pregnancy didn't occur in a vacuum, and so there is both a woman and a man that are involved."......

Post-abortive men finally speak out


1,461 posted on 09/22/2008 3:48:04 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; kristinn; narses
The fire ant brigade of the Obamunists tiptoe out of North Dakota. After Alaska now, only 55 more states to go...

Thread by Kristinn. Thanks, narses, for the ping to this cheerful news.


The presidential campaign of Democrat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has shrunk its original 18 battleground states strategy to 16 today with word that it is pulling staff from the 11 campaign offices in North Dakota and sending them to other states..........

Obama Campaign Gives Up on North Dakota


1,462 posted on 09/22/2008 3:58:57 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; ...
Great news and update on Tuesday!

Thanks for the update, Leslie!


Miracle Party

WOW!  "Biggest End of Chemo Party" indeed.  Thank you to our new friends, the Millers for including us in this awesome event.  Justin Miller was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma two years ago this week.  After 15 months of being cancer free, Justin presented with a brain tumor and is currently in treatment again.  He is a gorgeous child, a true survivor and just oozes life.  Please pray for this special kiddo and his family.  We look forward to getting to know them all better.  We also had a chance to meet the infamous, and might I add adorable, Hope Halloway and her family.  Hope is another little miracle that had Neuroblastoma and is CANCER FREE.  We hope to hang out with the Halloway clan as well.  We know these families have lots to teach us.  Lessons their children have taught them and continue to teach us all.  Lessons of what life is really about.  Thanks be to God for the lessons we have already learned.  You have know idea what life is really about until you are faced with the possibility of your child's death.  Ok, now enough about that.  We all had a ball and sweet Tuesday even stood on her own two legs and did a little dancing.  Could she be any cuter? 


How is Tuesday doing you ask?  


Life has been so fine since coming home.  Tuesday is feeling great, or at least deserves a Daytime Emmy for acting like she feels great.  Her past cycle of chemotherapy is notorious for being particularly pukey.  Not only did Tuesday not puke, but she managed to eat thru the entire course.  Quite a feat for someone who yanked her own NG tube just a couple weeks ago.  Ok, so she's eating like a toddler but, um, she IS a toddler so we are cutting her some slack.  We have her on an organic diet (always did) with a smattering of McDonald's (gasp!) french fries.  
It's been one big love fest around here since coming home.  It feels so good to be back together.  The girls have slipped right back in to twin-ness and Piper is proving to be quite the little mother hen.  She makes sure Tuesday has every creature comfort she may need.  Keeping her in Nuk's and blankies and snacks.  Tuesday on the other hand spends most of her day trying to get a hold of Piper's new shoes.  This is where the love ends.  "MINE! MINE! MIIIIIINEEEEE!!!!!!", "NO! MINE SHOES!"
Spencer and Axel are fantastic big brothers and huge helps.  And 5.  ANd 7.  And boys.  Need I say more?  
So where do we go from here?
Tuesday goes back in to Children's on Sept 29th for her 4th (of 6) round of chemo.  If all goes well, we will be in-patient for 4 days.  Aunt SuSu will be flying in from Atlanta to help out at home.  Still taking things one day at a time.  We remain full of hope.  We remain ever thankful to a Loving God.  We remain, more than ever, so proud to be Tuesday's mom and dad. 

Miracle Party


1,463 posted on 09/22/2008 11:25:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Lesforlife; 8mmMauser
Great news!

Super Tuesday. tee hee! Could she be any cuter?

1,464 posted on 09/22/2008 11:36:26 AM PDT by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: Lesforlife; 8mmMauser

Wonderful news Leslie!

1,465 posted on 09/22/2008 5:18:14 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All; 8mmMauser

“As a nurse at an Illinois hospital in 1999, I discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in soiled utility rooms. I discovered infanticide.

Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother’s right to “choose” stopped at her baby’s delivery.
The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the House. NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.

But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left.”


Obama is more antilife than even Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry or NARAL.

1,466 posted on 09/22/2008 9:56:34 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: 8mmMauser

Those children are so beautiful, and what a joy to see them so happy.

1,467 posted on 09/22/2008 9:58:15 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: All; wagglebee
I recall when Ronald Reagan made such stops, the press incessantly trained their attention and cameras on any empty spaces they could find to try to show a small crowd. Their greatest fantasy would be something like this, headline news! But the opposite happened. Guess I should check out the headlines...

Thread by wagglebee.


Lynchburg, VA ( -- For the new Barack Obama "faith tour" to have any success, it needs to be able to draw young and evangelical voters. Yet, at its first stop in the Virginia back yard of well-known pastor Jerry Falwell, just 15 people showed up for the event.

The Obama campaign has signed up evangelical author Donald Miller, Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec and former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer, for the "Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour."........

Barack Obama Faith Tour Flops With Pro-Life Voters in Jerry Falwell's Backyard


1,468 posted on 09/23/2008 3:39:50 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; ...

But first is it fair to state we conservatives have a virtual monopoly on good looks? I say, yes! Day Gardner is former Miss Delaware and a beauty like Sarah Palin. The leftists have to settle for winners of Halloween contests.

Day Gardner is a wonderful advocate for life, has taken a stand for Lauren Richardson. Meanwhile as we await news of Lauren, we can take solice that no news is not bad news, except for the suboptimum care she is likely receiving while waiting. Thread by wagglebee.


Washington, DC ( -- A leading African-American pro-life advocate says presidential candidate Barack Obama continues to mislead the public about his votes on an abortion-infanticide bill. Obama has been tagged over the bill all election, and it involves making sure infants who survive abortions get proper medical care.

Obama voted four times against the bill during his tenure in the Illinois legislature and was the only member of the body to speak against it on the floor.

The issue has been involved in back-and-forth television ads, with a woman who survived a failed abortion saying Obama's votes targeted her and Obama's campaign responding, calling the woman and McCain, "sleazy, despicable liars."

On Monday, Day Gardner, president of The National Black Pro-Life Union, told that Obama's comments about why he voted against the bill don't square up with the facts.........

Black Pro-Life Advocate Says Barack Obama Still Misleads on Abortion Votes


1,469 posted on 09/23/2008 3:57:51 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee; Lesforlife
In these instances, the leftists reach into their ammo boxes and find only some feeble lies scattered on the bottom, not a round of truth in the lot. Thread by wagglebee.


Denver, CO ( -- The Denver Post came out against Amendment 48 with an editorial on Monday that challenges the personhood amendment. However, the newspaper gets its facts wrong when it attempts to make the case that scientists say human life begins at implantation, rather than conception.

The amendment would define the beginning of human life as the point of conception and have potential ramifications for abortion and embryonic stem cell research.


"Medical and scientific experts set the start of pregnancy at the point a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus," the paper contends.

However, that's not the case.

Dr. Jerome Lejeune, an internationally-known geneticist credited with discovering the cause of Down syndrome, told the U.S. Senate in 1981 that scientists agree human life begins at conception.

"Modern biology teaches us that ancestors are united to their progeny by a continuous material link, for it is from the fertilization of the female cell (the ovum) by the male cell (the spermatozoa) that a new member of the species will emerge," he said.

"Life has a very, very long history but each individual has a very neat beginning: the moment of its conception," the famed scientist added.

Dr. Hymie Gordon, the former chairman of the Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic, agrees, and says, "By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception."

Denver Post Opposes Abortion Vote, Misstates Science on When Life Begins


1,470 posted on 09/23/2008 4:06:17 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; ...
Lauren Richardson update...

Thread by Pyro7840 on the news!


"Our prayers have been answered. Both sides have united and are working together to bring Lauren home," said Randy Richardson, father of Lauren Richardson, a 23 year-old Delaware woman who suffered brain damage after a heroin overdose in 2006. In a stunning change of events that has caused jubilation among local pro-lifers, Randy and Lauren’s mother have agreed to remove Lauren from the Arbors Rehabilitation Center in New Castle in order to "put her into a regiment of therapy," according to Randy, who adds, "things have worked out for Lauren and we give the glory to God."

Bess McAneny, president of the Delaware Pro-life Coalition, who facilitated pro-life, legal, and personal contacts with the Richardson family for the past two years, is thrilled with the news. "This is a blessing from God and I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and sacrifices and urge them to continue to pray for Lauren’s healing."

Lauren has been the focus of months of prayer vigils to save her life which was threatened by a court order to remove her feeding tube. Local churches and groups, including Priests for Life, kept vigil at the sidewalk outside the rehab facility. Inside, Randy, his sister and mother and other family members kept a round-the-clock vigil at her bedside. They also observed state-of-the-art "movement therapy" at other facilities and believe Lauren, who is not on any "life support" machines, would greatly benefit from such therapy. The pro-life community rejoices with Randy, Lauren, and their entire family in this important break-through. As Bess McAneny many times observed, "The Richardson family is a testament to unconditional love and perseverance.".................

Families Unite to Care for Lauren Maried Richardson (Good News About Disabled Young Woman!)


1,471 posted on 09/23/2008 1:34:19 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
It looks like the good guys have....

1,472 posted on 09/23/2008 1:43:27 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife

As all may note from the date we have kept on this topic from the beginning and special theme for Terri Dailies and watch since May 7, persevering and awaiting news like this to post. Time for a smile!

Randy, we at Terri Dailies are thrilled for you and for Lauren.


1,473 posted on 09/23/2008 2:05:32 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Praising our Lord for his mercy and grace!!

What an awesome answer to prayer.

Glory to God!!

We look forward to learning of Lauren’s progress, once therapy has

Great and glorious work, prayer warriors!!

1,474 posted on 09/23/2008 4:20:00 PM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: 8mmMauser

Good for Lauren!

1,475 posted on 09/23/2008 6:00:01 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Hurricane season is over November 1.)
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To: 8mmMauser; Lesforlife; BykrBayb; wagglebee; penowa; Dante3; Sun
A local McCain volunteer called me on Saturday. I thought we were hvg a great conversation and she agreed w/me INCLUDING Sarah Palin on the ticket.

However, I haven't heard a word. I requested bumper stickers. If they are anti-Terri's Fight after all, that would be bad. The lady was probably a Bushbot and didn't like that I said either Bush brother could have pardoned her. Man, Bushbots hold long grudges.

1,476 posted on 09/23/2008 6:09:57 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Hurricane season is over November 1.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Just as we gasp some fresh air of relief, another assault on humanity steps in. In this thread from Sun, a little child is abused to the point of death. But that is not enough! Perhaps the child has useful parts and gets a coup de grace from the used parts sales department before the baby gets a chance to live.

I try not to get cynical about this, but am anyway.


This evening I heard on my local news in upstate New York that a dad shook his baby, and threw it on a bed. First I heard the baby is not expected to make it through the night, then I heard that they are going to take the baby off life support tonight.....

Life support to be taken from baby tonight. Praying for a miracle.


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

1,477 posted on 09/24/2008 3:31:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Haleigh Poutre update...

The fox guards the henhouse, again and again. For those not familiar, this agency, DSS, after enormous blundering in the beginning, failed in an attempt to snuff little Haleigh and ever since has held onto her in jealous ownership like an obsessed lover. Fortunately for the people of Massachusetts, these antics grew too egregious to tolerate when brought to light, and DSS is reined it a bit these days.

Once again, I am grateful to Buffy Spencer of The Republican for keeping the light on this story.


SPRINGFIELD - The state agency that has custody of 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre, the Westfield girl whose case led to a major overhaul of the agency's oversight of child abuse and neglect proceedings, is seeking to keep any of her appearances in court closed to the media.

The request from the Department of Children and Families, formerly called the Department of Social Services, comes in the case of her stepfather, Jason D. Strickland, who was accused with his late wife, Holli A. Strickland, of inflicting the injuries three years ago that left Haleigh with a severe brain injury and the subject of a right-to-die case which drew national attention.

The motion was received by Hampden Superior Court on Friday. 

Assistant District Attorney Laurel H. Brandt, the prosecutor in the criminal case against Strickland, said in a court hearing that Haleigh is her principal witness.

Strickland, 32, has pleaded innocent, and is due to face trial on Oct. 30.

The Republican will challenge the state's request, according to Executive Editor Wayne E. Phaneuf.

"This case is of national significance and has already led to changes in the law to protect children who were victimized by the failure of the state agencies to act promptly and properly on their behalf," he said. "At every step of the way, those state agencies have tried to suppress the public knowledge of this case because of their embarrassment. We intend to challenge the request to keep Haleigh Poutre's testimony secret and quash her chance to tell her story."....................

Agency seeks to bar media


1,478 posted on 09/24/2008 3:49:12 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
This in, with positive and negative, from Nova Scotia...


The already difficult debate over whether to sustain the life of a person with almost no consciousness as the result of a brain injury has grown harder over time, says an American bioethicist visiting Halifax this week.

New scientific work has shown that some people who appear to be in a vegetative state, with no prospect of recovery, are in fact minimally conscious, Dr. Joseph Fins, a neurologist and chief of the division of medical ethics at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College, said Tuesday in an interview.

And recent experimental therapies, including deep-brain stimulation and certain drugs, have helped patients in isolated cases regain some consciousness, he said.

"We are on the cusp of greater and greater discovery," Dr. Fins said. "In a way, when there was absolutely no hope and no possibility of hope 10 years ago, it was almost easier to sort of deal with it. I think we’re now in a more ambiguous situation where there are glimmers of possibility. If you’re unfortunate enough to have a loved one in this situation and you’re hoping against all odds that there might be something to do, it’s hard to be patient."

Dr. Fins will give a free public talk Thursday evening called Lessons From the Injured Brain: Bioethics Meets Neuroscience.

Last year in the journal Nature, Dr. Fins described the case of a 38-year old who’d been in a minimally conscious state for five years and regained the ability to eat, speak and make some movements after electrodes were implanted in his brain. But he stressed that experimental techniques like deep-brain stimulation are unproven and cannot be considered treatments.

"There’s no treatment for this," he said.

The way families of people with minimal consciousness navigate the debate over prolonging life or allowing a loved one to die and their appeals to governments to support research will help accelerate investigations into new treatments, Dr. Fins said.

He said more government funding is needed to broaden the experimental approaches to treatment.

As it stands, people left with minimal consciousness are largely "neglected" by policy-makers, Dr. Fins said.

He and colleagues last year estimated that there are between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans living in a minimally conscious state and about 25,000 who are considered vegetative. But there are no reliable numbers.

"If you really care about this population of patients, you have to count them so that you can engage in responsible health policy planning," Dr. Fins said.

Periodically, cases like that of Terri Schiavo a severely brain-damaged Florida woman at the centre of a family struggle in 2005, garner a great deal of public attention.

Ms. Schiavo died in 2005 after her husband won the right to remove the feeding tube that sustained her for 15 years in a vegetative state. Her parents opposed the move.

Dr. Fins said it’s productive to have that public debate on a large scale.

He noted that the high-profile case of Karen Ann Quinlan in the late 1970s helped establish the now well-entrenched right of a person to die when there is no hope his or her condition will improve........................

Where hope still glimmers... Bioethicist to speak about sustaining lives of severely brain injured


1,479 posted on 09/24/2008 3:56:06 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; floriduh voter; amdgmary
Following on to the case of Janet Weber, R.I.P. who escaped the clutches of the killers and died under God's terms...


OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—Karen Weber, 57, the women at the center of a Terri Schiavo-like dispute, passed away Sept. 17, apparently of “natural causes.”

Joyce Tatro-Manes, of Toledo, Ohio, Karen’s sister, told Florida Baptist Witness that Weber, whose husband Ray Weber recently was awarded temporary guardianship in the case, died at Longwood Regional Hospital in Fort Pierce about 9 p.m. and her funeral was in the Toledo area Sept. 22.

Weber suffered a seizure in November and then a stroke and has been between an Okeechobee nursing home and a hospital. At the center of the dispute between family members was whether she was initially able to make decisions about her own care since her vocal cords were paralyzed when she had the stroke. [See Witness article “Schiavo-like case in Okeechobee garners interest; Stroke victim indicates she doesn’t want to die.”]

Ray Weber, Karen’s husband of 34 years, sought to have her feeding tube removed in March and his wife transferred to hospice. Weber’s mother, who maintained at the time that Karen was alert and responsive. indicated she did not believe Karen would want her feeding tube removed and filed for and received an injunction to prevent Ray Weber from proceeding.

The judge in the case also appointed a committee in March to determine whether Weber at that time was competent to make her own medical decisions.

Since that time Weber’s health problems have become more severe and a judge granted Weber’s husband Ray temporary guardianship of her Sept. 3 reversing an earlier decision granting her mother guardianship of her. The hearing determining her competency was postponed, however.

Despite the guardianship order, an injunction the judge issued in March to prohibit the feeding tube’s removal, remained in place, Tatro-Manes said.

“I wanted to let you know that Karen passed away last night of natural causes,” Tatro-Manes’ said in an email.”

Tatro-Manes said Karen Weber had several infections and her blood pressure had dropped in the past several days. The prognosis has not looked good, she said, and their mother, Martha Tatro, 80, had been at her bedside.

“I consider it a huge victory in that there are some causes you have to champion,” Tatro-Manes told the Witness in an interview. “What we wanted was that Karen not be killed by Ray’s hand, but she was taken by God who took her home.”

The attorney representing Martha Tatro, Joseph Rodowicz Jr., in a news release sent to the Witness, issued the following joint statement on behalf of Karen's family members, including her mother, sister, husband and children:

“Karen Weber’s heavenly father called her home to her eternal reward on the evening of Sept. 17, 2008. Her family knows she is in a better place. We look forward to meeting up with her again someday, but until then, she will be greatly missed as she was dearly loved by all of us.”

Okeechobee woman at center of Shiavo-like case dies of ‘natural causes’


1,480 posted on 09/24/2008 4:04:05 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife; wagglebee; amdgmary; floriduh voter; BykrBayb
And the death march continues...

Thanks, Leslie, for the tip. This is from Professor Pope's blog on Medical Futility. At the link is a discussion of living wills and their efficacy.


On Friday afternoon, Strong Memorial Hospital removed Dorothy Livadas' life support not only without the consent of Dorothy's duly appointed health care agent but also over the agent's vociferous objections. The agent, Dorothy's daughter Ianthe, had been replaced with Catholic Family Center. As the new substitute decision maker, CFC authorized the removal of life support.

Yesterday, on a plane from Albuquerque, I read a long post (14 single-spaced pages) that Ianthe had placed in the comments field of this blog. I agree that there is a significant likelihood that the living will did not reflect Dorothy's wishes. There is a significant probability that many living wills fails to reflect the wishes of their makers. But they are presumed to constitute "clear and convincing evidence." Ianthe's evidence about the rushed making of the living will was just not sufficient to overcome the presumption.

Like Schiavo, the case did not address end-of-life decision making principles. It was just a dispute about the condition of the patient and the evidence of the patient's wishes. On the other hand, it does indicate a clear trend of courts replacing surrogates who act contrary to either the wishes or best interests of the patient.

Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 2:57 PM

Dorothy Livadas -- Life Support Removed Over Proxy's Objections


1,481 posted on 09/24/2008 4:12:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Some in Congress acting like obamacidal maniacs...

And FOCA sounds like a swearword. Thread by wagglebee.


WASHINGTON, September 23, 2008 ( - Writing to all members of Congress on September 19, Cardinal Justin Rigali warned against enactment of the proposed "Freedom of Choice Act" or "FOCA" (S. 1173, H.R. 1964).

"Despite its deceptive title," he wrote, "FOCA would deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars. And FOCA would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government to reduce abortions in our country.".........

Bishops To Congress: "We Can't Reduce Abortion By Promoting Abortion"


1,482 posted on 09/24/2008 4:22:47 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Two heroic people tell it like it is!

Thread by wagglebee.


Washington, DC ( -- Two leading pro-life advocates are defending the use of the term "holocaust" to describe the deaths of 50 million unborn children from abortion over the last 35 years. The term has upset some Jewish leaders because it is typically used in reference to the genocide of Jews during Nazi rule in Germany.

Fr. Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., issued a joint statement Tuesday about the use of the term.

They say the description of abortion as a holocaust "is not meant to trivialize what happened to our Jewish brothers and sisters."

"Approximately 50 million human beings have been killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade permitted abortion throughout pregnancy," they say. "Children have been torn limb from limb by surgical forceps and killed with suction tubes - not because of anything they did, but just because they existed."

"If abortion isn't a holocaust, we need to rewrite every dictionary," the pair explain.

King and Pavone continue their statement, saying: ....................

Pro-Life Advocates Defend Use of Term "Holocaust" Related to Abortion Deaths


1,483 posted on 09/24/2008 4:27:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Sounds like it fits the dreams of Margaret Sanger and her worshippers...

We can guess what the Obamunists and leaders of the democratics believe.

Thread by wagglebee.


Washington, DC ( -- A new report from the research group associated with Planned Parenthood expands on its previous report showing abortions at their lowest point since 1974. The new Alan Guttmacher Institute report finds abortions are more likely to be done on women who are black, older, or lower-income.

The good news for pro-life advocates is that the rate of abortion in the United States is at its lowest level since 1974, having declined 33% from a peak of 29 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 1980 to 20 per 1,000 in 2004.....

New Report Finds Black, Older, Poor Women More Likely to Have Abortions


1,484 posted on 09/24/2008 4:32:33 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Now, if those who like to snuff human embryos followed what they say, they would be obliged to follow this leader. But they don't, because in reality, it is about snuffing human life, not in finding some wonderful cures. Not cures, but death is their life.

Thread by wagglebee.


Madison, WI ( -- Wisconsin scientist James Thomson is considered the father of embryonic stem cell research for isolating the first embryonic stem cell in 1998. Now comes the news that Thomson's two research companies are merging and planning to focus their energies on stem cells that don't involve the destruction of human life.

Thomson's team made headlines last year when he and a separate group of researchers from Japan were able to reprogram adult stem cells into an embryonic-like state....

Leading Embryonic Stem Cell Researcher Shifts Focus to Ethical Alternatives


1,485 posted on 09/24/2008 4:38:16 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Alouette; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
This video in the thread by Alouette is too powerful to let pass. Catholic prepared, it is applicable to all of faith! The video is well worth sharing with friends still undecided but holding faith. It sums up what we are about.

Thanks, narses, for the ping.


CatholicVote pro-life ad (stunning!)


1,486 posted on 09/24/2008 4:51:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: John Robinson; 8mmMauser

Thank you John. Now take a much deserved nap.

1,487 posted on 09/26/2008 9:28:31 AM PDT by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

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


1,488 posted on 09/26/2008 9:37:49 AM PDT by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: John Robinson; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
We are back in business, with warm thanks to John Robinson! In the interim, I posted on the thread by wagglebee, Gianna Jessen: Above Obama's pay grade

Starting out with the blog by Alex Schadenberg with thanks to Leslie for the tip...


Stephen Drake, the masterful research director for Not Dead Yet discovered that the blog for the American Journal of Bioethics featured an entry by Summer Johnson Ph.D., who came out supporting Warnock's call to euthanize people with dementia.

Link to the Not Dead Yet blog:

On September 19, I reported on this blog that Baroness Warnock(84), a leading ethicist in the UK was suggesting that people with dementia had a duty to die.
Link to my blog entry:

Many people reacted by thinking these were just a few comments by a demented old woman, but in fact these are mainstream views among the euthanasia lobby who are busy planning for a day where they can obtain the "last-will-pill" or the "peaceful pill" and help mother out-of-her misery.

In case you think that Summer Johnson (pictured above) is possibly another thinker that is part of an extreme fringe, then just look at her bio:
Summer Johnson Ph.D. is the director of the Ethics in Novel Technologies, Research, and Innovation (ENTRI) program of the Alden March Bioethics Institute and a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is also the Director of Graduate Studies at AMBI at Albany Medical School.

Her bio goes on and is very impressive.

Thank you Summer Johnson for proving that Warnock is not alone.

The real question is: What are we going to do about this?

Bioethics Blog Defends Warnock's Call for Killing of People with Dementia


1,489 posted on 09/27/2008 4:10:28 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Keeping on topic, wagglebee has a thread on that notorious Baroness Warlock!


A waste. A burden. That is how influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock views people suffering from dementia. Lady Warnock, a prominent adviser to the British government, told the Church of Scotland's Life and Work magazine that people suffering from dementia should be allowed to kill themselves rather than continue to burden their families and Britain's National Health Service.

Sadly, Warnock's comments are all too consistent with our modern utilitarian view of life.......

Duty to Die: Why British Govt Advisor Wrong on Killing People With Dementia


1,490 posted on 09/27/2008 4:15:13 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
"Bella" the politically incorrect movie and its proponant, on YouTube...

Thread by wagglebee.


Washington, DC ( -- No sooner had the video gone up of popular Hispanic actor Eduardo Verástegui denouncing presidential candidate Barack Obama on abortion than YouTube officials took it down. The video sharing site removed the full version of the video, which showed graphic images of abortions.

It did, however, leave an edited version in place that contains the Bella actor urging Latinos to vote against Obama without the footage of babies who have died from abortions.

The Verástegui video has already caught fire across the Internet with more than 8,000 people viewing it in only two days....

YouTube Pulls Video of Eduardo Verástegui Denouncing Obama on Abortion


1,491 posted on 09/27/2008 4:30:22 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser
Haleigh Poutre update...

I repeat my admiration and appreciation for Buffy Spencer and her paper, The Republican, for staying on top of this story. Without such media attention I shudder at what might have happened to poor child Haleigh as the squad lined her up for organ harvest and death.


SPRINGFIELD - The effort by the state Department of Children and Families to bar the press from hearing 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre tell her story of child abuse goes against the constitutional rights of her stepfather to a fair trial and the press to have access to court proceedings, according to a document filed in court on Friday.

In the document, The Republican asks Judge Judd J. Carhart to reject the move by the state to ban the media from Haleigh's court appearances in the upcoming trial of Jason D. Strickland.

Along with citing extensive public interest in the case, attorney Joseph P. Pessolano, on behalf of the newspaper, cited the role the press played in bringing the Poutre case to the forefront of the effort that resulted in a major overhaul of the state agency in its oversight of child abuse cases. 

"Just as the press was instrumental in supporting and fostering the reform of (the state Department of Social Services), so the press' critical role continues as it covers the legal proceedings in this most newsworthy and important case," wrote Pessolano.

He called it "curious, and some would say ironic," that the agency that failed to protect Haleigh "now waves her privacy interests as a banner" in an effort to violate the constitutional rights of Strickland and the press.

Strickland, 34, was accused, along with his late wife, Holli A. Strickland, Haleigh's adoptive mother, of assaulting the then-11-year-old girl in Westfield in September 2005, resulting in a serious brain injury. He has pleaded innocent to charges of assault and battery on a child, with substantial bodily injury, and is due to face trial late next month.

The Department of Children and Families has custody of Haleigh, and filed a motion asking Carhart to exclude the media from any court appearance of Haleigh. Now undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation hospital in Boston, Haleigh was to be called to testify at a pre-trial hearing to determine if she is competent to appear as a witness against her stepfather.

A hearing on the state's request to bar the press is set for Oct. 1 before Carhart. That hearing will immediately precede the start of the competency hearing.

In the motion on the newspaper's behalf, Pessolano wrote, "To a large extent, the public interest in this case arises from the failure of the Department of Social Services (now the Department of Children and Families) to protect the child from harm in the face of clear indications that she was being physically abused."

"In fact, public disclosure by the press of DSS's failures and omissions in this case led to an outcry for legislative reform," Pessolano added.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law last July legislation which imposed new rules on how the agency handles the cases of children who have had previous contact with state social workers.

"The case is of enormous public interest and has been followed closely by both print and broadcast media, locally, statewide, and even nationally," Pessolano wrote. "The Republican alone has published some 172 articles concerning the case, identifying Ms. Poutre as the victim of abuse, and in many of those cases publishing her photograph."

Banning the media from the proceedings would leave The Republican in the "the patently absurd position that all interested members of the public would be free to attend the competency hearing but a reporter from the newspaper is to be barred from the courtroom because his or her presence, seated with a notepad among spectators, will adversely affect the child," the motion argues.

That would leave the newspaper in a position to interview someone in attendance for a second-hand version of what transpired, "virtually ensuring an inaccurate report," Pessolano said. "Such a ridiculous limitation upon the proper role of the press cannot be sanctioned."

Earlier in the week, Strickland's defense lawyer, Alan J. Black, also filed a motion opposing the move to ban the media from the proceedings.

Newspaper urges judge to give access to media


1,492 posted on 09/27/2008 4:41:46 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Dementia can range from losing car keys to wandering away from home or not recognizing people. If they want to kill people with dementia, that could be lots of people thirty and up to be honest.

1,493 posted on 09/27/2008 6:40:51 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Hurricane season is over November 1.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Haleigh Poutre update...

Again, The Republican fights to see justice for Haleigh.


The state's Department of Children and Families has asked a judge in Hampden Superior Court to bar the press from hearing the testimony of a teenage girl in a criminal case of child abuse. We, the press, are the public's eyes and ears, and we are opposing that request.

Haleigh Poutre, now 14, was living in Westfield when she was injured. After she was hospitalized in September 2005, her stepfather, Jason D. Strickland, and his wife, Holli A. Strickland, were accused of abusing her. The girl had suffered brain injuries, and now she is being treated at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston.

Holli A. Strickland, who was Haleigh Poutre's adoptive mother, died a few days after her arrest in what West Springfield police said was a murder-suicide at the hands of her grandmother. The Poutre case became a searing one for the people who operate the state's child welfare system, and Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed a law earlier this year that enacted new rules aimed at preventing abuse of children who have already received some contact with state social workers. 

Poutre had been seen by social workers for the Department of Children and Families numerous times before she wound up in Westfield's Noble Hospital three years ago, but they failed to protect the girl and prevent the injuries she suffered. Apparently Haleigh Poutre had told social workers she was being abused, but they did nothing to protect her.

The case has been reported on extensively for three years. Now the agency claims that it has "evaluated the effect of press coverage on the privacy and future of the minor child" and decided that coverage would "significantly impact the child's privacy as well as impact the ability to find a long-term permanent placement resource for the child."

I'll leave it to the lawyers for this newspaper to argue before the court for openness in this matter, but it is stunningly disingenuous for a state agency that failed in its role of protecting a child to now argue that if the press is present in the courtroom to hear testimony about how the agency did or did not perform its duties this would violate the child's privacy.

Our executive editor, Wayne E. Phaneuf, had this to say in our story about the attempt to exclude the press.

"This case is of national significance and has already led to changes in the law to protect children who were victimized by the failure of the state agencies to act promptly and properly on their behalf. At every step of the way those state agencies have tried to suppress the public knowledge of this case because of their embarrassment."

Not everyone will agree with us in our efforts to be present during the hearing.

Justin Gorman, of West Springfield, wrote a letter to the editor saying he was alarmed by our challenge.

"This further substantiates the media's tendency to gravitate towards the most controversial information, no matter what the cost," Gorman wrote. "On one side, we have a 14-year-old girl. ... On the other side, we have the largest newspaper in Western Massachusetts trying to get to the front of the line to exploit the testimony of a minor."

Gorman went on to say that the newspaper is irresponsible by putting its readership over the fundamental privacy of a minor "who will have to relive a traumatizing story in the hopes that justice can be served against the alleged abuser."

He concluded with this: "For once, try to set a precedent and put grace over glory."

Gorman's comments indicate a sizable lack of knowledge about this newspaper's body of work and its history. To suggest that the newspaper is somehow seeking "glory" is, at best, ridiculous. There is no glory for anyone in the case of a young girl who was abused the way Haleigh Poutre was, nor should there be any place for a state agency responsible for protecting her to hide and not be accountable.

Openness in our trial courts and our state and local government is essential to sustaining our democracy and providing accountability. It is not surprising that a state agency or a prosecutor would seek to bar the press from a hearing. Some of them prefer that the public never know what they do, how they do it and why.

Matters of privacy matter to us, but so does our role of government watchdog and public advocate. We consider such matters carefully, as we did in this case.

Case is about accountability, not 'glory'


1,494 posted on 09/28/2008 4:02:54 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Haleigh in Globe, an excerpt...)


Since 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre emerged from a coma three years ago, just before her life support was nearly removed, she has reached more medical milestones than doctors ever imagined possible: She can breathe on her own, communicate sentences, and concentrate long enough to attend a special day school.

And this week, a Springfield judge is set to determine whether this brain-injured child has attained yet another level of recovery, the mental competence to testify against her stepfather who, prosecutors say, contributed to her violent head injuries. Prosecutors want to call Haleigh as a witness, setting the stage for what would be one of the most dramatic victim-defendant confrontations in state history.

"The judge will want to see that she knows the difference between truth and deception," said Michael O. Jennings, a veteran criminal defense attorney in Springfield who is not involved in the case. "And he will also concentrate on her ability to observe, remember," and express herself...............

Prosecutors want Poutre's account... Judge to determine competence of teen


1,495 posted on 09/28/2008 4:08:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
From Pro Life Blogs...


Why is it that a severely injured person is called a vegetable? Mark Pickup writes:

Eight years ago, Kevin Monk of Casper Wyoming was in a terrible car accident. He suffered severe physical and brain injuries. For eighteen days after the accident Monk had no brain function and remained in a coma for another three months. During that time, his doctors tried to persuade is family to let him die.

Contrary to the doctors' predictions that Mr. Monk would never recover, he did waken from his coma. In a recent interview with the Casper Star-Tribune, Monk (33) said, "Some of the doctors told Mom and Dad to just pull the plug," His mother added, "From every place we went, they told us he'd never be anything but a vegetable." Some vegetable!
Today, Kevin Monk is well on his road to recovery and even walks unaided.

Labeling Monk in this manner was demeaning and dehumanizing and is exactly what the press commonly did to Terri Schiavo (click here). The question is why? Why attack the dignity of a defenseless person who is unable to speak for themselves?

Dehumanization is necessary to euthanasia proponents and the Culture of Death in general because taking control of the value of human life is key to their agenda. Terri Schiavo's case revealed that our courts and society have taken a low view of human life, one that measures a person's worth by the scale of the young and healthy. The core values of this death oriented belief system have been festering below the surface for decades, emerging with the legalization of abortion in 1973.

What has surprised many is the that the Culture of Death is progressive and has turned from the oppression of those hidden in the womb to strike out against the weak and helpless in plain view of society and by the authority of the State and Federal governments.

This evolution follows from the belief that human life derives its worth based on its characteristics and utilitarian benefit as determined, of course, by others in society.

Wesley J. Smith is on the mark as he comments on proposed experimentation on "living cadavers":

When we lose sight of the crucial ethical presumption that all humans have intrinsic value simply and merely because they are human, when we say that the value of a life depends on its presumed quality, we open the door to the worst forms of oppression and exploitation.

As noted by Smith, the valuation of human life on the basis of a characteristic, quality or contribution inevitably leads to the oppression of the undesirable; those whom others find "inconvenient" or of little worth. This type of valuation requires some defining characteristic to provide worth and another person to recognize it. Of course, when the quality is lost the value of the person's life is diminished as well.

Mark Pickup writes,
This phenomenon is of great interest to me: I may be called a vegetable at some point in the not so distant future. After all, I am incurably ill with aggressive multiple sclerosis that is slowly stripping me of function.

Many other societies have progressed down this path and have left a legacy of horror and atrocity.

The true value of humans is intrinsic. Human life is precious and worth protecting and sustaining because of the value placed upon it by a transcendent source (God) apart from each person's health status, maturity, intelligence, race, abilities, etc. The application of demeaning labels does not change this truth.

Related: Visit the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation

Demeaning Labels


1,496 posted on 09/28/2008 4:15:52 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: floriduh voter; amdgmary
Florida Senate...


Of the 20 Senate seats up for grabs this year, just two races seem to have the potential to flip the power balance. In Orlando, incumbent Democrat Gary Siplin faces Republican Belinda Ortiz. And in the Sarasota area, Democrat Morgan Bentley is facing Republican Nancy Detert in a race to replace term-limited GOP senator Lisa Carlton.

Though Democrats will be outnumbered in the Senate for the foreseeable future, their votes could be used by a moderate Republican to secure the necessary votes to be Senate president.

The scuttlebutt is another chapter in the ebbing and flowing tension in the chamber between conservative and moderate Republicans who have feuded in recent years over social issues such as abortion and the Terri Schiavo intervention.

The in-fighting for the presidency reflects the power of the position. The Senate president, along with the House speaker, has virtual veto power over every bill that the Legislature considers..............

Next Senate Presidency Still Up in Air


1,497 posted on 09/28/2008 4:19:26 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Worth repeating: “Openess in our trial courts and our state and local government is essential in sustaining our democracy and providing accountability.”

1,498 posted on 09/28/2008 8:46:12 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: 8mmMauser


1,499 posted on 09/28/2008 10:17:49 AM PDT by Dante3
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Here is an interesting twist. Conservatives are dismayed over recent years and what became of their friend, the Republican Party. Well, parrot that concept, and sneak in the opposite reason as an explanation and you know how liberals think. In this way, they try to redefine conservative values from their bent prism. In this case it is the Pitts, really.


Except, according to my correspondents, those conservatives in charge weren't really conservative at all.

As Roy from Sanger, Calif., put it in an e-mail: "If you believe what we have had in D.C. so far this century is a conservative Washington, your perceptions are colored by a memory loss of what real conservatism looks like. Bring back to life 'real' conservatives who died before 1996, and they would think only one party ruled in D.C. now, the tax and spend, spend and spend some more party."

The funny thing is, I agree.


But I have a question for them: Where have you been the last 15 years? Where were you when conservatism was untethered from principle, unhooked from reality? Where were you when it became smug and self-righteous, when it traded its integrity for situational outrage, its credibility for angry certitude, its honor for ballot box success? Where were you when it sold out to evangelicals and anti-intellectuals? Where were you when it got hijacked?.............

Wake-up time for conservatives with a conscience


1,500 posted on 09/29/2008 3:51:23 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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