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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.


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
Bigots call people they hate bigots. Thread by wagglebee on some hand outs...

Washington, DC (24 June 2008) – When Catholic youth around the world converge in Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day, they will be handed condoms in an attempt to protest the Pope’s unwavering opposition to abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

The NoToPope Coalition, a group of abortion, homosexual and atheist activists, including Raelians and the Socialist Alliance, will reportedly number between 1,000 and 5,000 protestors. They plan to distribute condoms to pilgrims en route to the Papal Mass at Randwick Racecourse July 20....

Abortion Activists Vow to Harass Pilgrims, Distribute Condoms at World Youth Day

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701 posted on 06/25/2008 3:47:06 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Diago
Jonah Goldberg in a thread by Diago...

Margaret Sanger, whose American Birth Control League became Planned Parenthood, was the founding mother of the birth-control movement. She is today considered a liberal saint, a founder of modern feminism, and one of the leading lights of the Progressive pantheon. Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood proclaims, “I stand by Margaret Sanger’s side,” leading “the organization that carries on Sanger’s legacy.” Planned Parenthood’s first black president, Faye Wattleton — Ms. magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 1989 — said that she was “proud” to be “walking in the footsteps of Margaret Sanger.” Planned Parenthood gives out annual Maggie Awards to individuals and organizations who advance Sanger’s cause. Recipients are a Who’s Who of liberal icons, from the novelist John Irving to the producers of NBC’s West Wing. What Sanger’s liberal admirers are eager to downplay is that she was a thoroughgoing racist who subscribed completely to the views of E. A. Ross and other “raceologists.” Indeed, she made many of them seem tame....

A Dark Past: Contraception, abortion, and the eugenics movement

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702 posted on 06/25/2008 3:52:00 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser
"Mr. Golubchuk won," Kravetsky said. "He didn't die because they pulled him off life support. He died when his time had come."

Amen!

Godspeed Samuel.

703 posted on 06/25/2008 4:44:44 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser

I wonder if the culture of death will realize that this is ALL that the Golubchuk family was asking for. NOBODY was suggesting that some “miracle cure” would keep him alive forever, it was a simple desire to allow him to pass on at the time and in the manner of God’s choosing and not theirs.


704 posted on 06/25/2008 4:47:16 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser
"Mr. Golubchuk won," Kravetsky said. "He didn't die because they pulled him off life support. He died when his time had come."

Since when is that too much for a WWII vet to ask? Or anyone, for that matter.

Rest in peace, Samuel Golubchuk.

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705 posted on 06/25/2008 1:18:37 PM PDT by BykrBayb (www.lifeforlauren.org Þ)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Samuel Golubchuk, R.I. P. in the wake...

He died on his own terms, was not snuffed like the death team demanded and they are now wailing and gnashing their teeth.

The death of Samuel Golubchuk ended a legal fight over who has the final say in stopping medical life-support.

Yet to be decided is whether the doctors and hospital involved in the controversial case will continue to be the subject of a lawsuit....

Will Golubchuk lawsuit continue?

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706 posted on 06/26/2008 3:10:20 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Samuel Golubchuk aftermath...saving Grace.

There but for the gods of Grace goes life.

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............................Both Mr. Kravetsky and one of the three physicians said the death left key legal questions unanswered.

"The issue really comes down to this: Do you want to give up your right to make a decision on an end-of-life scenario?" Mr. Kravetsky said.

The physician said it was unfortunate there will be no further legal guidance. "We need resolution on this issue. These cases are just occurring over and over again."

The head of the local health authority said there will be discussions but no formal change in guidelines on dealing with end-of-life cases.

"As a community, we have to work towards an answer to this issue. I think there are ways to do that outside of the courts," said Dr. Brian Postl, president of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

A source said the three doctors are expected to accept shifts at the Grace ICU again.

The source said a fourth doctor had prepared a resignation letter in recent days. But officials said they weren't aware of such a development.

"Were there other members of the health-care team at the Grace ICU who had concerns about the case? Absolutely. But there were just the three who resigned from the shift schedule," WRHA spokeswoman Heidi Graham said.

The case drew the attention of ICU specialists across the country. Some said it underlined the public misperception of critical care.

Intensive-care systems can prop up a patient's life functions, boosting the heart with an aortic pump, using a ventilator to pump oxygen into the lungs and helping kidneys with a dialysis machine.

But the technology cannot sustain people for long stretches, especially if the patient is already weak, said Dr. Yoanna Skrobik, an ICU practitioner at Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal.

A ventilator would not save a patient whose lungs are too swollen with liquid because of renal failure or infections, she said.

Among patients who have to have a tube inserted for breathing or feeding for more than a week, 25 per cent will develop infections, she added. "Most people think a ventilator is a therapeutic tool. It's only a bridge to survival, until you can have another treatment."

In Mr. Golubchuk's case, court hearings were told that he arrived at the Grace ICU last November, already frail and suffering from pneumonia. In recent weeks, his infections were complicated by kidney failure, and the courts were told that it was unlikely he could ever leave the ICU.

Man's ICU death ends legal fight

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707 posted on 06/26/2008 3:33:31 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Samuel Golubchuk, more from Nova Scotia...

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......................Kravetsky said hospital officials called the Golubchuk family late Tuesday morning and asked them to come to the Grace, but he died before they arrived.

The Golubchuk case sparked debates on a variety of topics related to end of life, including the costs of keeping terminally ill patients alive and the ethical responsibilities of physicians.

It drew international attention, and support for the Golubchuk family from the family of Terri Schiavo, whose end-of-life battle sparked the intervention of a United States president.

Bobby Schindler, Schiavo's brother, said he believed the situation facing the Golubchuk family was actually worse than the one his family faced trying to keep his sister alive.

Terri Schiavo died in 2005 after her feeding tube was removed. Her husband, Michael, had persuaded the courts that she had no hope of recovery from the persistent vegetative state she was in.

She had suffered brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped due to a chemical imbalance.

During the seven years before Schiavo died, her parents, who opposed having the feeding tube removed, garnered the support of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Golubchuk suffered a brain injury in 2003, but he could still understand and communicate.After being admitted to hospital last October suffering from pneumonia and pulmonary hypertension, his condition deteriorated.

Man at centre of life support controversy in Winnipeg hospital dies

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708 posted on 06/26/2008 3:37:52 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Coleus
Wilting abortuaries in a thread by Coleus...

Late-Term Abortion Facility in Dallas To Close - Eighth Closure Since Bishop Began Prayer at Clinics

24 hours a day, 7 days a week ecumenical effort was organized, with more than 800 people from 89 churches and several denominations

The Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, has reported that Aaron Women's Health Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dallas will be closing its doors on June 28. Aaron's was one of three abortion clinics in Texas authorized to perform late-term abortions on unborn babies older than 16 weeks gestation. When Bishop Charles Grahmann began leading a monthly "Second Saturday Rosary" outside Dallas abortion clinics in 1990, there were 13 abortion clinics in the city. Seven clinics closed between 1990 and 2001, and after Aaron's closes there will remain only five freestanding abortion clinics in Dallas. The Catholic Pro-Life Committee and others have vowed to continue to pray and offer alternatives to abortion outside those remaining five clinics....

Late-Term Abortion Facility in Dallas To Close - Eighth Closure Since Bishop Began Prayer at Clinics

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709 posted on 06/26/2008 3:42:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Coleus
And another! Thread by Coleus.

WASHINGTON, DC - "We rejoice with pro-lifers in Rockland County, New York today," said David Bereit, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life, "as they celebrate the closing of an abortion facility that was responsible for ending the lives of untold numbers of innocent unborn children over its many years of operation. The unceasing prayers of these faithful people have been answered."

Abortion Services at 200 East Eckerson Road in New City, N.Y., was one of more than 50 clinics across the nation where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils were conducted this spring. "My family and I visited that particular clinic vigil on a snowy night earlier this year," said Bereit. "My wife and children were photographed alongside a young man who carried a sign reading, 'Nothing is impossible with God.' That is certainly the case here. The prayerful efforts of many pro-lifers over the years have won this victory. We are humbled to know that people participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign may have played a role in the peaceful closure of this abortion center."....

New York Abortion Clinic Closes Today; Was site of 40 Days for Life Vigil

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710 posted on 06/26/2008 3:46:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; NautiNurse; floriduh voter; amdgmary
Too much to pass up. In this thread by NautiNurse, Green Charlie joins the Gang Green in a sea of grass, from sweet to tart.

Florida will buy every bit of land now owned by the nation's largest sugar company and use it to restore the River of Grass.........

U.S. Sugar deal was Crist's idea

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711 posted on 06/26/2008 4:00:49 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter
During the seven years before Schiavo died, her parents, who opposed having the feeding tube removed, garnered the support of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Huh?

712 posted on 06/26/2008 5:17:35 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser

As daughter Miriam questioned earlier,
“Is this any way to treat a veteran?”


713 posted on 06/26/2008 7:33:14 AM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: wagglebee

He could have but didn’t save her.


714 posted on 06/26/2008 12:16:51 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

What “could have” happened is of little solace to the Schindlers and everyone else who loved Terri.


715 posted on 06/26/2008 12:37:01 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Some readers and visitors may wonder why I rail over and over about the dark thunderstorm of Marxism brewing. I repeated time and again about the troika, Marx brothers, Grouchy, Harpy and Karl, and especially Karl and his Marxist Obama Nation of Islam. For those of you too young or somehow shielded from the threat of the communism of Karl Marx, I simply state I can grasp no worse fate to us pro-lifers or to our America than the advent of this cloud.

I am posting only an excerpt from the middle of this essay due to its length, but it summarizes much of how the march of communism may affect the Terri Schiavo's still alive.

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....................Our Left is apoplectic because we are not loved and embraced at the UN. We Conservatives take the fact that we are in opposition to thugs and dictators as a firm validation of the moral foundations and greatness of the United States of America.

The Left has spewed hatred on President Bush and the United States military ever since the Iraqi people were freed from the barbarous dictator Saddam Hussein. Liberal Marxists were just beginning to recover from the defeat of their beloved Soviet Union and its Gulags. President Bush and our military taking out a beloved tyrant like Saddam, someone who had the courage to intimidate his citizens and kill them by the hundreds of thousands, was just too much for the Left.

In addition, President Bush and his fellow Republicans almost spoiled the Marxists’ test execution of Terri Schiavo. It has been a tough time for Marxists. There is a lot of Liberal angst with so many retiring Baby Boomers who will need to be eliminated in order to keep Medicare and Social Security solvent.

Just like the hatred of the rich and the corporations by the Democrats, there is much resentment of the United States because of our economic achievements and energy efficiency. The domestic Marxists plan to bring us down to size, thinking this will make all nations love us because we have poverty and misery just like they do...............

Providing Additional Aid and Comfort to Our Enemies

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716 posted on 06/27/2008 2:39:02 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; tcg; PhilDragoo; narses
To punctuate my above observations on the great threat of Obamunism, I commend this thread by tcg on this grim joke foisted upon America. Thanks, narses and PhilDragoo for the ping.

I noted especially Phil's post #7 and now have a sneaking suspicion of who is the father of this being, the father of lies.

With that said, there's no way to nuance this: Barack Obama's record puts him on the extreme wing of the abortion movement, and has already been labeled by one critic as the "infanticide candidate." Despite this, polls show Obama gaining traction with Catholic voters, and Catholics in general are trending toward the Democratic Party.

Barack Obama’s stances on life and marriage issues are simply antithetical to Catholic social teaching. From the beginning of his candidacy, this has been Obama's greatest vulnerability in attracting Catholic voters ("Why Barack Obama Will Not Win the Catholic Vote," 1/7/08). In the primary fight against Hillary Clinton, for example, Catholic resistance to Obama's candidacy was obvious from the election numbers...........

Deal W. Hudson:The Case Against Barack Obama

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717 posted on 06/27/2008 2:51:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; floriduh voter; amdgmary
We remember Diane Coleman's formidable group from Pinellas Park, tough vociferous fighters putting the lie to the propaganda that defenders of Terri were merely extremists of some cult.

Although they never formed formal alliances (and Not Dead Yet takes no position on prebirth issues, such as genetic selection), Ms. Johnson and her fellow activists often found themselves on the same side of the ramparts as conservative Christians: Not Dead Yet marshaled the support of 25 national disability groups to oppose the attempts of Terry Schiavo's husband to "starve and dehydrate her to death," for example, and defended congressional efforts to intervene in the case. As Diane Coleman, president of Not Dead Yet, told a group in Tampa, Fla., during the Schiavo controversy: "Surely, it will not be argued that the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the National Down Syndrome Congress, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and all the rest are now or ever have been puppets of religious conservatives." Indeed, Ms. Johnson, an atheist, once chastised Mr. Singer for describing his enemies as a monolith of religious faithful focused solely on "the sanctity of human life."....

A Life Worth Living

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718 posted on 06/27/2008 2:58:17 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
ProLifeNews posts a summary of recent activity in our interest, well worth browsing.

Pro-Life News: Morning After Pill, Oregon Assisted Suicide, Mexico, India, Abortion

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719 posted on 06/27/2008 3:03:25 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Jesse Ramirez update...

Remember Jesse? It has been quite awhile. Well this cloud had its silver lining. Thread by wagglebee.

PHOENIX, AZ, June 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Tuesday, the State of Arizona passed a bill known as "Jesse's Law", which will help protect incapacitated patients from being euthanized. The new law, inspired by the ordeal of Jesse Ramirez, closed a loophole in the decision-making process for patients who are physically unable to communicate their wishes regarding medical care.

House Bill 2823 establishes a court process to obtain an emergency order to prevent a surrogate decision-maker from withdrawing the administration of food or fluid from an incapacitated patient....

Arizona Law Forbids Easy Withdrawal of Food and Fluids from Patients

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720 posted on 06/27/2008 3:10:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Wouldn't Hitler's team be proud of this? Thread by wagglebee on the budding snuffer who found more to life death than squishing mice with her heel. Now she finds true love with assorted vampires and gremlins.

New Haven, CT (LifeNews.com) -- The Yale University art student who caused a national uproar by supposedly making a senior art project showing her having repeated abortions is slated to unveil a new work in England. London's Tate Modern museum invited Aliza Shvarts to debut a new art project concerning culture and technology.

The student, who graduated in May, supposedly repeatedly artificially inseminated herself multiple times over a nine month period and used medicinal herbs to cause early abortions.

Shvarts supposedly created an art project consisting of the videos of the abortions and plastic sheets covered in her blood....

Yale Student Who Made "Abortion Art" to Debut New Work at London Museum

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721 posted on 06/27/2008 3:20:02 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
As the "choose" crowd seeks compassion in all the wrong places, they may have a grim surprise with no fair Sheikh from this baby killer. Name sounds familiar. Wonder if he was trained by Saddam's cronies in the art of death. Don't we know of a few others with a moniker including Hussain? Thread by wagglebee.

Lexington, KY (LifeNews.com) -- More details have been revealed in the case of Kentucky abortion practitioner Hamid Sheikh, who recently had his medical license suspended after the state medical board found a host of problems. The investigation of his abortion center came after he was accused of Medicaid fraud on wrongly billing abortions.

Hamid Hussain Sheikh pleaded not guilty in November to charges that he wrongly billed the state for abortions at his business....

More Details Revealed in Case of Kentucky Abortion Practitioner's Malpractice

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722 posted on 06/27/2008 3:29:06 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee

George W. Bush pandered to Terri’s supporters to get their votes in 2004 and then, he flip flopped on her life. Ask Al Gonzalez, back in Texas where he can’t torture any more Amerikans.


723 posted on 06/27/2008 5:00:07 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser

DIANE COLEMAN, Esq. informally debated GEORGE FELOS and she trounced him. (Tiger Bay Club - Terri was still alive and not yet tortured & killed).


724 posted on 06/27/2008 1:26:32 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: Dante3; 8mmMauser; wagglebee; BykrBayb; Sun

Now that Laura Ingraham is on Fox News every day and now that Ray Arroyo from EWTN moved to DC, Ray’s a frequent guest on “Just In”. It’s nice to see morality back on the news instead of just the same old politics.


725 posted on 06/27/2008 1:29:14 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: floriduh voter

I heard Laura will have the show only for five weeks.


726 posted on 06/27/2008 2:28:45 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Samuel Golubchuk, R.I.P. per Professor Pope...

Thanks, Leslie, for the tip.

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There are many reasons that providers resists some treatment requests by surrogates. They distrust the surrogate is acting in accordance with the patient's wishes or best interests. They think the requested treatment will cause suffering. They think that providing the requested treatment violates their professional or personal ethics. Or they might think that providing the requested treatment is a waste of hard or soft resources.


The Golubchuk dispute was framed as a dispute over whether providers had to provide treatment that they felt was inconsistent with their roles as medical professionals. Grace Hospital and the critical care providers were basically saying, "Dear family of Sam Golubchuk, you are asking we medical professionals to do something that we just don't do. It's just not part of the services that we offer or provide."

The providers were not saying that Golubchuk ought not be able to receive the treatment his family requested. They did not want to criminalize it (like laetrile or like abortion in the 1960s). They just did not want to be involved. One might say that it is like ordering osso bucco in a vegetarian restaurant. There is nothing wriong with cooking, ordering, or eating osso bucco. But that does not mean a customer should sit down at a table in a vegetarian restaurant and order it. Not only is osso bucco not on the menu but serving it is inconsistent with the very mission of the restaurant.
Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 1:47 PM

Futile Treatment Disputes Like Ordering Off the Menu

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727 posted on 06/28/2008 1:55:21 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Haleigh Poutre echoes in a new case...

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WORCESTER— A 2-month-old girl remains on life support in the hospital after her father apparently rolled over on her while they were sleeping in the same bed in their city apartment two weeks ago.

The incident, which is still under investigation by police and the district attorney’s office, occurred June 10 at an apartment at 208 Pilgrim Ave., in the Grafton Hill neighborhood, that the father, David Letourneau, shares with Sara Elliott and their two young children.

The girl, suffering from diminished brain function, was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus after the 5:40 p.m. incident.



“She’s in very grave, very grave condition,” Lt. William O’Connor, head of the police special crimes unit, said yesterday after a meeting of investigators who have been working on the case.

Lt. O’Connor said police investigators have been consulting with the state Department of Social Services, the district attorney’s office, and the hospital. No charges have been filed.

The DSS has taken custody of the girl and her 1-year-old brother.

Alison R. Goodwin, a DSS spokeswoman, said any decisions about whether the girl should be kept on life support will be made in juvenile court, and a court hearing will be held soon to determine if she is to be kept alive by extraordinary means.

“This is absolutely the court’s decision,” she said.

The DSS came under criticism in 2006 for seeking to remove life support from Haleigh Poutre, a 10-year-old girl who lapsed into a coma and was being kept alive by artificial means in a Springfield hospital after allegedly being beaten by her adoptive mother and stepfather.

The DSS, which had custody of the girl, eventually won court approval to withdraw life support, but Haleigh soon began to breathe on her own and displayed signs of responsiveness. Her condition later stabilized to some extent.

A message left at the home of Ms. Elliott and Mr. Letourneau was not returned.

Ms. Goodwin characterized the Worcester episode as “an incident of co-sleeping,” or bed-sharing between adults and children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has noted reports of infants being suffocated by adults lying over them, particularly when the adult is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

At least one study cited by the academy showed that bed-sharing with multiple family members in an adult bed can be hazardous for an infant.

Contact Shaun Sutner by e-mail at ssutner@telegram.com.

Father rolls on girl, 2 months, in bed sharing... Child remains on life support

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728 posted on 06/28/2008 2:01:19 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Killer proposal in Washington State resisted.

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With next week's petition deadline just around the corner, backers of an initiative that would allow a lethal drug overdose as a medical treatment option are increasing their signature-gathering efforts around the state, including Central Washington.

At the same time, Yakima Valley churches, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, are countering the campaign with their own education and awareness crusades.

"Initiative 1000 is an attack on our most fundamental beliefs and teaching, and placing it on the November ballot would contradict our proclamation of the gospel of life," the Most Rev. Carlos Sevilla, bishop of the Diocese of Yakima, said in a recent memo.

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The initiative comes two years after the death of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old brain-damaged woman who became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle. Doctors removed a feeding tube that had sustained Schiavo for more than a decade over the objections of her family, who had tried to get the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the action. Schiavo's husband was her guardian and maintained she would not have wanted to continue in a "persistent vegetative state."

I-1000 is closely modeled after an Oregon law that was approved by voters in 1994 and took effect in 1997. Washington's proposal would let doctors prescribe lethal doses of narcotics to terminally ill patients who ask to end their own lives. Patients would self-administer the drugs........

Churches speak out about assisted suicide bill... 'Pain and suffering and illness are important parts of our faith experience'

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729 posted on 06/28/2008 2:07:46 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; floriduh voter; amdgmary
Oboy, can hardly wait to read all the stale mantras and warmed over platitudes. Well, just maybe I will.

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Six-term U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, congressman in District 19, which includes portions of South County, has released his new book, “Fire-Breathing Liberal.”

It is subtitled: “How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress.”

Wexler offers frank view of a number of issues, from the butterfly ballot of the 2000 presidential election to the Terri Schiavo case to what he calls “FEMA’s incompetence in dealing with hurricane damage.”

The congressman is a member of the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Finance Services Committees. He was named “Most Valuable Congressman” by “The Nation” in 2007, and one of the “50 Most Effective Legislators in Congress” by “Congressional Quarterly.” The book was co-written by David Fisher, an author and journalist who recently co-authored William Shatner’s memoir, “Up Till Now.”

Wexler’s book hits the ...

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730 posted on 06/28/2008 2:14:06 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Obamunists can focus on this...

Video at the link.

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Earlier this week, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson went after Barack Obama with a vengeance. Today, the Family Research Council, which Dobson helped form, goes after Obama on abortion.

The ad, which will reportedly begin airing today in Cincinnati, Dallas, and Atlanta, features Obama telling a church congregation, “We need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn’t just end at conception.”

FRC President Tony Perkins is then shown, baby on his knee, thanking Obama for “promoting fatherhood,” before asking, “If, as you say, fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?” Or more to the point, “If I became a father at conception, when did Samuel here become my son?”

Just how nervous is the religious right over Obama?

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731 posted on 06/28/2008 2:18:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife
Following on to the Jesse Ramirez update just upthread...

Thanks, Leslie, for the tip.

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PHOENIX, AZ, June 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Tuesday, the State of Arizona passed a bill known as "Jesse's Law", which will help protect incapacitated patients from being euthanized.  The new law, inspired by the ordeal of Jesse Ramirez, closed a loophole in the decision-making process for patients who are physically unable to communicate their wishes regarding medical care.

House Bill 2823 establishes a court process to obtain an emergency order to prevent a surrogate decision-maker from withdrawing the administration of food or fluid from an incapacitated patient.

Jesse Ramirez was seriously injured in a May 30, 2007, car accident. Barely 10 days after the accident, Jesse's food, water, and antibiotics were withdrawn. He was then transferred to hospice where he would have died. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorneys, however, were successful in restoring food, water, and treatment to the young Gulf War veteran.

"Human life is valuable in its own right, and everyone deserves the chance to recover," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. "This law ensures that seriously injured patients will not suffer the consequences of a hasty decision that could result in death by starvation or dehydration."

Ramirez, who was eventually transferred from hospice care to a rehabilitation facility, walked out of the facility in October 2007, and continues his remarkable recovery at home.

The Center for Arizona Policy promoted the H.B. 2823. The full text of the bill is available at http://www.telladf.org/UserDocs/HB2823.pdf.

Arizona Law Forbids Easy Withdrawal of Food and Fluids from Patients

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732 posted on 06/28/2008 2:22:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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A bit more on the Jesse Ramirez law...

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Christian legal and pro-life groups celebrated the decision of the Arizona legislature to make into law a measure that would prohibit surrogate decision makers from denying food and fluids to an incapacitated patient.

The new measure, dubbed “Jesse’s Law” after the man from whom the bill took its inspiration, was passed Tuesday after Arizona state courts found themselves tied in a case last year not unlike the Terri Schiavo controversy that ripped across the nation three years ago.

After Jesse Ramirez, a postal worker and Gulf War veteran, awoke suddenly from a coma only weeks after he was injured in a car accident, lawmakers said that it was necessary to pass a law that would prohibit patients in comas from being denied food and water without a court ordered process.

In the case, Ramirez’s sisters had battled in court to keep their brother alive after his wife moved on her own to disengage her husband’s feeding tube.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, commended the new measure as a victory for life everywhere.

“This law ensures that seriously injured patients will not suffer the consequences of a hasty decision that could result in death by starvation or dehydration,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb in a statement.

“Human life is valuable in its own right, and everyone deserves the chance to recover,” he explained.

Pro-Life Groups Praise Enactment of 'Jesse's Law'

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733 posted on 06/28/2008 2:25:25 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; floriduh voter; amdgmary
Quince....Being there...

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TALLAHASSEE - In the ornate chambers of the Florida Supreme Court, Peggy Quince today will move to the chief justice's center seat. And history will be made.

Quince, 60, will become the first black woman to lead the state's court system -- or any branch of government in Florida. The soft-spoken mother of two knows she's a role model.

"One of the ways you give back to your community is by being there and being visible," Quince said. "Young people find it's not all about whether you are a rap star or a baseball player or any of those kinds of careers. But there are also other careers available that can make a difference.............

New Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince makes history

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734 posted on 06/28/2008 2:30:41 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Oergon, my alma mater....

Thread by mondorob with thanks to wagglebee for ping on predictable outcome of Oregon fumbling.

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The Reality of When the Government Runs Health Care

"Elect me and your health care problems will all be over."

The people of Oregon fell for that line almost 20 years ago. Expecting Utopia, what they got was a reality check: long lines for a lottery to pick who's covered and suicide coverage--instead of cancer drugs.


In 1989. Oregon became the second State, after Hawaii, to attempt complete medical coverage of it's citizens.........

Oregon Health Care: Suicide is Painless–and Cheaper

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735 posted on 06/28/2008 2:42:12 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: mondoreb

Mondoreb, Apologies for spelling your name wrong..


736 posted on 06/28/2008 2:44:45 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
To tell the truth...

Thread by wagglebee.

AMARILLO, Texas, June 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said today that this morning's Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling lifting an injunction against South Dakota's informed consent for abortion law is a victory for basic truth.

"The court held that the law's requirement that a woman be told that an abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being 'generates little dispute,'" said Fr. Pavone. "Many within the abortion industry have actually admitted this for a long time. It's good that the courts are catching up.".....

Fr. Pavone on Abortion Ruling: Now the Truth Can be Told in South Dakota

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737 posted on 06/28/2008 2:48:30 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Make sure to read it carefully. I didn’t have time to
and one of our board members found potential problems.


738 posted on 06/28/2008 9:14:05 AM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: Dante3

five weeks? Why such a short show? Is it ratings? She’s better than John Gibson used to be.


739 posted on 06/28/2008 3:40:35 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser

Over a BILLION DOLLARS. Thanks Charlie and lots of small towns will be shuttered up ghosttowns but that’s how the greens want it: a people-free planet except they can stay. Crist’s a fool and I don’t see how he’ll ever get re-elected. (unless he cheats like his friend Judge Greer cheated). www.judgegeorgegreer.com


740 posted on 06/28/2008 3:43:28 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: wagglebee
THIS IS PURE BUNK:

"During the seven years before Schiavo died, her parents, who opposed having the feeding tube removed, garnered the support of U.S. President George W. Bush. W: Huh?"

741 posted on 06/28/2008 3:44:43 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser; PhilDragoo; wagglebee; Sun; BykrBayb
Obama spoke at the Latin civic leaders mtg today in DC. NOW he talks to them re: "us v. them". So, now Obama's Latino too????? We are them, typical ones.

Obama cannot bring unity when he panders pitting race against race. He did that today and he cannot take it back.

742 posted on 06/28/2008 3:48:45 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser

ODD: Jesse’s Law stands in Arizona but Terri’s Law was declared unconstitutional by BUZZARDS in black robes. It really matters what state you become vulnerable in.


743 posted on 06/28/2008 3:50:14 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: floriduh voter; All

“Obama spoke at the Latin civic leaders mtg today in DC. NOW he talks to them re: “us v. them”. So, now Obama’s Latino too????? We are them, typical ones.”

My husband was telling me that there was a pro-life Hispanic group demonstrating against Obama.


744 posted on 06/28/2008 7:48:48 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; ...
We might have expected the episode of Sam Golubchuk's fate to die down now that he passed on. But nope. His case touched on fundamentals that fuel the controversy, nay, the battle of pro-life against pro-lie.

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By the time Samuel Golubchuk got his 15 minutes of fame, he could no longer enjoy it. For last February, when his case became headline news, he was in a coma. Having been on life support since the previous November, the doctors now wanted to disconnect the machines. His Orthodox Jewish family objected because they deemed it to be contrary to his and their religious convictions. They went to court and the judge ruled in their favour.

From the point of view of Jewish tradition, viewed in the abstract, they had a case. Judaism forbids humans to play God, however urgent the cause. Life, it's argued, is qualitative not quantitative – you're either alive or you're dead. Therefore, it's improper to assert, as the doctors at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg seem to have done, that as Golubchuk only had minimal brain functions with no prospect of recovery, treatment should be discontinued, even though in some sense he was still alive.

His death last week while on life support has removed reported tensions at the hospital, where some doctors threatened to leave in frustration. However, the larger issue remains relevant.

In a recent radio interview, Dr. James Orbinsky, one of Canada's great humanitarians, said that when he began work with Doctors Without Borders, he found himself in an African country, one of many where the organization has been saving lives. Standing outside the medical tent, he saw movement in the adjacent tent set aside as a morgue. When he went to investigate, he discovered a man alive on top of a heap of bodies.

Those who worked in the medical tent were angry that he brought the man for treatment. They argued that as he would die soon, it was a waste of resources to look after him. Were the doctors in Winnipeg of similar mind?

As an advocate of the rights of the disabled, I know that this may have been the case. An ostensibly prudent attitude may herald the beginning of a slippery slope that would allow authorities to determine that those too costly to treat or too cumbersome to handle should be put out to die. Fearing state-sponsored euthanasia under another name, my friend applauded the judge who ordered the Winnipeg hospital to continue treatment...............

Hard choices in sustaining a human life

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745 posted on 06/29/2008 3:13:16 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Another view on the case of Sam Golubchuk...

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To everything, says the writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is season -- a time to be born, and a time to die.

The part about being born is fine for most of us; we can talk about that. But dying? That's something we're not as comfortable discussing, whether it's our own death of the deaths of loved ones. Which is why the recent debate about whether or not Samuel Golubchuk should have been disconnected from live-saving medical technology was so important.

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The most conservative authorities "would say that every possible measure must be taken to preserve a life, even in completely hopeless cases where there is no longer any brain activity," he says.

According to Green, Golubchuk's case was not hopeless when he saw him in December, last year. "What I saw was a man who was obviously in rough shape, but who wasn't comatose, and certainly nowhere near brain dead," he says.

Rabbi Avrohom Altein of the Ashkenzai Congregation saw Golubchuk a week before he died. Alteim says that media reports about his condition were "totally distorted," and that Golubchuk did not appear to be in serious pain. "I saw him communicate," he says.

Both men agree that although Golubchuk's children cited their Orthodox Jewish beliefs as a reason for not withdrawing medical care, the issue goes beyond Judaism.

"It's not a Jewish issue," says Altein, noting that clergy from every religion have gone through this with a family. "It affects every person who has a loved one in hospital."

Two years ago Christian author and theologian Stanley Hauerwas was in Winnipeg speaking on the topic of death and dying. Among other things, he noted that our view of death today is very different from the Middle Ages.

Today, most people say they want a quick death. Back then, however, people craved an extended period of dying, something they called a "good death."

"They wanted a lingering death, so they could be ministered to by the church and have time to be reconciled to others and to God," he stated. A disease like cancer "would not have been seen by them as an unmitigated tragedy," he added.

If that's the case, then maybe Samuel Golubchuk received a gift of a good death from his children. And maybe we received a gift of sorts, too -- a gift of being able to ponder a subject we usually avoid talking about altogether.

Thoughts on our final journey Golubchuk case offers chance to ponder subject of death John Longhurst

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746 posted on 06/29/2008 3:18:51 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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I had the privelege of getting to know Brandi Swindell just a bit, traveling with her and Reverend Mahoney to various events during those dark days in Florida. She made an astounding impression on me, a vivacious young lady one could scarcely imagine even involving herself on such activities on first glance. Her passion was sincere and her success already reflected, not as one would expect a desire to promote oneself, but much higher, a drive to battle the evil forces on the front lines. A rare quality indeed....

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Reverend Bryan Fischer, a Parks and Recreation Commissioner filed suit against the city, along with pro-life stalwart Brandi Swindell. The case was thrown out of court and the city asked for court costs from its citizens, and was granted more than $10,000, which they did not attempt to collect for four years.

Fischer, Swindell, and hundreds of grassroots activists stood against the capriciousness of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter for 70 days, until, at the end of the March, the city moved the Monument to a local church. Fischer and Swindell proposed a citizen's initiative to place a new monument in the park. This monument, like the old one, would not be paid for by the city and would also feature Thomas Jefferson's Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom. In the heat of July and August, volunteers worked desperately to collect enough signatures. Many wondered if ragtag volunteers could do it, but they did. The city responded by saying they wouldn't allow a public vote on the legally qualified initiative.

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Bryan Fischer and Brandi Swindell are some of those rare counterweights. They fight for conservative values every day.

Ms. Swindell has spent the prime of her life traveling the country trying to get the post-Roe generation involved in the pro-life issue. While many people her age are living out HBO and MTV shows, she's chosen to be a voice for sexual purity and biblical values in a confused time.

She went to Florida to fight for the life of Terri Schiavo. She has stood for traditional values at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. She fought for conservatives to get a fair shake in the selection of speakers at Boise State University rather than being presented a slate full of nothing but liberal speakers.

In recent months, Swindell has appeared in the newspaper far less, because her work has been so positive. Her long time dream has been to do more than activism: to help women in crisis pregnancy situations, and that's just what she's done through her new organization, Stanton Health Care Services. She's personally gotten involved in the lives of these young women.

Through her involvement in the lives of these women, she became a leader in the fight for Idaho's landmark law against coercing women into getting abortions that was opposed by the state's extreme liberals..............

How will you hang?

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747 posted on 06/29/2008 3:35:56 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife
From Professor Pope, with thanks to Leslie for the tip...

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Today's Dallas Morning News reports on APPEAL – A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African-Americans at Life's End, a program developed at Duke University to promote better end-of-life care for African-Americans.

Blacks are more likely than whites to seek aggressive life-support treatments for loved ones facing terminal illness and less comfortable making decisions about withdrawing medical technology. Fewer blacks than whites state personal preferences with tools such as living wills or documents designating who should make their medical decisions when they can't.

Good deaths do not happen enough for African-Americans, because of discrimination, cultural and economic barriers, and lingering distrust of the health-care system. When clinicians tell black families that treatments aren't helping, they often fear they're being cut off for lack of money or insurance.

"You see patients struggling to come to terms," said Dr. Richard Payne, director of Duke University Medical Center's Institute on Care at the End of Life. "Minority families and African-Americans in particular have to cope with thoughts of, 'Would I be in this fix if I had better access to care?' Or, 'Can I trust this system that hasn't treated me very well?' Or, 'Are they treating me well, or is it a cost-saving measure?' Just to acknowledge these questions is a big step."

Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 1:03 PM

Better End-of-Life Care for African-Americans

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748 posted on 06/29/2008 3:42:09 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Speaking of African-Americans, (That term really unnerves me. I am not a Norwegian-American, just an American, well really, a Native American technically, was born in America...). The left loves to coin these PC words. Back to the topic, we see once again in this thread by wagglebee, the targets of the death enthusiasts. Once again we see the hand of that admirable role model, Dr. Alveda King.

WASHINGTON, June 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., joined African American leaders on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to stop funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

"The curtain over Planned Parenthood’s racism has been pulled away," said Dr. King. "It's on record as being willing to accept donations to abort only black babies. Congress wouldn't give the public's money to the Klan, it shouldn't give it to Planned Parenthood."....

Congressional Pro-Life Leadership Meets with African American Leaders on Planned Parenthood, Racism

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749 posted on 06/29/2008 3:52:08 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
In this thread by wagglebee, we see more PP on innocent lives.

They are so powerful, they can shrug when their masks are peeled back, confident in their arrogance it doesn't matter.

For talent and treasure, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has no equal in the baby-killing business. And business is booming. PPFA’s budget, as stated in its 2006-2007 annual report, crested the $1 billion mark. Approximately 1/3 of this obscene budget (particularly for a group classified as non-profit) was provided by taxpayers like you and me. For the number crunchers out there, that’s over $336 million in federal, state and local government grants and contracts.

What does one do with $336 million? Well, as a project expands to fill the time allotted, so plans expand to fill the funds allotted—and Planned Parenthood is more than happy to conduct that expansion with your money.......

Business Booming for Abortion Giant

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750 posted on 06/29/2008 3:57:31 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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