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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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Haleigh Poutre update...

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Creating an extra layer of government bureaucracy to solve a problem, however serious, rarely proves effective.

Here's hoping the newly created Office of the Child Advocate is the exception.

The position is part of a law overhauling the state's child welfare system. Other measures include increasing penalties for people who work with children and fail to report instances of suspected child abuse, establishment of a foster care registry to track the success of foster parents and a revision of the process for deciding when to end the lift of an abused child in state custody.

The last measure was crafted in response to the case of Haleigh Poutre of Westfield, now 14, who fell into a coma after a severe beating. Her adoptive mother and stepfather were charged with assaulting her.

Poutre was nearly removed from life support at the direction of the Department of Social Services before her condition began to improve.

Poutre is in a Boston rehabilitation hospital. She has been recovering and may testify against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, who has pleaded innocent to assault and battery charges. Her adoptive mother, Holli A. Strickland, died in what police said was a murder-suicide with her grandmother.

While Poutre's case has garnered the most attention, there have been several others in the past few years that have been similarly disturbing:

r In 2005, 4-year-old Dontel Jeffers of Boston was killed by his foster mother, Corinne Stephen. Stephen was sentenced to eight years in prison last December.

r Four-year-old Rebecca Riley of Hull died last year after her parents gave her a massive overdose of drugs meant to treat hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. The parents were under DSS supervision.

r Jennifer Ward of Peabody has been charged with shaking her 9-month-old daughter Jocelyn Ward Anderson to death last November. Prosecutors contend the girl suffered a series of injuries, from a skull fracture to broken vertebrae, while her mother was under DSS supervision................................

Our view: A hopeful start for child welfare reform

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901 posted on 07/15/2008 3:03:32 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Don't miss this powerful article in a thread by wagglebee.

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July 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A large number of endangered, unwanted, and unborn children held a town hall meeting on the 4th of July - alarmed at the brutal and untimely killing of millions of their brothers and sisters in recent years. That the murderous war waged on them had the full force and respectability of the law made their plight all the more terrifying.

Their complaint was humble and it was simple. They were not distressed by rising gas prices, or the deteriorating economy in general. They were not even frightened by the exponential increase of natural disasters. The threat of global warming or global terrorism did not greatly disturb them.

They had become an endangered species, and little had been done to answer their terrified and silent screams from the womb. They decided that the barbaric treatment that they and their fellow unwanted unborn human beings have had to endure for perilous decades was unconscionable and unbearable. They cried out to their Creator for inspiration and protection, and then unanimously they put forth a declaration. It began as follows:.................

Death Wish: The Impending Suicide of a Once Great Nation (Great Read!)

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902 posted on 07/15/2008 3:10:32 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: floriduh voter; amdgmary; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
Bradley Whaley...

Little Auschwitz fires up the ovens again, as the seeds continue to sprout.

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Unquestionably conscious cognitively disabled patients are now being denied sustenance in every state in U.S.This latest event took place in Terri Schiavo's Hospice

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (LifeSiteNews) - Another young person has been dehydrated to death in the same hospice in Florida where Terri Schindler Schiavo met her court-ordered end.

Bradley Whaley, 26, was severely brain damaged by an overdose of drugs and was minimally conscious, according to media reports. He died July 2 after the Hospice of Florida Suncoast removed his food and hydration tube.

After Bradley's collapse, his mother said she and her husband did nothing but "work, sleep and spend time with Bradley". His family cared for him for three years but in the end they transferred Bradley to the Hospice of Florida Suncoast, the same hospice in which Terri Schiavo died after having her assisted nutrition and hydration tube removed.

Sue Whaley told the St. Petersburg Times that Bradley would "mouth" the word 'mama' and would kiss her if she leaned close enough.

Wesley J. Smith, a lawyer and critic of secular bioethics, wrote of the case that it illustrated the new medical ethics paradigm, based on "quality of life" criteria, in which patients who cannot speak or feed themselves are now at risk of being killed by dehydration.

"For more than ten years I have been telling anyone who will listen that unquestionably conscious cognitively disabled patients are being denied sustenance in every state in this country--so long as no family member objects," Smith writes.

But the "bigger story", he said, was the "blasé, matter-of-fact" way in which the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Times covered the story. The Times gave a glowing biographical account of Bradley's life in which the fact that he was killed by having food and water withdrawn was given a scant single line.

Smith comments that the Times "exhibited profound, nay, nasty, bias against the Schindlers during the Schiavo debacle".

"Can you imagine the paper's reaction had a dog or a horse been denied sustenance?"

The real issue, Smith says, is that profoundly cognitively disabled patients are now at risk wherever they are.

"The wall was breached allowing utilitarian bioethical values to come pouring in. Now, virtually anyone who needs a feeding tube and can't make their own decisions--conscious or not--can and are being denied food and water."

Another Disabled Young Person Dehydrated to Death

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

903 posted on 07/15/2008 3:22:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
While our death industry starts growing, perhaps in anticipation of favorable elections, at least some other countries are turning the other way at times. Thread by wagglebee.

Zurich, Switzerland (LifeNews.com) -- A leading government official in Switzerland wants the European nation to stop the infamous practice of "death tourism." That's where residents of other countries come to the mountainous nation to have pro-euthanasia groups help them engage in an assisted suicide.

Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says the practice is giving her nation a bad name.......

Switzerland Government Official Wants Assisted Suicide Death Tourism to Stop

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904 posted on 07/15/2008 3:26:15 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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The modest seedlings of the death industry sprouts are getting some green fertilizer in large quantities. Hmmmm. Thread by wagglebee.

Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) -- Voters in Washington state head to the polls in November to decided whether to make it the second, after Oregon, to legalize assisted suicide. In the coming months, they'll likely see a one-sided campaign in favor of I-1000 because the backers of the initiative have a nearly 12-1 advantage in fundraising.

The numbers should light a fire under pro-life advocates, patient and disability rights groups and medical professionals who don't want euthanasia to expand......

Washington Assisted Suicide Opponents Trail Nearly 12-1 in Fundraising

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905 posted on 07/15/2008 3:30:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; PhilDragoo; seanrobins
Take a hard look at the Barack Hussain Muhammad Obamanation, but not at breakfast time. Gee, what we we do if that damn fetus or whatever pops out alive? Also see post #9. Thread by seanrobins. Thanks, Phil.

Obama on Illinois "Born Alive" Bill (2001)

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906 posted on 07/15/2008 3:44:34 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; 8mmMauser

“He died July 2 after the Hospice of Florida Suncoast removed his food and hydration tube.”

Any good talkers ought to call talk shows to warn people about hospices. Of course, there are some pro-life hospices, but people need to be very, very careful.

In my area hospices ask for $$, and they get it. A lot of pro-life folks might be contributing money to an antilife hospice.


907 posted on 07/15/2008 7:21:02 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; ...
These survey results fall in line with thrust of the propaganda machine running by the leftists. It is where they shout long and loud that decent Americans wanted to see Terri die and abhored any who would seek to help her. These lies build upon the normal human projection of oneself into the situation of a handicapped and the emotional revulsion to such fate.

Yet we look in horror at what happened in Hitler's Germany, and smugly take comfort it cannot happen here. Yet it is creeping in like crabgrass and dandelions to a once pure lawn.

Thread by wagglebee.

July 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - More than half of people in the US would rather be dead than disabled says a new survey. A US website for disabled people ran the survey which asked, "Which would you choose: Living with a severe disability that forever alters your ability to live an independent life, or death?" 52 per cent of the respondents chose death.

The survey, run by the online community and website Disaboom, found that differences in attitude toward disability were based on age, income, geographic location, and level of education. 63 percent of younger Americans chose death over disability, while of those of the so-called "boomer generation" (people between the age of 55 and 64 years) 50 percent chose death. 56 percent of Americans 65 and older would rather die than live with a disability.

Those with more education and higher incomes were more likely to choose death and the numbers were slightly lower, 45 percent, in the southern states. 57 percent of those with a college education said they would rather die than live with a severe disability, while only 30 per cent of respondents who have not completed a high school education chose death.

Dr. Glen House, founder of Disaboom, himself a quadriplegic, said he was working to change such attitudes. He told Medical News Today, "I want to share ways for people to understand that disability isn't the end of life. It can be a new beginning."...

Half of Americans Would Choose Death over Disability: Survey

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908 posted on 07/16/2008 2:51:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Some people think they are smart enough to replace God. Like this bunch...

Thread by wagglebee.

LONDON, July 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The solution to global warming, says a UK charity, is to implement laws that would result in people having fewer children. Governments should put slow pressure on people to limit their offspring to one or two children to save social and environmental resources.

"There is no unlimited right to have children," said the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), the group known to be one of the most militantly anti-life organisations in the world. There is a limit, the Trust said, "on the number of children to which people are 'entitled'."

"A voluntary population policy should be incorporated into law," the group said.....

No Such thing as a Right to Have Babies: Population Trust

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909 posted on 07/16/2008 2:57:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
May Dr. Alveda King's voice be heard...

Thread by wagglebee.

Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) -- Yesterday, African-Americans kicked off the 99th annual conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Though Barack Obama was on-hand as the first black presidential candidate, black pro-life advocates there said he doesn't represent them.

Several pastors and dozens of black pro-life people, including NAACP members, said the organization shouldn't turn a blind eye to how abortion disproportionately hurts black women.

The protestors included Dr. Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King who told the Wall Street Journal she knows what abortion does to women -- having had two abortions herself.......

NAACP Convention Sees Black Pro-Life Advocates Condemn Abortion

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910 posted on 07/16/2008 3:02:26 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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911 posted on 07/16/2008 3:06:35 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Eluana Englaro update...

In the old days, killing was simply killing, now it is so decorated with words designed to obfuscate, intentionally, it is difficult for the general public to grasp what is happening. Her own father turns his efforts into something noble as if dehydrating a daughter to death was the right thing to do.

News is thin on this case, but it still isn't over

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(AGI) - Rome, 16 July - The Senate Regulatory Committee received a proposal during this afternoon's session from President Renato Schifani to defer to the first permanent committee, Constitutional Affairs, the question of a possible clash of competence to be raised between the Senate and the Court of Appeal over the Eluana Englaro affair. After the committee's investigation the Assembly will decide. In the last few days the motion with principal signatory Francesco Cossiga was presented at Palazzo Madama, which asks the Senate to resolve a conflict of competence against the Court of Appeal concerning the Eluana Englaro case. The vice-group leader of the PDL, Gaetano Quagliariello, noted yesterday that the discussion for the motion will be scheduled in the next meeting of the group leaders to be held on Monday.

ELUANA: SENATE EXAMINES POSSIBLE CLASH OF COMPETENCE

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912 posted on 07/17/2008 2:53:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Save the Wales...

Sounds like they need it if they accept such rantings as reasonable. I find it interesting that many in the homosexual community stood so boldly and openly on condemning Terri from the time it happened. The rant shows the mindset of our adversaries.

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Our Carmarthen-based zealot was at it again this week. Outraged at the appearance in Britain of Gene Robinson, the American bishop blanked by the CoE because he’s openly gay (as opposed to being secretly gay like dozens of his peers) the Prophet Green of Christian Voice thundered: “It is a sad day when you get a bishop in a church preaching something that God himself called an abomination.”

~Snip~

For 16 years Eleuna Englaro has been in a coma in an Italian hospital. Her father finally won permission to remove the feeding tube that kept his 37-year-old daughter alive. With startling prescience, Eleuna said before the accident that left her a vegetable: “It’s better to die than remain motionless in hospital at the mercy of others, attached to a tube.”

~Snip~

Which brings us to George W Bush, certified born-again buffoon. He was at the forefront in the fight to prevent the removal of a feeding tube from Terri Schiavo, a 39-year-old woman left in a coma for 13 years.

The usual suspects joined in – the Catholic church, the rampant religious right, the pro-lifers – none of whom, as far as I know, protested when Bush, as Governor of Texas, “took it on himself” (in Vaticanspeak) to end the lives of dozens on his state’s Death Row.

If God considers gays an abomination, why did he create them?

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913 posted on 07/17/2008 3:04:57 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
The American Bar Association, ABA, has as its motto, "Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice". Yeah, sure. They sure sought it with Terri. Here is how they are fighting now:

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- Affirm ABA opposition to legislation and policies that interfere with a medical provider’s effort to protect a patient’s health, such as the legislative attempts made to direct care in the Terri Schiavo case. (Recommendation 117B)

Military Personnel Rights, Federal Judicial Nominations and Other Critical Legal Issues Top Agenda for ABA House of Delegates at Annual Meeting in New York

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914 posted on 07/17/2008 3:11:49 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Another update to wagglebee's prayer thread for our FRiend...

Prayer Request for a FReeper and Her Husband [Good news Update in #168!]

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915 posted on 07/17/2008 3:16:23 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Forty days continues in thread by wagglebee.

WASHINGTON, DC, July 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - David Bereit, the national campaign director for the the 40 Days for Life campaign, has indicated that cities across the country are applying to participate in the upcoming, fall 2008 campaign. Bereit said that the fall campaign "promises to be the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.".............

40 Days for Life Prepares for "Largest Pro-life Mobilization in History"

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916 posted on 07/17/2008 3:20:49 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Jill Stanek raises a pointed irony, illustrating the diseased mindset of the left in this thread by wagglebee.

CNN reported July 11 that according to the National Institutes of Health, U.S. teen pregnancies in 2006 rose for the first time since 1991. Translation: "One-third of girls in the U.S. got pregnant before age 20."

In the same article, CNN reported a "striking decrease" in the percentage of eighth graders smoking, down from 10 percent in 1996 to 3 percent in 2007.

While federal health experts were at a loss to explain the spike in teen pregnancies, a Centers for Disease Control official said smoking abated due to "efforts convincing kids and adults not to smoke," according to CNN...........

Jill Stanek: Linking U.S. teen pregnancies and AIDS in Africa

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917 posted on 07/17/2008 3:25:32 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; ...
On the case of Haleigh Poutre, Sam Golubchuk, and others, from the 5Towns Jewish Times...

About one thing Aharon Barak, former president of the Supreme Court of Israel, is right: constitutionalism—the imposition by judges of their moral intuitions on an unsuspecting public—is on the rise everywhere. The opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Louisiana could have been written by an Israeli Supreme Court justice, so lacking was it in anything bordering on coherent analysis.

A five-to-four majority of the court ruled that imposition by Louisiana of the death penalty on Patrick Kennedy for brutally raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter and inflicting internal injuries far too gruesome to describe would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. According to Justice Kennedy, the Constitution contemplates that in the end “our [i.e., the justices] own judgment” will be determinative. Yet the only argument he offered for why murder, alone of crimes against individuals, may be punished by death is that murder victims are dead. Such profundity is Kennedy’s trademark.

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On June 17, 2006, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts granted the request of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services to cut off the respirator from Haleigh Poutre, an 11-year-old girl who had been savagely beaten by her aunt and stepfather. The court was informed that Haleigh was “in an irreversible and permanent coma, with the least amount of brain function that a person can still have and be considered alive.”..........

Supreme Arrogance The Devolving Value Of Life

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918 posted on 07/18/2008 3:07:42 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All

I am posting no updates on Karen Weber because nothing is appearing in the news these days. If anyone else spots something on her, please let me know.

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919 posted on 07/18/2008 3:09:45 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Eluana Englaro update...

Please kill me slowly and painfully so I will suffer more than almost any other living thing meeting the end. Please dehydrate me to death slowly, Dad...

Yeah sure, that is what she wanted...

Last Wednesday the civil appeals court in Italy Milan authorized stopping the forced hydration and feeding that has kept Eluana Englaro alive for the past 16 years. The Italian woman has been in a coma since her car accident on January 18, 1992. Her father Beppino Englaro, spoke to Corriere Canadese/Tandem about his reaction to the ruling.

What did you feel when you learned about the court ruling?

“I simply felt a great relief because finally the will of my daughter will be respected.”

What were her dreams before the accident?............

Father wants daughter’s wishes respected Case of Eluana Englaro stirs debate about assisted suicide in Italy

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920 posted on 07/18/2008 3:15:24 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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This crashes in from the People's Republic of Berkeley!

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But I want to focus here on an issue to which O’Malley’s remembrance gracefully refers, an issue which seems to me to come into sharper focus as we think about and honor Dona’s life. Yes, she was a great role model, especially for those of us in the disability community who continue to struggle for our rights. O’Malley writes: “People who lack Dona’s experience (that’s most of us, after all, thank goodness) are prone to make knowing comments about the importance of ‘quality of life’ for physically challenged people. What such comments often miss is that your quality of life can and should be whatever you make of it.” I recall an editorial by O’Malley, in the wake of Terri Schiavo’s horrific death in March 2005, in which O’Malley, virtually alone among progressive commentators, took the brave position obliquely reiterated here. “There’s a clear implication,” O’Malley wrote then, “in some of these discussions [of proposed “death with dignity” bills] that the life of a disabled person is somehow lacking in dignity, no matter how much bill sponsors choose to deny it.” ......

Following in Dona’s Tire Tracks

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921 posted on 07/18/2008 3:19:23 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Girls and PP in a thread by wagglebee...

Billings, MT (LifeNews.com) -- Girls Inc. is back in the news over abortion and now the group for young women is teaming up with Planned Parenthood. The organization, which has come under fire for adopting a pro-abortion position, is conducting workshops in Montana with the nation's largest abortion business.

The girls group came under fire in 2005 for adopting a statement saying it backs abortion and supports the Roe v. Wade decision that ushered in an era of approximately 50 million abortions.

At the time, pro-life groups called for a boycott of the American Girl doll because the company making them teamed up with Girls Inc. for a promotional.....

Planned Parenthood Teams Up With Girls Inc For Pro-Abortion Workshops

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922 posted on 07/18/2008 3:23:45 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
The Pope and life issues in a thread by wagglebee...

Sydney, Australia (LifeNews.com) -- At the welcoming ceremony for the opening of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, the pope told tens of thousands of young people that they have a responsibility to protect human life. Pope Benedict XVI told cheering throngs of students and young adults that they need to stand up against abortion.

Addressing a crowd estimated at 150,000 people, the Catholic leader said that newfound enthusiasm for protecting the environment must be match by an equal vigor to protect human life....

Pope Urges Catholic Youth to Respect Life, Protect Unborn From Abortion

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923 posted on 07/18/2008 3:27:26 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; ...
Jesse Ramirez update...

It has been awhile since we had developments in that happened to Jesse Ramirez, but now we do, largely thanks to Wesley J. Smith...

Thanks, Leslie.

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I was speaking at a bioethics conference in Phoenix on Saturday. At lunch the sponsors asked me to come with them because somebody wanted to meet me. It was Jesse Ramirez and his sister and family! What a wonderful surprise. Here was a man that had been consigned to dehydrating to death and who suffered without food and water for five long days, but because of the loving commitment of his blood family--and good legal work by the Alliance Defense Fund--he was standing before me with his hand outstretched, a gentle smile on his face.

Jesse had a delicate countenance and is clearly still recovering from his ordeal. But he can walk on his own with the aid of a walker, is fully cognizant, and is clearly happy to be alive. He was later introduced to the crowd of 400 at the Center for Arizona Policy event and got a rousing standing ovation.

Whilst there, I spoke with someone involved with saving his life--not a member of the family. Apparently, to legally have a feeding tube pulled in Arizona one must either be a named surrogate on an advance directive or be a court appointed guardian and act pursuant to court order. In this case, from what I was told, neither applied--and that was why the dehydration was able to be stopped. Moreover, the dehydration had apparently commenced without Jesse even being examined by a neurologist, only a neurosurgeon, which is not the same thing at all. It was only because of the legal intervention that the neurologist was consulted and saw beginning signs of awareness. The rest is history.

I am hearing way too many stories like this, of decisions to end care made with seeming undue haste. As I noted in my recent Weekly Standard piece, I believe much of this owes to the Terri Schiavo debacle and the bad cultural message it sent to the medical community and the wider society. We must be increasingly vigilant against allowing the pernicious belief that there is such a thing as a life not worthy of living from seeping even further into our health care decision making and public bioethics.

Labels: posted by Wesley J. Smith @ 1:16 PM

I Shook Hands with Jesse Ramirez

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924 posted on 07/19/2008 2:41:30 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Wagglebee has a thread on Jesse Ramirez...

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Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) -- Jesse Ramirez was badly injured in an automobile accident in May 2007 and nearly became a victim of euthanasia when his wife made the decision to have his feeding tube removed. Now, Ramirez has recovered to the point that he is enjoying life and waking and running.

Ramirez suffered traumatic brain injury in the accident and had been in a minimally conscious state for just over a week when doctors told his family he may never recover.

A legal battle ensued over the man's life and he almost became a victim of euthanasia in the same way Terri Schiavo was starved and dehydrated to death.

Last June, Ramirez woke up from the coma and appeared to be on the road to recovery................

Comatose Man Jesse Ramirez Almost Euthanasia Victim, Now Enjoys Life

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925 posted on 07/19/2008 2:45:33 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
More on Haleigh Poutre...

Also Wednesday, the Legislature settled on a proposal to curb child abuse, a legislative effort inspired by Haleigh Poutre and a spate of other troubling stories of children repeatedly tormented. A new child advocate, reporting directly to the governor, would have subpoena power, the penalties for not reporting child abuse would grow stiffer, and those required to relay information about such abuse would have to undergo training to recognize symptoms..........

The week... in state government

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926 posted on 07/19/2008 2:51:52 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife; wagglebee
We have a "touching" picture of the dad who wants to have his daughter snuffed in the horrible, painful manner of dehydration, in Italy. What a contrast between him and Dad, Randy Richardson, Lauren's Dad and Bob Schindler, Terri's Dad!

I can only excerpt from Time.com

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Giuseppe Englaro poses with a picture of his daughter Eluana who has been in an irreversible coma for the past 16 years.
Giuseppe Englaro poses with a picture of his daughter Eluana, who has been in an irreversible coma for the past 16 years.
Cardini / EPA

The questions that drove the Terri Schiavo debate were universal: life and death; man, God and science. But the battle to remove Schiavo's feeding tube after 15 years in a vegetative state — her husband Michael made that decision against the wishes of Schiavo's deeply religious parents — was also a uniquely American drama of fiery Florida preachers, New York talk show hosts and Washington judges and politicians..............

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What If It Happens In Your Family?

The saga of Terri Schiavo has touched many Americans directly, prompting them to relive difficult de...

Italy's Terri Schiavo Case

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927 posted on 07/19/2008 3:14:01 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Sometimes the ugliness of the death enthusiasts seeps through the mask as we see what really happens to some of their quarry...

Thread by wagglebee...

Nearly thirty years ago, my wife and I aborted a child. That decision will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Since that time, I've developed deep feelings on the subject of abortion.

There are two primary reasons why I'm pro-life. Besides taking a human life, aborting a child robs society......

Haunted by Their Abortion Decision, Husband and Wife Share Pain and Regret

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928 posted on 07/19/2008 3:18:39 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Lauren, we watch, wait, and pray...


929 posted on 07/19/2008 3:26:14 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Great story.


930 posted on 07/19/2008 6:53:23 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: 8mmMauser
Bobby and Suzanne are on the radio now. 3:00 pm est. Listen at their web site. www.terrisfight.org

More doctors are pushing death instead of treatment, guess where? Miami, FL.

931 posted on 07/19/2008 12:13:22 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Lauren Richardson update...

From WND: Wish I could post the whole story, more than the excerpt. It updates Lauren's status. I urge checking out the whole story via the link. Thanks, Leslie.

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The father of a disabled Delaware woman who recently earned the support of state lawmakers says the system – of courts, lawyers, hospitals and disability agencies – literally is combining to bring about the death of his daughter.

"The court system should not have the right to impose this kind of treatment on a mentally disabled person," Randy Richardson told WND today. His daughter, Lauren Richardson, has been disabled since an apparent drug overdose nearly two years ago.

Judie Brown of the American Life League recently issued a call to those who are concerned about such cases to help.

"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," she wrote. "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."...............

Father: 'System' killing my disabled daughter... 'If they had treated a dog this way, they would be doing jail time'

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932 posted on 07/20/2008 2:10:14 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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933 posted on 07/20/2008 2:11:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Not much surprise on this...

Thread by wagglebee.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life women's group told members of Congress and their staff this week that women across the country lack pregnancy helps and resources. Feminists for Life of America says the need is particularly acute for college students without good campus resources.

The organization held a special workshop on Tuesday to help Congressional staff understand the problem and encourage more support in upcoming legislation.

While many college students who become pregnant might prefer to keep their baby and parent while they complete their education, Serrin Foster, the head of the group, says most universities make that task difficult....

Pro-Life Women's Group Tells Congress Students Lack Pregnancy Help

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934 posted on 07/20/2008 2:34:36 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
A keen observation on the nation's box store of killing...

Thread by wagglebee.

A Minnesota conservative is calling for an end to the tax-exempt status and public financing of the country’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

According to Planned Parenthood's latest annual report, the organization received more than $1 billion from revenues -- nearly one-third of that figure came from "government grants and contracts." In light of that report, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) became outraged when she learned of Planned Parenthood's new branding effort in her Minnesota district. She says the new strategy is a move away from helping poor women with family planning, and instead involves targeting latte-drinking, affluent women across America. But Bachmann claims Planned Parenthood has always been about big business.

“When Planned Parenthood brings in over a billion dollars in revenues, pays no taxes, and sits at the end of the year fat and happy with $115 million in the bank and brazenly works to go after affluent women rather than helping out poor women, as their original mission statement said, I agree with the executive director of Illinois Planned Parenthood, who said 'Planned Parenthood wants to be the LensCrafters of family planning,'" said Bachmann. "In other words," she notes, "they want to be the big-box retailer." .............

Planned Parenthood -- 'the LensCrafters of family planning'?

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935 posted on 07/20/2008 2:39:57 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Catholics are reminded of what their Faith says about human life...

Thread by wagglebee.

BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy celebrated the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical from Paul VI, by asking every deacon, priest and bishop to reread and re-educate their flock with this prophetic document.

The organization also pledged support for all bishops who confront and deny Holy Communion to unrepentant Catholic politicians that support abortion, if prior attempts to enlighten their consciences fail.

A national association of 600 priests and deacons, the CCC met in Baltimore, MD, July 14-17 for its 33rd annual convocation. Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer (HLI) and Fr. Peter West (Priests for Life) and Mr. Thomas McKenna were speakers.....

Catholic Clergy Challenge Colleagues to Reacquaint Themselves and Their People with Humanae Vitae

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936 posted on 07/20/2008 2:43:44 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Snykerz; trussell; Brad's Gramma; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; ...
Lori...In need of prayers... And see post #59.

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Update on Lori.
It does not look good. The Sepsis has come back and they gave Lori another round of XiGris, a powerful drug that can have many side affects including intercranial bleeding, but if it helped her once before maybe it can help her again.My youngest Nephew “David” told me that his MOM responds when they stroke her forhead and she trys to reach up to touch them... so I know that Lori can hear and understand what the kids are telling her... she is not BRAIN DEAD, and I dont want to hear anything different from the doctors. Most of the doctors these days are to quick to pull the plug and say thats it. The doctors have requested a meeting today at 3pm calif time when the familey can get together and talk with the doctors. I was told by Jon that her breathing was erratic and that she seemed to spasm when trying to take a breath. If anyone out there knows how I could get a flight out to Calif at little or no cost please let me know. Money is tight and I too am somewhat disabled (un-able to walk without a rollator) (degenerative bone disease) so would need to have the help of my 16 yr old son to go with me. I called American Airlines and asked about berevement flights and the lowest fare was $749.00 per person, US Air does not off berevement flights nor does Delta. I was told to call “Travelers Aid” in any major city close to me (Charlotte NC) but no one has ever heard of it. I tried call the American Red Cross because I know they help out in so many different ways, but being that this is Saturday,there was no-one there to answer my qustions,,,, so if anyone can point me in the right direction as who to call for info, it would be greatly apppreciated. Please keep the Prayers going for Lori... She needs a Miracle.
I will keep you all updated as soon as the family meeting with the doctors is over.
Love and Blessings
Marianne

38 posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 5:47:26 PM by Snykerz
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To: trussell; Brad's Gramma; 8mmMauser; Snykerz
Would you ping your Prayer Warriors to this latest update on Lori? I've given Snykerz the address and phone number for Terri's Foundation ... any other suggestions for her?

Blessings all, and thanks.

Pegita

39 posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 6:30:30 PM by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)

937 posted on 07/20/2008 2:54:08 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; floriduh voter; amdgmary
On the weekly Terri radio show, they featured a new book by Doubleday on our topics. I am posting a review. Thanks, FV.

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The bitter national debates over abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research have created an unbridgeable gap between religious groups and those who insist that faith-based views have no place in public policy. Religious conservatives are so adamantly opposed to stem cell research in particular that President Bush issued the first veto of his presidency over a bill that would have provided federal funding for such research.

Now, in this timely consideration of the nature and rights of human embryos, Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen make a persuasive case that we as a society should neither condone nor publicly fund embryonic stem cell research of any kind.

Typically, right-to-life arguments have been based explicitly on moral and religious grounds. In Embryo, the authors eschew religious arguments and make a purely scientific and philosophical case that the fetus, from the instant of conception, is a human being, with all the moral and political rights inherent in that status. As such, stem cell research that destroys a viable embryo represents the unacceptable taking of a human life.

There is also no room in their view for a “moral dualism” that regards being a “person” as merely a stage in a human life span. An embryo does not exist in a “prepersonal” stage that does not merit the inviolable rights otherwise ascribed to persons. Instead, the authors argue, the right not to be intentionally killed is inherent in the fact of being a human being, and that status begins at the moment of conception.

Moreover, just as none should be excluded from moral and legal protections based on race, sex, religion, or ethnicity, none should be excluded on the basis of age, size, or stage of biological development.

George and Tollefsen fearlessly grapple with the political, scientific, and cultural consequences arising from their position and offer a summary of scientific alternatives to embryonic stem cell research. They conclude that the state has an ethical and moral obligation to protect embryonic human beings in just the same manner that it protects every other human being, and they advocate for embryo adoption—the only ethical solution to the problem of spare embryos resulting from in-vitro fertilization.

Embryo,,, A Defense of Human Life

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938 posted on 07/20/2008 3:06:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

The author of Embryo is an intellect from Princeton where that euthanazi Singer slithers about.


939 posted on 07/20/2008 8:51:11 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Just when we thought we were getting somewhere... I wonder if such experts in killing, like Judge George Greer, will be visiting professors at that place...

From end-of-life issues displayed in the Terri Schiavo case to the use of experimental drugs argued in Abigail Alliance v. von Eschenbach, judges at the medical school also learned that bioethics issues, often involving a range of multidisciplinary expertise, continue to raise legal questions that can end up on court dockets. Yet not all judges were aware that they could draw on bioethics experts or members of a hospital ethics committee to testify in the midst of such disputes.

"Judges need to know that bioethics is a rigorous field of scholarship, which, where relevant, should be of some value to them in their deliberations," said Eric M. Meslin, PhD, director of IU's Center for Bioethics in Indianapolis and an instructor at the judges' school.....

Med school for judges: A crash course in medical litigation... Black robes mingle with white coats to learn about medical science and how to apply it to complex court cases.

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941 posted on 07/21/2008 3:28:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
The slippery slope in the UK is starting to sound more like a luge track. Thread by wagglebee.

ONE in three doctors believes the law should be changed to allow euthanasia for the terminally ill.

A snapshot survey of doctors has found 35% in favour of assisted suicide compared to 60% against the controversial move. The remainder said they were unsure. The survey was carried out by Doctors.net.uk, an online discussion forum and professional network for medics which represents 95% of doctors in the UK.

Medics were asked: "In your opinion should legislation be changed to allow euthanasia?" A total of 58 said no, 34 said yes and five said they did not know......

One in three medics back mercy killing (U.K.)

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942 posted on 07/21/2008 3:34:36 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
The PP peeps are smug about so far getting away with defying God's laws and then catch themselves in the trap of the law of unintended consequences. Haw!

Thread by wagglebee.

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Security guards block Truth Truck from leaving parking lot, help abortion-bound women see the horrific truth about abortion

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org

ST. LOUIS, MO., July 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue's Truth Truck, driven by Mark Gietzen, caused a stir the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Saturday, July 19, 2008, when he drove onto their parking lot and parked near the front door as abortion-bound women entered the facility.

Security guards for Planned Parenthood immediately rushed to close the parking lot's iron gates to prevent the Truth Truck from leaving while they summoned the police. But this action turned out for the good, allowing the Truth Truck to witness to the women in the parking lot for longer than it would have otherwise..............

(Operation Rescue) Truth Truck 'Held Hostage' at St. Louis Planned Parenthood

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943 posted on 07/21/2008 3:42:38 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser; wagglebee; bjs1779; BykrBayb; Sun; Dante3
TERRI SCHINDLER SCHIAVO WAS MURDERED:

www.judgegeorgegreer.com (maniac in a black robe) who has the Hulk Hogan divorce now only in Amerika and for a twist, there is a young Marine missing half his frontal lobe who survived Iraq but is on life support from a bad MVA on Court Street which leads to Greer's courthouse in downtown Clearwater. Hogan's kid's car hit a palm tree. John Graziano wasn't wearing a seat belt and is really in bad shape but nobody's trying to kill him.

There are disparities and discrimination in who lives and who dies. Graziano who is in much worse condition than Terri should live and Terri also definitely should still be alive. She was murdered.

Never forget it was Republican judges, republicans in the Fla legislature, those famous GOP brothers and Gov. Crist, not christ who helped murder Terri.

This is why my voter i.d. now says: NO PARTY AFFILIATION (NPA).

944 posted on 07/21/2008 7:06:09 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser

Helen Keller would have been so dead if she had lived in Pinellas County, Florida. In other words, anybody who cannot utter but a few words can and ought to be starved and dehydrated to death. If you don’t agree w/that standard, stay away from Pinellas Park where they kill people every day because there’s no oversight. It’s carte blanche since Terri was murdered. (bad hospices kill people).


945 posted on 07/21/2008 7:12:17 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser
QUESTION. Why don't the guardians who have the power of life and death by default HAVE TO BE EVALUATED FOR MENTAL DEFICITS OR IDEATIONS? The guardians are sick, not the disabled individual.

The standards for guardians is very low. They can even be subhuman.

946 posted on 07/21/2008 7:16:45 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: 8mmMauser
QUESTION. Why don't the guardians who have the power of life and death by default HAVE TO BE EVALUATED FOR MENTAL DEFICITS OR IDEATIONS? The guardians are sick, not the disabled individual.

The standards for guardians is very low. They can even be subhuman.

947 posted on 07/21/2008 7:16:49 AM PDT by floriduh voter ( LAUREN (Delaware) & Karen (Fl) www.lifeforlauren.org & www.prayforkaren.com)
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To: floriduh voter

And those who could have saved her, such as Jeb Bush, refused to act.


948 posted on 07/21/2008 7:59:07 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: All; 8mmMauser; floriduh voter; wagglebee

I got this from my automatic e-mail from Laura Ingraham:

“A MIRACLE BORN FROM TRAGEDY: We were fortunate to be joined today by Gary McCaleb, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, and Jesse Ramirez, a Gulf War veteran whom doctors claimed was in a permanent vegetative state (á la Terri Schiavo) following a horrific auto accident in 2007 -snip-.

Just 10 days after the accident, doctors followed through on Jesse’s (now) ex-wife’s order to remove his feeding tube. For five days Jesse was deprived of food and water until his sister, Marlene, contacted the ADF for help.

Thanks to the efforts of the ADF and his family, Jesse walked out of the hospital months later under his own power, and today he’s a walking, talking testimony to the inherent value of every human life. Last month, Arizona enacted Jesse’s Law, which protects people in similar circumstances.”

Maybe they could help Lauren, or some others. Here’s their link:

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/


949 posted on 07/21/2008 11:29:12 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; ...
This morning, I am posting a series of topics from the Medical Futility blog of Professor Thaddeus Pope...

Thanks, Leslie.

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Minneapolis oncologist Stuart Bloom has a short piece in the July 1, 2008 Journal of Clinical Oncology titled "In Defense of Futile Gestures."

He describes a patient for whom, after her fourth try at remission, he recommended "supportive care alone." While the patient initially agreed with this plan, she later decided that she wanted to "fight her cancer" even though "the chance of any intervention was vanishingly low."

Bloom agrees that "continuing toxic therapy in hope of some response is inadequate medicine." But he also concedes that "our prognostic acumen is often insufficient to predict which patient will defy statistical odds and improve." His patient, of course, ended up being that rare patient who improved dramatically.

It is important to remember the limits of prognostication. In several studies (e.g. Smith et al., Critical Care Med. May 2007) of the Texas Advance Directives Act, some patients made substantial recoveries even after the treating team, the ethics committee, and potential transferee facilities all judged that further treatment was medically inappropriate.

Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 9:12 AM

Defending Futile Treatment

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950 posted on 07/22/2008 3:17:17 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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