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Indian Hospital defends disabled woman against authorís call for euthanasia
LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/1/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski

Posted on 02/01/2011 3:57:17 PM PST by wagglebee

 

MUMBAI, February 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Doctors at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital are concerned for the life of Aruna Shanbaug, a former nurse at KEM who suffered serious brain damage when she was strangled and raped in 1973, and who has been cared for by hospital staff ever since.

The Indian Supreme Court ordered an investigation into Shanbaug’s condition after a journalist, who wrote a book about Shanbaug, filed a petition seeking to have hospital staff discontinue feeding her.

Journalist Pinki Virani said through her lawyer that Shanbaug had been “virtually a dead person” for the last 38 years, living in a “persistent vegetative state” and thus did “not have the standard of life guaranteed by the Indian constitution.”

Virani’s petition asked the court to instruct the hospital staff to “forthwith ensure that no food is fed” to Shanbaug, according to a report in The Independent.

“This vegetative existence devoid of any human dignity is not life at all and putting mashed food in her mouth only amounts to violation of human dignity,” she said. “The continued vegetative existence of Aruna is a violation of her right to live with dignity ... she has a right to not be in this kind of sub-human condition.”

Virani’s lawyer, Shubhangi Tuli, submitted that the case was not about euthanasia, which is illegal in India, but rather about the medical definition of death. “She cannot move, she cannot hear. She only survives because she is being fed,” the lawyer said. “We are saying this is not life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.”

However, Dr. Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM hospital, disputes the claim made by Virani, saying that Shanbaug “is very much alive,” and in his affidavit filed to the court indicated that Shanbaug is not suffering, accepts food normally, responds by facial expressions and makes sounds to express her needs.

“She means a lot to KEM,” Dr. Oak told Mumbai’s DNA News. (http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_kem-hospital-staff-wants-aruna-shanbaug-to-live_1498785)

“She is on a liquid diet and loves listening to music. We have never subjected her to intravenous food or fed her via a tube. All these years, she hasn’t had even one bedsore. When those looking after her do not have a problem, I don’t understand why a party who has nothing to do with her needs to worry.”

“We have no moral right to terminate her life. I am certainly against euthanasia for Shanbaug,” Dr. Oak stated, and added “I call on her whenever I get time. I am there whenever she has dysentery or any other problem. She is very much alive and we have faith in the judiciary.”

Alex Schadenberg of Canada’s Euthanasia Prevention Coalition expressed grave concern over the Indian court being asked to rule on withdrawal of nourishment from Shanbaug – “who is not a family member or a friend from years before.”

“What is significant is that Shanbaug is not dying,” said Schadenberg. “She is a human person who is in an incredibly vulnerable condition. She is not requiring medical treatment, but rather she continues to live as long as she is fed.”

“Ms Virani has stated that the court needs to consider the medical definition of death,” Schadenberg observed. “If people with cognitive conditions are labeled as dead, then the meaning of life will be altered to a man-made definition. Who else will be defined as already dead?”

The anti-euthanasia activist pointed out that providing food and water to a person with cognitive disabilities “is normal care.” “It is not excessive, extraordinary, or burdensome and it is able to be done by anyone.”

Schadenberg warned that “if society decides that killing people by dehydration, which should be called euthanasia by dehydration, is acceptable, then society will have agreed that the most vulnerable in our society have lost their right to protection and may be killed by others.”

Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital contact info:

KEM Hospital
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel
Mumbai - 400012, India
Phone: 91-22-2413 6051
Fax: 91-22-2414 3435
Email: websitecontact@kem.edu



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Baby Joseph Updates

Pray that Father Frank Pavone and the Schindlers are successful.

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Baby Joseph saved from life support removal – transfer to Michigan hospital likely

Baby Joseph Maraachli and his father Moe.

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.

LONDON, Ontario, February 17, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One-year-old Joseph Maraachli of Windsor, Ontario, who was to have his life support removed Monday at 10 am. against his parents’ wishes, will now not die on the day that Ontario residents celebrate as Family Day.  A hustle by pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups resulted in a change in legal counsel, which has led to at least a temporary stay of removal of the child’s ventilator. 

Alex Schadenberg, head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, informed LifeSiteNews Sunday evening that negotiations are underway to transfer Joseph to a hospital in Michigan. 

In a statement released today, London Health Sciences Centre said it has received a request from a Michigan hospital “to review Baby Joseph Maraachli’s medical information regarding the feasibility and appropriateness of a potential patient transfer.” 

“Our focus at this time is to work with the family on a patient care plan and to continue to provide compassionate and dignified care and comfort to Baby Joseph,” said the statement.

Tomorrow’s scheduled vigil in support of Baby Joseph and the Maraachli family is still happening at 9 am. outside Victoria Hospital at Wellington and Commissioners in London, Ontario.

To make a donation to cover the legal costs please click here.

Last week the Ontario Superior Court rejected an appeal by Josephs’ parents to bring him home where he can die under their care.

“Monday at 10 am. they will kill my baby,” Moe Maraachli, Joseph’s father, had told LifeSiteNews shortly after the ruling.  “There’s no more humanity.  There’s no more chance.  I’ve tried everything for him.  No more appeals, nothing.”

Joseph was taken to Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario in October where he was diagnosed with severe neurological issues. Doctors gave him no chance of recovery.  Moe and his wife Sana have asked doctors to perform a tracheotomy so that they could take Joseph home, but the doctors refused, saying the procedure was too risky.

The Maraachlis’ daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheotomy and they were able to take her home.  Joseph’s parents want the same for him.

But in January, the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario sided with the hospital, and a date for removing Joseph’s respirator was set.  The family was able to hold it off by filing an appeal with the Superior Court.

Superior Court Justice Helen Rady also sided with the hospital, saying that Joseph is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex. However, Joseph’s family members have said that the boy still responds to stimuli.

In a press release earlier Sunday, Campaign Life Coalition noted that “Baby Joseph (was) to be killed on Family Day.”

“I don’t understand it.  Do doctors’ rights now trump parental rights?” asked Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition.  “And what about the dignity of the child to die in the loving arms of his parents at home? This outrageous stripping of parental rights is very worrisome.”

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.

Contact Information:

Bonnie Adamson
President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5W9
Phone: 519-685-8462
E-mail: bonnie.adamson@lhsc.on.ca

Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745
E-mail: Use this form.

Tim Hudak, Opposition Leader
The Ontario PC Party
19 Duncan Street
Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5H 3H1
Phone: 416-861-0020
Toll-free: 1-800-903-6453
Fax: 416-861-9593
Email: tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org

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Hospital threatens to remove baby Joseph’s life support anyway - parents denied private visitations

LONDON, Ontario, February 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - While things were looking up for the parents of Joseph Maraachli this past weekend, the picture has now become bleaker. In the latest twist in the case the London hospital where their dying son is being cared for is seeking to remove the parents’ decision-making power after they refused to have him taken off life support. Hospital security is also denying them private visitations.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which has been offering support to the parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, says they are now only allowed to see their son with a security guard present.

“They fight my family. ... they put security for me.  They never give me private to pray with my son,” Moe told Fox News this afternoon.

“Security watch me and security stay with me,” he added.  “When I go to hospital I feel I am not in Canada.  I feel I’m in jail or they kidnapped my baby.”

“It’s ridiculous.  It’s not like they could pick the child up and take him home.  The baby would die,” said Schadenberg.

Schadenberg said that Moe tried to bring him in to see Joseph on Monday, but security denied him access to the room, and told him to leave the premises.  “It’s become crazy.  The hospital’s going overboard and it makes no sense,” he said.

With the help of pro-life and anti-euthanasia advocates, Joseph’s parents have been trying to have their son moved to a hospital in Michigan.  London’s Victoria Hospital, where Joseph has been treated since October, sent the records to the Michigan hospital Monday and the parents are still waiting to hear back.

But hospital officials now say that they may go ahead with removing Joseph’s life support even if the Michigan hospital or another agrees to the transfer.  Because the parents refused to have Joseph’s life support removed Monday, the hospital has asked the Office of the Public Guardian to assume decision-making power.  That office is expected to take a couple days, but could order his life support removed at any point.

The hospital originally appeared set to remove his life support on Monday at 10 a.m. after a Thursday ruling by the Ontario Superior Court.

“Monday at 10 am. they will kill my baby,” Moe had told LifeSiteNews shortly after the ruling.  “There’s no more humanity.  There’s no more chance.  I’ve tried everything for him.  No more appeals, nothing.”

But that was delayed over the weekend after the parents hired expert lawyer Mark Handelman, with the financial backing of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

To make a donation to cover the legal costs please click here.

At that point, they learned that they could refuse to consent to the life support removal, which they did, prompting the hospital to go the public guardian.

Though Joseph has been at Victoria Hospital since October with a severe neurological disorder, his specific condition remains undiagnosed.  Nevertheless, doctors have given him no chance of recovery.  Moe and Sana have asked doctors to perform a tracheotomy so that they could take Joseph home, but the doctors refused, saying the procedure was too risky.

The Maraachlis’ daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheotomy and they were able to take her home.  Joseph’s parents want the same for him.

But in January, the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario sided with the hospital, and a date for removing Joseph’s respirator was set.  The family was able to hold it off by filing an appeal with the Superior Court.

Superior Court Justice Helen Rady also sided with the hospital, saying that Joseph is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex.

The hospital says nine specialists have confirmed he’s in a “persistent vegetative state,” but the family and their close supporters disagree.  Family members say Joseph is fully responsive to touch, particularly that he hates being touched by cold hands, tickles easily, and moves his head when his hair is brushed.  They also say he responds to loud noises by turning his head toward the sound.

The hospital has warned the family that they will be banned from the hospital if they try to take videos, which is preventing the family from documenting Joseph’s responses and movements, said Sam Sansalone, who had to fight with the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children for his own daughter’s life nine years ago, and is now helping Joseph’s family as a media representative.

Over 5,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph”.

“This would be a second tragedy for the parents,” said Schadenberg.  “Not only must they accept that their child is terminally ill, ... but their power to even decide how to care for their child is going to be removed from them - only because they love him.”

“Because of love they’re going to have their ability to make decisions for their child removed from them - in order for the hospital to take control,” he continued.  “That’s a tragedy.”

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Fr. Pavone, the ‘Terri Schiavo Priest’, will pay to bring Baby Joseph to U.S.

Baby Joseph and Fr. Pavone

ROME, Italy, February 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Father Frank Pavone, who became known as the “Terri Schiavo Priest” for his role in trying to save the life of the late Florida woman in 2005, has joined the fight to save a Canadian baby from a cruel early death.

“If I have to fly from Rome to Canada to get Baby Joseph out of the hospital and back home where he belongs, I am ready to do that right now,” said Father Pavone, who has been attending meetings at the Vatican this week.

Father Pavone said Priests for Life will pay all expenses to bring Baby Joseph and his family to a hospital in the United States that would agree to perform the tracheotomy that would make it possible for him to go home.

“The parents of this precious boy are asking only to be allowed to bring Baby Joseph home, where he can die surrounded by those who love him,” said Father Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. “It’s beyond imagination that they would have to ask. This is not an issue that belongs in the court, or in the hands of his doctors. This is their son; he needs to be home with his family.

“This couple lost a child to this same disease eight years ago so they know exactly what they are dealing with, and what to expect as Baby Joseph reaches the end of his life. The small comfort they could take from Zina’s death was to know she died in peace surrounded by those whose lives she had touched in her own short life. They want the same for Baby Joseph.”

Father Pavone was with Terri Schiavo’s parents, brother and sister in her hospital room in the hours before the Florida woman died in 2005, two weeks after a court declared she could be denied food and water to bring on her death. Like the Maraachli family, the Schindlers wanted to bring Terri home.

“This same barbaric act is what the Canadian court is asking Baby Joseph’s family to endure,” Father Pavone said. “It is cruel, it is criminal and it cannot be allowed to happen again.”

Priests for Life is the largest Catholic pro-life organization in the U.S. dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia.

Last Thursday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Rady upheld the January verdict of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario that supported the doctors’ move to take Joseph off life support against his parents’ wishes.  Representatives for the family announced Thursday that their lawyer is working to broker a deal with his hospital.

In the last couple days, the case has drawn attention from major pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups in the U.S. who hope to find a hospital willing to take over Joseph’s care.

Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, traveled to Ontario Thursday by invitation from the family to advocate for Joseph.  He was joined by Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C.

The hospital had appeared set to remove Joseph’s life support on Monday at 10 a.m., but that got delayed when the family hired expert lawyer Mark Handelman over the weekend with the financial support of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Justice Rady’s decision was based on doctors’ testimony that he is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex.  But the family says that footage released Thursday by LifeSiteNews belies the doctors’ claim.  The videos, taken over the weekend, show him flailing and reacting to tickling.  They also show that his hands have been tied down - a measure the hospital took after Joseph removed the tube from his throat on at least two separate occasions.

Joseph suffers from a severe neurological disorder, but his specific condition remains undiagnosed.  Doctors have given him no chance of recovery, so his parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, have asked them to perform a tracheotomy which would enable him to breathe on his own, so that they could take him home.  The doctors have refused, saying the procedure is too risky.

Their daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheotomy and they were able to take her home.

The family has been trying to have Joseph transferred to a hospital in the U.S., where they believe he’ll get better care or at least a reassessment, and possibly the tracheotomy they need to bring him home. 

The family has also expressed concerns that hospital security is following them around and denying them private visitations with Joseph.

On Tuesday, Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where the family had hoped to have Joseph transferred, refused to take him despite previous assurances that they would.  The family says, however, that they are far from out of options.

The clock is ticking for the family, however, as Joseph’s current hospital has asked Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian to assume decision-making power after the family refused to have Joseph’s life support removed on Monday.  The public guardian could order it removed at any point.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, warned in a Fox news interview that the court decision facilitates a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.  He has said he believes it is far worse than the “death panels” recently debated in the U.S. as part of the federal health care law.

“It’s the hospitals and the doctors once again usurping their power over the people,” he said.  “That’s what’s happening.  And they have significant power - they have the money and the courts behind them.  It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Over 11,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph”.


51 posted on 02/27/2011 11:31:34 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Prayers said for Baby Joseph!


52 posted on 02/27/2011 1:39:41 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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I started a thread about the NYC gag order, etc. for pro-life pregnancy crisis centers:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2680966/posts


53 posted on 02/27/2011 1:53:28 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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Facebook: there are people there still fuming about Terri’s murder. It will all be revealed when the principles are gone.


54 posted on 02/27/2011 2:10:32 PM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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Thanks for the ping!


55 posted on 02/28/2011 10:35:28 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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I will NEVER be "safer" for the baby.

Thread by Free ThinkerNY.

British Doctors Told to Advise Women Abortion Safer Than Giving Birth

Doctors and nurses in Britain are being advised to tell their patients that having an abortion is safer than having the baby, The Telegraph reports.

The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counselors advising women who are thinking about terminating their pregnancy.

Its first recommendation on "what women need to know" instructs health professionals: "Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term."

The guidance also says that women who are deciding whether to have an abortion must be told that most do not suffer any psychological harm. Until now, their advice has been that while rates of psychiatric illness and self-harm in women are higher among those who had an abortion, there was no evidence that termination itself was likely to trigger psychological problems.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


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Socialized medicine is inherently deadly.

Thread by surroundedbyblue.

Cancer sufferers refused life-extending drugs despite Government pledge (UK)

Their requests have been rejected by regional health authorities who were accused of operating covert “blacklists” to restrict dozens of treatments to save money. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than 80 cases in which desperately sick NHS patients have been refused the cancer drugs their doctor sought, in the four months since a £200 million fund was introduced to stop health authorities rationing treatments. The fund was a key move by the Coalition so that those suffering from cancer would never again be refused drugs on grounds of cost.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


57 posted on 03/06/2011 10:04:16 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Jane Russell was a lovely woman, a wonderful actress and a great defender of life.

Threads by NYer and me.

Silver screen star Jane Russell, abortion sufferer and pro-life advocate, dies at 89

Jane Russell

SANTA MARIA, California, March 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Several decades after an abortion left Jane Russell unable to bear children and spurred her to become an outspoken pro-lifer and adoption advocate, the silver screen beauty died yesterday at the age of 89. In lieu of flowers, the family of the born-again Christian actress is asking for donations in her honor to Care Net, a pro-life pregnancy resource center network.

Jane Russell, the brunette bombshell of the films Mad Men and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, whose image became a popular pinup for World War II servicemen, passed away of respiratory failure at her Santa Monica home Monday.

Leading a wild lifestyle early on, Russell later became, in her words, “a teetotal, mean-spirited, right-wing, narrow-minded, conservative Christian bigot” - but not before an illegal abortion caused her to lose her fertility.

The experience, which she says nearly killed her, led her to become outspoken about abortion, denying that any circumstance - rape or incest included - justified taking the life of an unborn child.

“People should never, ever have an abortion. Don’t talk to me about it being a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body. The choice is between life and death,” Russell declared in one quotation widely attributed to her.

In another quotation cited by IMDB.com, Russell said that when she found herself pregnant at 18, “The only solution was to find a quack and get an abortion. I had a botched abortion and it was terrible. Afterwards my own doctor said, ‘What butcher did this to you?’ I had to be taken to hospital. I was so ill I nearly died. I’ve never known pain like it.”

Even decades after the procedure was made legal in America, loss of fertility remains a common side effect of abortions: post-abortive women telling their stories through Silent No More Awareness frequently testify to losing the ability to bear children as a consequence of their abortions.

Her struggle conceiving led Russell to adopt three children and to found the World Adoption International Fund in 1955. She also started the ‘Hollywood Christian Group,’ a weekly Bible study she hosted at her house for Christians in the film industry. Russell, who divorced once and was married two more times, is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

After confirming her death on Monday, her family suggested that donations be made in her name to Care Net Pregnancy & Resource Center at 121 W. Battles, Santa Maria, CA, as well as CASA of Santa Barbara County, a group that helps abused children find a court advocate.

Care Net, which oversees a nationwide network of 1,100 pregnancy centers, specializes in helping women facing unplanned pregnancies by providing practical help as well as emotional support.

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Exclusive: ‘Her passion was for pro-life’: daughter-in-law tells Jane Russell abortion story

SANTA MARIA, California, March 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A “pillar of strength” - these were the words Etta Waterfield used to describe her mother-in-law, Jane Russell, who will be remembered by millions as a timeless beauty and talented actress of the silver screen.

But according to Waterfield, Jane’s true legacy lies in her deep devotion to the Bible as a born-again Christian, and her tenacity living out that faith as a pro-life advocate following a tragic botched abortion at the age of eighteen.

“Mom was to the world a movie star, but her passion was for the children. Her passion was for pro-life,” Waterfield told LifeSiteNews.com in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon, two days after Russell passed away of respiratory failure in her Santa Maria home at the age of 89.

Russell’s story began in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California where she grew up as the eldest and only girl in a deeply Christian family of five children. The loss of a child - Jane’s older brother, who died at 18 months old - was what inspired her own mother’s zeal for reading the Bible, a hunger she passed on to her daughter.

The death of a child would also later exert a powerful effect on Jane’s life: when the eighteen-year-old star was already well on her way to a successful career in film, an illegal abortion took the life of her unborn child, and left her unable to bear children ever again.

According to Waterfield, the young Jane already “felt horrible” about the moral evil committed in the abortion, which was so badly botched she nearly died. “She knew it was wrong,” she said. “But she as a young teenager, she felt she was trapped and her career starting to take off, and it was an inconvenience, and she thought that was the best solution, knowing all along that it wasn’t.”

But it was because of the open arms of her own mother, Geraldine, that Jane was encouraged to “let the Lord figure out” how to turn the experience to good.

“Grandma Russell was by her side after she had the abortion and she said, ‘Daughter, the Lord will turn this around for good if you allow him to work in your life. There is no condemnation from Him, nor will there be any condemnation from our lips either,’” said Waterfield.

Jane carried on, she said, bearing courageously the responsibility of an abortion that wound up giving her “a heart for children,” particularly those who were difficult to place in adoptions, such as older and disabled children. Russell was to found the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF) in 1955. According to Waterfield, through Russell’s efforts adoption advocacy, she helped find a place for over 40,000 children in permanent homes who may otherwise never have found them.

And despite losing her fertility, she became “mom” and “grandma” to many: having adopted three children, she left behind six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren at her passing. In particular, Waterfield said, Russell was passionate about using her fame as a well-loved actress to open the word of God to others.

“She made a mistake, but she is the perfect example of what the Bible says: what Satan has meant for bad, God will turn around for good if you allow him to work in your life,” said Waterfield. “That’s Mom right there: those thousands of children - that abortion turned into a blessing.”

Waterfield, who ran for the California State Assembly as a conservative Republican candidate, said that she was largely inspired by Jane’s zeal for conservative social issues, particularly for the pro-life movement, something she laments has gotten almost no media recognition. “Media will never put that out there because it’s politically incorrect to them,” said Waterfield. “But you get her one on one, or on a stage ... and she’ll tell you different. She was never afraid of talking about it.

“There are so many people that have had abortions that are so ashamed of it, and carry that burden. It doesn’t have to be a burden.”

As Russell lay on her deathbed, Waterfield said that she rejoiced to think of the meeting that lay in store for her.

“I whispered in her ear and said, ‘Mom, now you can hold your baby for the first time. You’ll be able to see your baby,” she said, tearing up. “And you know, I just wish I could see that reunion. Because of that baby, she was able to do so much for children.

“That’s her legacy: it’s not Hollywood, it’s the children. That’s how I want the world to know her.”


58 posted on 03/06/2011 10:08:52 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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They are mass murderers and this is what they deserve.

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3 ex-employees of abortionist may face death

Three former employees of accused West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell could soon join him facing the possibility of the death penalty.

City prosecutors confirmed Wednesday they were considering capital punishment in the cases of three workers at Gosnell's clinic. The three allegedly assisted the 70-year-old physician in seven abortions in which infants were born live and viable but then killed by Gosnell

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Death penalty sought for ‘house of horrors’ abortionist based on victims’ youth

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Because Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s victims were only minutes old, state prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against the abortionist.

The gruesome nature of Gosnell’s abortion business, which involved routine infanticide, sent shockwaves through national media outlets earlier this year, after state investigators stumbled upon the filthy facility.

Gosnell, 70, and several of his accomplices at the inner city Women’s Medical Society clinic, were arrested in January. The abortionist was charged with the murder of one of his adult clients mid-abortion, in addition to seven newborns killed after failed abortions. According to testimony by former employees, Gosnell and his assistants killed “hundreds” of babies by severing their spinal cords rather than killing them in the womb, because the abortionist was too unskilled to administer the lethal injection in utero.

Two of the employees who assisted in abortions without any medical license are, like Gosnell, being held without bail.

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed documents enabling them to seek the death penalty, noting the age of the victims as an aggravating factor. State officials also filed for more time to decide whether they will seek a similar fate for three of Gosnell’s accomplices. Defense attorney Jack McMahon said that the death penalty “makes no sense,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

“He’s a 70-year-old man with no previous record,” said the attorney. “And Pennsylvania hasn’t carried out an execution in years [since 1999]. The reality is, there will be no death penalty for Mr. Gosnell, so why clog up the court system with a death-penalty case that is death penalty in name only?”

A Grand Jury report in January issued scathing indictments of both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of State for turning a blind eye to the clinic. The report said the government agencies had allowed the clinic to wallow in filth for years, and ignored several complaints lodged against the abortionist, while allowing his official record to remain clean.

Since then, several state employees have been terminated for the oversight failure, which took root in the state agencies after pro-abortion former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge took over for Bob Casey in 1995.

Pro-life Gov. Tom Corbett, who took over the office in January, has expressed his anger at the handling of the affair. “This doesn’t even rise to the level of government run amok. It was government not running at all,” said Corbett. “To call this unacceptable doesn’t say enough.”

Dr. Eli Avila, who has been appointed by Corbett to head the state health department, said Wednesday that new draft regulations due at the end of this month mandate at least one unannounced inspection of all the state’s abortion clinics, and that Avila himself planned personally to visit each site.


59 posted on 03/06/2011 10:13:37 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Baby Joseph Updates

March marks the sixth anniversary of Terri's murder, we must pray that Baby Joseph is allowed to die as God wants and not as a death panel determines.

Multiple threads by julieee, 2ndDivisionVet and me.

Baby Joseph can go home to die, but without tracheotomy: family says unacceptable

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.

LONDON, Ontario, February 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dying one-year-old Joseph Maraachli, whose parents are entangled in a legal battle after doctors refused to perform a simple procedure that would allow him to die at home, should have had that procedure “a long time ago,” a pioneer in the field of neonatology has told LifeSiteNews.com.

But the physician’s statements come on the same day that the hospital where Joseph is being kept has said it is willing to send him home, but with an important catch: they still refuse to perform the tracheostomy that allowed a sibling of Joseph’s who had a similar condition to live another six months at home. Instead they will simply return Joseph home, and then remove his ventilator, after which he will almost certainly die within a matter of minutes.

This solution is unacceptable to the family, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told LSN this afternoon. Schadenberg has been working closely with the hospital to have their wishes respected.

“They need to do a tracheostomy,” said Dr. Paul Byrne, an Ohio neonatologist with nearly five decades of experience and a former president of the Catholic Medical Association.  “If the baby is stable otherwise, and has a tracheostomy, then the baby can be taken care of at home.”

Joseph Maraachli

In a “public information campaign” launched Sunday night, London Health Sciences Centre, where Joseph has been treated since October, defended their refusal to perform the tracheostomy.  They called the procedure, which involves inserting a breathing tube through a tiny slit in the throat, “invasive,” and said it is “not a palliative procedure.”

“It is frequently indicated for patients who require a long term breathing machine,” they wrote.  “This is not indicated for Baby Joseph because he has a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is fatal.”

This wording was repeated in today’s statement in which the hospital said Joseph could go home to die.

But Dr. Byrne told LifeSiteNews that “there’s no case” when a child is on a ventilator where the tracheostomy wouldn’t be indicated.

The hospital is now asking Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian to intervene and allow them to take Joseph off his ventilator, after the parents have continued to refuse consent.  That office has been unsuccessful in asking other family members to consent instead, and could intervene itself any day.

Dr. Byrne called the attempt to have the state remove Joseph’s ventilator “terrible, absolutely terrible,” and insisted that in his fifty years in neonatology he’s never removed a child’s ventilator.  “I’ve never seen a time to turn off a ventilator,” he said.  “If a baby has a disease process that’s so bad that they’re going to die, then they die on the ventilator anyway.  So you don’t have to stop the ventilator.”

He also criticized the common phrase “life support,” saying, “Life is either there or it’s not there. You don’t have to hold up the life.  What we do in medicine are actions ... that support the vital activity of respiration.”

“Assuming doctors can do something to support the vital activities, we ought to do them,” he explained.  “And a tracheostomy ought to be done, and the baby ought to continue on the ventilator.”

Though doctors have said Joseph is in a “vegetative state,” Dr. Byrne called it a “made-up term” similar to the notion of “brain death,” which he said was invented “simply to get beating hearts for transplantation.”

Even Joseph’s doctor in London has admitted that the tracheostomy could prolong his life.  “A tracheotomy would likely provide for a longer period of life, however, in our view would not result in improvement of well-being and could reduce quality of life,” Dr. Douglas Fraser told the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board in January.

Along with their public information campaign, the hospital announced Sunday that they are considering legal action against unnamed individuals who they say have alleged that doctors might “kill” Joseph or that his death would be a case of euthanasia.

Joseph suffers from a severe neurological disorder, but his specific condition remains undiagnosed.  Doctors have given him no chance of recovery, so his parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, have asked them to perform a tracheostomy which would enable him to breathe on his own, so that they could take him home.  Their daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheostomy and they were able to take her home.

On February 17th, Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Rady upheld a January verdict from the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario, which had supported the doctors’ move to take Joseph off life support against his parents’ wishes.  The hospital had appeared set to remove Joseph’s life support last Monday, but that got delayed when the family hired expert lawyer Mark Handelman with the financial support of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Justice Rady’s decision was based on doctors’ testimony that he is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex.  But the family says that footage released Thursday by LifeSiteNews belies the doctors’ claim.  The videos, taken last weekend, show him flailing and reacting to tickling.  They also show that his hands have been tied down - a measure the hospital took after Joseph removed the tube from his throat on at least two separate occasions.

The family has been trying to have Joseph transferred to a hospital in the U.S., where they believe he’ll get better care or at least a reassessment, and possibly the tracheostomy they need to bring him home. 

In the last couple days, the case has drawn attention from major pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups in the U.S. who hope to find a hospital willing to take over Joseph’s care.  Family members of euthanasia victim Terri Schiavo travelled to London last week to advocate for Joseph and Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the U.S.-based Priests for Life, has pledged to pay for Joseph to be moved to a hospital in the U.S.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, warned in a Fox news interview that the court decision facilitates a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.  He has said he believes it is far worse than the “death panels” recently debated in the U.S. as part of the federal health care law.

“It’s the hospitals and the doctors once again usurping their power over the people,” he said.  “That’s what’s happening.  And they have significant power - they have the money and the courts behind them.  It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Over 12,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph”.

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Contact Information:

Bonnie Adamson
President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5W9
Phone: 519-685-8462
E-mail: bonnie.adamson@lhsc.on.ca

Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745
E-mail: Use this form.

Tim Hudak, Opposition Leader
The Ontario PC Party
19 Duncan Street
Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5H 3H1
Phone: 416-861-0020
Toll-free: 1-800-903-6453
Fax: 416-861-9593
Email: tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org

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Baby Joseph’s lawyer dropped from case: prayer vigils planned

LONDON, Ontario, March 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The expert lawyer representing dying one-year-old Joseph Maraachli, whose hospital is seeking to remove his ventilator against his parents’ wishes, was removed from the case today.

Mark Handelman, who the family hired with the financial backing of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, had been negotiating with the hospital, and was successful in having the hospital delay removing the ventilator.  It is unclear at this point what effect Handelman’s removal will have on Joseph’s cause.  LifeSiteNews was unsuccessful in reaching Joseph’s parents as of press time.

At the same time, the Washington-based Christian Defense Coalition announced Tuesday that they and the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network are holding two prayer gatherings in London, Ontario this weekend for Joseph,

The prayer and public witness events will be on Saturday, March 5, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in front of the London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital.  They will be held on the corner of Wellington and Commissioners Rd.

There will also be a rally in support of Joseph’s family on Saturday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Location to be announced.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, traveled to Canada last week with Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo.  The two met and prayed with the family, pledged their support, and sought to connect them to legal assistance and to help to locate a hospital for Joseph in America.

“We are gathering for prayer and public witness as we stand in solidarity with Baby Joseph and his family,” said Rev. Mahoney.  “We will not be silent when it comes to this tragic crushing of human rights. ... We must always speak out with passion and courage when we see the dignity of human life trampled.”

“We support the family as the ones who should be making the final decision on how to best deal with this beautiful child,” he added.  “The courts and the hospital have completely disregarded the wishes of the family and are crushing their parental rights.”

Joseph suffers from a severe neurological disorder, but his specific condition remains undiagnosed.  Doctors have given him no chance of recovery, so his parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, have asked them to perform a tracheostomy which would enable him to breathe on his own, so that they could take him home.  Their daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheostomy and they were able to take her home.

The hospital said Monday that they are willing to send Joseph home, but will not perform the tracheostomy. Instead, once he’s home, they would remove his ventilator, after which he will almost certainly die within a matter of minutes.  It is unclear at this point how the family will respond to the offer.

Dr. Paul Byrne, a fifty-year veteran in the field of neonatology, told LifeSiteNews Monday that in his opinion Joseph should have had a tracheostomy “a long time ago.”  He also insisted that he has never seen a need to remove a child’s ventilator, saying that “if a baby has a disease process that’s so bad that they’re going to die, then they die on the ventilator anyway.”

The hospital had appeared set to remove Joseph’s ventilator last Monday, but was delayed when Handelman made clear to the family that they could refuse.  The hospital’s move came after a February 17th decision from Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Rady upholding a January verdict from the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario, which had supported the doctors’ move to take Joseph off life support against his parents’ wishes.

Justice Rady’s decision was based on doctors’ testimony that he is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex.  But the family says that footage released Thursday by LifeSiteNews belies the doctors’ claim.  The videos, taken just over a week ago, show him flailing and reacting to tickling.  They also show that his hands have been tied down - a measure the hospital took after Joseph removed the tube from his throat on at least two separate occasions.

The hospital is now asking Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian to intervene and allow them to take Joseph off his ventilator, after the parents have continued to refuse consent.  That office has been unsuccessful in asking other family members to consent instead, and could intervene itself any day.

In the last week, the case has drawn attention from major pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups in the U.S. who hope to find a hospital willing to take over Joseph’s care.  Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the U.S.-based Priests for Life, has pledged to pay for Joseph to be moved to a hospital in the U.S.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, has warned that the court decision facilitates a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.  He has said he believes it is far worse than the “death panels” recently debated in the U.S. as part of the federal health care law.

“It’s the hospitals and the doctors once again usurping their power over the people,” he said.  “That’s what’s happening.  And they have significant power - they have the money and the courts behind them.  It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Over 13,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph”.

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Alex Schadenberg: The Baby Joseph case affects us all


Joseph Maraachli with his father, Moe

March 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The case of baby Joseph started out fairly clear, but as time has passed many people have interpreted it as something it is not.

Joseph Maraachli was born without any problems. Then in May 2010, the Maraachli family brought Joseph to the Children’s Hospital in Detroit because he was unable to breath. After several weeks of treatment, Joseph went home with his family in good health.

In October 2010, Joseph experienced a similar problem with breathing. His parents were driving home from Toronto and stopped at the hospital in Ingersoll, Ontario. From there he was transferred to the Children’s Hospital in London, where he remains.

Who has the right to decide?

The baby Joseph case concerns the question of who has the right to decide what is in the best interests of baby Joseph.

The hospital decided to withdraw the ventilator from Joseph, which would result in death, likely occurring within a short period of time. Joseph would die while gasping for air.

The family decided that they wanted to bring Joseph home to die while in their care, in the same way that they cared for their first child who died of a similar condition more than 8 years ago. The family asked that a tracheotomy be done to allow Joseph to breath on his own, so they could bring him home.

The issue is, who has the right to decide? Does the hospital and doctor, or does the family have the right to decide on how to care for their terminally ill child?

Not about futile care

This case is different from most of the similar cases because it is not about a family requesting treatment that is futile, burdensome or extra-ordinary.

The family is not asking for a portable ventilator to be set up in their home, even though this would be a reasonable option. They are not asking for in-home nursing care to be provided. They did not ask for experimental treatment plans.

The family only asked to bring Joseph home; but to do so would require Joseph to be capable of breathing on his own. This is why they requested that a tracheotomy be done. A tracheotomy is not a difficult procedure; it is not futile, burdensome or extra-ordinary.

Not about euthanasia

Some people have suggested that to withdraw the ventilator from baby Joseph would constitute an act of euthanasia. This is not true.

Euthanasia is an action or omission that directly and intentionally causes the death of another person with the intention of relieving suffering. Euthanasia is a form of homicide.

If the ventilator is withdrawn from baby Joseph, he is likely to die, but he may survive. If he dies, his death would be caused by his medical condition and not because of a direct and intentional action or omission. Even if the intention is to cause his death, the reality is that his death is not direct because it is caused by his medical condition and therefore is not euthanasia.

The precedent set by the baby Joseph case affects everyone

If I have a massive stroke, I am not competent, I am unable to swallow effectively and I have not indicated in any way what I would want in such a circumstance and my wife would like an intervention done to allow me to be effectively fed, but the doctor says no, what will happen?

The precedents that have been set by the baby Joseph case and similar cases would force my wife to hire a high-priced lawyer to defend her right to provide reasonable care for me. She would face a well-paid lawyer who is financed by the hospital.

If the Consent and Capacity Board sided with the hospital she would be forced to appeal the decision to the Superior Court, which would cost an excessive amount of money, simply to defend her right to have basic care provided for me.

In the courts, legal precedents, like the baby Joseph case, would be used to convince the judge that the decision of the doctor and the hospital is correct.

We are all at risk, unless decisions like those made in the baby Joseph case are reversed, or unless the legislation in the Province of Ontario is not amended.

I continue to support the plight of baby Joseph and the Maraachli family and I continue to hope that the family and the hospital can achieve a mutual agreement. Maybe Joseph should be sent home and cared for on a portable ventilator?

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Pro-Life Legal Group Now Helping Parents of Baby Joseph

Pro-Life Legal Group Now Helping Parents of Baby Joseph

London, Ontario -- The American Center for Law and Justice, a pro-life legal group, is now helping the parents of Baby Joseph Maraachli, who is suffering from a terminal illness that will soon take his life.

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/03/04/pro-life-legal-group-now-helping-parents-of-baby-joseph/

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Standing jet ready to take Baby Joseph to any willing U.S. Hospital

Moe Maraachli with a photo of his son Joseph.

STATEN ISLAND, NY, March 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Priests for Life, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and other pro-life and pro-family organizations have been negotiating with hospitals across the United States for more than a week to have them agree to admit baby Joseph Maraachli. Baby Joseph is the one-year-old in a London Ontario hospital whose doctors are seeking to remove his ventilator against his parents’ wishes.

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, has said that “for the most part, [the hospitals] have shown compassion but unfortunately, so far, not one has agreed to take Baby Joseph. The family is asking only to have a simple procedure performed to allow their son to breathe on his own.”

A hospital committee in Canada has declared that efforts on behalf of Baby Joseph are futile and a court decision has supported the hospital’s decision. The parents are asking for a second opinion from an American institution.

“Priests for Life has hired a jet that is standing by now to fly Baby Joseph and his parents anywhere in the U.S. at a moment’s notice,” said Fr. Pavone in a press release today. “We need one hospital with a sophisticated neo-natal unit and the courage to actually agree to take this child. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to explain to the public why it is that not one has committed to do this yet.

“I am urgently calling on any U.S. hospitals or administrators who are willing to help to contact my team at the following email address: jghorn.pc@mac.com,” he said.

“Life is in the balance. It’s time for the American spirit to rise to this occasion and say Let’s roll!”

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a constitutional law firm, announced yesterday it has been retained by the parents of Baby Joseph to explore options to get their son medical treatment in the United States.

“This has been a tragic case where the parents desire only to receive proper family-centered care and medical attention that will allow ‘Baby Joseph’ to live out his final days at home naturally with his family,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “We are exploring all options with the parents and are representing their interests in the United States only.  We’re working with the parents to determine the likelihood of bringing their son to the United States to receive the medical treatment he needs and deserves.”

Prayer and public witness events in support of Baby Joseph will be on Saturday, March 5, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in front of the London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital.  They will be held on the corner of Wellington and Commissioners Rd.

Over 13,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph.”

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Baby Joseph's family gets help from 'a mama grizzly'

The parents of a terminally ill Windsor, Ont., baby are being represented by a prominent U.S. lawyer who has ties to Sarah Palin.

CeCe Heil is connected to a Washington law firm, which has fought for right-wing Christian causes throughout the United States.

Heil said she hopes to find a hospital in the U.S. that will agree to care for Joseph Maraachli, who has been on life support for months at a hospital in London, Ont., due to a fatal neurological disease.

Doctors want to remove his breathing tube, and a judge has sided with them, but the family of the 13-month-old boy wants a tracheotomy performed so he can be taken home to die.

Palin supported Heil in her unsuccessful bid to represent the Republicans in the 5th Congressional District Congress in Tennessee in August 2010. The former Alaska governor and candidate for vice-president described the Nashville attorney, who has sought to become a member of Congress, as a "tough mama grizzly."

The Canadian lawyer who had been representing the family announced earlier in the week that he was no longer doing so. No explanation was offered, but there was speculation it had something to do with the decision on whether to appeal a Feb. 17 decision by a London judge that paved the way for Baby Joseph to be removed from life support.

The Maraachli family has received support from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, a Canadian group, and from a number of U.S. pro-life groups.

Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told the website LifeNews.com that his organization is prepared to transport Baby Joseph and his family to a U.S. hospital if the American Center for Law and Justice can find one that will take the little boy and do the tracheotomy procedure his parents want.

“Priests for Life and other pro-life and pro-family organizations have been negotiating with hospitals across the United States for more than a week to have them agree to admit Baby Joseph,” he told LifeNews.com.

Also offering his support this weekend will be Bobby Schindler, who is flying to London from Florida. His sister, Terri Schiavo, was at the centre of a much-publicized, end-of-life battle in the U.S. five years ago.

“We’ll be joining the good people of Canada, and just doing what we can to show support for this family and let them know we’re behind them, and we’ll do what we can,” Schindler told CBC News.

He said Maraachlis should be allowed “to care for their baby properly and not be forced to have to end his life this way.”

The London Health Sciences Centre has said it is willing to pay to transfer Baby Joseph home on a breathing machine. Once home, the baby would be placed in the arms of his family before the machine is withdrawn. The family has refused that offer.

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(Baby) Joseph's father prays for a miracle

Moe Maraachli says he is praying for a miracle, but not only for his dying son.

He said, after a small rally in a London hotel with about two dozen people, he wants the stone removed from Baby Joseph’s doctor’s chest and “put a heart for him.”

“Maybe he be human like us.”

Maraachli, 37, wants his son’s doctor to put in a tracheotomy and send his baby home to Windsor to die. The grieving dad hasn’t changed his sad tune since his son’s condition has worsened since he was admitted to hospital.

But more people keep joining in the chorus.

There were motional and strong words in the latest chapter in the case of the baby with the irreversible neurological disease who has been in the London Health Sciences pediatric critical care unit since October.

On Saturday, in the rain, there was a vigil outside the hospital with people attending from across North America, and particularly members of the U.S.-based Christian Defense Coalition and Terri Schaivo Life and Hope Network — named after the Florida woman who was at the centre of a high profile U.S. battle over the removal of her feeding tube. The groups entered the campaign to support the family’s desire to get Joseph home within days of the court decision.

Later in the afternoon, the group rallied at the Lamplighter Inn and Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition vowed they will continue in their search to find another hospital willing to take Baby Joseph on, after disappointment earlier this week when a Detroit hospital decided not to have Joseph transferred there.

They plan to be back on the corner of Wellington and Commissioners roads again Sunday and encouraged the vigils to continue each weekend.

“I’m sure if we ask God for a miracle, miracles (will) happen,” Maraachli told the group. In the past weeks since a Superior Court ruling not to allow an appeal of a decision by the Consent and Capacity board, the baby with the terminal diagnosis has become a lightning rod for public opinion about life decisions.

Baby Joseph is on a breathing machine and is fed through a tube. Doctors say his neurological condition has deteriorated so much he is in a “persistent vegetative state” and is blind and deaf, with no brain stem function.

The family wants Joseph to have a tracheotomy— an incision in the child’s wind pipe — so they can take the boy home and care for him by ventilating and removing secretions, like they did when their daughter Zina suffered the same condition and died eight years ago.

Doctors, including a world-renowned expert from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, say the procedure isn’t an option. It’s too risky, causes a number of complications including pneumonia and wouldn’t improve Joseph’s well-being or his quality

of life.

The doctors want to remove the breathing tube in hospital and provide palliative care until the child’s death.

They have said consistently that if he did breathe on his own after the removal of the tube, he could go home.

When the doctor presented his case to the health ministry-appointed board, it was noted that there had been “many attempts” to have the baby breathe spontaneously on the ventilator, but within minutes, the ventilator reverts to a backup rate” because there hasn’t been any breathing.

At the rally, a basket was passed around the room, raising $4,000 for the family to help with their struggle. They also had t-shirts and CDs from a local performer on sale with all the money going to the family.

All of the support has been moving, Maraachli, 37, said.

The father came to Canada from Lebanon 11 years ago. “You are all my family,” he told the two dozen people at the hotel rally.

Maraachli said after the speeches that he doesn’t trust the doctors anymore and believes they are misleading other hospitals who might take Joseph on. He said they won’t let him have Joseph’s medical records and can’t understand why there is extra security in place.

“I think they mislead too much . No comment for the reason. I don’t know why,” he said.

“Joseph, he doing well. He’s not (getting) worse. He’s good,” he said. .

“I give him his bath. He’s stretching. He knows me when I come talk to him. His head is moving to me.”

The father said he believes his son can breathe on his own and “just has trouble with secretions.”

“They put him on machine They said the machine keep him alive. They’re wrong. They play God on earth,” he said.

He said his hope remains that they can take him home and “when the brain tell him to stop breathing, no more breathing, he die by God’s hand. That’s all I ask.”

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

60 posted on 03/06/2011 10:29:59 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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My goodness, I hope they can find a hospital. To not give the child a trach would be barbaric and he would suffocate to death; remember Terri Schiavo was dehydrated to death. IMO, suffocation and dehydration are barbaric and evil (unless someone's stupid enough to sign a Living Will and then God rest their soul - they have no idea the pain they will endure.)

Anybody want to turn into a bloody rock today? That's what dehydration does.

61 posted on 03/06/2011 1:24:45 PM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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To: wagglebee; BykrBayb

We are the white rose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDk9uzvSalI


62 posted on 03/06/2011 2:26:35 PM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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The culture of death's quest to dehumanize people continues.

Thread by Free ThinkerNY .

Babies who are born at 23 weeks should be left to die, says NHS chief

Babies born after just 23 weeks of pregnancy or earlier should be left to die, a leading NHS official has said.

Dr Daphne Austin said that despite millions being spent on specialised treatments, very few of these children survive as their tiny bodies are too underdeveloped.

She claimed keeping them alive is only ‘prolonging their agony’, and it would be better to invest the money in care for cancer sufferers or the disabled.

Dr Austin, who advises local health trusts how to spend their budgets, said doctors were ‘doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers’ and that treatments have ‘very marginal benefit’.

The NHS spends around £10million a year resuscitating babies born this early and keeping them alive on incubators and ventilators.

But despite round-the-clock care from teams of experienced doctors and nurses, just 9 per cent leave hospital – the rest die. And only one in 100 grows up without some form of disability. The most common include blindness, deafness and cerebral palsy.

Guidelines state that doctors should not try to resuscitate babies born under 22 weeks, as they are too underdeveloped, but those born between 22 and 25 weeks should routinely be given intensive care.

After advice from doctors, parents should have the final say on what attempts should be made to keep them alive. Almost all are resuscitated as families cling to the hope that they will pull through against the odds.

The legal limit for abortion is 24 weeks. Dr Austin said that the care given to such tiny infants should be weighed up in the same way as the NHS decides whether or not to fund treatment for dying cancer patients.

‘If it was my child, from all the evidence and information that I know, I would not resuscitate,’ she said.

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63 posted on 03/13/2011 11:19:43 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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They sound more and more like Nazis every day.

Thread by me.

Pro-abort prof argues babies not ‘persons’ til 18 months, not an ‘offense’ against child to kill it

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, March 9, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-abortion activists sought, unsuccessfully, to disrupt a debate on abortion at Dalhousie University Tuesday night by ripping down ads, setting off stink-bombs, and covering the ceiling with helium balloons featuring pro-abortion slogans. In the end, they even turned on the pro-abortion speaker.

Representing the pro-life side of the debate was Stephanie Gray, co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform. Facing Gray was Dr. Mark Mercer, chairperson of the philosophy department at Halifax’s St. Mary’s University, who has in the past won the ire of pro-abortion activists for defending the rights of pro-lifers to express their opinions on university campuses.

While Gray argued that the unborn should be protected in law because abortion is the violent killing of innocent human life, Mercer argued that there is nothing ethically troubling about abortion, at one point suggesting that a baby isn’t a “person” until around 18 months of age.

The event, which was organized by the new student group Pro-Life at Dal, attracted about 150 students and members of the public.

In her remarks, Gray pointed out that the scientific community is unanimous that life begins at fertilization. At fertilization, she explained, the child “has everything she needs within herself to direct her growth and to move to the next more mature stage of her development.”

Mercer agreed that the unborn are human beings, and that abortion is the deliberate killing of a human being, but argued that the notion of “human being” is not a “morally relevant concept.” Individuals are not special by virtue of their “species membership,” he said, but become “persons” and worthy of protection because they possess certain “ethically salient properties” such as the ability to experience pain or pleasure, self-consciousness, and rationality.

Gray, however, maintained that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights deliberately speaks of ‘human’ and not ‘person’ rights because the powerful have often sought to subjugate or kill the vulnerable by claiming they are not persons. She pointed to examples like the Holocaust and the enslavement of African Americans.

“We have a nasty history as human beings of denying our fellow human beings the right to live because we divorce the concept of human and person as to treat them as two separate things,” she said.

She said the criteria used to define personhood come down to non-essential differences - namely size, level of development, environment, and dependency - and that these criteria are constantly changing for an individual. “Human is an objective term that we can determine scientifically,” she explained. “Person is a philosophical or legal term which has had a changing definition throughout history.”

“Our humanity, our right to life, should be based on that which is unchanging, which is our human nature - rather than that which is changing, which is our functions and abilities,” she added.

Gray argued that all humans carry intrinsic worth because of our common human nature, by which we are “moral, rational agents.” If an individual doesn’t exhibit signs of rationality, such as a developing baby or a disabled person, they nevertheless have the “inherent ability,” even if they don’t have the “current ability.”

“I don’t understand what this thing humanity is or the property of being human,” retorted Mercer, “such that an anancephalic infant is a rational being just as the rest of us. ... Here’s a creature who doesn’t have a capability and yet it’s still in the essence of that creature that it has that capability. That makes no sense to me.”

Gray said, however, “just because some humans are damaged, so to speak, I would say that doesn’t mean that we can end their lives because they’re not as developed or ‘perfect’ as we are.”

According to Mercer, a child likely only gains personhood at around 18 months to two years of age, and he also suggested at one point that adult pigs might be persons. Though he said he couldn’t imagine a reason to justify killing a born child given the availability of adoption, he said upon further questioning that “if the child isn’t a person, it’s not an offense against the child to kill it.”

A principled vegetarian, he agreed that it could be wrong to kill a pig even though he believes it’s acceptable to kill a child in the womb.

Asked by Gray how he justified defining a person based on his list of properties, Mercer responded, “Why should I take humanity to be ... a morally salient property?”

The most vocal pro-abortion voices at the event were obviously displeased with Mercer’s presentation, slamming him in the open forum at the end of the evening. “You didn’t even attempt to make any arguments that would convince anybody of anything,” said one activist. “You did not represent the pro-choice position at all.”

Though inviting them to e-mail him better arguments, Mercer nevertheless defended his view as the only cogent approach. He dismissed arguments based on “women’s struggle for equality” saying that that they fail to address the “moral status of the fetus,” and disagreed with approaches that claim a woman’s “right to choose” outweighs the unborn child’s “right to life,” saying that these only come into conflict in a “narrow range of cases,” such as rape.

Another pro-abortion advocate even suggested that the pro-life group had deliberately brought in a poor representative for their side, while flying Gray in from Calgary. Yet Mercer noted that he has published his arguments in national newspapers, and local pro-life advocates insist he’s been the only one willing to even debate the issue, despite efforts to find a representative through local university pro-abortion groups.


64 posted on 03/13/2011 11:25:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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This Lenten season is again time for 40 Days for Life.

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40 Days for Life launches record-shattering campaign. March 9 to April 17

40 Days for Life launches record-shattering campaign March 9

 40 Days for Life 2011

The largest ever 40 Days for Life international campaign is on the way! The campaign will run from March 9 to April 17 in 247 cites -- locations from coast to coast in the United States as well as sites in Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Georgia, Armenia and Belize.

Momentum is building - and it's on the pro-life side! Click on the map above to see the full list of cities. Then click on the one nearest you to find local information about that campaign -- and sign up on that page for important updates about 40 Days for Life -- both internationally and in your home town.

 

40 Days for Life reaches out at West Coast Walk for Life

40 Days for Life national director David Bereit, along with former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, spoke at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. The West Coast Walk for Life is a rapidly growing event that attracted a record crowd this year.

Check out this amazing video of David and Abby firing up the audience of 50,000 people.

Video at site: http://40daysforlife.com/about.cfm?selected=welcome

What 40 Days for Life has witnessed (so far!)

 40 Days for Life in Glendale, California

There have now been seven coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007.

These efforts have mobilized people of faith and conscience in 337 cities across all 50 of the United States plus six Canadian provinces, three Australian states, and communities in Northern Ireland and Denmark.

During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:

  • 1,085 individual campaigns have taken place in 337 cities
  • More than 400,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
  • More than 13,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Reports document 3,599 lives that have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about
  • 43 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
  • Nine abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
  • More than 1,200 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast ... and overseas
  • Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery

After so many years of legalized abortion, many people of faith are experiencing a renewed sense of HOPE!

 

Former Planned Parenthood manager tells all in new book

 Abby Johnson and Shawn Carney at Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas

During the 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2009, the director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas watched an ultrasound abortion. She was stunned. Within a matter of days, Abby Johnson quit her job and went to the local organization that sponsored 40 Days for Life, seeking help.

Abby Johnson now works to end abortion. As part of her effort, she's written a book called Unplanned that unveils the truth about the inner workings of Planned Parenthood.

Abby, along with 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney, appeared on the Focus on the Family radio program to tell her story. You can listen to this two-part interview online:

Focus on the Family interview Part 1
Focus on the Family interview Part 2

 

Take the leap of faith and get involved with 40 Days for Life

Have you been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet? You may ask, “What do I do?” or “What sign should I bring?” The answer is simple; the only sign you really need to bring is yourself, for you represent God’s love.

Concern about going to pray at the abortion facility is common — and normal. 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney shared some thoughts at the national Students for Life conference.

See video at http://40daysforlife.com/about.cfm?selected=welcome


65 posted on 03/13/2011 11:29:30 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Life is NEVER futile.

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Wesley J. Smith: Futile Care: Teenager Forced Off Life Support Survives to Tell the Tale

This would have been a bigger story in the USA where patients still have the right to fight these things.  In New Zealand, doctors forced a badly injured teenager–Kimberly McNeill, center in the photo at left–off of life support.  But contrary to their certainty, she didn’t die.  From the story:

A teenage girl whose life support was switched off by a New Zealand hospital against her family’s wishes defied the odds to recover and returned home this week — walking and talking. Doctors forecasted that Kimberly McNeill, 18, would never recover from her severe injuries and 15 days after being transferred to Auckland City Hospital, authorities turned off the life support machine, the New Zealand Herald reported Sunday. Defying the odds, she pulled through and this week, two months after the wreck, which nearly claimed her life, returned to her parents’ home in Napier, on New Zealand’s North Island, to continue her rehabilitation, Hawkes Bay Today reported.

Note the short time given for the girl to recover! It reminds me of the Haleigh Poutre case in Massachusetts.  She’d be dead now if doctors had had their way in a timely fashion.  She was only saved because the death bureaucratic necessities gave her time to wake up.

This is a warning.  Doctors don’t know everything.  Hospitals are not always right.  Futile care theory not only violates patient autonomy, but it could abandon some–not many, but some–to death when they might otherwise have lived.  And don’t say, “Well, these girl lived, so what’s the harm?”  The harm is that was no thanks to the futilitarians.  Indeed, Kimberly’s life was surely put at greater jeopardy by the futile care imposition, not the other way around.


66 posted on 03/13/2011 11:31:58 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Once again, the culture of death is trying to define food and water as "life support." Thankfully, it looks as thought Rachel Nyirahabiyambere will be spared.

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Immigrant left to die by starvation after Jesuit hospital decides care is too expensive


Rachel Nyirahabiyambere with two of her grandchildren in 2008.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Rwandan immigrant who survived the genocide of 1994 has now had her life cut off by starvation and dehydration, reportedly because a U.S. hospital affiliated with Georgetown University decided that caring for the woman who lost her health insurance was too expensive.

The New York Times reports that Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, a 58-year-old grandmother and refugee from war-torn Rwanda, has been denied food and water since Feb. 19 after her feeding tube was removed.

“It’s all about money,” son Jerome Ndayishimiye, 33, told the Times.

“Now we are powerless spectators, just watching our mother die,” he said. “In our culture, we would never sentence a person to die from hunger.”

Unlike the Terri Schiavo case, every one of Nyirahabiyambere’s family members has been pleading for her right to live. Since last April, Nyirahabiyambere had been severely disabled after suffering a stroke. For eight months, she had been under the care of Georgetown University Hospital, a non-profit entity run by the MedStar Health Corporation and affiliated with the eponymous Catholic university.

But the Times reports that the hospital, frustrated by the woman’s lack of insurance and inability to pay her medical bills, sought a court in Alexandria, Virginia to appoint a guardian for Nyirahabiyambere who would take the grandmother off their hands, on the basis that the family would not make a decision.

The Times reports that Nyirahabiyambere’s sons – immigrants who fled the violence in Rwanda and earned their way from menial jobs to master’s degrees – lost control of their mother’s situation when Judge Nolan B. Dawkins of Alexandria Circuit Court appointed attorney Andrea Sloan as her guardian, despite an apparent conflict of interest: Sloan was the guardian recommended by the attorney for Georgetown University Hospital, even though the family had asked for an independent attorney to represent their mother’s interests.

The Times reports that Sloan then transferred the mother to a nursing home in Millersville, Maryland. The hospital then agreed to pay the costs of nursing home care – but the financial burden assumed by Georgetown University Hospital in that situation was also shortlived. Sloan made arrangements to put Nyirahabiyambere in hospice care and have her feeding tube withdrawn, leaving her to starve to death.

Sloan explained to the Times that the family did not have a right to consume hospital resources that might be allocated to others with better chances of recovery.

“Hospitals cannot afford to allow families the time to work through their grieving process by allowing the relatives to remain hospitalized until the family reaches the acceptance stage, if that ever happens,” Andrea Sloan told the Times in an e-mail. “Generically speaking, what gives any one family or person the right to control so many scarce health care resources in a situation where the prognosis is poor, and to the detriment of others who may actually benefit from them?”

The Times reports that one of Nyirahabiyambere sons protested in a letter to Sloan that “Ending someone’s life by hunger is morally wrong and unrecognized in the culture of the people of Rwanda.”

Sloan, however, responded that she was trying to understand “your culture” and asked flippantly, “Feeding tubes are not part of your culture, are they?”

She said that unless they could prove their mother would like to live “with a feeding tube, in diapers, with no communication with anyone and in a nursing home” that she would not reinstate the feeding tube.

The Times notes that Nyirahabiyambere, the wife of a Baptist minister, came to the United States after surviving the horrors of the Rwandan genocide and violence in refugee camps that divided her family, made her a widow, and forced her to survive in the jungle for a time. Her sons, who became U.S. citizens, brought her to America, where she found work that gave her health care benefits.

Nyirahabiyambere, however, lost her health insurance because she left her job to follow her oldest son to Virginia and help take care of his grandchildren. Generally, U.S. health insurance is employer-based, and not portable for an individual that switches jobs.

Georgetown University Hospital, which says on its website that they provide “physicial and spiritual comfort to patients and families in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis – care of the person,” declined to tell the Times why they had washed their hands of Nyirahabiyambere’s case and omitted to intervene in Sloan’s course of action.

LifeSiteNews.com contacted the Maryland nursing home Wednesday where Nyirahabiyambere resided, but a spokeswoman said no one would be able to talk about her case, or even confirm if she were alive or dead.

Bobby Schinder of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network told LSN that he was trying to establish contact with the family, but admitted that at this late stage there might be little that could be done.

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BREAKING: Feeding tube restored to immigrant woman unable to pay Jesuit hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Rwandan immigrant woman and survivor of the horrors of the 1994 genocide who had her feeding tube removed because a U.S. Catholic-affiliated hospital deemed her care too expensive, apparently will not die of starvation and dehydration thanks to a court order and the efforts of her children.

Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, a 58-year-old grandmother and refugee from war-torn Rwanda, had been denied food and water since Feb. 19 after her feeding tube was removed by order of her court-appointed guardian. Now 21 days later and still alive, another court has ordered Rachel’s feeding tube reinserted at the request of her family’s new legal counsel.

Rachel’s family has sought legal assistance from the Alliance Defense Fund, which has intervened in the case, against Rachel’s court-appointed guardian, who was appointed at the behest of Georgetown University Hospital.

The New York Times first broke the plight of Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, a Rwandan grandmother, who once had to survive in the jungle in order to escape the genocide and later the violence in the refugee camps. Rachel’s sons immigrated to the United States as refugees, where they worked their way up from menial jobs to obtain masters degrees.

Rachel’s sons brought her to the United States, where she found work that gave her health care benefits, but she lost those benefits by leaving her job to follow her oldest son to Virginia and help take care of his grandchildren. Generally, U.S. health insurance is employer-based, and not portable for an individual that switches jobs.

Rachel was thus without insurance when suffered a severely disabling stroke. She was cared for by Georgetown University Hospital without remuneration for eight months, until the hospital convinced a court in December to remove guardianship from the family to a lawyer recommended by the hospital’s attorney.

Andrea Sloan took over as Rachel’s guardian, and removed Rachel to a nursing home in Millersville, Maryland. The Times reported that the hospital then offered to pay for Rachel’s nursing home care, but had never extended this offer to Rachel’s family before Sloan took over as guardian.

Sloan then decided to remove Rachel’s feeding tube on the basis that Rachel was consuming too many health care resources to stay alive.

She explained her reasoning for having the feeding tube removed to the Times in an e-mail: “Generically speaking, what gives any one family or person the right to control so many scarce health care resources in a situation where the prognosis is poor, and to the detriment of others who may actually benefit from them?”

Developing …

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Wesley J. Smith: Alliance Defense Fund Saves Lives of the Medically Vulnerable

I reported on Friday that Rachael Nyirahaabiyambere was back on a feeding tube by court order. I can now report that the ADF has–once again–leaped into the breach to help a family whose loved one was threatened with dehydration–just as it did in the Jesse Ramirez case.  In doing so, it has attempted to bring a modicum of equal justice to Nyirahabiyambrere and her family in the outrageous dehydration of the African immigrant.  From the story:

A judge ordered Friday that a Rwandan immigrant whose feeding tube was removed three weeks ago against her family’s wishes be given nutrition and hydration immediately. Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, 59, who has been in a vegetative state since suffering a major stroke, lay close to death in a Maryland nursing home early Friday, said her son, Jerome Ndayishimiye. Her family had felt powerless to save her after a court-appointed guardian ordered her feeding tube removed; the guardian, Andrea J. Sloan, believed that Ms. Nyirahabiyambere should be receiving only palliative care because she was “profoundly vegetative” and had no chance of recovery. After The New York Times published an article about her case, the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal alliance, petitioned Judge Nolan B. Dawkins of Alexandria Circuit Court on behalf of her children. He ordered her feeding tube reinstated while the legal issues were weighed.

Nyirahabiyambere is near death because she was denied basic sustenance for more than two weeks.  Do that to a dog, and you go to jail.  Do it to someone with a profound cognitive disability, and it is called bioethics.

Moreover, the only reason Sloan was the guardian in the first place was Georgetown University Hospital’s lawsuit that removed decision making authority from Nyirahabiyambere’s blood family.  Moreover, Sloan told the reporter in the original NYT story, that part of her decision  making process involved the cost to society for her ward’s care.  As I pointed out in my original post–that wasn’t her job.  Making matters even more unjust, the family specifically asked the judge in the original guardianship case to appoint a lawyer for their mother–and he refused!

Had justice been done in the first place, Nyirahabiyambere would almost surely not have never been denied sustenance while a real case was litigated in the courts. Instead, she and her family received kangaroo court style justice and the bum’s rush–until the ADF rode to the rescue.

I can also report that the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network has been helpful to the family behind the scenes.

These life and death dramas involving the medically vulnerable are arising with increasing frequency, and certainly not all of them make the news or Secondhand Smoke. In such cases, the ADF and the Schiavo Network are often the advocates of last resort for people whose loved ones are threatened with being discarded.


67 posted on 03/13/2011 11:37:48 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Baby Joseph Updates

I cannot begin to imagine what Baby Joseph's parents are enduring. It appears that there is reason to hope, but, as we learned with Terri, that can change at any moment.

Threads by RedMDer and me.

Father Frank Pavone: Release Baby Joseph's Medical Records!

As I'm sure you know, the now-famous case of Baby Joseph in Canada is becoming critical. He could die in the next couple of weeks if his breathing tube is removed as the hospital and the government intend.

Baby Joseph is only 13 months old and often has difficulty breathing on his own. He needs a procedure called a tracheostomy in order to go home and live under his parents' care. However, the Canadian health care system is refusing to let the family take care of their son -- even though hospitals in the United States have privately said that they would take Joseph in and give him the tracheostomy he needs to survive. U.S. doctors and hospitals who are now familiar with the case are appalled that Baby Joseph hadn't received the tracheostomy 3 or 4 months ago rather than make the baby suffer all this time.

Baby Joseph's parents are pleading with the world for a hospital with the courage to step forward and accept their son for evaluation and treatment. Priests For Life has even agreed to supply medical air transport to and from the facilities. We will support the cost of the hospitalization and after-care including nursing. Home ventilators have also been donated to maintain Baby Joseph if needed.

There are U.S. physicians in Michigan willing to oversee Baby Joseph's outpatient care and assist in weaning him off the home ventilator should it be necessary.

We have yet to find one facility that said it would not perform the tracheostomy on Baby Joseph.

The real problem is that health care providers in the U.S. need Baby Joseph's medical records -- but the Canadian authorities are refusing to release them.

Therefore, I need your help to continue to contact the Canadian authorities so that a proper and humane solution to this problem can be found. We have recently discovered that Canadian law requires the hospital to release these records to Baby Joseph's parents upon request. And to date, they have refused.

This is what is preventing hospitals in the United States from being able to accept Baby Joseph. We need those medical records! And we need them now!

Therefore, I urge you to click here and send an email to the Canadian officials who oversee the London, Ontario hospital requesting that the medical records be released immediately.

We are continuing our search for a hospital in the United States to take Baby Joseph, and they won't do that without the records.

So please send an email to the Canadian authorities -- and at the same time say a strong prayer for Baby Joseph and his parents. Time is running out, so please act now.

Again all you need to do is click on this link and action can be taken in this life-or-death case.

And while you're on your computer, please forward this urgent email to everyone you know, and we may have a strong chance of saving Baby Joseph from a cruel death.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

P.S. There are currently many false reports and rumors in the media that Baby Joseph is in a persistent vegetative state. He's not. He's only 13 months old, and simply isn't getting the care he needs. Any baby would suffer if not given proper care. So please don't listen to the same kind of lies and distortions that caused Terri Schiavo's untimely death.

This is why it so important that the medical records are released so the truth can come out.

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BREAKING: Baby Joseph’s family to appeal, while U.S. hospitals have agreed to take over care

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.

LONDON, Ontario, March 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The new Canadian lawyer for dying one-year-old Joseph Maraachli, whose doctors are seeking to remove his ventilator against his parents’ wishes, announced today that the family will take the case to Ontario’s highest court.

“I’ve been retained to file an appeal to the notice of appeal to the decision of the superior court,” Windsor lawyer Claudio Martini, who the family hired over the weekend, told the Windsor Star on Tuesday.  “I will be filing the appeal in the next day or so.”

The Ontario Court of Appeal will be asked to rule on the February 17th decision of Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Rady, who backed the doctors’ decision to take Joseph off life support.

The family has also retained the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a constitutional law firm, to explore options to get their son medical treatment in the United States. The family hopes to find a hospital to perform a tracheostomy which will allow them to take Joseph home.

Priests for Life has said they have a jet standing by to fly Joseph and his family to a U.S. hospital as soon as possible.  Fr. Frank Pavone, the organization’s national director, revealed Monday that physicians in Michigan have agreed to oversee Joseph’s outpatient care and help wean him off the home ventilator if necessary.  “We have yet to find one facility that said it would not perform the tracheostomy on Baby Joseph,” he said.

“The real problem is that health care providers in the U.S. need Baby Joseph’s medical records - but the Canadian authorities are refusing to release them,” Fr. Pavone said.

Joseph suffers from a severe neurological disorder, but his specific condition remains undiagnosed.  The Maraachli’s daughter Zina died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case they took her home after doctors performed a tracheostomy.

Dr. Paul Byrne, a fifty-year veteran in the field of neonatology based in Ohio, has said that Joseph should have had a tracheostomy “a long time ago.”  He also insisted that he has never seen a need to remove a child’s ventilator, saying that “if a baby has a disease process that’s so bad that they’re going to die, then they die on the ventilator anyway.”

The family has not requested a home ventilator, though two have been donated.  In Zina’s case, she was taken off the ventilator and lived for 6 months with the family suctioning mucus when necessary.

After the Superior Court ruling, the hospital had appeared set to remove Joseph’s ventilator on February 21st, but that was delayed when their previous lawyer, Mark Handelman, made clear to the family that they could refuse.

Justice Rady’s decision was based on doctors’ testimony that he is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex.  But the family has contested that claim, pointing to footage showing him flailing and reacting to tickling.

The hospital is now asking Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian to intervene and allow them to take Joseph off his ventilator, after the parents have continued to refuse consent.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, has warned that the court decision facilitates a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.  He has said he believes it is far worse than the “death panels” recently debated in the U.S. as part of the federal health care law.

“It’s the hospitals and the doctors once again usurping their power over the people,” he said.  “That’s what’s happening.  And they have significant power - they have the money and the courts behind them.  It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Over 14,000 people have rallied behind the parents through the Facebook page “Save baby Joseph”.

To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.


Contact Information:

Bonnie Adamson

President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5W9
Phone: 519-685-8462
E-mail: bonnie.adamson@lhsc.on.ca

Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park

Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745
E-mail: Use this form.

Tim Hudak, Opposition Leader
The Ontario PC Party
19 Duncan Street
Suite 401

Toronto, ON M5H 3H1
Phone: 416-861-0020
Toll-free: 1-800-903-6453
Fax: 416-861-9593
Email: tim.hudakco@pc.ola.org

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Let's acknowledge the plight of baby Joseph

First, kudos to Windsor Star reporter Sonja Puzic for her accurate and sensitive work on keeping Windsorites up-to-date on this heartbreaking story of Baby Joseph Maraachli and his parents.

Thanks as well to Anne Jarvis for her insightful column looking carefully at both sides of a highly controversial issue in the March 4 edition of our newspaper.

It is obvious through media pictures and reporting that little Joseph has had exemplary care given by highly qualified professionals (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, etc.) in Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. He appears well nourished, provided with breathing support by ventilator and surrounded by love.

The central issue surrounding the baby's care is the parents desire to bring their baby son back home to die. Media reports have indicated that the parents believe that a tracheotomy would support their infant son's breathing.

This is a surgical procedure that opens the throat into the trachea (breathing tube). A device called a cannula is secured in place to ensure an opening for breathing.

However it does not ensure that normal, spontaneous breathing will occur.

Moe, the baby's father, told me: "Our first child (with the same neurodegenerative disorder) had a tracheotomy and we took care of her at home."

He also stated: "We managed this tracheotomy without a problem or infection for six months prior to her death."

They also were able to suction and maintain the cleanliness of the tubing. Their baby girl died quietly in their arms. They want the same for their infant son.

Unlike their daughter's situation, Baby Joseph's appears more difficult. His breathing has been maintained on a ventilator since October 2010. According to standard procedure, the hospital indicates that attempts at "weaning" Joseph off the ventilator have been made, but were unsuccessful.

This could be due to degen-erative damage to the breathing centre of the brain, a loss of muscle support in the chest wall and/or other complications.

Unfortunately, the baby needs support to breathe by the use of mechanical ventilation. It is highly unlikely that little Joseph could breathe on his own 24 hours a day. Therefore a ventilator is needed whether or not a tracheotomy is done. Having a tracheotomy in place may not keep Baby Joseph breathing on his own.

It would seem to me that undergoing a tracheotomy at this time, would be an additional trauma and burden for Baby Joseph. Experts in the field of ventilatory assistance have provided feedback regarding the tremendous difficulties in attempting to remove longterm ventilation for infants and adults, depending on the underlying disease.

In efforts to bring Baby Joseph home, there have been concerned professionals who have made themselves available to the parents. One item not reported is the existence of two infant, portable respirators for Joseph's use.

Instructions for the parents on how to care for the baby on the portable ventilator would be provided and followed. This would allow the infant to have his breathing supported at home.

At this point, Children's Hospital could bring the infant home with a doctor and nurse present as they have suggested. Baby Joseph could then be switched to the portable ventilator and mom and dad could have their son at home.

Fifty-four years ago, my first son was born with a congenital abnormality that was considered inoperable. Thomas Andrew came home to die. Yes there was agony, but the comfort to me then and even now after all these years, is that he died at home surrounded and supported by a loving, extended family.

So, I hear the heartfelt cries of these grief-struck parents.

As a community, we should be doing everything in our power to acknowledge the plight of Baby Joseph and his family. Let's try to bring him home where he can die with dignity, in the arms of his family.

We would have to recognize and support the multitude of difficulties that his care would entail.

There are answers. The citizens of Windsor always seem to have them when it comes to caring for their own.

Jean Echlin lives in Windsor and is an independent nurse consultant in palliative care and gerontology.

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Baby Joseph transfer could be imminent

An American hospital has asked to treat Baby Joseph and a transfer was expected to begin as soon as the weekend, The Free Press has learned.

The U.S. hospital, its identity not publicly disclosed, made the request Friday through lawyer Claudio Martini, who represents the parents of the dying Windsor infant who's been at a London hospital since last fall.

"(The American hospital) is ready, able and willing to accept Joseph," Martini said.

Martini said he trusted that London hospital officials were responding in good faith and that a transfer was imminent.

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

68 posted on 03/13/2011 11:48:16 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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FNC just said (Geraldo garbled it) that baby Joseph has been transferred to the US. I’m trying to confirm that.


69 posted on 03/13/2011 8:30:05 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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I just read this on Twitter!

“Baby Joseph Gets Second Chance at U.S. Hospital: http://fxn.ws/eDr6DA


70 posted on 03/13/2011 10:08:49 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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“EXCLUSIVE: The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests For Life.

Joseph Maraachli, 13 months old, who is currently kept alive by a respirator and was recently denied a transfer to a Michigan hospital to undergo a tracheotomy, is en route tonight to the U.S. with Fr. Frank Pavone, the director.”

excerpt http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/13/baby-joseph-gets-second-chance-life/

Thank you dear God!


71 posted on 03/13/2011 10:23:40 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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From Father Pavone, on Twitter:

“I am with Baby Joseph right now in the USA in ambulance en route to hospital... He is doing GREAT!”

http://twitter.com/frfrankpavone


72 posted on 03/13/2011 10:35:22 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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This Day in History:
March 18, 2005: Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed.


73 posted on 03/18/2011 5:57:49 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ √ě)
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Day One

Congressional Intervention Fails to Spare Terri Schiavo

March 18, 2005, Day 1 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. The next two-weeks, Terri's Network will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those 13 horrific days. We offer this not only in regard for Terri's memory, but as a reminder that at this moment, countless others are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

From March 18, 2005 (WND) - Doctors removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube carrying out her estranged husband's requested court order allowing the brain-damaged woman to starve to death over the objections of her parents. Barring an intervention, Terri Schiavo is expected to live another week to 10 days. (continue reading ...)

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


74 posted on 03/18/2011 6:15:19 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I can not bear to remember Terri’s murder. I was deeply affected by it. I did everything I could possibly do, called everyone I could. I fasted and prayed, I protested, held signs, handed out flyers.

I am still sickened at the failure of the authorities to look at the facts of her life, and instead assume the forgone conclusion that Terri was in fact “brain dead” and “would have wanted to die”. They killed an innocent very loved woman because they refused to consider evidence to the contrary of their own bias. No argument against their preconcieved notions could sway the authorities against poor Terri’s death.

I find that a lot in Americans. About many subjects.

It was then that I realised that our nation was lost. No one listens and no one cares about the truth. They are puffed up in their own prideful ideas and the lives of others don’t matter to them. This woman didn’t mean anything to them! She was nothing. It was their ideology which was most important. Well, the Lord WILL judge them for it.

Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping us informed and updated on similar situations. God Bless you.


75 posted on 03/18/2011 11:08:24 AM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: floriduh voter

What?


76 posted on 03/18/2011 11:12:00 AM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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It was then that I realised that our nation was lost.

You are very right.

A nation that allows the murder of the innocent via judicial mandate has lost its moral authority.

77 posted on 03/18/2011 11:20:01 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It was a dark day in our history.

And this evil continues.


78 posted on 03/18/2011 4:05:46 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: wagglebee

Journalist Pinki Virani
Exactly why is it this woman’s business?


79 posted on 03/18/2011 4:12:48 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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Last time I checked, dead people couldn’t eat. If they are putting food in her mouth and she us eating, I am going to assume she’s still alive.


80 posted on 03/18/2011 4:14:06 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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Day Two
 
Schiavo's Feeding Stops

March 19, 2005, Day 2 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. The next two-weeks, Terri's Network will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those 13 horrific days. We offer this not only in regard for Terri's memory, but as a reminder that at this moment, countless others are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

From March 19, 2005 (Tampa Tribune) - Even U.S. marshals armed with congressional subpoenas could not stop the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube Friday. The fight to keep the brain-damaged woman alive, however, is not over, federal lawmakers and Schiavo's parents said. (continue reading . . .)

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


81 posted on 03/19/2011 1:24:30 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

82 posted on 03/20/2011 8:13:28 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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Couldn’t agree more!!


83 posted on 03/20/2011 8:16:34 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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This "bishop" is a fraud and needs to be defrocked.

Thread by topher.

Catholic priest who finances abortions remains unpunished by bishop

BARCELONA, March 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For three years, the Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona has refused to act against a priest in his diocese who boasts openly of having financed abortions.

Now, the priest is a subject of a new book in Catalonian, “Fr. Manel: Closer to earth than to heaven”, which describes the ever-growing popularity of his charitable work with Spanish celebrities.  In addition to repeating his claim of having paid for abortions, Fr. Manel Pousa says he has performed “blessings” of homosexual unions, and endorses the creation of female “priests”, according to reports in the Spanish media.

He also states that he regards clerical celibacy as optional, and says he has a girlfriend—but claims that their relationship is celibate.

Although Pousa has never retracted any of his statements, his prelate, Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, has only given Manel a verbal “warning”, leaving him in his place to continue his leadership of his parish and his other activities.

The controversy about Pousa began in 2008, when the Spanish website Religion en Libertad (Religion in Liberty) first published in Spanish a quote from an interview given by the priest, in which he said: “What interests me is the person.  It is true that there are ethical principles, but there are reasons, that, for example, lead certain women to have an abortion.  I have paid for abortions.  And the Spanish Episcopal Conference doesn’t realize that the Gospel doesn’t condemn, but rather offers liberating measures.”

In the new book on Pousa, the priest admits to paying for at least one abortion, and appears to defy the Church authorities, claiming that “I am as much the Church as the pope or the bishop.”

“It may be that what I say sounds bad to the extreme right,” continues Pousa, “but those people are not going to distance me from the Church, an institution where I have been received by extraordinary people.  We may have frictions, like all families do, and the Church is my family.”

The Catholic Church condemns homosexual unions and teaches that abortion, which takes the life of an unborn child, is the equivalent of murder. Those who assist in an abortion are automatically excommunicated under Church law.

“The excommunication applies to all of those who commit this crime knowing the penalty, including those accomplices without whose cooperation the crime would not have been produced,” wrote Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter “The Gospel of Life,” in 1995.

Pousa is a celebrity in ultra-liberal Catalonia, where he has won the Solidarity Prize from the Catalonian Institute of Human Rights.

Cardinal Martínez Sistach has reportedly scheduled another meeting with the priest, although the outcome has not been reported.

The Pousa scandal follows on the heels of revelations in September of last year that Catholic hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Barcelona were performing abortions and distributing the deadly abortion drug, RU-486.

Contact information:

His Eminence Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re

Prefect, Congregation for Bishops
Piazza Pio XII 10
00193 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011-3906-6988-4217
fax: 011-3906-6988-5303

His Eminence Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M.
Prefect

The Congregation for the Clergy
Piazza Pio XII 3
00l93 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.4l.5l
Fax: 011.3906.69.88.48.45
www.clerus.org

Cardinal William J. Levada.

Prefect for The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”
Piazza del S. Uffizio ll
00l93 Rome Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.33.57
phone: 011.3906.69.88.34.13
fax: 011.3906.69.88.34.09
email: cdf@cfaith.va

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI
benedictxvi@vatican.va


84 posted on 03/20/2011 10:05:31 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Here come the death panels.

Thread by me.

Proposed Futile Care Hospital Policy Would Allow Committees to Overrule Patient Advance Directives

For years we have been told bioethics promotes patient autonomy.  Want to refuse care even though you die, and the health care team disagrees?  AUTONOMY!  Want assisted suicide?  AUTONOMY!  Want to use every novel IVF procedure available to have a biologically related child?  AUTONOMY!  You want your life extended by intensive care and you so state in a living will or other advance directive?  AUTONOMY–NOT!

My nearly twenty years as a critic of bioethics has convinced me that the field is not really about autonomy.  Rather, it is about engineering proper outcomes as the reigning bioethical view determines them to be.  If autonomy gets that accomplished, great.  Bioethics loves “choice.”  If not, well, so much for autonomy.

Thus, a paper about to be published in the Journal of Law and Medicine promoting a model futile care hospital protocol argues that patients and surrogates be made aware that the hospital has ultimate decision making authority:   From Addressing Inappropriate Care Provision at the End of Life: A Policy Proposal for Hospitals:”

To provide for substantive reform, any proposed public policy or internal health care entity effort should address how best to:
4. Ensure that the patient or their surrogate understands the physician and health care facility have decision-making options regarding continuation of treatment (my emphasis).
5. Facilitate understanding, either through ethics committees, or special communication teams, between the patient/surrogate and the physician/health care facility regarding how the patient’s treatment decisions are made and how the health care facility manages patients in end-of-life-care situations.

In the end, #s 4 and 5 above give final power to the hospital rather than the surrogate or patient.  And make no mistake, this is about money:

Medically futile care creates challenges for hospitals attempting to provide effective and efficient care in a world of limited resources.

And it presumes to dictate that extending life–when that is what the patient/surrogates want–is not a medical benefit:

Further, although not all end-of-life care is inappropriate, some end-of-life medical treatment can be futile because the treatment will not result in any benefit for the patient and in some cases the patient would not have sought out such treatment had the patient been physically able to make the determination.

Don’t be fooled by language about treatment the patient wouldn’t want.  The model policy would permit ethics committees to overrule a patient’s advance directive. Here’s what the article says should happen if the medical team or hospital ethics committee disagrees with a patient’s advance directive wanting care.  If an informal process doesn’t achieve agreement, a formal ethics committee hearing is to be commenced:

• The patient or proxy should be provided at least 24 hours notice of the meeting of the committee.
• The patient’s physician should attend the meeting to explain the treatment options, with the patient/proxy in attendance, but then should be excused in order for the committee to discuss the particulars with the patient/proxy. The patient/proxy shall be permitted to ask questions of the physician during this time.
• The patient/proxy and the physician should be provided with the conclusions of the ethics committee, if a decision is reached…

Notice there is no provision for a formal record, no formal due process, no requirement to maintain accurate records of what was discussed at the meeting, no requirement for the committee to set forth its reasons, etc.  In other words, an opaque and secretive process.

And if the family disagrees with the bioethics committee’s dictat?

If the ethics committee conclusions are consistent with the treating physician’s request, and the patient/proxy continues to disagree with such a determination, the physician must relinquish his or her responsibility for the patient’s care, and/or assist in the transfer of the patient to a physician who is willing to comply with the patient’s wishes, or, if required by law, must assist with the patient’s transfer to an alternative care setting within the health care facility or to a different facility.

And what happens if no other facility will take the patient?  Hospitals increasingly either sue or refuse treatment unless directed otherwise by a court–meaning the patient surrogate has to sue.

Quality of life futile care theory imposes bioethical/hospital/doctor subjective values on patients and their families. Care isn’t deemed futile because it doesn’t work, but because it does.  Hence, it is the patient being declared futile.

Good communication is important and I support ethics committees which work diligently to help people work through difficult circumstances.  But they should not be given ultimate decision making authority.  But no internal process should be allowed to make life and death decisions that overrule end-of-life desires of patients and their duly appointed surrogates. And this is particularly true, given the general unequal power and daunting institutional culture that can permeate hospital ethics committee deliberations.


85 posted on 03/20/2011 10:08:54 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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40 Days for Life TERRIFIES the left.

Thread by topher.

Breaking: Firebomb thrown at elderly pro-life activist at 40 Days vigil

March 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A homemade “bomb” akin to a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an elderly pro-life activist during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil yesterday, March 17. The attack took place at around 6:15 p.m., near the All Family Health Care abortion center in Kalispell, Montana, according to the Thomas More Society (TMS)

According to Karen Trierweiler, coordinator of the 40 Days prayer vigils in Kalispell, the device was thrown at one of the vigil participants, an elderly retired woman, by an unidentified assailant as she walked on the public sidewalk near the abortion facility.

The victim did not see the thrower, nor did she see the device before it exploded on the sidewalk behind her, making a loud popping noise as it burst into flame. The victim was unhurt.

The victim then called Trierweiler to the scene, who called the police.

According to the TMS, which has filed a complaint with the FBI about the incident, a Kalispell police officer arrived only after a lengthy delay. The Society reports the police officer told the 40 Days prayer vigil participants that they should expect this kind of reaction if they’re out protesting.

“We are appalled by this terrible act of violence, while we’re immensely grateful that God’s grace spared this valiant pro-lifer any serious injury,” said Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society.

Brejcha, however, took issue with the handling of the affair by the Kalispell police officer, calling his reaction “equally appalling, indeed outrageous.” Brejcha said they would be filing a disciplinary complaint against the officer and a desk sergeant who was also unhelpful. 

“We expect much better from the FBI,” he said, “and we will pursue the matter to the very highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice if this case is not investigated promptly and vigorously and - once the assailant is identified and apprehended - prosecuted to the hilt.”

Trierweiler also reported that an eyewitness has stepped forward, who was not part of the 40 Days campaign, but rather a passerby, who saw the incident occur and who may be able to help the FBI track down the bomb thrower.


86 posted on 03/20/2011 10:11:28 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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This is exploitation and murder of the elderly and disabled, it IS NOT "dignity"!

Thread by RnMomof7.

Washington state reports 51 assisted-suicide deaths from 2010

WASHINGTON (BP)--Washington state reported 51 deaths from physician-assisted suicide in 2010, its first full year after legalizing the practice.

In 2009, at least 36 deaths by means of assisted suicide were reported, but those occurred in less than 10 months.

The Washington Department of Health reported March 10 that 87 prescriptions were written in 2010 for a lethal dose of drugs to be used in assisted suicides. The deaths of 72 recipients of the prescriptions were reported, but 21 of the recipients passed away without using the drugs.

The two leading concerns expressed by those receiving the fatal prescriptions were a loss of autonomy, 90 percent, and a declining ability to take part in activities that make life enjoyable, 87 percent.

Margaret Dore, a Seattle lawyer who specializes in elder care, said the law legalizing assisted suicide is "a recipe for abuse."

"Washington’s report, which does not even address whether administration of the lethal dose was voluntary, does nothing to alleviate this concern," Dore wrote in a LifeNews.com analysis. "The information provided is inherently unreliable."

Two others states -- Oregon and Montana -- have legalized assisted suicide. Oregon reported a record 65 deaths by assisted suicide in 2010. It has recorded 525 such deaths since the practice was legalized in 1997. Montana has not released a report for 2010, its first year after legalization.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Senate approved legislation March 11 making clear that assisted suicide is against the law, The Idaho Statesman reported. Senators voted 31-2 for the bill. The House of Representatives has yet to act on the proposal.

(Excerpt) Read more at bpnews.net ...


87 posted on 03/20/2011 10:14:54 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Baby Joseph Updates

It has occurred to me this week that we learned a lot from Terri's murder and the biggest thing was to avoid letting the media create a frenzy and set the agenda.

It is profoundly heartwarming to me that, as we reflect on the days of Terri's murder, Father Frank Pavone, the Schindlers and many other pro-lifers preserved Terri's Legacy by saving Baby Joseph.

Threads by NYer, RedMDer and me.

Baby Joseph flown to U.S. hospital

LONDON, Ont. - A dying Windsor, Ont., infant's five-month odyssey in the spotlight took a dramatic turn Sunday, when his parents accepted an offer to fly him to the U.S. against the advice of a London, Ont., hospital.

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Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Leads Covert Mission to Rescue Baby Joseph


Baby Joseph being put on the plane for transport to the United States

STATEN ISLAND, March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under cover of darkness, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, arrived in Ontario, Canada, Sunday night to rescue Baby Joseph Maraachli from the London Health Sciences Centre. For two weeks, doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario, have been delaying the baby's transfer to a hospital where efforts to save his life will not be officially labeled "futile."

"I knew, after this dragged on day after day, that I needed to be here myself to get Baby Joseph to safety," said Father Pavone. "He needs to be in a hospital that cherishes life over the bottom line. After around-the-clock negotiations, this really became a race against time." Father Pavone was accompanied by Priests for Life staff, who were there to assure the transfer proceeded smoothly.

Baby Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were flown with Father Pavone to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., on a specially equipped air ambulance provided by Michigan-based Kalitta Charters, and sponsored and paid for by the New York City-based Priests for Life.

"If there is a chance this boy can live, we have to explore every option," said Father Pavone, who was to arrive back home in New York earlier today after weekend speaking engagements in Cleveland. Instead, he flew to Detroit and then on to Canada, vowing not to leave the country until he had Baby Joseph and his father with him.

"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said of the nighttime rescue mission. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."

Father Pavone said Baby Joseph's transfer was accomplished through the efforts of a number of people, including his parents; family spokesman Sam Sansalone; family attorney Claudio Martini; Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dr. Martin McCaffrey, a neonatologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Medical School; the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., and attorney CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law and Justice, also in D.C. Father Frank also thanked the many other Canadian pro-life groups and individuals who have been consistent and heroic in their advocacy for Baby Joseph and for all the vulnerable.

"We are united across national boundaries to continue to work together for a Culture of Life," Father Pavone said.

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center opened in 1956 and was named in memory of Cardinal John Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis from 1903 until his death in 1946. The hospital was a fulfillment of Cardinal Glennon's vision of a health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care. The hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, which is run by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The system has 19 acute-care hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Fox News Article: EXCLUSIVE: 'Baby Joseph' Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S.

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Watch a video of Fr. Pavone with Baby Joseph

ST. LOUIS -- A video just released by Priests for Life shows Father Frank Pavone, national director, interacting with Baby Joseph Maraachli in his hospital room at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center here. The video shows the baby moving his hands and rolling in his bed. The hospital in Ontario, Canada, where he had been a patient since October, declared that the baby was in a persistent vegetative state, but doctors at Cardinal Glennon have told Father Pavone that he is primarily breathing on his own and is responding to touch. "Hospital officials were very, very happy," Father Pavone said today.

Video: Fr. Frank Pavone with Baby Joseph in St Louis Hospital

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Baby Joseph Maraachli to Get Tracheotomy Today or Tomorrow

Baby Joseph Maraachli, the 14-month-old Canadian infant who was denied the medical procedure in his country, will get a tracheotomy either today or tomorrow that will allow the child to live another 6 months.

Joseph was rescued late Sunday from the Canadian hospital by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who paid for a private specialized medical plane to take the boy to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri so he could have the medical procedure before his parents take him home, where he will likely die soon from a degenerative neurological condition.

A team of specialists at the Catholic hospital have evaluated Joseph, who was “in serious but stable condition,” on arrival from London, Ontario Health Sciences Centre. In a statement released earlier this week, Dr. Robert Wilmott, Cardinal Glennon Hospital’s chief of pediatrics, said Joseph “likely will have a tracheotomy performed by the end of this week to facilitate his transition to a skilled nursing facility.”

His parents want the tracheotomy done so he can die at home with his parents and family rather than at a hospital. Dr. Robert Wilmott, Cardinal Glennon Hospital’s chief of pediatrics, said Joseph “likely will have a tracheotomy performed by the end of this week to facilitate his transition to a skilled nursing facility.”

The terminally ill child is expected to get the procedure done either today or tomorrow and Moe Maraachli, Joseph’s father, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he just wants to take his son home “and let him breathe.”

“Let me take him home and let him breathe. If he will die, he will die because he’s sick, naturally,” he said. “I fight for him because that’s my job for my son. He’s never given up, because I’ve never given up.”

Meanwhile, Moe says he plans to catalog the events of what has happened with Jospeh for a potential book that can help other parents of disabled children learn how they can fight for proper medical care and treatment for their little ones.

Pavone talked about the rationale behind helping the infant.

“We’re not saying that people should be kept alive at any cost. Nor are we saying that there’s any specific treatment plan here that we’re imposing,” Pavone said. “What we’re saying is ‘Give the baby reasonable care and listen to the parents who want to give the baby a second chance in an American hospital.”

The family of Terri Schiavo understands the plight of a patient denied medical care and Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler has been helping Joseph’s parents get him to the United States from Canada. He applauded the rescue and is glad Joseph will be receiving proper care.

“This is a great victory for Baby Joseph, his family and for all the people and organizations that were committed to helping this precious child,” he said. “I’m just delighted that a groundswell of support began once we met with the family in Canada, and thankfully, Priests for Life followed with their help. Not only is this significant for this child but for all the medically dependent whose lives are at risk of health care rationing.”

Schindler added: “Baby Joseph was hours from being pulled off life support at LHSC before his situation made national headlines, forcing the hospital to cease its efforts to end the baby’s life. Fortunately, through the advocacy of various organizations and countless people, Baby Joseph was transferred to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.”

Joseph has been at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, since October with a rare deteriorating condition that is not improving. The doctors who have cared for him want to remove his breathing tube but Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader took their battle to court to allow the tube to be removed at home, so the boy can die surrounded by his family.

A Superior Court judge in London, Ontario, dismissed the request of the Canadian couple to overturn a decision requiring the removal of their baby’s breathing tube in a hospital instead of at home.

Joseph cannot breathe on his own since he suffers from a severe and fatal neurological disorder. His sister, Zina, suffered from a similar condition and died years ago.

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Father Frank Pavone: Who is Baby Joseph Maraachli and Why Should I Care?

The world has taken notice of a 14-month old baby from Canada whose family has been fighting the medical establishment since October to help their child breathe. Moe and Sana Maraachli were refused a tracheotomy for their son because the apparently fatal neurological disease that the child has renders further intervention “futile.”

Working with many others, we at Priests for Life arranged to have the baby transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St Louis, and I went on the medical jet to pick up the baby and his father on Sunday night March 13. Now, the child has another chance at getting better care, and the family another chance at maximizing the time they can spend with their child.

A lot of media has accompanied the event. One reporter who was not too interested in covering the story asked, “Who the hell is Baby Joseph and why should I care?”

The short answer is, Baby Joseph is all of us.

After all, the problem underlying this case is not simply one particular hospital or the Canadian medical system. The problem is a philosophy of life that says that how valuable you are depends on how well you function. The problem is a philosophy of medicine that says that if someone is going to die anyway, there’s no benefit in prolonging life. The problem is a philosophy of suffering that says we can actually determine what somebody else’s level of happiness is, and measure their misery, and that if they don’t have the good sense to eliminate it, we can step in and do so against their wishes.

If we don’t think that we and our loved ones will be affected by this philosophy when it comes to our own medical challenges and decisions, we should think again. It’s happening every day, often with subtle or not so subtle pressure from medical professionals, who, instead of rendering medical judgments, render value judgments. Doctors are not supposed to judge for us the “meaning” or “value” of extending the life of a loved one, or our own life. Rather, they are supposed to judge for us whether a particular treatment or intervention will have certain effects on a loved one or on us. They need to leave it to us, in consultation with our family and clergy, to determine what meaning or value we find in the situation.

This is what the parents of Baby Joseph, together with Priests for Life and many others, are trying to say. Baby Joseph’s parents, who want to care for him no matter how long or short his life may be, were told that this life wasn’t worth extending. It’s time to draw a line in the sand and tell the medical profession that this is not their role. “Life not worth living” belongs to a philosophy that led to one of the world’s greatest holocausts, which ended with the declaration “Never Again.”

Our efforts on behalf of Baby Joseph can actually be summarized by those two words.

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Wesley J. Smith: Peter Singer Predictably Against Parents in “Baby Joseph” Futile Care Case

We have discussed the Baby Joseph futile care case here.  He is the baby who a Canadian hospital wanted to force off life support against the parents will and whose parents want a tracheotomy to help him live longer and at home. The impasse was resolved when the parents were able to move him to a St. Louis hospital.

Well, now Peter Singer has come out against the parents.  From his column in the NY Daily News calling continuing care of Joseph “Deeply Misguided: “

Joseph’s parents, who have previously had another child who died from the same disease, objected to the removal of the breathing tube. Instead they wanted an operation performed that would cut a hole in the child’s neck, so that a breathing tube could be inserted in it and kept permanently in place. Joseph’s doctors refused to do this. They acknowledged that the operation might prolong Joseph’s life, but said it would not improve his well-being. A Canadian tribunal agreed with the doctors, giving them permission to remove the breathing tube. Then Priests for Life, a Catholic -abortion and anti-euthanasia organization stepped in, chartering an air ambulance to fly Joseph from Canada to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, in St. Louis, which will perform the operation the parents requested.

“We Rescued Baby Joseph!” says a page on the Priests for Life website. The organization’s director, the Rev. Frank Pavone, says he has been told that it could cost as much as $150,000 for Joseph’s stay in the pediatric intensive care unit. That doesn’t include the cost of the aircraft, which would have added thousands more to the bill. Priests for Life is, of course, asking its supporters to donate to pay these costs.

Here’s the irony. According to the most rigorous charity evaluation agency in the country, GiveWell.org, you can save a child’s life for about $1,000. All you have to do is give the money to their top-rated charity, Village Reach, which delivers vaccines and other urgently needed medical supplies to rural areas in developing countries. If Priests for Life were really serious about saving lives, instead of “rescuing” Joseph so he can live another few months lying in bed, unable to experience the normal joys of childhood, let alone become an adult, they could have used the money they have raised to save 150 lives – most of them children who would have gone on to live healthy, happy lives for 50 years or more.

Yet, this is the same Peter Singer who says that parents should be able to have their disabled babies killed.

So, we see the real utilitarian agenda here.  And we see the hollowness of Singer’s “preference” approach to utilitarian decision making.  It isn’t parental empowerment.  It isn’t family intimate decision making.  Their “preferences” don’t matter in a futile care imposition.  In other words, the consistent through line of Singer’s approaches is the death of disabled infants.

We don’t have to choose between caring for profoundly disabled individuals and helping children who can lead “healthy, happy lives.”  In fact, such thinking reveals the profoundly bigoted heart that lurks within the passive prose of Singer’s utilitarian advocacy.


88 posted on 03/20/2011 10:25:37 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Day Three
 

Senate Passes Bill That Could Save Schiavo

March 20, 2005, Day 3 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo. The next two-weeks, Terri's Network will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those 13 horrific days. We offer this not only in regard for Terri's memory, but as a reminder that at this moment, countless others are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

From March 20, 2005 (FL Baptist Witness) - The U.S. Senate passed a bill Sunday afternoon that could save Terri Schiavo's life, sending it to the House, which is expected to vote on it after midnight. (continue ...)

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


89 posted on 03/20/2011 10:32:23 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Judge George W. Greer, judicial murderer.


90 posted on 03/20/2011 11:53:02 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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You are magnificent, Wagglebee!!


91 posted on 03/20/2011 9:15:07 PM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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Day Four

House Passes Schiavo Bill

March 21, 2005, Day 4 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo. The next two-weeks, Terri's Network will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those 13 horrific days. We offer this not only in regard for Terri's memory, but as a reminder that at this moment, countless others are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

From March 21, 2005 (CNN) - Following more than three hours of passionate debate on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House early Monday passed a bill on 203 to 58 vote that transfers jurisdiction of the Terri Schiavo case to a U.S. district court for a federal judge to review. (continue reading . . .)

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


92 posted on 03/21/2011 5:50:25 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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93 posted on 03/21/2011 7:47:03 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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94 posted on 03/21/2011 7:48:58 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Rq4tsKbpYJk/TYdkGM0clwI/AAAAAAAAB4s/KvRagRhxeAk/s1600/terriking.jpg">
95 posted on 03/21/2011 7:50:30 AM PDT by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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That is the best picture.
96 posted on 03/21/2011 7:51:20 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It looks like you were trying to post another picture here.
97 posted on 03/21/2011 8:00:28 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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bttt


98 posted on 03/21/2011 11:01:16 AM PDT by Dante3
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Good points.


99 posted on 03/21/2011 11:03:02 AM PDT by Dante3
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Thank you for the look back. We will never forget and details are as relevant today as they were six years ago.

(Barbarians at the gate) - betrayed by RINOs in the Florida legislature. Terri murdered for politicial expediency - for the NWO. Murdered for George Soros and the RINOS and least of all, scumbag Mikey.

100 posted on 03/21/2011 4:48:25 PM PDT by floriduh voter (People who don't pray: start.. People who pray: pray more.)
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