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  • 3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want Euthanasia Legalized

    08/12/2009 4:02:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 1,087+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    MONTREAL, August 11, 2009 ( - An Angus Reid-La Presse poll carried out on August 4 and 5 has found that more than three quarters of Quebecers agree that euthanasia should be legalized in Quebec.Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President of Public Affairs at Angus Reid Strategies, said he was surprised by the results of the poll of 800 adults in Quebec."You'd be surprised how Quebecers are in favor of euthanasia and that their opinion on the subject is clear," Mukerji told La Presse, adding that support for the legalized killing was consistent across most social and economic strata."The responses of Quebecers...
  • Michael Steele: Right on Rationing, Wrong on Reasoning

    08/01/2009 4:58:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies · 1,836+ views ^ | July 31, 2009 | Bobby Schindler
    Recently in a Washington Times radio interview, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was expressing his concerns regarding health care reform. He commented that the GOP’s handling of my sister Terri Schiavo is an example of what he fears, stating, “It is inserting itself into the very fabric of the decisions that you make, have to make every single day. It’ll make the Terri Schiavo case look like a walk in the park.” I understand the point that Michael Steele was trying to make. He was using Terri as an example of what it would mean if the government was to get...
  • The Doctor Will Kill You Now

    07/24/2009 2:15:40 PM PDT · by FarRockaway · 56 replies · 1,157+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Andrew Longman
    The doctor will kill you now Posted: July 23, 2009 1:00 am Eastern By Andrew Longman © 2009 I have commented before that the purpose of socialized medicine is not health care, but rather government-run death care. The choker bill presently being rammed down America's throat in the Congress is no exception. In light of the recent history where hospitals have forcibly dehydrated people to death, everyone should pay attention to their gag reflex. On page 430 of the 2009 Death Care Act we find: (B) The level of treatment …may range from an indication for full treatment to an...
  • Killing Those Deemed Unworthy of Life

    07/21/2009 3:07:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 922+ views
    Zenit ^ | 7/19/2009 | Father John Flynn, LC
    ROME, JULY 19, 2009 ( The idea that some people are genetically inferior, and need to be eliminated or prevented from reproducing, is a mentality that still persists, despite the battering it took after the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. In a revealing interview published July 12 in the New York Times Magazine Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States was asked about abortion, among other topics. Referring to the Supreme Court decision that opened the doors to abortion, Roe v. Wade and subsequent decisions about abortion funding, Ginsburg commented: "Frankly I had thought...
  • Does Ted Kennedy deserve his extended cancer care?

    07/23/2009 12:29:02 PM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies · 1,338+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | James Lewis
    Senator Ted Kennedy, who is now 76 years old and was ( diagnosed with brain cancer) in May of last year, is telling the world that nationalized medical care is "the cause of his life." He wants to see it pass as soon as possible, before he departs this vale of tears. The prospect of Kennedy's passing is viewed by the liberal press with anticipatory tears and mourning. But they are not asking the proper question by their own lights: That question -- which will be asked for you and me when we reach his age and state in life...
  • Obamacare to Dictate End of Life Counseling

    07/21/2009 11:44:39 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 46 replies · 1,354+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 07/21/2009 | Pat Austin
    Obamacare dictates end of life counseling every five years (or more)... See for yourself: Here is the section dealing with end of life counseling for seniors. This section talks about possible life sustaining treatment. These orders, of course, will be "standardized and uniquely identifiable throughout the State." This life sustaining treatment will be "guided by a coalition of stakeholders includes representatives from emergency medical services, emergency department physicians or nurses, state long-term care association, state medical association, state surveyors, agency responsible for senior services, state department of health, state hospital association, home health association, state bar association, and state hospice...
  • Dissolution of bioethics council is a loss for America

    07/17/2009 6:47:25 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 20 replies · 970+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 7/2/09 | Colleen Carol Campbell
    Last month, President Barack Obama quietly disbanded the President's Council on Bioethics, a deliberative body whose changing cast of erudite and ideologically diverse members had spent the past eight years thinking through today's toughest moral questions. Members received only one day's notice of the council's dissolution, forcing them to cancel a planned meeting and leave unfinished several major reports that were due to be released soon. Their abrupt dismissal received little press, aside from a New York Times article that noted Obama's reason for dismantling the council. According to White House press officer Reid Cherlin, the council was "a philosophically...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells 'Obsolete'

    07/16/2009 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: The former director of the National Institutes of Health, once an enthusiast for embryonic stem cells, now says their future has "dimmed." So why is the administration bailing out research into such therapies while troubled states like California have committed billions?Aside from creating or saving a few research jobs, the administration's decision to federally fund embryonic stem cell research is, as we've noted, a bailout of bad science. It throws money at an avenue of research that time and adult stem cell progress have passed by. Applauding the administration's move was Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who echoed the claims...
  • Why We Must Ration Health Care

    07/16/2009 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies · 1,247+ views
    NYT ^ | 7/16/09 | PETER SINGER
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • Why We Must Ration Health Care (You Must Die for the Greater Good- Peter Singer/NYT)

    07/15/2009 10:25:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,437+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2009 | PETER SINGER
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • In wake of G8, Pope warns of “dark scenarios” for world if absolutism of technology persists

    07/12/2009 11:36:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 659+ views
    asia news ^ | July 12, 2009
    Benedict XVI returns to the principal themes of his social encyclical reaffirming the need for a global commitment to development, to eliminate "social inequality and structural injustices that are no longer tolerable." The social question has become an "anthropological” issue which implies a way of conceiving man in truth, body and soul. Prayers for Honduras and a farewell ahead of holidays in Les Combes (Aosta Valley). Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The absolutism of technology, which finds its clearest expression in certain practices contrary to life”, could "draw dark scenarios for the future of humanity": Benedict XVI returns to warn against...
  • Pope Presses Obama On Abortion Stem Cells

    07/11/2009 7:30:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 11, 2009
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, pressing the Vatican's case with the U.S. leader who is already under fire on those issues from some conservative Catholics and bishops back home...Afterward, the Vatican said the leaders discussed immigration, the Middle East peace process and aid to developing nations. But the Vatican's statement also underscored the pair's deep disagreement on abortion. "In the course of their cordial exchanges, the conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interest of...
  • ‘Cardiac Death’ Allows One to Kill the Organ Donor

    07/10/2009 2:09:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,093+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/10/09 | Dr. John Shea MD FRCP
    Analysis by Dr. John Shea MD FRCP(C), Medical Advisor to LifeSiteNews.comJuly 10, 2009 ( - In 2006, research done by Dr. Gerald Buckberg, a cardio-thoracic surgeon and UCLA expert, demonstrated that a person can survive cardiac arrest for an average of 72 minutes if they are given the following treatment: cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, the use of a heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen circulating, and gradual restoration of blood and oxygen flow. This research was done at hospitals in Alabama and Ann Arbor, Michigan and also in Germany. Of 34 patients, seven died, only two had permanent neurological changes...
  • Pope gives Obama 'unannounced' gift: Vatican document on right to life and bioethics

    07/10/2009 9:56:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 2,260+ views
    cna ^ | July 10, 2009
    Vatican City, Jul 10, 2009 / 11:37 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI received President Barack Obama this afternoon in his private library, and after 36 minutes of private conversation, the pair emerged without providing any details about their topics of conversation. Nevertheless, the Holy See revealed that the Pope gave Obama an “unannounced gift”--a Vatican document on bioethics and the right to life. "The G8 has been very productive, 20 billion dollars have been allocated [to poor countries]; that's something concrete," President Obama told the Pope when he asked about the summit, as photographers and journalists were ushered out...
  • Having A Child To Save Another's Life – 'Selective Breeding' Or Noble Aim?

    12/29/2001 5:54:10 AM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 15 replies · 136+ views
    Researchers in Australia are applying for permission to help parents conceive specially selected babies whose primary aim will be to save the life of siblings with a fatal blood disease. The procedure, already used once - apparently successfully - in the U.S., has set off debate, as the potential benefits, risks and ethical implications are weighed against each other.. Doctors at the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development in Melbourne are to seek approval in the days ahead on behalf of three couples, two Australian and one from New Zealand, who have children suffering from Fanconi anemia, a disorder that ...
  • We (the government) will decide if you are too old to live.

    06/25/2009 8:10:10 AM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 117 replies · 3,276+ views
    ABC ^ | 6-24-09 | Obama
    [Snip] STURM:My question to you is, outside the medical criteria for prolonging life for somebody elderly, is there any consideration that can be given for a certain spirit, a certain joy of living, quality of life? Or is it just a medical cutoff at a certain age? [Snip] GIBSON: But the money may not have been there for her pacemaker or for your grandmother's hip replacement. [Snip] OBAMA: But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, that is loading up on additional...
  • The New Jacobin Elite

    06/24/2009 11:20:11 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 56 replies · 2,050+ views
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | William F. Jasper
    The New Jacobin Elite | Print | Written by William F. Jasper    Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00 The Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website. A different page on the party’s site promoting the same book instructs readers: “An understanding of the French Revolution remains crucial for all revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky studied it intensely to gain an...
  • White House (Obama's) War On Science

    06/24/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 1,461+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    Science: The president's Council on Bioethics is summarily dismissed when it disagrees on the need for more federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The scientific method doesn't include firing those who disagree with you.Inspectors general are apparently not the only ones to pay for annoying the White House by doing their job. The 18-member council existed to provide the president with advice on the moral and ethical implications of the rapid advances in science and medical research. It exists no more. The council existed to ponder whether we should do something just because we can. Apparently President Obama wanted not...
  • Switzerland Govt May Ban Assisted Suicide Clinics, Would Affect Suicide Tourism

    06/24/2009 1:59:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 2,886+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/24/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Zurich, Switzerland ( -- The Switzerland government is considering a proposal that would ban the assisted suicide clinics run by the pro-euthanasia group Dignitas. The move would end the practice of so-called suicide tourism and move the European nation out of the category with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.The 1942 Swiss law allowing assisted suicide has led to a practice where residents of other nations, especially England and Germany, travel to the country to end their lives.Federal government officials said last week that they want to discuss "legal barriers and a ban on organized suicide assistance."The proposal would limit who...
  • Obama Abruptly Sacks Bio-ethics Panel Critical of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

    06/23/2009 4:21:10 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies · 1,644+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Tuesday June 23, 2009 | By Peter J. Smith
    Tuesday June 23, 2009 Obama Abruptly Sacks Bio-ethics Panel Critical of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research By Peter J. SmithWASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2009 ( – The White House has dismissed the members of the President’s US Council on Bioethics just a few months before their mandate expires, indicating their services are no longer required by the President and that he is looking for a more “practical” advisory board. The New York Times reported that Reid Cherlin, a White House press officer, told the paper that President Barack Obama saw them as "a philosophically leaning advisory group" designed by the previous...