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  • Wesley J. Smith: UK Court to Rule Whether Baby Better Off Dead Than Disabled

    11/08/2009 12:32:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 570+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 11/5/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    Most contested cases of removing babies or profoundly disabled adults from needed life support have involved those with serious brain injuries or cognitive impairments. But once the idea that dead is better than disabled takes hold, it will soon spread to those with physical disabilities.Now, in the UK, parents are fighting over withdrawing life support from a seriously disabled one-year-old child who is cognitively normal. From the story: The mother of a chronically ill baby has defended her court battle with the child’s father to have his life support machine turned off. The boy, known only as RB, has...
  • The Task of the Catholic Medical Professional

    10/19/2009 10:31:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | October 19, 2009 | Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    A number of my friends have children with disabilities. Their problems range from cerebral palsy to Turner's syndrome to Trisomy 18, which is extremely serious. But I want to focus on one fairly common genetic disability to make my point. I'm referring to Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.   You may already know that Down is not a disease. It's a genetic disorder with a variety of symptoms. Therapy can ease the burden of those symptoms, but Down syndrome is permanent. There's no cure. People with Down syndrome have mild to moderate developmental delays. They have low to middling...

    07/25/2009 2:51:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 524+ views ^ | July 24, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 24, 2009 ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2009 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Today we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the enactment of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law on July 26, 1990, this landmark legislation established a clear mandate against discrimination on the basis of disability so that people with disabilities would have an equal opportunity to...
  • Palin Accepting Indep Grp Home Living Foundation's Award 30th Anniversary Gala on June 7th

    05/30/2009 7:38:41 AM PDT · by euram · 3 replies · 394+ views
    PRNewsWire ^ | 05-30-09 | PRNews
    MANORVILLE, N.Y., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, named "Honoree of the Year '09" by the Independent Group Home Living Foundation (IGHL;, will be coming to the dinner and accepting the award at the IGHL 30th anniversary gala on Sunday, June 7th. This is the Alaska Governor's first appearance on Long Island. Independent Group Home Living (IGHL; is a Manorville, New York-based not-for-profit organization providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities in New York State. Palin is devoted to families who have children with special needs. The award will be presented at the...
  • AMATO: Shameful story of ingratitude. Shortchanging those who incurred disabilities in service.

    05/20/2009 4:12:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies · 1,690+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Rick Amato
    A tremendously important story has gone virtually untold by the media, ignored by our political leaders and unknown to the American public. Despite the extraordinarily high price they have paid, America's severely wounded veterans are enduring humiliating financial hardships of epic proportions. Home evictions, utility shutoffs, car repossessions and foreclosures are commonplace. Spouses have to give up their jobs to become caregivers, cutting family incomes by up to 50 percent or more. Most disabled vets receive much less in compensation and benefits than they did while on active duty, reducing incomes even further. Many are too dysfunctional to hold a...
  • 91 protesters arrested at White House (disabled/wheelchairs)

    04/27/2009 3:32:09 PM PDT · by nobama08 · 17 replies · 693+ views ^ | April 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Park Police say they have arrested 91 protesters in front of the White House, including some in wheelchairs who chained themselves to a fence. The protesters are calling on the president to support legislation that would give people with disabilities in need of long-term care alternatives to nursing homes. Sgt. David Schlosser says a large group gathered on a sidewalk outside the White House on Monday without a protest permit required for groups of more than 25 demonstrators. He says some protesters are in wheelchairs and have chained themselves to a fence. Police may use a...

    03/21/2009 9:41:53 PM PDT · by jodiluvshoes · 49 replies · 2,341+ views ^ | 03.22.09 | Kevin McCullough
    hen 84% of the American people, according to the AOL Hot Seat weekend poll, think a joke you cracked on late night television was either tone-deaf/insensitive or worse yet flat-out offensive then you might think you have problems. (Heh who are we kidding? You do! You do!) Just because Britain's largest daily newspaper has a top ten gaffe reel assembled and online before your presidency is barely 60 days old, you might believe that you're the laughingstock of serious members of the world community of leaders. (Again, likely, you're right.) And when you take the time to address an Islamic...
  • Even Dumber Than Letting AIG Give Bonuses

    03/18/2009 3:31:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 667+ views ^ | March 17, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    Just when everything was going so swimmingly — poll figures, AIG, Democratic unity and all — President Obama enrages veterans: The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. “It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends...
  • Couple Sues Quebec Hospital for Not Dehydrating Disabled Infant Daughter to Death

    03/17/2009 2:09:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 1,401+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/17/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    MONTREAL, March 17, 2009 ( - A Quebec couple have launched a $3.5-million lawsuit against Montreal Children's Hospital for allegedly putting their infant daughter back on artificial food and hydration without their approval.Marie-Eve Laurendeau gave birth to Phebe Mantha at LaSalle Hospital in November 2007. After a difficult delivery Phebe was transferred to Montreal Children's Hospital in serious condition and put on life support.According to the lawsuit Laurendeau and Phebe's father, Stephane Mantha, were told by doctors that their daughter had little chance for survival and advised them to take her off respiratory support and hydration, to which they...
  • Logistics Agency Leads in Recruiting Students With Disabilities

    02/05/2009 3:19:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 222+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Feb. 5, 2009 – The Defense Logistics Agency hired 91 college students with disabilities under the federal government’s Workforce Recruitment Program in 2008, more than any other federal agency. The jointly sponsored Defense and Labor department program matches students with disabilities with internships at government agencies or private-sector companies. Since it started in 1995, about 4,500 students have participated, and more than 350 of them have been interns at DLA, officials said. The Army hired the most WRP interns from 2004 to 2007, Famia Magana, director of DLA’s Equal Employment Office, said. With 86 hires in...
  • Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Is Independent Group Home Living Foundation s Honoree of the Year 09

    01/27/2009 3:04:32 PM PST · by euram · 4 replies · 444+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 01-27-09 | Yahoo press release
    MANORVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been named "Honoree of the Year '09" by the Independent Group Home Living Foundation (IGHL;, a Manorville, New York-based not-for-profit organization providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities in New York State.
  • British Hospital Apologizes for Allowing Disabled Patient to Die, No Accountability

    01/13/2009 2:01:13 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 599+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/13/09 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England ( -- A British hospital that allowed a Down syndrome patient to starve to death over a 26 day period has apologized but will not be held accountable. That's upsetting to one bioethicist who says he can't believe the hospital hasn't made any progress in investigating the case in four years. As reported, Martin Ryan died in a hospital in Kingston-upon-Thames and the medical center conducted an internal investigation following his death. Ryan, who could not swallow after a stroke, was allowed to lie in a bed and starve to death without receiving any medical care. Now,...
  • Sarah Palin's Record as Alaska Gov Showed Support for Special Needs Kids

    10/27/2008 2:59:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 255+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/27/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Sarah Palin gave a major policy address last week on how she will be an advocate for special needs children should she become the nation's next vice-president. But, does her record as the governor of Alaska demonstrate that support or is it merely an election ploy to gain votes? The answer appears to be a resounding yes -- as the Palin administration put more money behind education and support services for disabled children and their families. During her speech Palin said, "as governor, I've succeeded in securing additional funding and assistance for students with special needs....
  • Palin Delivers Rousing Clarion Call for Dignity of Children with Disabilities

    10/25/2008 9:37:23 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 623+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/24/08 | Tim Waggoner
    CORAOPOLIS, PA, October 24, 2008 ( - Since being nominated as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has made support for families of children with special needs a priority of her campaign. Today she offered her first policy speech on the issue in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.With many families with special needs children attending the talk in the airport hotel ballroom, Palin set the tone of her speech by telling her audience not to worry about the crying and jostling, saying, "That's the sound of life."In her remarks, Governor Palin advocated school choice opportunities for children with special needs, fully funding the...
  • Obama Belittles McCain's Dancing Abilities

    10/22/2008 6:03:07 AM PDT · by Pagan Power · 42 replies · 1,299+ views
    Pagan Power ^ | October 22, 2008 | Pagan Power
    I honestly don't think that Obama has a decent bone in his body. His callousness and lack of respect astound me. They are only matched by his conceit. All in all this guy is rotten to the core. As a human being it is difficult for me to reconcile that this smiling gasbag of narcissism is among my own species. During a last stop visit to the Ellen Degeneres show Ellen played a clip of The One dancing on her show from his last appearance. As the crowd was laughing at him and Ellen was poking fun too, he let...
  • U.K. Mother Murders Daughter Because "Embarrassed" by Disability

    09/12/2008 4:59:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 160+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/12/08 | Tim Waggoner
    CHESTER, Wales, September 12, 2008 ( - This week, a UK court heard the case of a mother who allegedly deliberately drowned her disabled child in a bath because she was ashamed and embarrassed by her daughter's cerebral palsy. According to the Telegraph, prosecutor Michael Chambers explained to the court how Joanne Hill's husband had refused to give four-year old Naomi up for adoption, despite Joanne's inability to accept the fact that her daughter had cerebral palsy. He recounted the evening of the murder, November 26, 2007: "When the bath was full she told Naomi she was having a bath, but...
  • Half of Americans Would Choose Death over Disability: Survey

    07/15/2008 4:18:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 52+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/15/08 | Hilary White
    July 15, 2008 ( - More than half of people in the US would rather be dead than disabled says a new survey. A US website for disabled people ran the survey which asked, "Which would you choose: Living with a severe disability that forever alters your ability to live an independent life, or death?" 52 per cent of the respondents chose death.The survey, run by the online community and website Disaboom, found that differences in attitude toward disability were based on age, income, geographic location, and level of education. 63 percent of younger Americans chose death over disability,...
  • Disabled Woman's National Television Show Will Focus on Terri Schiavo

    06/12/2008 5:29:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 389+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/12/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Americans will have an opportunity to review the life and death of Terri Schiavo tonight and next week as the television program a disabled woman produces will focus on how Terri was subjected to a painful euthanasia death. Joni Eareckson Tada, whose ministry produces "Joni and Friends," is behind the show. Like Schiavo, Tada is a disabled woman herself -- having become paralyzed at a younger age in a diving accident. Tada has put together two 30 minutes programs airing tonight and July 19 that will explore the debate surrounding Terri and be broadcast globally via...
  • Don't give up on the disabled

    05/04/2008 1:29:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 339+ views
    The Evening Sun ^ | 4/30/08 | Peggy Selby
    On April 7 an article appeared on the Opinion page, "Terri Schiavo's lifesaving legacy" by Nat Hentoff. When Terri's story first appeared in the paper and on the news, I considered responding to the decisions that were made regarding her care and her future. I feel that God gave us life and only he has the right to take it away and we are charged with caring for one another until that time. In 1984 I was told to put my son in a nursing home because "he will never get better." Had we followed that advice we may have...
  • Disposing of the Disabled

    03/30/2008 12:20:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 620+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 3/30/08 | Ken Connor
    Most parents receive the news that they are "expecting" with joy and excitement. For some, however, the good news turns sour when they learn that their unborn or newly born child has Down syndrome or is afflicted with some other disability like cystic fibrosis. What parents are told about their child's future and how they are told it often influences whether that child is born at all. That's why Senators Sam Brownback and Ted Kennedy have co-sponsored the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act". The act (S. 1810) mandates that health care providers provide the mother of an unborn...