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  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Good Chance GOP Can Win Senate, Presidency (11-minute video interview)

    05/15/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/15/12 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview that Republicans have a “two out of three” chance of winning not only the White House in November, but the Senate and House as well. The reason, he says: President Obama “doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing” and Americans can’t afford four more years of this “disaster.” Gingrich suspended his presidential campaign on May 2 and has endorsed Mitt Romney. The veteran Georgia lawmaker was first elected to the House in 1978 and served as speaker from 1995 to 1999 before announcing his retirement.
  • War on Women? Poll Shows Romney Leads Obama Among Female Voters

    05/15/2012 2:25:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The New York Times/CBS poll is so bad for Obama. They are really worried in the White House, and it's not new. They have been worried for a long time. This is not the first CBS/New York Times poll that has bad news for Obama. People have forgotten, two months ago, on the same day, the Washington Post and New York Times both came out with polls, and Obama was at 41% approval in one of them, and he was not doing well with women I think in the Washington Post poll two months ago. And this...
  • If life is 'unworthy of being lived'

    05/12/2012 1:51:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano ^ | 5/5/12 | Lucetta Scaraffia
    The book by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, Die Freigabe der Venrichtung lebensunwerten Lebens (allowing the destruction of life unworthy of living) which came out in Germany in 1920 has at last been translated into Italian (in English it is: Permitting the Destruction of Unworthy Life: Its Extent and Form, translated by W.E. Wright, in Issues in Law and Medicine 1992, 8:231-265). I say “at last”, because this is a text that marks a watershed. It has inspired many important reflections that are only partially explained in the introduction on 19th-century history – very concentrated at the legal level –...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Doctors Ask Canadian Supreme Court to Impose Futile Care Theory

    05/11/2012 4:14:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 5/11/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    The British Medical Journal reports that Canadian doctors are seeking Canadian Supreme Court authority to withdraw wanted life-extending treatment. From the May 10, 2012 story (abstract only): Canada’s Supreme Court will next week consider an appeal from two Canadian doctors who seek, against a family’s objections, to withdraw life sustaining treatment from a patient they originally diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state, but whom they now describe as minimally conscious. Hassan Rasouli, 60, a retired Iranian born engineer, contracted bacterial meningitis in late 2010 after surgery to remove a brain tumour, and has since been on mechanical ventilation at Toronto’s Sunnybrook...
  • The eugenic philosophy is alive in our culture

    05/08/2012 4:38:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/8/12 | Alex Schadenberg
    The Vatican’s newspaper has published an article by historian Lucetta Scaraffia concerning the translation into Italian for the first time of the 1920 book by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, titled, Allowing the destruction of life unworthy of life. The article, “If Life is ‘unworthy of being lived” (see below) offers an historical evaluation of the importance of the book and then it concludes that the basic ideology of the book - i.e. eugenics, or in other words, the elimination of people who are genetically “inferior” or mentally ill - is alive and well in this culture. Many people wrongly...
  • Authentic Compassion: Pain Treatment at the End of Life

    05/02/2012 3:38:52 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/2/12 | Denise Hunnell, M.D.
    In 1994, Dr. Charles Cleeland authored a study that found that 42% of cancer patients with pain were receiving inadequate therapy for their pain. This led to the Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines for more aggressive pain management and the ubiquitous question about your level of pain “on a scale of 1 to 10” every time you visit the doctor for any reason. The interest in pain management was actually a response to the push for legalized assisted suicide. Advocates of assisted suicide claimed that uncontrolled pain justified aiding cancer patients to end their lives. At the time, there...
  • End-of-life care: Pain control carries risk of being called a killer

    04/29/2012 4:46:29 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 195 replies
    AMA News ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin B. O'Reilly
    End-of-life care: Pain control carries risk of being called a killer Accusations of euthanasia are common as patients, families and even other health professionals struggle to adjust to the new realities of end-of-life care. By Kevin B. O'Reilly, amednews staff. Posted April 16, 2012. Three decades after hospice emerged as the standard of care for terminally ill patients, the end-of-life treatments that palliative medicine physicians provide are frequently referred to as murder, euthanasia and killing.More than half of hospice and palliative medicine physicians say patients, family members and even other health professionals have used those terms to describe care they...
  • Role of nurses in Third Reich “overlooked”: comment

    04/28/2012 1:09:11 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 58 replies
    BioEdge ^ | 4/28/12 | Jared Yee
    The work of Nazi doctors is a well-documented lesson in medical ethics. There was even a separate trial for them at Nuremberg and seven were hanged. But what about the nurses who assisted them? Their role has been airbrushed from history, says an Australian academic. Professor Linda Shields, of Curtin University, expressed her concerns in Nursing Review three weeks ago. “There has been a great deal of scholarship on the role of doctors and what they did in Nazi-occupied Europe, what has been neglected or overlooked is the role of nurses,” Shields said. “And yet most of the killings that...
  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely

    04/26/2012 3:07:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 25, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    LEICESTER, England, April 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a young British man owes his life to an insistent father who would not allow his son’s organs to be removed from his body, despite assurances from four doctors that his son could not recover from the wounds he had suffered in a recent car accident. The Mail reports that Stephen Thorpe, then 17, was placed in a medically-induced coma following a multi-car pileup that had already taken the life of his friend Matthew, who was driving the vehicle. Although a team of four physicians insisted that...
  • Dignity2012 in Massachusetts: Saying no to an anguished plea for help and love

    04/25/2012 12:48:20 PM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 25, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In its Declaration on Euthanasia issued on May 5, 1980, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had this to say: "Human life is the basis of all goods, and is the necessary source and condition of every human activity and of all society. Most people regard life as something sacred and hold that no one may dispose of it at will, but believers see in life something greater, namely, a gift of God's love, which they are called upon to preserve and make fruitful. And it is this latter consideration that gives rise to the following consequences:...
  • Euthanasia is a war to the death between a religious and atheistic vision of society

    04/21/2012 12:47:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 4/18/12 | Francis Phillips
    Having blogged last Thursday about Mark Dowd’s first programme on Radio 4 about euthanasia, “Heart and Soul”, I have now listened to his second one, broadcast last Saturday. In the first programme he interviewed Alison Davis, a Catholic convert, who suffers from spina bifida and who is a passionate opponent of euthanasia and assisted suicide. In this second episode he interviewed Edward Turner, a humanist, whose mother, Dr Anne Turner, made headlines in 2006 when, accompanied by Edward and his two sisters, she ended her life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.She was suffering from a degenerative disease, similar to...
  • Wesley J. Smith: That Unrepentant Bigotry

    04/18/2012 4:17:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/18/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have a piece out in the Human Life Review decrying the “unrepentant bigotry” that allows people with profound disabilities to be denegrated as “skin bags” (as one example), or if profoundly cognitively disabled, as mere flora.  From “That Unrepentant Bigotry”(citations omitted): “Stop the hate!” we are often told.  To be sure, that is a worthy goal.  Indeed, in recent decades great strides have been made throughout society in accepting most of us, as indeed, truly and clearly, “us.”  For example, the worst forms of racist speech are now far beyond the pale—to the extent that the despicable N-word can no...
  • Dr. Phil Show: “Mercy Kill” People with Disabilities

    04/16/2012 4:37:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/16/12 | Cassy Fiano
    This week on the popular Dr. Phil Show, a mother named Annette Corriveau was featured. She’s special because she wants the right to be able to kill her children. That’s right. She is the mother of two severely disabled adult children, and she feels that the moral thing to do would be to kill them by lethal injection, to end their “suffering.” Her children were diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, causing them to lose motor function and be institutionalized. They cannot speak, and they have to be fed through feeding tubes. Any more information on their condition wasn’t made clear –...
  • Anti-abortion climate 'will deter new generation of doctors' (UK)

    04/01/2012 10:15:45 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley
    A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion services by high-profile protest campaigns and a political "witch-hunt", providers fear. The current climate is already causing anxiety among doctors who are concerned that their practice will be called into question, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said, as activists behind a new campaign to demonstrate outside abortion clinics were joined at one protest in London by a Catholic bishop. The warning comes as the BPAS and pro-choice campaigners say they feel "under siege" after the government ordered an unannounced inspection of more than 250 clinics...
  • From New President of Episcopal Divinity School: 'Abortion is a Blessing' [2009 Chant]

    04/15/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 4/2/09 | Randy Sly
    The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads... ...the EDS website also has a link to Rev. Ragsdale’s sermon blog. There, the first sermon is entitled, “Our Work is Not Done...” “These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a...
  • Do You Support Euthanasia? (FReep this poll!)

    04/13/2012 2:09:50 PM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    Dr. Phil Show ^ | 13 April 2012 | Dr Phil
    RESULTS - Mercy Killings 1) Do you support euthanasia? 62% Yes, I think it should be legal everywhere 25% No, I think it's murder 13% I'm not sure 2) Do you think Annette should be able to decide when her children die? 53% Yes 28% No 19% I'm not sure
  • Bioethicist argues PVS diagnosed patients should not be kept alive

    04/12/2012 4:17:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/11/12 | Peter Baklinski
    April 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - If an American bioethicist gets her way, all patients evaluated as being in a “permanent vegetative state” (PVS) would by default have artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) withdrawn unless they have made a prior wish to be kept alive. In the March 2012 issue of Bioethics, Dr. Catherine Constable argues that “in the absence of clear evidence that the patient would opt for this existence over death, keeping him alive by any means of assistance is ethically more problematic than allowing him to die.” Terri Schiavo was declared to be in a PVS state and...
  • When doctors and nurses become death's servants

    04/11/2012 4:26:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 4/9/12 | Monique David
    According to the newly released report, Dying with Dignity, co-signed by nine Quebec politicians, people are now ready to regard death through a new lens. We can free ourselves from a traditional "paternalistic" relationship with our physicians in order to embrace a more informed attitude in facing suffering and end-of-life issues. Our values, the report says, have greatly evolved in the past 20 years; therefore, it is only normal that in our farewell to life, we should take a close look at a new option offered by the state. The report's writers caution that although in the past Quebecers' values...
  • How voluntary is “voluntary”? (Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide)

    04/09/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    BioEdge ^ | 4/2/12 | Michael Cook
    Respect for autonomy is one of the most convincing arguments for euthanasia. It was the theme of a strong defence of legalising it in Australia in the Journal of Law and Medicine by Margaret Otlowski and Lorana Bartels in 2010. They concluded that “ in a secular society with an ageing population” legalisation is inevitable. However, in the latest issue of the JLM a criminologist at the University of Tasmania has made a vigorous response. Jeremy Prichard doubts that many people in the community will be able to give full and voluntary consent to ending their lives. He contends that...
  • Suzanne Schindler: Terri Schiavo’s Death Was Wake-Up Call: Euthanasia Benefits No One

    04/04/2012 4:12:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/4/12 | Suzanne Schindler
    We must never forget Terri and the premature, unthinkable death she endured. Last March 31st was the seventh anniversary of my sister, Terri Schiavo’s death. Terri was starved and dehydrated to death by those who value killing the innocent ahead of preserving life, and who put God second to the powers of a corrupt legal and government system—or leave Him out of the equation, entirely. Terri never wanted to die, and in fact told us just the opposite—that she wanted to live. As we look back on all she endured, we realize that Terri did not die in vain. For...