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  • DC Council approves 'right-to-die' bill by veto-proof margin

    11/01/2016 9:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 1, 2016 5:10 PM EDT
    District of Columbia residents with less than six months to live would be able to request lethal medication from their doctors under a bill approved by lawmakers. The D.C. Council approved the so-called “right to die” bill Tuesday in an 11-to-2 vote. […] In the District, opponents expressed concern that lower-income residents would be pushed to end their lives prematurely rather than undergo costly treatment. Supporters said those concerns are unfounded. …
  • California woman holds party before ending her life

    08/11/2016 1:56:20 PM PDT · by rey · 94 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 11 Aug 2016
    In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness." And just one rule: No crying in front of her. The 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, held the gathering to say farewell before becoming one of the first Californians to take a take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill.
  • Gay man, 39, has asked to be euthanised under Belgium's radical right to die laws because he cannot

    06/10/2016 9:29:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies ^ | June 11, 2016 | STEVE DOUGHTY
    FULL TITLE: Gay man, 39, has asked to be euthanised under Belgium's radical right to die laws because he cannot accept his sexuality A gay Belgian man who says he cannot accept his sexuality has asked for the right to die using his country's radical euthanasia laws. The 39-year-old claims he is enduring extreme psychological suffering and that his sexuality has made him 'a prisoner in my own body'.
  • Right to die: MPs reject assisted dying law (UK)

    09/12/2015 3:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:59PM BST 11 Sep 2015 | John Bingham
    MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the legalization of assisted dying in England and Wales after an impassioned four-and-a-half hour debate in which party lines were set aside. Members voted by three to one against giving second reading to a bill tabled by the Labour backbencher Rob Marris, to allow terminally ill patients to be supplied with a lethal dose of drugs. It was the first ever serious attempt to change Britain’s assisted suicide laws through the House of Commons, and saw calls for the issue to be put to a referendum amid polling suggesting public support running at around 80 percent....
  • California Assembly approves right-to-die legislation (doctor assisted suicide)

    09/09/2015 1:00:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow California physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, sending the proposal to the Senate, which had previously approved a similar bill. Modeled on a law in Oregon, the measure by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) sparked an emotional debate, with many Republicans saying that it is immoral to assist in a suicide, but with supporters arguing that terminally ill Californians should have a choice to die peacefully without pain. [Snip] Opponents of the bill, including the Catholic Church and advocates for the disabled, voiced concern that the...
  • Quebec issues death kits to doctors as it ramps up euthanasia program

    09/02/2015 12:01:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/2/15 | Steve Weatherbe
    QUEBEC, September 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Quebec’s professional body regulating doctors, the College des Medecins, has published a how-to manual for doctors wanting to euthanize their patients, along with contents of a death kit to be issued them by pharmacists. These follow closely on the provincial government’s release of draft regulations for doctors, which defenders of the disabled have quickly condemned as inadequate. “This is sensational,” Amy Hasbrouck of Not Dead Yet, a disabled persons’ rights group opposed to euthanasia, told LifeSiteNews, adding that the Quebec College des Medecins (QCM) has finally got down to grim details. “You can call...
  • Sisters hold party to pay for mother's Dignitas suicide [Swiss euthanasia clinic]

    07/15/2015 7:55:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/15/15 | Nicola Harley
    Two sisters are selling tickets for a party to raise money to enable their mother to commit suicide at a Swiss clinic. Jackie Baker, 59, wants to travel to the Dignitas euthanasia clinic after developing motor neurone disease in February. Her daughters Tara O'Reilly and Rose Baker are desperately trying to raise Ł8,000 so their mother can "die with dignity" in Switzerland. Hairdresser Tara, 40, is selling tickets for a girls night out with drag artist and playboy waiters to raise the funds for her mother. Tara said: "It's what she wants. We were very upset at the beginning but...
  • California right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

    07/07/2015 3:41:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:37 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The move came despite pleas involving the case of Brittany Maynard, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon, which has a right-to-die law, when she was 29 so she could die on her own terms after a brain cancer diagnosis. Aid-in-dying advocates had hoped the nationally publicized case would prompt a wave of new right-to-die laws. But no state has passed such legislation this year, with...
  • Mercury News editorial: United Methodist Church joins death with dignity movement

    07/06/2015 12:29:34 PM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/03/2015 | Mercury News Editorial
    The California Medical Association has withdrawn its opposition to the End of Life Option Act, SB 128. Disability rights advocates such as state Sen. Jim Beall voted for the bill in June after protections for the disabled were strengthened. And now the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church has come out in support of the law, similar to Oregon's, which would give Californians facing an imminent, excruciating death the right to end their lives peacefully if they choose. The Methodist conference joins other Protestant communities of faith representing 1.5 million members from 21 denominations in support of the law.
  • California senate approves right to die legislation

    06/10/2015 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies ^ | june 5 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less than six months to live. The patients would also be given the option to self administer. The California bill is modeled after Oregon's law, which more than 750 people have used to assist in death since it was passed. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula stated he is worried that California will...
  • Elites Push Physician-Assisted Suicide

    04/03/2015 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Overlooked in the media coverage of and academic debate about physician-assisted suicide: it’s not the people most likely to receive it who are promoting it. “It’s the well off and healthy who are calling for it,” Farr A. Curlin, M.D., the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities at Duke University School of Medicine said at the Heritage Foundation on March 30, 2015. On the same panel on which Dr. Curlin spoke, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation noted that disability rights groups are actively opposing such measures. Moreover, Anderson pointed out, in Oregon, which has physician-assisted suicide, “95 percent...
  • Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

    02/06/2015 10:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:03 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors’ help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.For one lawmaker who voted no, the issue was personal. Tearfully telling her colleagues she was a cancer survivor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera recalled how a doctor told her she wouldn’t live more than five years. But she found a doctor who gave her a different opinion. […] A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives...
  • Terminally ill allowed to be put into ‘deep sleep’ until death if French law passes

    12/14/2014 8:38:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    New plans unveiled Friday could allow French doctors to put terminally ill patients into a deep sleep until they die. The French parliament will debate the issue in a new draft law, according to The Telegraph. So far only Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. A 2005 French law already allows “passive euthanasia,” where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life, but the new proposal takes the idea further. The proposals by two MPs — one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP —...
  • Right-to-die advocate’s mom blasts Vatican remarks

    11/18/2014 10:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 1:36 PM EST
    Brittany Maynard’s mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard’s decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. […] Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican official’s comments came as the family was grieving and were “more than a slap in the face.” …
  • Terminally ill woman, 29, chooses to die two days after husband’s birthday

    A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has chosen November 1 as the day she will die. Shortly after her wedding in 2013, Brittany Maynard of Portland, Ore., began experiencing debilitating headaches. While on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she had 10 years left to live. “I have to tell you,” she says in the video, “when you’re 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you’re going to die tomorrow.” Following the original diagnosis, doctors said her cancer...
  • Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

    09/27/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sep 27th 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world's first 'couple' euthanasia - despite neither of them being terminally ill. Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.
  • Quebec adopts right-to-die legislation

    06/05/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 7:47 PM EDT
    Quebec has adopted a right to-die bill in what is the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The federal Canadian government, however, has said it could challenge its legality. Bill 52 carried the day by a 94-22 majority. The legislation is officially dubbed “an act respecting end-of-life care.” …
  • Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children By

    02/11/2014 12:13:50 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Yahoos ^ | 2-11-14 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first time .The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country.
  • St. Joe's "dead" patient awoke as docs prepared to remove organs

    07/07/2013 7:02:42 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 90 replies
    © 2013 Syracuse Media Group All rights reserved ^ | July 07, 2013 at 2:43 AM | By John O'Brien and James T. Mulder
    Syracuse, NY - Doctors at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center were about to remove organs for transplant from a woman they thought was dead. Then she opened her eyes. She was alive. The state Health Department found St. Joe's care of patient Colleen S. Burns in 2009 unacceptable and a federal agency criticized the hospital for not properly investigating the cause. The hospital's mishandling of the case was part of the reason the state Health Department fined St. Joe's $22,000 last September... A series of mistakes that began shortly after Burns arrived in the emergency room suffering from a drug...
  • Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in Belgium

    12/19/2012 10:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:00 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Blake
    Proposals submitted to parliament by Socialist PartyThey are likely to be approved by other parties laterIncludes “incurably ill” minors “capable of discernment”Parliament also asked to include Alzheimer’s patientsBelgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die. The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament on Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate. “The idea is to update the law to take better account of...
  • Right-to-die movement sees gains as world ages

    06/12/2012 2:30:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:32pm EDT | Emma Thomasson
    Right-to-die activists hope more countries will allow assisted suicide or euthanasia in coming years as the world population ages, but opponents are determined to stop them, a dispute that flared ahead of competing conferences in Switzerland. "We have seen over the last 20 years a general migration of positivity towards this being a just cause," Ted Goodwin, the American president of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, told a news conference in Zürich on Tuesday. … Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, if performed by a non-physician who has no direct interest in the death. Euthanasia, or...
  • Should Doctors Give Patients a Chance to Die Differently?

    03/02/2012 2:45:01 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 2nd, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    When I read the WSJ article "Why Doctors Die Differently," I thought to myself, I wish Dad could have read that. The article referenced doctors getting terminally ill news about themselves. A lot of them chose to do no treatments. If they were suffering from cancer, they did not undergo radiation and chemotherapy. They treated their illnesses the way that was best for them.
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Teenage Girl Wins Right to Die

    11/10/2008 9:58:06 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 25 replies · 244+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 11/11/08 | NA
    A terminally-ill girl has won the right to die after a hospital ended its bid to force her to have a heart operation. Herefordshire Primary Care Trust dropped a High Court case after a child protection officer said Hannah Jones was adamant she did not want surgery. The 13-year-old, from Marden, has refused a heart transplant because it might not work and, if it did, would be followed by constant medication. The girl, who has a hole in her heart, says she wants to die with dignity.
  • The Myth Of Living Wills

    08/11/2008 12:21:13 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 12 replies · 89+ views ^ | August 11, 2008 | Bill Beckman
    Through the next seven days, will publish a series of columns which first appeared on the Illinois Right to Life Committee's web site. The articles, edited and written by IRLC's executive director Bill Beckman, will address issues which include the dangers associated with living wills, hospice care and issues dealing with patient's rights. This highly important series will provide readers with information a family must have, in order to make educated decisions regarding the medical care of their loved ones. It is a must read. For more information on alternatives to living wills and other life-affirming issues, go to...
  • Woman's Waking After Brain Death Raises Many Questions About Organ Donation

    05/28/2008 2:45:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 706+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/27/08 | Hilary White
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia, May 27, 2008 ( - A Virginia family was shocked but relieved when their mother, Val Thomas, woke up after doctors said she was dead. 59 year-old Mrs. Thomas, while being kept breathing artificially, had no detectable brain waves for more than 17 hours. The family were discussing organ donation options for their mother when she suddenly woke up and started speaking to nurses. Ethicists have strongly criticised developments in organ donation criteria that would have made Mrs. Thomas a candidate for having her organs removed before she woke up. At 1:30 am Saturday May 17,...
  • A Heartfelt Appeal for a Graceful Exit (Right to Die)

    02/06/2008 4:27:00 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 64 replies · 2,444+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 5, 2008 | JANE E. BRODY
    After reading the Personal Health column on Nov. 27 on preventing geriatric suicide, Gloria C. Phares, a 93-year-old retired teacher in Missouri, wrote: “I was healthy until 90, and then Boom! Atrial fibrillation; deaf, can’t enjoy music or hear a voice unless 10 inches from my ear; fell, fractured my thigh and am now a cripple; had a slight stroke the day after my beloved husband died after 61 years of marriage. “I’ve lived a happy life, but from here on out it’s all downhill. Is there any point in my living any longer? I’m not living — just existing....
  • Election 2008: Thompson's Slow Start

    09/15/2007 5:46:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,094+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 24, 2007 issue | Holly Bailey
    For months, social conservatives have viewed Fred Thompson as a Reaganesque savior in a dreary field of GOP presidential hopefuls. But the former Tennessee senator's early days on the campaign trail have left some prominent evangelicals underwhelmed. "I'm personally not that impressed," says Paul Weyrich, a veteran strategist who cofounded the Moral Majority. One sticking point: Thompson's stance on a same-sex marriage ban. On the trail, he has declined to endorse a constitutional amendment blocking gay marriage, instead backing a broader amendment that would bar states from imposing their laws on other states. "The [marriage ban] approach has been tried...
  • DISABLED GAL CAN'T DECIDE LIFE OR DEATH (Court: retarded girl no competant to say she wants to live)

    09/22/2006 8:54:28 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 314 replies · 4,026+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 22, 2006 | DAREH GREGORIAN
    In a case of "Whose life is it anyway?" a state appeals court ruled yesterday that a mentally handicapped woman has no say over whether she should be kept alive on life support. In the unanimous decision, a five-judge panel ruled that the 26-year-old - who says she wants to be kept on life support in the event she's felled by illness or an accident - isn't competent to make that decision. Instead, her mother, who is her legal guardian, gets to make the call - and she doesn't want her daughter on life support. A lawyer for the woman,...
  • Doctor to unveil suicide pill

    09/09/2006 9:30:23 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 33 replies · 3,232+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Sep 09 2006 | MICHAEL VALPY
    Lethal barbiturate produced by members of Australian right-to-die association TORONTO -- An Australian physician attending a global conference in Toronto of right-to-die organizations intends to display this weekend what he says is the first do-it-yourself suicide pill -- made by a group of Australians with degenerative and terminal illnesses. Group members, ranging in age from 55 to 94, have taught themselves the chemistry to make a lethal barbiturate whose main component is amylobarbitone, said Dr. Philip Nitschke, executive director of Australia's national dying with dignity organization, Exit International. After a year of trials, they have synthesized the barbiturate into crystalline...
  • Husband Takes Schiavo Fight Back to Politicians

    08/16/2006 6:33:43 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 20 replies · 956+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | August 16, 2006 | By ABBY GOODNOUGH
    Mr. Schiavo remains furious at lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington who intervened. Hence the creation last winter of TerriPAC, a federal political action committee aimed against politicians who tried to stop Ms. Schiavo’s death. Mr. Schiavo flew to Connecticut last month to help Ned Lamont, who defeated Senator Joseph I. Lieberman in the Democratic primary. Representative Jim Davis, a Tampa Democrat running to replace Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, widely distributed a letter that Mr. Schiavo wrote after endorsing him in June. Mr. Davis was among the most vigorous opponents of intervention in the Schiavo case. Mr. Schiavo’s PAC has...
  • Opponent Accuses Senator Of Frequenting Strip Club

    07/30/2006 10:55:12 AM PDT · by eartotheground · 22 replies · 1,137+ views
    WJXT Jacksonville ^ | July 27, 2006 | Emily Pantelides
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than a month before the start of the Florida primary, one race to watch is the battle for the Republican nomination for Jacksonville's Senate seat. The latest skirmish has candidate Randall Terry accusing incumbent Jim King of having the backing of a bikini bar. Terry, 46, who has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach for three years, will run against King in the heavily Republican district that stretches from Duval County to northern Volusia County. In a move Terry called disappointing and sad, Gov. Jeb Bush publicly announced Wednesday that he is endorsing King. King has served...
  • Q&A with Gov. Jeb Bush(Jeb becomes RINO overnight!)

    07/27/2006 12:32:29 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 76 replies · 1,871+ views
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | July 27, 2006 | J. Taylor Rushing
    What made you want to step out in favor of Sen. King? You do this very rarely. "I've done a few but it's not the norm, I guess that's probably right. ... Tom Lee and Jim King this year did significant work in building and passing an aggressive agenda, and I'm a grateful governor. I believe when people work hard to create a shared agenda and then work hard to pass it, it's appropriate to show your appreciation." Does this represent a distancing from a conservative segment of voters? "There is no distancing from my perspective. People know where I...
  • National Pro-Life Leader Criticizes Bush-King Endorsement (Jeb endorses RINO)

    07/26/2006 12:49:28 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 35 replies · 740+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | July 26, 2006 | Rev. Rob Schenck
    WASHINGTON, July 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Executive Director of The National Pro-Life Action Center, the nation's only pro-life initiative located on Capitol Hill, has responded to the expected endorsement of Jim King for Florida State Senate by Gov. Jeb Bush. Dr. Paul Chaim Schenck, the Executive Director of the Center, which is a joint project of Catholics United for Life, Priests for Life and Faith and Action (with a combined membership of over 250,000), issued the following statement - "Shame, shame on Jeb Bush for betraying the memory of Terri Schindler Schiavo by endorsing Jim King. As Senate president,...
  • Vanity - Strange Campaign Contribution to RINO Florida Senate Candidate

    07/20/2006 8:02:47 AM PDT · by eartotheground · 10 replies · 991+ views
    State of Florida ^ | unknown | Florida Department of State
    I was looking around at Sen. King's campaign contributions last night and I found this: King, James E. "Jim" (REP)(STS) 01/26/2006 500.00 CHE WACKO'S TOO INC. DBA WACKO'S 3701 EMERSON ST JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207 FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT King, If you are wondering what Wacko's is, go to:
  • Plea for a forgotten fighter - Let Kevorkian die at home with dignity

    06/14/2006 3:24:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 81 replies · 1,999+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-14-06 | Judi K-Turkel
    A very sick 78-year-old doctor is dying in a Michigan prison, an anachronism left over from the 20th century. Should we let him die in prison, or do we have the decency to say, "Enough is enough. Release him and let him die at home"? The doctor is Jack Kevorkian, who was sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in Michigan's Lakeland Correctional Facility for Men. He traded his freedom for openly, shamelessly touting what he called our "right to die with dignity." He'd spent the 10 prior years brashly, illegally helping 130 terminally ill people end excruciatingly painful...
  • EMTs are listening to patients' dying wishes

    05/09/2006 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies · 1,273+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, May 9, 2006 | Carol M. Ostrom
    Mary Sundborg was a spirited woman of 100 ˝ who had long endured advanced colon cancer and two strokes. And she knew how she wanted to die: at home, peacefully, with dignity. So with the help of her eldest son, she signed an official order specifically directing emergency responders not to attempt CPR. Then came Jan. 3, the day Sundborg stopped breathing. Her nurse, who wasn't sure at first what was happening, called 911. When emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from the Fire Department arrived at her Magnolia home, they pulled her out of bed, attached their equipment and began pushing...
  • 'Futility' law gives doctors too much power, groups charge

    05/08/2006 6:44:55 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 108 replies · 1,362+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5/8/2006 | Mary Ann Roser
    Odd political bedfellows working together to change law that allows doctors to withdraw treatment, transfer patients Monday, May 08, 2006 Some unlikely political bedfellows want to change the state's "medical futility" law, saying it gives doctors too much power to make life-and-death decisions and families who disagree too little time to fight back. The law has received renewed attention in recent days after doctors in Austin and Houston sought to withdraw treatment from patients whose families wanted to keep them on life support. A collection of conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, Texas Right to Life members and disability rights...
  • Freep a poll!

    04/27/2006 12:46:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies · 411+ views ^ | 4-27-06 | Channelcincinnati
    Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives? Yes, and the law should let willing medical professionals help. Yes, but doctors shouldn't be involved. No, this should be allowed.
  • Andrea Clark Is Not the Only One [Schiavo revisted??]

    04/26/2006 9:19:18 PM PDT · by ChessMan · 31 replies · 533+ views
    Andrea Clark Is Not the Only One Even experienced Right to Life attorneys find the case of Andrea Clark to be shocking. Your continued efforts on her behalf are much appreciated by Andrea's family. However, Andrea is not the only person whose life is endanger. Jerri Lynn Ward (Texas Advanced Directives Blog) explains: I represent Andrea Clark and the family. I came to represent the family because I signed up on the registry of health care providers and referral groups that have volunteered their readiness to consider assisting families in the situation where the present attending physician and hospital ethics...
  • Michael Schiavo's statements make best case for Terri's Day movement

    03/27/2006 1:07:31 PM PST · by KevinNuPac · 4 replies · 539+ views
    Renew America ^ | March 27,2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Michael Schiavo's statements make best case for Terri's Day movement Kevin Fobbs March 27, 2006 Michael Schiavo attempted to appear pious as he answered NBC Matt Lauer's question on what was Terri's wishes on end of life on Dateline Sunday evening. It was pure theater but what many viewers may have missed was the essence of Michael Schiavo's answer when he claimed Terri did not want to be a "burden" to anyone. Being a burden is why the court allowed her to be killed. Being a burden is now a mortal crime punishable by death. Didn't America hear the argument...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 1-29-2006

    01/29/2006 11:54:18 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 183+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-29-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See this thread for example... The Supreme Court said states can decide if you can commit suicide with the aid of a doc (which I think is a crock) if you're sick you had better go hide!
  • Faith and consequences - What Terri's Law cost the Republicans in Congress

    12/18/2005 2:52:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies · 1,172+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | December 18, 2005 | WES ALLISON and ANITA KUMAR with Janet Zink and Bill Adair
    WASHINGTON - Each December, the Family Research Council grades Congress on how it voted during the year on important conservative social issues, such as gay marriage and abortion. But this year, the group didn't even bother to score the Senate. Blame Terri Schiavo. After the public backlash that followed congressional intervention in Schiavo's end-of-life case in March, conservative social victories were just too few to count. Moderate Republicans, already uncomfortable with the rightward cant of their congressional leaders, found in Schiavo a new reason to keep their distance. And the Democrats who had helped pass several Republican priorities early this...
  • Michael Schiavo joins the fray

    12/07/2005 5:02:27 PM PST · by eartotheground · 198 replies · 2,823+ views
    Salon ^ | December 7th, 2005 | Michael Scherer
    Terri Schiavo's husband starts a PAC devoted to defeating the Bible-thumping politicians who used his comatose wife as a football. By Michael Scherer Dec. 7, 2005 | At the height of the battle, Michael Schiavo appeared to be a reluctant cultural warrior. His wife, Terri, lay comatose, in her 15th year of vegetative slumber, connected to a feeding tube, but well beyond resuscitation. Around her hospice, a political hurricane swirled. In Terri's name, President George Bush interrupted his vacation, Sen. Bill Frist played doctor from the Senate floor, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush launched a flimsy criminal investigation, and Rep. Tom...
  • Mom seeks to euthanize girl she gave up

    12/06/2005 9:31:35 AM PST · by Warhammer · 106 replies · 2,758+ views
    AP via the Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2005 | Adam Gorlick
    WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Allison Avrett's photos show her daughter Haleigh as a smiling little girl with brown bangs hanging over her squinting eyes. Those pictures were taken before Mrs. Avrett gave up Haleigh for adoption five years ago, and long before the purported beating that landed the 11-year-old in a hospital attached to the ventilator and feeding tube. Now, with Haleigh's doctors saying she will never recover from her vegetative state, the child is at the center of a life-and-death legal struggle.
  • TerriTheFightGoesOn

    11/16/2005 2:43:39 PM PST · by TerriTheFightGoesOn · 267+ views
    Dear Concerned Supporters Of Terri Schiavo: Please take time look at the following report. REPORT: IN DEPTH: ANALYSIS: HUMAN BIOLOGICAL FACTS IGNORED TO PUT TERRI SCHIAVO TO DEATH/ Forty Thousand Word Critique Of What Was Done To Terri Schiavo: Basic Knowledge; Basic Reasoning; Ignored Biological Facts; Ignored Medical Knowledge; Absence Of Biological Facts And Medical Knowledge; Absence Of And Destruction Of Evidence, Both Physical And Medical. There are many, many more points in the actual report. Some pages may seem similar to pages you have read before, but there are also many pages that go into depth with biological and...
  • Clinton: Americans 'reluctant to get to heaven' (Bill Clinton wants to be starved to death?)

    11/17/2005 8:54:56 AM PST · by emiller · 7 replies · 970+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 11-17-05 | Joe Kovacs
    In making a point about the importance of having a living will, ex-President Bill Clinton remarked that religious Americans are apparently hypocrites for having a fear of death. "It's interesting to me that we always proclaim – especially certain numbers of us – that we're the most religious big country in the world," said Clinton. "It may be true, but we also seem to be the most reluctant to get to heaven."
  • Specialists give help, comfort in facing the final journey

    11/14/2005 7:54:44 AM PST · by culturewars · 5 replies · 297+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | November 14, 2005 | M.L. LYKE
    Quality-of-life issues weigh on many patients' minds in the aftermath of the Terri Schiavo case. Schiavo, the Florida woman at the heart of a heated right-to-die debate, suffered severe brain damage in 1990 and was kept alive on life-support until her husband ordered her feeding tube removed this March -- over the bitter objections of her parents. The story struck an American nerve. "People tell me now: 'I don't want to be like that woman in Florida.' They don't remember Terry Schiavo's name, just 'that woman in Florida,' " Owens says. "It has started people thinking about what they would...
  • $48,000 trip? GOP picks up tab(RINO scum alert)

    11/11/2005 9:25:52 AM PST · by eartotheground · 1 replies · 555+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Published October 14, 2005 | STEVE BOUSQUET and LUCY MORGAN
    TALLAHASSEE - The Republican Party of Florida will pay a gambling company $48,000 in hopes of sparing four lawmakers a possible ethics problem after they took a two-day trip to Toronto at the company's expense. The GOP said it will pay $48,000 to Magna Entertainment Corp., which chartered a jet from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on July 12 and whisked the four lawmakers to its company headquarters in Canada. Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, who urged the party to act, promised an inquiry by Senate lawyers. Two Pinellas lawmakers were on the trip: Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, and Rep. Frank...
  • So, Mr. Chief Justice, will it be us or them?

    10/10/2005 9:31:15 AM PDT · by conservativebabe · 315 replies · 3,557+ views
    The Dispatch ^ | October 9, 2005 | John Beydler
    So, Mr. Chief Justice, will it be us or them? Given his first case, we'll know soon enough if new Chief Justice John Roberts is with us or them. It's a control case, a who's-in-charge case. Us or them. The people of Oregon -- me and you, 'cept they live there and we live here -- have twice affirmed through referenda that if a mentally-with-it dying person wants to skip the last part, it's OK for the doctor to prescribe and the pharmacist to fill a fatal prescription. The Oregon Legislature, being the servant of the people that it is,...