Thursday, February 12, 2009

'Death With Dignity' Bills Should Not Be Fast-Tracked Through Hawaii Legislature

By Dr. & Mrs. Joseph DiCostanzo, Jr. (M.D.), 2/11/2009 12:33:54 PM

The Democratic leadership of the Hawai‘i House of Representatives has just fast-tracked the so-called “Death with Dignity” bills, HB 587 and HB 806, re-assigning them from both the Health and Judiciary committees to just one, Judiciary. It seems Rep. Calvin Say and others are afraid of giving these bills the scrutiny they deserve by the medical community in Hawai‘i, which is largely opposed to physician-assisted suicide.

Physician-assisted suicide is an issue that intimately involves the medical community in addition to affecting the general public. Bypassing the health committee and not allowing this legislation to be considered for its merits, or lack thereof, by health experts shows ignorance, if not disrespect, for the healthcare community and people of the state of Hawai‘i.

Legalization of physician-assisted suicide irrevocably transforms the role of the physician-healer from one who preserves life to one who takes life. This will inevitably lead to a rapid deterioration of the physician-patient relationship and adversely affect the entire healthcare delivery system.

We know from observation of locations such as Oregon and the Netherlands that physician-assisted suicide leaves society’s most vulnerable—the poor, sick, elderly, and disabled populations—subject to abuse and coercion, regardless of the proposed safeguards.

Once the door to doctor-facilitated death is opened, there will be an expectation by some that certain segments of the population have a “duty to die” because they may be seen as “less useful” or “over-users of resources”.

This is the kind of thinking that leads to genocide, eugenics, and abuses of the worst kind. Please do not be party to ushering it into our state.

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph DiCostanzo, Jr. (M.D.) live in Kailua, Hawaii


Hawaii Reporter

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey

Elderly Hardest Hit

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
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URGENT - Ask Your Member of Congress to Sign Letter to Pelosi

Pro-abortion groups have made it a top priority to eliminate the current bans on federal funding of abortion as their first step to passing FOCA. A bi-partisan group of Members of Congress led by Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio and Democrat Heath Schuler of North Carolina have written a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking her to keep the current pro-life laws in place or allow for amendments to restore them when a bill is debated. Call or send a message to your Member of Congress and ask them to sign onto the Jordan/Schuler letter today. Deadline is Friday, February 13!
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Vote No on Elena Kagan for Solicitor General!

From the Susan B. Anthony List. Take action by clicking this Vote No on Elena Kagan for Solicitor General!

Kagan is a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda. She has vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions, despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortion providers. Laws like the partial-birth abortion ban and parental notification may need an enthusiastic defense before the Supreme Court in the months to come. Elena Kagan will not provide that enthusiastic defense needed to protect these laws.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TV Program Exposes Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Link

A new video released by a group that serves as a watchdog for information on the link between abortion and breast cancer exposes the relationship between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
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Supporters of Abortion Should See What They Support

“I have been a pro abortion catholic… After seeing the pictures of what it exactly was, I nearly cried thinking I supported this awful murder. I ask Jesus my Christ to forgive my past way of thinking. I finally “get it.” This is pure murder. I pray that more people will get to know what it is they are supporting.”
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Testimony in Opposition to SB 777 - Defunding of Abstinence Education in the State of Hawaii

The following testimony is posted with permission.
THE SENATE
THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2009
COMMITTEE ON_HEALTH

DATE: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TIME: 3:00 PM

PLACE: Conference Room 016

Testimony in Opposition to SB 777

RELATING TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY HEALTH EDUCATION

My name is Coreyanne Armstrong, and I would like to relate my personal experiences to you in order to encourage you to oppose SB 777. I was raised as a typical public school student in Texas, outside of Houston. I was abstinent until my wedding night. It was not due to any religious brainwashing nor was it due to the health education I received (since I took health through a correspondence course that basically covered the sex organs but not sexuality). It was due to COMMON SENSE, and the importance I placed on my future, my life, my person, and my feelings. I was as egocentric as your typical teen; however, rather than caring what everyone thought of me, I cared about being able to approve of myself.

What should we teach children and teenagers about contraception, sexuality, STDs, etc? We need to teach them the truth that every adult knows, and most kids know in their heart already from observing the world around them. If they engage in sexual activity, there is a chance they will contract an STD or become pregnant. Period.

There is no disputing this fact.

What it comes down to is whether or not these kids care enough about their futures to do something about this fact and make wise decisions. I have to be honest in saying that my parents neglected to give me “the talk.” They didn’t really take us to church. I didn’t sit through “Sex Ed.” Yet, I went to college when I was sixteen and lived in a dorm. I went to the Naval Academy when I was eighteen and lived next door to 4000 young men. I then went into the Navy for two years before I was married.

How did I remain abstinent through all of this? Why did I insist that men “stop” before going too far (when I was definitely in quite a few sticky situations.)? WHAT WAS THE BIG DEAL? AFTER ALL, EVERYONE IS DOING IT!!

Here it is: I cared about my future. I had a goal. Maybe all young people do not have the same goal, but can you, as legislators, say that you do not have this same goal for our children?

My goal was to finish high school, go to college, and have a successful career.

It can safely be said from all the rhetoric that comes from our government about education that FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL is a goal legislators and parents have for every child. Pursuing further education may be a goal as well, but that is not the point. The point is that if you want to help these children succeed, convincing them that “using protection” will help them achieve their goal is folly.

We all know this. We’re all adults and know that even “responsible” grown men and women get STDs and become pregnant while “using protection” of various sorts. Why should kids be any different?

There is only one truth, and that is that abstaining from sexual activity will keep them free from STDs and unplanned pregnancies. Nothing else has been proven effective. I can give my 5 year old knee pads and a helmet and then tell her to “watch out for cars,” but the only thing that will DEFINITELY keep her from being killed by a car in the middle of the street is to KEEP HER OFF THE STREET.

Where did I receive my “education?”

The media and movies, and those living around me taught me the TRUTH about sex – that to have sex can lead to consequences which could derail my future plans. As long as we are teaching kids something that is hypocritical compared to what reality teaches them, they will just ignore it. Don’t underestimate their ability to learn the truth from their environment.

The consequences of “using protection” are all around them. Teach them the truth!
GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH AND THE INFORMATION TO FIRE BACK AT THOSE WHO WILL TRY TO CONVINCE THEM TO HOP IN THE SACK.

I am thankful that I had a strong personality and enough confidence in my own knowledge of the truth to face up to all the men who tried to get me to have sex with them through the years. Believe me, the pressure for sex started early, and it was persistent, coming from all directions. (Even my mom cornered me at one point to tell me to use a condom with my boyfriend. Thankfully, I told her I had chosen to not have sex until I was married because it was the only sure way to avoid pregnancy and disease.)

Please, stand with these kids.

Be right beside them giving them the information that they need to fight back, to fight for their own self-worth. Keep funding the abstinence-only programs because WE ALL KNOW, AND SO DO THE KIDS, that only abstinence can keep them on the track to finishing high school and being self-confident adults who don’t rely on sex (like our culture would have them do) for approval. Knowledge is power -- let’s give these kids the power to put themselves and their goals first.



Very respectfully,

Coreyanne Armstrong

Why Invitro-Fertilization is Wrong

The case of Nadya Suleman giving birth to eight children after having already given birth previously to six children conceived through in-vitro fertilization has raised many questions surrounding the whole process of in-vitro. Some ask if so many babies should have been implanted, others wonder if some should have been “selectively reduced” – a euphemism for the violence of abortion. But few are asking the question is in-vitro fertilization ethical in the first place? This case provides us with a teachable moment in which faithful Catholics can teach others about the sacredness of human life from its very beginning and God's wonderful plan for marriage, sex and family life.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ALERT - PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE BILLS SKIP HEALTH COMMITTEE…AGAIN!

Just received from Hawaii Family Forum

PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE BILLS SKIP HEALTH COMMITTEE…AGAIN!

This is an outrage! HB 587 and HB 806, both bills relating to physician-assisted suicide, have been re-referred from their original committees. Click on the bill links above and notice how many times the words physician, doctor, patient, medication, etc. is used. The bills were originally scheduled to go to the House Health Committee and then move to the House Judiciary Committee. Today, unfortunately, the status of the bills changed.

Both bills are now only scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary committee. This is not good news nor is it in the best interest of the people of Hawaii.

IMMEDIATE ACTION!

1. Contact House Speaker Calvin Say (808– 586-6100) (repsay@capitol.hawaii.gov) and let him know that you are unhappy that a bill dealing with both physicians and hospitals has bypassed the Health Committee. House Leadership should be held accountable for making decisions that do not best protect the people of Hawaii.
2. Contact House Health Chair, Rep. Ryan Yamane at (808-586-6150) (repyamane@capitol.hawaii.gov), and ask why the bill is not being heard in his committee. Let him know that you strongly oppose physician-assisted suicide!
3. Contact House Judiciary Chair, Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu at (808-586-8490) (repkaramatsu@capitol.hawaii.gov), and let him know you strongly oppose physician-assisted suicide and that you are unhappy that the Health Committee is not going to hear the bill.
Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide would:

• Forever transform the role of physician from one who preserves life to one who takes life. This will lead to a speedy deterioration of the physician-patient relationship, which will adversely affect the entire healthcare delivery system.

• Leave society’s most vulnerable poor, sick, elderly and disabled populations subject to abuse and coercion – no matter what the proposed safeguards. The slippery slope to involuntary Physician-Assisted Death would become a reality, just as it has in the Netherlands.

• Inevitably lead to a duty to die, with elderly patients feeling the subtle (and, perhaps, not so subtle) obligation to end their lives prematurely so as not to be a burden to their families and society. Physician-assisted suicide would immeasurably diminish the sanctity and value of all human life.


Monday, February 09, 2009

House Committee Passes Controversial Emergency Contraceptives Bill with Amendments

The House Committee on Health yesterday passed Bill 423, which would require hospitals and health centers to inform female victims of sexual assault about the risk of pregnancy and provide victims with information about emergency contraceptives (EC).

The bill would also mandate that Hawaii hospitals and health facilities, with the exception of "religiously affiliated" medical institutions, provide EC to victims who request it.
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Eluana Englaro dies suddenly as Italian parliament debates her fate

Eluana Englaro, the comatose woman at the center of a heated "right to die" debate in Italy, died suddenly on February 9-- even as the Italian parliament discussed emergency legislation that might have saved her life.
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