Friday, October 02, 2009

Couple prepares to say goodbye to unborn son

Elijah Friedeman, the Millennial Perspective
Date: 9/29/2009 4:05:17 PM

Lauren and Greg Tomaschko are expecting a child. But they know that their child, if he survives until he is born, will certainly die. This is a heart breaking and inspiring pro-life story. The Tomaschko’s have a blog where they write about their experience. You can read it here.

Lauren and Greg Tomaschko hope their son, Jonathan, is born before they lose him.

For now, Jonathan Tomaschko is a tiny foot in his mom’s ribs. A ricochet of mini hiccups jiggling her belly several times a day.

Each time he moves, his mom stops and concentrates on what he is doing. She doesn’t want to miss a minute of her son’s too-short life.

Jonathan is a baby who might live his entire life inside of his mom. If he does not die before he is born, he will die soon after. A few minutes. Maybe a few hours. Days would take a miracle.

“Not compatible with life” is the sterile medical phrase assigned to Jonathan’s condition. Trisomy 13 is a rare, always fatal, chromosomal defect. His heart and kidneys cannot function outside of his mom’s womb. He has an extra chromosome in every cell of his body.

“Meeting our son alive is our greatest desire in all of this,” says his mom, Lauren, adding that she and his dad, Greg, pray that they will be able to hold and comfort their son when he dies.

“It’s our chance to be parents to him and to show him how much we love him, and by making sure he’s not alone when he takes his final breaths,” she says.

She has tried to imagine what it will be like laboring with her son, hoping that he survives the delivery, cradling him in her arms.

It always makes her cry.

“I imagine memorizing every single part of his body, the way he smells, the noises he makes, and declaring him ‘beautiful’ and ‘perfect’ in spite of any physical defects Trisomy 13 has caused.”
Read the rest of this story here.

Related link:
Living with Trisomy 13 http://livingwithtrisomy13.org/
My Very Own Angel http://www.myveryownangel.org/

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Texas swimmer attests to adult stem-cell success

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/2/2009 6:30:00 AM

Use of adult stem cells has helped a swimming champion continue to compete.

Lexi Spann, a swimmer for the University of Texas, suffered a serious shoulder injury which put her on the sidelines. Texas Alliance for Life talked with her.

"It was already hard to deal with not swimming in the national championships," she shares, "but then to find out that I wasn't going to get to try out for the Olympics, which has been my life long dream, was extremely depressing."

Spann's own adult stem cells were used to treat the injury. "They removed some of my own adult stem cells and then put them into my shoulder during the surgery," she explains.

The competitive swimmer had to give her shoulder about three months to heal and let the adult stem cells work. Spann was pleased with the results.

"I was surprised, because I missed some training because of my surgery," says Spann, "but I was able to, at trials, end up going right next to my best time [in the 100-meter breast stroke] -- so I was ecstatic to be at that point so fast." She was able to compete in the Olympic trials and then nationals just as if she were her old self.

Texas Alliance for Life says Spann's case is another clear example that adult stem cells work in more than 70 diseases and medical conditions, while embryonic stem-cell research has produced no results.

Giving Granny the Bottle: A Duty to Die?

By Chuck Colson, Breakpoint
September 30, 2009

How wide is the line between the right to die and the duty to die? I’m afraid we may find out soon enough.

Regular BreakPoint listeners have heard me speak about the impact of declining birth rates around the world. One consequence is that older people comprise an increasing percentage of the population in places like Japan and Western Europe.

This increases economic pressures on these countries since an aging population requires more services while having fewer young workers to pay for them.

One doctor has come up with a way to address the imbalance between pensioners and workers—that is, fewer pensioners.

What Dr. Philip Nitschke has in mind isn’t raising the retirement age—his goal is fewer pensioners.

Nitschke is the founder of Exit International, a self-described “world-leading Voluntary Euthanasia” organization. As part of his mission, Nitschke, who is from Australia, travels to different countries teaching people “how to end their lives safely.”

One of his methods is a dose of the barbiturate Nembutal. While in Britain, he told Reuters that “almost every 75-year-old I meet now sees merit in having their own bottle of Nembutal in the cupboard as an insurance policy, in case things get bad.”

Every 75-year-old? Clearly the Kevorkian from Down Under runs with an atypical crowd. As Reuters put it, “Nitschke’s is an extreme view.” Extreme, but unfortunately not unthinkable, especially given the trajectory of our culture. Read more.

Action item: Learn how you can join the fight against physician-assisted suicide in Hawai'i. Contact Hawaii Right to Life at 585-8205 or hrtlprolife(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

California Pro-Life Activists Lila Rose, Walter Hoye Behind Personhood Campaign

Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Some familiar faces are behind the new abortion-personhood campaign in California. Lila Rose and Walter Hoye are behind the effort to get the state to recognize human rights and personhood for all human beings from the biological beginning of development. Read more.

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Washington State Quickly Taking First Place in Promotion of Assisted Suicide

by Rita MarkerSeptember 29, 2009
LifeNews.com Note: Rita Marker is an attorney and executive director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide.

Live in Washington State? In a crisis? Suicidal?

Call 911.

Then what?

A dispatcher sends crisis negotiators who, if they follow the suggestions provided at a recent negotiators' training session, could help you consider "all options." If you're eligible, you may be referred to friendly volunteers who will help you find a doctor willing to prescribe a deadly drug overdose.

Just take the prescription to a pharmacy. Have it filled by a pharmacist who hands it to you with instructions to "take this with a light snack and alcohol to cause death."

But what if the pharmacy has opted out of participation in assisted suicide?

Not to worry.

Washington pharmacies are required to fill your prescription.

And what if you're not "qualified" for assisted suicide under Washington's Death with Dignity Act?

No sweat. There's help for you, too. Exit International, an equal opportunity death facilitator, has just established its North American headquarters in Bellingham, WA.

Enter the twilight zone that is Washington State. Read more.

Fertility Clinics Face Lawsuits Over Destroying Embryos

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Fertility clinics in Louisiana and California are facing lawsuits over their destruction or mishandling of human embryos -- the unique human beings waiting to be born. The lawsuits highlight the problems of fertility clinics having such a direct control over the life and death of people in their earliest days. Read more.

New NIH Web Site Promotes Obama's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Tax-Funding

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The National Institutes of Health has set up a new web site that will further implement the decision by President Barack Obama to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. The research has yet to help any patients, unlike the use of adult stem cells which has proven particularly useful. Read more.

Senate Panel Defeats Public Option in Baucus Health Care Reform Measure

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A Senate committee today voted to defeat an amendment to include the public option in the Baucus health care "reform" legislation. The public option is the government-run health care program that pro-life groups worry would expand abortion funding more that is already present in the bill. Read more.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Healthcare Legislation Webinar for Healthcare Professionals

Tune in on Tuesday, September 29 from 8:30-9:30 PM EST (2:30-3:30 PM HST) for the Christian Medical Association / Freedom2Care Live Webcast.

Healthcare reform legislation Webcast for Healthcare Professionals
To view the webcast go to http://www.livestream.com/cmda.

Speakers:

  • Hon. Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman (NJ - 4th) and long-time pro-life leader
  • Claude Allen - former Domestic Policy Advisor to President Bush and also Deputy
  • Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • David Stevens, MD - CEO, Christian Medical Association (CMA)
  • David Christensen - Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, Family Research Council
  • Douglas Johnson - Legislative Director for National Right to Life Committee.
  • Jonathan Imbody - CMA VP for Government Relations

Questions can be sent in advance to: questions@cmda.org.


To view the webcast go to http://www.livestream.com/cmda.

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Action Alert: Important Senate Committee Votes on Abortion Funding Tomorrow!

Announcement courtesy of the Christian Coalition

The Senate Financial Services Committee will vote tomorrow on several amendments offered by Senator Orrin Hatch to prevent federal funding for abortions and to provide conscience clause provisions to protect medical service workers in the health care legislation. It is imperative that you call key Senators on the Financial Services Committee to tell them to vote "NO" on government-funded abortions as "health care" and to vote "YES" as to providing conscience clause protections for medical service workers.

SPEAK OUT NOW...It is essential that you take advantage of the time that remains and speak out to these U.S. Senators:

  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM): 202-224-5521; FAX: 202-224-2852
  • Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE): 202-224-2441; FAX: 202-228-2190
  • Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND): 202-224-2043; FAX: 202-224-7776
  • Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR): 202-224-4843; FAX: 202-228-1371
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274; FAX: 202-228-2183
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME): 202-224-5344; FAX: 202-224-1946
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): 202-224-4822; FAX: 202-228-0325
Call their offices, FAX them or email them. Tell them the overwhelming majority of Americans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars to fund abortions!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Abortion Practitioner Who Killed Woman in Botched Legal Abortion Faces Hearing

Hyannis, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion practitioner Rapin Osathanondh, who has been charged with manslaughter after killing one of his patients in a botched legal abortion, faces a Friday hearing. Osathanondh did the abortion on 22-year-old Laura Smith, who died in September 2007 at his Women's Health Center abortion business. Learn more.

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Fertility Clinic's Error in Giving Mother Wrong Unborn Baby Sparks Reform Call

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The case of an Ohio fertility clinic that has received national attention for giving a mother the wrong unborn child is sparking calls for reform. One leading pro-life bioethicist says the entire industry is largely unregulated and needs more oversight from federal and state governments.

The case involves Sean and Carolyn Savage, an Ohio couple, who had hoped and struggled for one more child from in vitro fertilization.

When the doctor's call came, however, Sean was in "total shock" as they were told from fertility clinic staff that the fertility clinic had implanted another couple's embryos into Carolyn's womb. Learn more.

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40 Days for Life Event Results in California Abortion Center Employee Quitting

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- David Bereit, the national director of the pro-life 40 Days for Life campaign that involves peaceful prayer and education outside local abortion centers, told local organizers before the latest campaign to be ready for something exciting to happen.
For Bereit and the pro-life advocates participating in the event in Bakersfield, California, that something exciting is the resignation of an employee at a local abortion business. Learn more.

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Report Details 40 Years of Pregnancy Centers Helping Women Avoid Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Millions of women have avoided the medical and mental health heartache that accompanies an abortion and chosen life for their unborn children thanks to the yeoman's work of staff and volunteers at pregnancy centers across the country and around the world.

A new report slated for release next week, "A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life," details those efforts for the last 40 years. Learn more.

Senate to Vote Next Week on Pro-Life Health Care Fixes on Abortion, Rationing

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
September 25, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Senate Finance Committee had been expected to vote this week on a slate of pro-life amendments offering fixes to abortion funding and rationing problems in the Baucus health care bill. However, the panel adjourned today without having voted on them.

The panel, dominated by abortion advocates, will reconvene on Tuesday morning -- which gives pro-life advocates more time to support the amendments.

As several pro-life groups have noted, the Baucus bill opens the door to massive abortion funding, though one change Sen. Max Baucus made to his measure prevented the bill from making it so abortions allowed under the Hyde amendment could be mandated in the health care scheme it sets up.

Still, according to National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson, "The bill contains provisions that would send massive federal subsidies directly to both private insurance plans and government-chartered cooperatives that pay for elective abortion."

"In addition, the Baucus bill requires that a specific charge must be included in the premiums paid by those who enroll in such subsidized plans, of at least '$1 per enrollee, per month,' which amounts to a surcharge specifically for elective abortions," he said. "The Baucus bill provides $6 billion in federal funds for the establishment of health insurance cooperatives, without any limitation on the use of these funds to pay for abortions or to subsidize plans that pay for elective abortions."

To fix these problems, pro-life senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Mike Enzi of Wyoming have proposed a handful of amendments.

At least six pro-life amendments will be offered that address abortion funding, state laws and the conscience rights of pro-life medical professionals who do not want to be forced to perform or refer for abortions.

Meanwhile, pro-life groups are also supporting amendments to fix the rationing components found in the Baucus health care "reform" measure.

The concern revolves around one provision that penalizes Medicare doctors who provide higher levels of medical treatment to senior citizens.

Senator Jon Kyl, a pro-life Arizona Republican and Senator Pat Roberts, a pro-life Kansas Republican, are behind amendments.

They would remove the provision that establishes that, for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year.

Votes on the pro-life amendments would follow other votes this summer in which another Senate committee defeated an amendment to stop tax-funded abortions.

When the Finance committee does vote, the pro-life side starts with a disadvantage as the committee is dominated 14-8 by abortion advocates with all of the Democrats on the panel and one Republican, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, backing abortion.

Action: Contact members of the Senate Finance Committee and urge them to support amendments to make sure abortion funding and rationing are specifically excluded from the Baucus bill. You can find members of the panel here. http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/committee.htm

Related links:
National Right to Life - http://www.NRLC.org

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Needs "ACORN" Treatment--DeFund It

by Gary Bauer
September 25, 2009

LifeNews.com Note: Former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families. He is also the former president of the Family Research Council.

For James O'Keefe, the sequel has been a blockbuster. As almost everyone knows by now, the investigative journalist and a friend secretly filmed themselves posing as a pimp and prostitute while ACORN workers advised them how to obtain a mortgage for a brothel of Latin American sex slaves.

But lost in the deserved attention to the ACORN sting film has been O'Keefe's first release, a 2007 expose of the systemic corruption at another liberal activist organization, Planned Parenthood.

ACORN is losing some of its federal funding in part because of O’Keefe’s video. But the Planned Parenthood story, in which O'Keefe and a friend posing as his pregnant minor girlfriend expose the abortion giant’s willingness to cover up alleged statutory rape, is just as incriminating.

Planned Parenthood deserves the same treatment ACORN is getting and should be stripped of the hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars it receives annually. For that to happen, the conservative media must give O’Keefe’s debut film another look.