Friday, October 30, 2009

Kill the Diagnosis, Not the Patient

by Bobby Schindler
October 23, 2009

With all of the current debate in the United States over President Obama’s proposed health care legislation, people seem to have firmly chosen sides—based on their political leanings and not necessarily the actual content of the bill, HR 3200.

In a nation that professes a profound reverence for the lives and wellness of its citizens, it is no argument that our system of healthcare delivery fails many patients and that insurance companies and health maintenance organizations have long dodged the bullet of responsibility when they’ve rationed care or denied coverage for certain types of treatments and therapies. That rationing and denial of coverage is most rampant among our most vulnerable citizens—when such treatments and therapies are essential for daily living. And now the government wants in.

Though our current system is in serious need of repair, many fear that a government-run system could open the doors for bureaucrats to make decisions in life and death for patients whose diagnoses are less than promising. This becomes most alarming when certain diagnoses can equal a death sentence for someone who is helpless to save themselves.

On September 20, 2009, Scientific American published a report titled “Conditional Consciousness: Patients in Vegetative States Can Learn, Predicting Recovery.” Citing a study published by Nature Neuroscience, the report states that patients who were previously diagnosed as being in a vegetative state were able to relearn behaviors—suggesting cognition in people who had failed more traditional tests for cognitive function and awareness. Read more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Mich. Democrat: Pelosi 'not happy with me' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan is refusing to buckle to pressure from his leadership to back any bill that does not specifically exclude abortion funding. He is trying to hold together a coalition of 40-50 other Democrats, which would be enough to stop any bill. Please call and leave messages of encouragement for his courageous stand. And ask his office to let the other members of this "coalition" know of our appreciation for defending life.

Representative Bart Stupak, Michigan 1st District
2268 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225 4735
Online email form: http://www.house.gov/stupak/IMA/issue2.htm

Mich. Democrat: Pelosi 'not happy with me' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Cada Vida Importa: A Pro-Life Message to the World

By Mark Earley, Breakpoint
Published Date: October 28, 2009

The people of Spain are telling their government—and the rest of the world—that every life matters.

This past Saturday, a demonstration in Madrid drew an estimated one and a half million protesters. That’s between 3 and 4 percent of Spain’s entire population, the equivalent of 9 to 12 million Americans gathering in Washington.

What government policy were they demonstrating against? Sending troops to Afghanistan? Was it Spain’s nearly 20 percent unemployment rate?

None of those—they were protesting a proposal to liberalize Spain’s abortion laws. They were there to tell the government, their fellow Spaniards, and the rest of the world that “every life matters.”

The proposal would legalize abortions for any reason through the 14th week. In addition, it would have allowed 16- and 17-year-old girls to have an abortion without their parents’ consent.

As Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero put it, the government should not “intervene in the free and private decision of a woman.”

The response was a coalition whose Spanish name means “every life matters.” It’s motto is: “For life, for women, and for motherhood.” According to the coalition, the proposal would have two victims—the first, the unborn child who would be stripped of all legal protection; the other, Spanish women whose ability and even right to be mothers are being eroded by measures like the government’s proposal.

For the demonstrators, instead of supporting Spanish women seeking to have children and creating a safety net for women in crisis, the government is intent on promoting its view of sexuality and personal autonomy.

In their view, a country with one of the lowest birth rates in the world is trying to make it more difficult for women to have children and easier to dispose of the relative few children who are being conceived.

The perversity of this proposal is why all these people converged on Madrid. They held signs saying, “Worry about your own daughters, leave ours in peace.” One marcher, who attended the march with his wife and their three adult children, called the proposed law “barbarism.” He added that “in this country, they protect animals more than human beings.” Read more.

Assisted suicide reaches new level

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/27/2009 4:30:00 AM

Assisted suicide, legal in Oregon and Washington state, has resulted in an unexpected twist.

Hospitals can opt out and refuse to permit doctor-assisted suicides on their premises, but staff members who do not support that can act outside of their jobs. Rita Marker of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide explains further.

"Take for example a social worker who works at that hospital, but she can, and in fact, recently it was a situation where a social worker from a hospital which has opted out [of assisted suicide] was conducting a training session for hostage and crisis negotiators from the law enforcement agencies, and she was explaining if someone is suicidal, there are certain things to look for," says Marker. "And then as part of her presentation, she mentioned if a person is suicidal here are the options."

According to Marker, one of those options was assisted suicide with assistance provided by Compassions and Choices, the old Hemlock Society. As she explains, patients would simply need to call a number, and a volunteer will instruct them how.

In other words, crisis negotiators could be trying to talk people out of killing themselves, while at the same time offering instructions on how to assist people in killing themselves. And while that is "certainly repugnant," states Marker, it is not illegal.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Urgent Alert: Call NOW to stop Pelosi's abortion bill!

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi wants to ram the pro-abortion health care bill through the House

Telephone your representative in the U.S. House today!

WASHINGTON (October 26, 2009) -- This is an urgent congressional alert from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, D.C. Please act on this alert immediately. Please forward this e-mail to all pro-life lists (e.g., lists of pro-life groups, pro-life church members, and pro-life family members).

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Ca.) is planning to try to ram the massive health care bill (H.R. 3200) through the House on short notice, without allowing consideration of a critical pro-life amendment.

National Right to Life is urging every pro-life citizen to immediately TELEPHONE the office of his or her representative in the U.S. House of Representatives with a clear and firm message urging a NO vote on the so-called "rule," which is the procedural vote that would allow passage of H.R. 3200 with no amendments allowed, and also to vote against the pro-abortion bill itself.

Even if you have already called and written your representatives in Congress about the health care bills, it is critical that you call again now. This will just take a few minutes. For guidance on how to make your call, click here, or go to the NRLC Legislative Action Center at http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/ and click on the "Urgent Congressional Alert."

Once you are on the NRLC website, you will see a box labeled "CALL NOW." Once you enter your zip code in that box, you will be shown the name and phone number of your representative in the U.S. House, along with suggested "talking points" that will help you deliver a crisp, clear message to your representative's staff person in Washington, D.C.

You will also see there a simple "feedback" form that you can use, if you wish, to send NRLC a short e-mail report on what your representative's staff person told you about how your representative intends to vote on these matters. These reports are extremely helpful to NRLC's efforts to prevent enactment of this pro-abortion legislation.

Detailed information about the pro-abortion components of the "health care" legislation, including NRLC's most recent letter to U.S. House members and press releases, is posted on the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/ahc

For information on how you can directly support NRLC's lobbying efforts on this critical issue, click here.

For further information, contact:
Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director
National Right to Life Committee (NRLC)
Washington, D.C.
202-626-8820
Legfederal@aol.com

To contact us by mail:
National Right to Life, Inc.
512 10th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004-1401

Related links:
National Right to Life Committee http://www.nrlc.org/ahc
Stop the Abortion Agenda http://stoptheabortionagenda.com