Saturday, November 27, 2010

Doggie euthanasia is not pretty, either

by Michael Cook | 19 Nov 2010 | Careful! a MercatorNet focus blog on euthanasia

Target, on right“Dogs get euthanased; why not humans?” is one of the oldest chesnuts in the euthanasia debate. One counter-argument is the experience of a recently euthanased dog.

In a case which has shocked the US, an Afghan dog who was adopted after saving the lives of American soldiers from a suicide bomber, was euthanased by mistake. Read more

Survey: 300 “Doctors” Do Late Abortions, 140 When Baby Feels Pain

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 11/25/10 12:06 PM

With controversial late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart getting national attention over plans to expand his abortion business, a little-known 2008 study is gaining new attention.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization previously affiliated with Planned Parenthood, released a study in 2008 titled “Abortion in the United States: Incidence and Access to Services, 2005.”

The study found there were at least 1,787 abortion “doctors” in the United States but it revealed stark numbers when it comes to those who do abortions later in pregnancy.

Of the 1,787, the study found that “[t]wenty percent of providers offered abortions after 20 weeks [LMP], and only 8% at 24 weeks [LMP].”

Though the numbers seem small, that translates to at least 300 “doctors” who who will perform abortions after 20 weeks LMP like LeRoy Carhart and, of those, 140 willing to perform abortions at 24 weeks LMP.

Mary Balch, an attorney who handle state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, says the numbers are important because mainstream media outlets have attempted to make it appear there are very few practitioners willing to do late or late-term abortions. Read more

The Disappeared: Female Feticide

Excerpted from the Shadowline Films blog

In India it is estimated over 10,000,000 girls have lost their lives to selective abortion over the past 20 years. Moreover, the mortality rate for girls under age 5 is 40% higher due to starvation and neglect. Learn more

Friday, November 26, 2010

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and Abortion

Excerpted from a message by Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

My daughter just read one of my favorite books of all time, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She understood right away (took me years) the gravity of the meaning in the title. Here’s the key passage:

"Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to a kill a mockingbird.'

That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"

My daughter said, “I thought of abortion.” I had not. I had thought of the two strong male characters perceived in the town as expendable. Tom Robinson, the powerless black man wrongly accused and convicted of rape. I thought of the young man Boo Radley, mentally a child, and relegated to a life in the basement next door.

Add the unborn because they fit beautifully: each one with value beyond measure, sent for our joy, but unappreciated for their intrinsic value.

They surprise us with their gifts. “They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out” in whatever way they were sent to sing. To kill them is surely a sin in the way Atticus describes it—and a grievous loss. For the unborn, it is the loss of almost 4,000 brilliant and unique songs per day.

That’s why the victory for them is so sweet. And why now is the moment. You created this moment we can seize on their behalf for sure, but also for our own joy. We need the “music” they were sent for us to enjoy.

You are a blessing and reason for a scientifically-correct, happier life in our world. Thank you for your own music!

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Group Asks Supreme Court to Protect Advocacy Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

Press Release
James Bopp, Jr., James Madison Center for Free Speech

On Monday, Human Life of Washington (“HLW”) asked the Supreme Court to hear its case that seeks to allow citizens to advocate political issues without being treated as a political committee (PAC) by the state.

HLW seeks to advocate its views on life issues, including its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. In 2008, citizens of Washington considered a ballot initiative that would legalize physician-assisted suicide. HLW wanted to continue to express its views on this issue. However, even though HLW just wanted to talk about the issues and not the ballot initiative, it could not because such activities would have made it a PAC under Washington’s vague PAC definition. That was a risk HLW could not take, since PACs are subjected to burdensome and expensive requirements and severe penalties for noncompliance.

HLW filed a First Amendment challenge to several Washington regulations, including those establishing what groups are treated as PACs. HLW asked the court to declare the law unconstitutional. However, the trial court found the law to be constitutional. HLW appealed and the court of appeals agreed with the trial court. In so doing, the court of appeals directly contradicted the Supreme Court and other federal courts on the important issue of which organizations can be treated as PACs.

James Bopp, Jr., counsel for HLW, makes the following statement concerning the case: “While the Supreme Court and other Circuit courts have said that only certain organizations may be treated as PACs, Washington has been suppressing speech by treating groups that do issue advocacy as PACs. This case provides a unique opportunity for the Supreme Court to protect issue advocacy groups from this threat.”

The case is Human Life of Washington, Inc. v. Brumsickle. Court filings, including the Petition for Writ of Certiorari, may be viewed here.

James Bopp, Jr. has a national federal and state election law practice. He is an attorney with Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom and General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech. He is also a former Co-Chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A dying bioethicist warns of the peril of euthanasia

by Michael Cook
from Careful! a MercatorNet focus blog on euthanasia

Melbourne bioethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini is dying and in pain. He has written a letter to the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, urging him not to support Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2010. This is one of the most eloquent and cogent expressions of the argument against euthanasia that I have ever read. Here are a few paragraphs. Read the letter in full here.

I write this letter to you my own name only and not in the name of my institute, of any Government Committees in which I am involved, or of any organisation. I write because what happens in South Australia on this matter will affect all Australians, particularly those who, like me, meet the requirements of the Bill.

Full story

Homicide or Mercy Killing?

By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, from his blog

The New York Daily News is reporting on a very sad case of homicide, whereby an elderly man shot his wife, reportedly based on compassion.

The daughter of the couple was reported by the newspaper as stating:
"It was a mercy killing,"
"Her mind was gone."
These cases need to be reported very carefully by the media. We do not know the actual intention of the spouse who is the perpetrator.

Research indicates that often a older person who kills their spouse has a history of abuse, has a controlling personality, or is experiencing depression or mental illness. Sadly these acts are more likely often out by men.

A recent study entitled: Domestic Homicide and Homicide-Suicide: The Older Offender that was researched by Dominique Bourget and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 38:3:305-311 (2010) found that a disturbing trend exists in Spousal homicide cases among older persons. Read more

Monday, November 22, 2010

Girls Glorifying God Conference

Free Event for Mothers & Daughters, Youth, College, & Single Young Women
Ages 11 and up

with Dr. Brenda Robinson
also featuring special guest MC Dawn O'Brien of "The Dawn of the New Day!" Morning show on 95.5 the Fish!

Friday, December 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: Wai`alae Baptist Church

Click here for event flyer.
Register by December 1, 2010 online or by calling (808)732-5561 ext. 204

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Experts to expose true legacy of 50 years of the pill

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2010 ( - As the hormonal birth control pill celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, experts in the medical, ethical, and legal fields are coming together to challenge Congress and the country to face mounting evidence of the drug's devastating social and medical repercussions.

A conference hosted by Human Life International (HLI) America entitled 50 Years of 'The Pill' in America: A Comprehensive Analysis,” to be held in the Hyatt Regency Washington in the nation's capital on December 3, will host speakers talking about various aspects of contraceptive use.

The conference is advertised as a series of "analyses of how America has changed demographically, legally, socially, politically, culturally and ethically because of 'The Pill.'"

Jenn Giroux, executive director of HLI America, told that the conference was a timely response to the mainstream media's one-sided representation of a drug that has deeply altered the face of American society.

At the event bioethics expert Dr. Theresa Deisher will speak on the ethical slippery slope created by the pill, while breast cancer surgeon Dr. Angela Lanfranchi will outline the alarming correspondence of pill use and the increasing prevalence of breast cancer in younger women. Former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline, known for his work investigating the practice of late-term abortionist George Tiller, will discuss the possible legal ramifications of administering the birth control pill to minors, a large percentage of whom statistics have shown to be victims of sexual abuse by older men. Full story