What can happen during an abortion

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Suction curettage or suction aspiration is the most common method of abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. Local or general anesthetic is given to the mother.  The cervix is dilated then a suction curette ( a hollow tube with a sharp cutting edge ) is inserted into the womb. This instrument is connected to a vacuum suction device by a transparent tube. The suction tears the unborn child into pieces. which are sucked through the tube into a collection bottle.

 

 

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Government panels on euthanasia and assisted suicide

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On July 17, the federal government announced the creation of an expert panel to examine the February 6th decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Canada which struck down the prohibition on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Supreme Court gave the federal government one year to enact a legislative regime if it”so chooses”. The newly appointed panel is charged with consulting with stakeholder groups and the Canadian public to provide a response concerning legislative options to the Supreme Court decision. The panel members are Dr. Harvey Chochinov, a psychiatrist and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, Catherine Frazee, a disability rights leader and past co- director of the Ryerson-RBC Institute for Disabilities Studies Research and Education and rounding out the panel is Benoit Pelletier, a member of the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa and former member of the National Assembly of Quebec. Dr. Chochinov and Catherine Frazee were both witnesses for the Crown in Carter v. Canada.

You have an opportunity to make your views known to this panel by visiting the consultation website on the web page news.gc.ca/web/article-en. Look for Consultation on legislative options for assisted dying.

Now out of  Ontario, comes an announcement from the provincial government that a panel for a Provincial and Territorial Advisory Group to advise on policies and practices concerning “doctor assisted dying” has been formed.

Please note that the doctor does not assist your death, he will be causing your death.

Among the appointees of this provincial and territorial panel are Jocelyn Downie, Arthur Schafer  and Maureen Taylor, all  known euthanasia and assisted suicide advocates.  Jocelyn Downie is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University, Arthur Schafer, Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba  and Maureen Taylor, a physician’s assistant, is the widow of Dr. Donald Low. Maureen Taylor called for the legalization of assisted suicide in a video released after her husband’s death.

From an article on the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s (EPC) blog, legal counsel for the EPC Hugh Scher  commented:

The provincial and territorial inquiry into assisted suicide is premature in light of the present study under way by the Federal government. In particular, there is a serious question as to the constitutionality of provincial regimes regulating assisted death as health care, when such conduct and its regulation have historically fallen under the federal government’s criminal law powers under the Constitution.

 

 

To send an email to this provincial panel ,  go to www.ontario.ca/page/doctor-assisted-dying-and-end-life-decisions-consultation.

The survey for the provincial group has rather skewed questions. In one, the respondent is asked: In principle, do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the idea that a person should be able to choose how they manage their palliative  and end of life care, for example when and where they die?

Well most people would support the first part that a person should be able to make decisions about palliative and end of life care but the second part about when they die is an entirely different matter. Palliative care does not involve choosing the time of your death, this is assisted suicide and euthanasia.  You can choose to receive palliative care at home, in hospital or in hospice if you wish but choosing when you die is another matter. If you strongly support quality palliative care as we do, in answering this question in the affirmative, it seems you are also giving support to the notion that individuals can determine the moment of their death which can be done by euthanasia or assisted suicide.

The  email option on the page allows you to state your point of view clearly and accurately.

Action Life opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide because they are killing. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not medical treatment or health care.

 

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Respecting all human life

 

 

 

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It has often been said in the abortion debate that if you don’t agree with abortion, you shouldn’t impose your beliefs on others. Support for abortion however imposes its belief on someone, the unborn child. It advances that this unborn human being is disposable if a woman so chooses.  This position pits mother against child, as if the child was somehow the enemy. Mother and child are equal human beings and both have a right to life.

A woman facing an unintended pregnancy will find caring and compassionate help in Ottawa at the Miriam Centre, St. Mary’s Home and Birthright.

 

 

 

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A voice for Life

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photo National Right to Life Committee

In 1977, Melissa Ohden’s birth mother underwent an abortion in a hospital in Iowa. Melissa’s mother, a 19 year old college student, was seven months pregnant. Although the medical staff thought Melissa was dead, she had survived the abortion attempt. The technique used for the abortion was saline infusion also known as ‘salting out’. This method is used after 16 weeks of pregnancy. A needle is inserted through the abdominal wall, through the uterine wall and into the amniotic sac. Some amniotic fluid is removed and replaced with a solution of concentrated salt. The unborn child breathes in the salt solution and is poisoned by it. The solution also causes burning and deterioration of the unborn child’s skin. It takes about an hour for the child to die. The mother usually goes into labour about  33 to 35 hours after the administration of the salt solution and delivers a dead baby. But Melissa survived the abortion and was adopted by a loving family. Today she is an advocate for life. You can read more of her story at www.melissaohden.com.

The use of saline infusion as an abortion method has declined  in Canada. According to Statistics Canada data,  saline infusion accounted for 5.8% of abortions out of 49,033 in 1975. In 1980, the number was 2.7% out of 65,243 abortions. In 1987, it had fallen to 1.4% out of 61,635 abortions. In 1989, there were 553 saline infusion abortions out of  70,705 hospital abortions. The method of abortion was not reported for  5,291 abortions that year. The actual total number of abortions in 1989 when one includes abortions performed in clinics in Quebec and those performed on Canadian women in the U.S. was 79,315.

In 2004, saline infusions were done in 0.1% of cases according to 42,880 detailed records out of 100,039 abortions. While the use of this particular method has declined, the number of abortions increased to at least 100,000 a year in Canada.

Any method of abortion has the same end, the death of the unborn child. Thankfully Melissa Ohden survived and despite initial concerns about her health following the abortion, she is well and is now a voice for life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is the unborn child?

 

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The unborn child is  referred to in many ways by those who wish to strip him of his humanity. Words such as tissue, clump of cells or product of conception are used but the words cannot change scientific reality.

Where you are does not change who you are. Location does not alter the value or nature of a human being. If the unborn child is not human, then a short journey down the birth canal will not make him a human being. Science proves beyond a doubt that the unborn child is human.

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Euthanasia by dehydration /starvation

Terri Schiavo is a Florida woman who was dehydrated to death in March 2005 following a court decision.  Fifteen years earlier in February 1990, Terri had collapsed and suffered brain damage. Later in 1998, her husband petitioned a probate  court to have her feeding tube removed. The case wound its way through the courts with Terri’s family battling for her life. Her parents and siblings very much wanted to care for her. Terri died on March 31, 2005, thirteen days after her feeding tube was removed. Her death was anything but peaceful and beautiful as her brother Bobby and sister Suzanne attested.

Now from France comes a similar case. From a news report,  we learn that Vincent Lambert’s parents are equally distraught  at the court decision  approving the death of their son by dehydration/starvation. His mother Vivian said “it’s scandalous. They are condemning my son. We will remain by Vincent’s side and will continue to fight.”

The Terri Schiavo Hope and Life network commented on the decision of the European Court of Human rights permitting the dehydration and starvation of Vincent Lambert. A portion of their statement follows:

PHILADELPHIA, June 16, 2015 – The family of Terri Schiavo is reacting to a court ruling that allows Vincent Lambert, the man known as the “Terri Schiavo of France” to be starved and dehydrated to death. “With so many questions in this case, why would you err on the side of death? As in my sister’s situation, we don’t know what Vincent’s wishes are,” says Terri Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, who is executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. “Vincent’s parents are willing to care for him and have the right to do so. We strongly support their efforts and oppose the court’s ruling.”

Lambert experienced a profound brain injury seven years ago after a motorcycle accident. His wife and some siblings agree with a doctor’s recommendation that his life should end. But Lambert’s parents and other siblings say he is showing progress and needs better care. On June 5, a court ruled that the decision to stop intravenously feeding Lambert did not violate European laws.

“This case parallels my sister Terri’s case in so many ways,” says Schindler. “Vincent’s family is fighting for his life, wanting to continue therapy. Since Terri’s death, there have been dramatic breakthroughs in treatment and promise of new technologies on the horizon. There are documented cases in which brain-injured patients become capable of moderate levels of consciousness and actually regain some level of functionality. There are also cases on record where such patients regain full functionality and today live active, independent lives.”

“Protecting those who cannot advocate for themselves is the mission behind the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, and we are raising awareness around this issue and advocating for change.”

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit has responded to requests from more than a thousand families, supporting them with advocacy, guidance and resources at no charge.

“Many family members are willing to take on the responsibility of care and the long, hard work of rehabbing their loved ones to higher levels of consciousness. All they ask is for the right to do so,” says Schindler.”

 

 

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Aborting the future

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For the last 45 years, abortion in Canada has denied nearly 4 million children their right to life. At least 100,000 abortions are performed every year in Canada. If one considers as well, the number of abortions performed worldwide in countries where it is legal, this represents the deaths of  millions of  unborn children.

Sadly, we fail to appreciate that children bring joy and  hope for the future. It seems, we are aborting the future one life at a time.

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Sometimes choice is an illusion

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Assisted suicide is presented by those who support it as a matter of autonomy and choice. But sometimes choice is an illusion. Vulnerable persons may be ever so gently steered in the direction of assisted suicide. It may also cause some to feel abandoned if they are asked to consider assisted suicide.  The message received is that others think you would be better off dead. Even a patient asking a question about assisted suicide can have unforeseen consequences as related in the article below.

This piece was published by www.californiaagainstassistedsuicide.org/ . It highlights the experience of one family :

A few years ago, my brother, Wes Olfert, died in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal.

When he was first admitted to the hospital, he made the mistake of asking about assisted suicide. I say a mistake, because this set off a chain of events that interfered with his care and caused him unnecessary stress in what turned out to be the last months of his life.
By asking the question, he was given a “palliative care” consult by a doctor who heavily and continually pressured him to give up on treatment before he was ready to do so. Other doctors and staff members also lost interest in helping him once they learned that he had asked about assisted suicide.
With legal assisted suicide, my brother’s choice was not enhanced; he was instead written off and pressured to die. Assisted suicide should not be legal.
Marlene Deakins, RN Tuscon Arizona

 

Additional information about assisted suicide in the United States is available at choiceillusion.org.

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Human before and after birth

10422516_1074045322611243_2224269869427798805_n (1)Words such as ‘embryo’ or ‘fetus’ serve the same purpose as calling human beings ‘infants’, ‘children’, ‘adolescents’ or ‘adults’ at other stages of their lives. They are simply scientific terms used to indicate where a person is in his or her development: in no way do they mean the unborn child is not human.

Personhood does not begin at a specific point in time. It belongs to a being of human origin – a being who has a human father and mother. A human being is always a person at every stage of life.

Some advocates of abortion claim that the unborn child is a mere clump of cells. But the scientific facts are that a living, unmistakably human organism exists from the moment the ovum is fertilized: it will not develop into a cat or a plant – only a human being, because it is already a human being.

The unborn child while still in the womb can be viewed by ultrasound. He or she can receive blood transfusions and even be treated surgically.

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Embrace Life!

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Adopted and loved.com is an outreach of the Radiance Foundation.

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