Safe delivery not abortion

 

Culture of Life Africa has produced this video titled “The dictatorship of the wealthy donor.”

The Liberal government announced on International Women’s Day that it would direct $650 million over three years  towards ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights ‘ in developing countries. ‘Reproductive health’ for abortion advocates includes abortion. 

Women in developing countries need basic medicines, prenatal care and birth attendants. These funds directed towards abortion would be better utilized to provide maternal, newborn and child health care.

As Culture of Life Africa says in its video, Africans want safe deliveries not abortion. “No one has asked Africans what they want or how they feel” says Obianuju Ekeocha, a Nigerian scientist and president of Culture of Life Africa.

But the current government says that the “goal of Canada’s contribution is to reduce unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, and protect and promote the health and rights of women and girls giving them the opportunity to develop their full potential and contribute to the development of their communities.”

However, abortion is not needed for girls and women to realise their full potential. Abortion denies and deprives many unborn girls of  any life at all.  Abortion cures no disease or medical condition.

The government’s plan does not stop at funding abortions. A background document titled Canada’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights-March 8, 2017, announcement informs us that it will include support for “removing judicial and legal barriers to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights.” In other words, this Canadian government seeks to repeal laws against abortion and force its pro-abortion ideology on these developing nations.  As reported by the Globe and Mail on March 8th, funds will go to “fighting global anti-abortion laws.”

Canada will honour its commitment of $3.5 billion to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) for the years 2015 to 2020. This initiative begun under the previous government did not include funding for abortions nor did it seek to force these nations to legalize abortion.

We read in the background document that the $650 million slated for “sexual and reproductive health and rights” aims to “build on and address gaps in our MNCH commitment..” This government calls the funding of abortion  filling a gap but in reality what is most needed is basic medical care to improve maternal, newborn and child health.   

According to a March 8th report by Laura Peyton of  CTV News, the $650 million will not come out of the $3.5 billion maternal, newborn and child health program “set up under the previous government”.

Dr. Robert Walley of Matercare International (MCI) wrote in 2014 :

“Matercare International (MCI) consultants have been working to improve pregnancy outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa for over 30 years, beginning in Nigeria in 1981 and then Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Haiti (2010) and now since 2005 in Kenya.

For me the greatest and most life-changing experience as an Ob/Gyn came during my first direct contact with maternal death in a mission hospital in south-Eastern Nigeria. In over 40 years of practice in Newfoundland, I have never had a mother die of a direct obstetrical cause, haemorrhage, infection, or hypertension. In the mission, however, I recall four direct deaths of young mothers in the course of one weekend.  All four deaths could have ben prevented with proper care and supplies.

My first reaction was sorrow but then followed anger. As an obstetrician I was outraged, because these deaths simply need not have happened at all. These women died due to neglect, which is a tragic form of violence against one particular group of women, mothers. Since that time, I have worked to make a difference and shine a light on the neglect. 

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The problem is that the world forgets that maternal mortality is about the death of a mother. Thus, maternal survival depends on their being cared for one at a time, by experienced doctors and midwives in safe clean facilities, with adequate equipment, but also with transport available to go to the mother when life threatening complications arise.

What they need to consider is the World Health Organization’s most recent list of the causes of death: haemorrhage(mostly post-partum, 35%), hypertension (18%), indirect causes (HIV, anaemia, malaria, 18%), other direct causes (ectopic pregnancy, obstructed labour, pulmonary embolism, 11%), sepsis (9%). These causes amount to 91% of al deaths and occur during the last three months of pregnancy, during labour and delivery, and one week afterwards. The remaining 9% is due to abortion, both spontaneous and induced.

Therefore what is needed is what MCI calls the ‘91% solution’, which is the providing of essential obstetrics to every mother..

Abortion and birth control are basically irrelevant to solving this maternal tragedy…

MCI’s approach has been to develop a model of rural essential obstetrics which takes into account the lack of adequate maternal healthcare, poor facilities, lack of staff, lack of equipment and transport, and to involve communities in the process (especially women’s groups and traditional birth attendants). So we begin at the rural village level, where 80% of mothers presently deliver, where most maternal deaths occur.”

The developing world needs more of the kind of care delivered by Matercare International instead of abortion. But sadly, Canada’s latest goal consists in funding abortion and exerting pressure on these needy countries to legalize the practice.  Culture of Life Africa calls this the “dictatorship of the wealthy donor”

 

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All human beings are equal

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Making people dead

syringue - doctorRyan Tumilty of Metro News Ottawa reported on February 13th that 28 people in Ottawa have died “with the help of a physician ” since the passage of Bill C-14 in June 2016.

These 28 deaths by euthanasia or assisted suicide occurred in hospital, at home or in a nursing care centre. These are the numbers provided up to February 3.

Ontario recorded 250 deaths by euthanasia or assisted suicide since June 2016.

There is no breakdown in the figures released as to how many deaths were the result of euthanasia by lethal injection and how many were cases of assisted suicide where the physician or nurse practitioner provides a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.

Mr. Tumilty writes that doctors have been telling the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that “they struggle with taking part in assisted death procedures.” Jeff Blackmer of the CMA told Metro News Ottawa that  “They will say, it was just too difficult and too traumatizing physiologically and it is not something I will go through again,” he said. They really struggle with it, and for some of those that it is the only one they will do.”

According to this report, some provinces maintain a list of physicians who may be willing to take part in euthanasia or assisted suicide. These lists we are informed are “getting shorter.”

Stephen Chang-Fong, spokesperson for the Ottawa Hospital emailed Mr. Tumilty stating that “they understand that physicians may not be willing to take part in assisted deaths.”

Mr. Chang Fong said: “We will be respectful of all heath-care providers at the hospital by recognizing their right to conscientiously refuse to participate.”

To those physicians or nurse practitioners who do engage in euthanasia or assisted suicide, the Ottawa Hospital offers “resilience training.”

The purpose of this resilience training is to help staff “manage the stress” that comes with being involved in these death practices which the spokesperson calls end of life care.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not end of life care but rather they are the end of all care. So killing patients is not easy for some health care staff. The solution is not resilience training but to stop killing patients. Killing is not health care.

 

 

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Every Life Counts

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Every life counts has produced a beautiful video filled with moving stories about children born with life limiting conditions. You can watch the video at Everylifecounts.ie.

One father speaks of his daughter Elaine who was referred to as “incompatible with life” but actually lived with her parents for twenty five years. Her parents “found the term ‘incompatible with life’ very hurtful. It’s not a medical diagnosis, it’s a judgement call. Elaine defied all the odds.” He said: “She was our little ray of life. She touched so many.”

The mother of  eight year old Kathleen Rose born with trisomy 13, tells viewers that “she lights up our life. We wouldn’t swap her for the world.”

So much misinformation says another mother: “People say babies suffer in the womb. That simply isn’t true. It’s cruel to say these things and wrong to mislead families.”

Kathleen ‘s mother adds : “Or to say that this is abortion for medical reasons when it’s not. Abortion doesn’t make the baby better. it doesn’t cure any medical illness.” She continues:  it’s so wrong when parents are pushed toward abortion. This is really abortion for babies with a disability.”

Some children with life limiting conditions live for a few hours, a few days or months. Others defy all expectations and live for years. It bears repeating that incompatible with life  is not a medical diagnosis although it is used by some physicians.

Another young mother relates how her child was labelled ‘incompatible with life’ to which the mother says “she was compatible with love.”

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Make time for Life

elderly woman in wheelchairLife Canada, the national educational pro-life organization reports :

 

Did you know that a 2016 study by the US National Institute of Health found that a majority of people killed by euthanasia in the Netherlands for so-called psychiatric reasons had complained of loneliness? The researchers found that loneliness, or “social isolation”, was a key motivation behind the euthanasia requests of 37 of 66 cases reviewed, a figure representing 56% of the total.[i]

What if we could help to prevent at least some of these tragic deaths through the presence of people willing to make time for life each week or each month and spend it with those who experience social isolation through age, illness or disability?

Jean Vanier, one of the most tireless advocates for the vulnerable members of our society wrote that “to be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefore unlovable. Loneliness is a taste of death.”[ii]

To address this pressing need especially in the face of Canada’s new legislation allowing both euthanasia and assisted suicide, LifeCanada is introducing the Dying Healed Program.

The Dying Healed Program teaches that though not all of us can be healed physically, all of us can be healed spiritually and emotionally. The Dying Healed Program seeks to instill in volunteers a sense of confidence that their presence at the bedside of a lonely or dying person is an invaluable service.

The Dying Healed Program is being piloted across Canada, in Saskatchewan and Ottawa, and in Vancouver through Vancouver’s Life Community (Vancouver Right to Life).

[i]http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/02/18/most-euthanasia-deaths-linked-to-loneliness-says-dutch-study/ published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry,
[ii] Jean Vanier, Becoming Human

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Providing care for premature babies

 

From Lifenews.com

Mom Watched in Horror as Baby Born Before Abortion Limit Was Left to Die “Struggling to Breathe”

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by Micaiah Bilger Feb 14, 2017 | 5:13PM Glasgow, Scotland

A Scottish mom is urging the United Kingdom to change its rules regarding babies’ viability after she said she was forced to watch her premature baby die when doctors refused to save his life. Ashley Glass said she gave birth to her son, Dylan, on March 2, 2014, but because he was born before the legal abortion limit, he was not given medical care, according to The Sun.

Now, Glass is petitioning to change the rules that allows medical professionals to deny treatment to babies born before 24 weeks, currently considered the point of viability. New studies suggest the viability mark should be pushed back earlier because of modern medical advancements. Very premature babies are surviving at 23 weeks when they receive proper medical care.

But Glass can only wonder if her son might have been one of them. “We were completely powerless, I wanted to run through the hospital with him screaming and begging for someone to help him,” she told The Sun. “I just felt like such a failure of a mum to leave without my baby. When you leave with nothing it just feels like you are throwing your baby in the bin. That’s the feeling I have never been able to get away from. Every single day of my life I go over giving birth to him again,” she continued.

Glass said doctors are not sure why she went into labor so early in March 2014. She gave birth to Dylan after 23 weeks of pregnancy at the Royal Infirmary Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland with her family by her side, according to the report. Dylan lived for just four minutes, and Glass said she had to watch in horror and desperation as she saw him struggle to breathe. “It was so traumatic hearing him trying to breathe and watching him struggle and wriggle in pain in my mum’s arms – we just had to watch in horror,” she remembered. “It is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life and I don’t know how anyone can ever get over that. I will never be able to get the image of my child suffering like that out of my head.”

Glass said she was hysterical when she learned that the doctors would not try to save her son. “Before he was born he had a strong heartbeat and I asked the doctors and nurses what would happen when he came, would he be taken to a specialist hospital in Glasgow,” she continued. “Then they told me that if he was born before 24 weeks there was nothing they would do – they said it was the law that they weren’t allowed to help. I was gobsmacked – everything after that was a blur. “I was hysterical, fixed on the fact they weren’t going to help. … They told me there was a risk of him having disability but he was my child and I would have loved him regardless. Surely you have to try?” Glass said.

A spokesman for the National Health Service Dumfries and Galloway said they sympathize with the family, but such cases “pose a medical and ethical challenge.” “We endeavor to ensure that the multidisciplinary neonatal and obstetric team provide the best possible advice to parents and seek to achieve a consensus on the best way forward that provides the best care for mother and baby,” the spokesman told The Sun. “There is international consensus that at 22 weeks gestation there is no hope of survival.” Glass had a different experience with her daughter, Jessica, who was also born very prematurely in August 2015. Jessica was born after 27 weeks of pregnancy, weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. Doctors rushed her to a neonatal intensive care unit where they worked to save her life, her mother recalled. Still, the experience brought back fears for Glass. She said she kept waiting for the doctors to tell her that Jessica had died, just as Dylan had. Instead, Jessica lived. Her mother said her little girl now is home and perfectly healthy.

“I am fighting for justice for my son and every other baby that never had the chance at life – the law needs to be changed, something needs to be done.” Glass began a petition to change the law, and more than 2,000 people have signed it so far.

Further evidence of the need for a change is a little girl named Maddalena Douse, who was born very prematurely in 2012. In Great Britain, doctors consider 1 pound the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable and worth extra efforts to save his or her life. When doctors weighed Maddalena, she came in at exactly 1 pound, so physicians made the decision to try to save her. It was not until after Maddalena had been delivered and placed on a ventilator that doctors discovered the scissors they accidentally left on the scale at the time she was weighed. The Sun reported Maddalena actually weighed .84 pounds, or about 13 ounces. After months in the hospital, Maddalena was discharged from the hospital in time for Christmas. Reports indicate she is doing well. The accident saved Maddalena’s life. It serves as yet another sign that Great Britain’s medical leaders should reconsider the limits they have placed on saving babies’ lives.

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Euthanasia activists have taken over Canadian thought

 

 

Euthanasia Activists Have Taken Over Canadian Thought
by Dr. Will Johnston

Posted: 10/28/2016 2:25 pm EDT Updated: 10/28/2016 2:25 pm EDT
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The Canadian euthanasia issue marks a time of upheaval in medical ethics and the healthcare system which could be compared to events a century ago in Russia.

The Bolsheviks were not preordained to take over from the previous government, but their ruthlessness and aggression were unmatched. They demonized competing ideas and purged the social structures. They made their own laws. Nothing was allowed to stand. All was justified for public good, the good of the Proletariat.

The polite Canadian version seems to be that all control is justified by public funding. If a hospital accepts public money, a uniformity of euthanasia access is expected, a literally deadening uniformity.

People who would be ignored if they insisted that all welfare recipients be required to think alike, or that all Canada Council grants be used to create the same work of art, grab attention by bullying Catholic caregivers and hospitals which, like all hospitals, could not survive without tax dollars.

Every day thousands of Canadian patients are humanely transferred between homes and hospitals. Some are seeking a procedure offered in a different building, for which an ambulance ride and a change in the wallpaper would not arouse comment in normal times.

But in August of this year, a Vancouver patient had an interval of poor pain control while he was being transferred from St. Paul’s Hospital to be euthanized elsewhere. The lapse in medication was, ironically, triggered by the euthanasia consent process itself, followed by a pharmacy mix-up.

That provided a gotcha! moment for activists which was exploited to demand that all hospitals must now offer their premises for the use of doctors who want to euthanize patients on site. There are howls of outrage that St. Paul’s, a Catholic hospital, is a euthanasia-free zone in keeping with its principles.

This indignant bluster is an attempt to ignore the caution and limitation that the Supreme Court and Parliament tried to place on euthanasia. The new law really just excuses police from charging a doctor with murder if stringent eligibility rules are rigorously followed.

This narrow exception allowed euthanasia in order to protect the right to life proclaimed in Section 7 of the Charter. That may seem bizarre, but the Court decided that having the eventual option of death at the hands of a doctor was likely to prevent earlier do-it-yourself suicides. Flimsy or not, that was the hinge of the Carter decision and for now we are stuck with it.

Taking a mere exception to a murder charge and spinning it as a right to be euthanized everywhere and anywhere in Canada is audacious but transparently political. The euthanasia lobby, flushed with its recent success, wants a monopoly on power, and a health care monoculture that sweeps away all opposition.

People who think differently are not even to be allowed into medical school.

Inviting such extremism into our society would be, to say the least, unhealthy. True diversity and freedom would not be served by it. The activists now attacking Catholic hospitals would not stop there. Everything is a one-way street for them. Their Utopia is euthanasia on demand.

Having convinced themselves that they are the only true humanitarians, no compromises are possible. Like someone who wears far too much perfume, they can’t understand why others would not want the common space pervaded by their own superior preferences.

The problem is not “religious hospitals.” The problem is zealous ideologues whose inability to accommodate those outside their faction will damage the fabric of our culture.

First published in the Huffington Post on October 28th, 2016. Reprinted with permission of Dr. Will Johnston.

 

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The unborn child : fully human

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Euthanasia in Canada – 744 euthanasia deaths since June 2016

What has happened  in Canada since the passage of Bill C-14, the law which legalized euthanasia and assisted  suicide on June 17th, 2016? In the bill, the term used to describe euthanasia and assisted suicide is medical assistance in dying.

Graham Slaughter of CTV News reported on December 28th 2016 that:

At least 744 Canadians have died by euthanasia or assisted suicide in 2016.

This means 4 deaths a day between June 17, 2106 and December 16, 2016.

According to the report, the numbers for the last six months until mid December, were:

Ontario: 180 deaths. The highest number of deaths by euthanasia or assisted suicide since legalization

British Columbia: 154 deaths

Alberta: 63 deaths (19 in the last month)

Manitoba: 18 deaths

Saskatchewan: 8 deaths

Nova Scotia: 16 deaths since October 31st

Newfoundland and Labrador: 4 deaths

Prince Edward Island: 0

Northwest Territories:0

New Brunswick, Yukon and Iqaluit: Did not release data. Media outlets in the Yukon did mention one case.

Quebec: Estimate of 300 deaths since December 2015. The Quebec law passed in June 2014 permits only euthanasia (lethal injections). Euthanasia became available in the province in December 2015.

Details are not provided as to how many of these deaths were done by euthanasia and how many were cases of assisted suicide.

Trudo Lemmens, an ethicist and professor of health law at the University of Toronto told CTV News that provinces should make more data available to protect patients from the possibility of abuse. Professor Lemmens stated:

“There is a concern that people who are vulnerable or who find themselves in a situation of vulnerability may be pressured consciously or unconsciously to opt for medical assistance in dying either because of financial circumstances or because the medical help that they need is not necessarily available.”

CTV News interviewed Dr. Ellen Wiebe who euthanized 40 patients in 2016. She predicted accurately that the number of deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide will grow.  She said:

“I know that it will increase. I expect that we’ll get to the point of the Netherlands and    Belgium because their laws are similar to ours, and that would mean about 5% of all deaths.”

 For us, this predicted future increase in the number of cases, is a concern as is the fact that in Holland and Belgium patients are sometimes euthanized without their consent or explicit request. What does the future hold for Canada?

 

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Unwanted? Think Adoption.

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