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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Abortion stops a beating heart

heartbeat finalThe heart of an unborn child begins to beat from the 21st to the 22nd day after fertilization.

In a full term pregnancy, the heart of the baby will beat approximately 54 million times before birth.

 

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Always human

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The Right to Life

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The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. Article 3 of the declaration states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

On November 20th, 1959,  the United Nations adopted resolution 1386, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In its preamble, the declaration proclaims: “Whereas the child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,…”

For many years now, one member of the human family has been forgotten, the unborn child. This small vulnerable human being has been stripped of his rights.

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No charter right to abortion

Ever since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Morgentaler in 1988, one misunderstanding prevails, chiefly that women in Canada have a constitutional right to abortion. Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau’s pronouncements on abortion received much media coverage last spring. He tried to defend his edict that all candidates for the Liberal Party must be “pro-choice”, and that existing pro-life Liberal members of Parliament would have to vote “pro-choice” if the matter came up in Parliament, by saying that he was protecting a woman’s charter right to abortion.

Trudeau said: For current members, we will not eject someone from the party for beliefs they have long held. But the Liberal party is a pro-choice party, and going forward , all new members and new candidates are pro-choice.”

Later seeking to clarify his position, he added:

“Since 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that a woman’s right to a choice in this matter is a Charter right. (It’s) upheld by the constitution.”

His statement that abortion is a charter right is simply wrong. There is no charter right or constitutional right to abortion in Canada. In the Morgentaler decision of 1988, the Supreme Court struck down section 251 of the Criminal Code for procedural reasons related to the operation of hospital “therapeutic” abortion committees.  The Court found that these procedural inequities  were a violation of section 7 of the Charter.   However, the Court clearly said that Parliament could enact restrictions on abortion and had an interest in the protection of the foetus.

Former Prince Edward Island Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice from 1987 until 2008, Gerard Mitchell of Charlottetown wrote in a letter to the Guardian newspaper in May 2014 that “None of the seven judges held that there was a constitutional right to abortion on demand. All of the judges acknowledged the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn.”

To sum up, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Morgentaler did not find that a woman had a constitutional right to abortion but did find that  protection of unborn children is a valid legislative objective.

 

 

 

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Life in the womb at 8 weeks

1910113_932203466795430_1532277906875455669_nThe heart of an unborn child begins to beat at around the 21st day after conception. Brain waves can be recorded by six weeks. The first movement of body, arms and legs occur at 7 weeks although the mother will not feel those movements until later in the pregnancy.

The baby is developed with fingers, feet and toes by 7 weeks. All vital organs are present at 8 weeks after conception.

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