What does abortion really mean?

For Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Texas, the answer came one day when she was asked to assist with an abortion. Abby had never been previously involved with an abortion procedure in her time at the clinic. Her task on that fateful day consisted simply in moving the ultrasound probe for the abortionist to see the unborn child on the screen. What Abby saw happen on the monitor to a 13 week old unborn child forever changed her life: A child recoiling at the touch of the abortionist’s instrument and then torn apart as the suction tool did its work.

In her book Unplanned, Abby recounts: “My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment it looked as if the baby were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then the little body crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then everything was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.”

A movie with the same title as the book will be released in the United States on March 29th.

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Healing the pain of abortion

Rachel’s Vineyard provides help those who are hurting after an abortion. In Ottawa, you can contact Terry or Linda at rvr_ottawa@yahoo.ca or call 613-806-5522.

Remember that you are not alone. There are women and men who suffer after an abortion.

These after-effects can include: Bouts of crying, depression, guilt, intense grief or sadness, eating disorders, anger, emotional numbness, drug and alcohol abuse, flashbacks and suicidal urges.

“Rachel’s Vineyard weekends are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion… Each weekend is run by volunteers who care deeply about your needs.”

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Babies helping seniors

An amazing new organization in Ottawa: Babies who volunteer. To learn more about the wonderful work this organization does see: https://youtu.be/-6m5kH0rWB4 .

Visit their website www.babieswhovolunteer.com

Bringing joy in the lives of seniors

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At the beginning of life

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The reality of abortion

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Group Wants People With Down Syndrome on Endangered Species list Because So Many Have Been Aborted

Group Wants People With Down Syndrome on Endangered Species List Because So Many Have Been Aborted
International Steven Ertelt Nov 13, 2018 | 5:24PM Washington, DC

In a heartbreaking announcement, a Canadian group for people who have Down syndrome wants them placed on the Endangered Species list because so many babies with Down syndrome have been aborted.

A recent CBS News report shocked the world with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2011, according to CBS.

Read more at Lifenews.com : https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/13/group-wants-people-with-down-syndrome-on-endangered-species-list-because-so-many-have-been-aborted/

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When does life begin?

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Euthanasia in Canada: Report for 2017

The government of Canada’s Third Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying  reports a total of 3,714 deaths by euthanasia in Canada between December 10, 2015 and December 31, 2017.

The province of Quebec enacted its own law on euthanasia which came into effect in December 2015. The federal law came into effect on June 17,  2016.

The total number of deaths does not include data from the Yukon, Northwest territories and Nunavut “due to small numbers and associated privacy concerns.”

In examining data for the period of January to December 2017, we find that all deaths except one were euthanasia cases. In euthanasia, the physician or nurse practitioner will give a lethal injection to intentionally cause the person’s death. In assisted suicide, the person will self administer the lethal dose of drugs provided by the physician or nurse practitioner.  The euphemism MAID ( medical assistance in dying) encompasses both practices. 95% of euthanasia cases were done by physicians, the remainder by nurse practitioners. British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario were the only provinces reporting euthanasia deaths administered by nurse practitioners.

Averaging out the two six month periods, the data shows euthanasia deaths occurred mostly in hospital (41%) or patient’s home (41%) with 7% occurring in a long term care facility or nursing home. About 3% of euthanasia deaths took place  in a hospice setting and 8% in “Other” or “Unknown”. The Other category includes clinician’s office, assisted or supportive living, day program space, hotel/motel, funeral home and ambulatory setting.

Categories in age range begin at 18 up to 91+.The majority of euthanasia deaths were performed on cancer patients(64%).

From July 1st to December 31st, 1,066 requests were reported for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Approximately 8% of request were declined. Reasons for declining the request were that death was not reasonably foreseeable and loss of competency. 5% of request were withdrawn by the patient. In 14% of requests, the patient died a natural death before the assessment process was completed.

The province of Ontario does not provide data on the number of requests received, declined or withdrawn by the patient.

Action Life believes that the legalization of euthanasia is a tragic development in the country’s history.

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Controversy surrounds Canadian Medical Association’s withdrawal from world body

Controversy surrounds Canadian Medical Association’s withdrawal from world body

by Michael Cook – 20 Oct 2018

As we have already reported, the Canadian Medical Association resigned suddenly and dramatically from the World Medical Association at the WMA’s annual meeting in Reykjavik. The president of the CMA, Dr Gigi Osler, explained that the incoming president of the WMA, Dr Leonid Eidelman, had plagiarised a few sentences from press releases and blogs and from a speech given by the former CMA president, Dr Chris Simpson.

“As an organization that holds itself as the arbiter of medical ethics at the global level, the WMA has failed to uphold its own standards,” said Dr Gigi Osler, the current CMA president. “The CMA cannot, in all good conscience, continue to be a member of such an organization.”

To observers, this seemed like a bizarre reason for storming out of the WMA. In a letter to associate members of the CMA, the WMA Secretary-General explained that Dr Eidelman had apologised and explained that his text had been written by speechwriters. Since English is the fourth language of Dr Eidelman, a Latvian migrant to Israel, this seems plausible.

In Kloiber’s version of events,
The Council (and later the General Assembly) accepted this apology and did not                     grant the CMA delegation’s request to ask for his immediate resignation. The CMA               delegation then left the room and formally resigned later the same day.

What was the real reason? The CMA insists that it the WMA’s low ethical standards. However, it could be due to the WMA’s refusal to alter its opposition to euthanasia. Its current policy is:
“Physician-assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. Where the assistance of the physician is intentionally and deliberately directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life, the physician acts unethically.”

However, euthanasia and assisted suicide are now legal in Canada and strongly supported by the CMA. In fact, the Canadian and Dutch delegations tried to get the WMA to adopt a position of neutrality. This failed, as did a German attempt to soften the WMA’s stand by changing the words “physician-assisted suicide” to “physician-assisted death” and changing “unethical and must be condemned” to “physicians should not engage” in such activities.

Another irritation for the Canadian delegation at Reykjavik must surely have been a long article in the latest issue of the WMA’s official journal by several Canadian physicians entitled “Euthanasia in Canada: a Cautionary Tale”. These dissidents argued that “The introduction of euthanasia in Canada has caused doubt, conflict and crisis” and that a change in WMA policy would be “ill-advised”.

The CMA’s draft Code of Ethics and Professionalism does not even mention euthanasia, but there is substantial opposition to it amongst Canadian doctors, as the article shows.
“What does the resignation of the CMA from the WMA teach us?” asks Mark Komrad, an American associate member of the WMA, in the Psychiatric Times. “Doctors killing patients is OK. But copying small parts of speeches is real evil, so evil in fact that it merits leaving the international community of Medicine.”

This article by Michael Cook was originally published on BioEdge.org under a Creative Commons Licence. If you enjoyed this article, visit BioEdge.org for more. https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/controversy-surrounds-canadian-medical-associations-withdrawal-from-world-b/12865.

 

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World Medical Association on euthanasia and assisted suicide

The current policy of the World Medical Association on euthanasia and assisted suicide states:

“Physician-assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. Where the assistance of the physician is intentionally and deliberately directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life, the physician acts unethically.”

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