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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Canadian Physicians warn Spanish Parliament about euthanasia

Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia

Canadian physicians warn Spanish Parliament about euthanasia

Media Release: October 23, 2018

As the Spanish Parliament debates the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill, Canadian physicians feel it is essential to bring to your attention the dangers and failures of the euthanasia and assisted suicide laws in Canada which have been in place since 2016.

Link to this media release in Spanish (Link).

Since then, there has been constant pressure to normalize and expand these practices and to abandon the safeguards instituted to protect vulnerable people.

The Canadian government is now looking into extending euthanasia and assisted suicide to children, people with mental illness, and cognitive disorders.

Doctors and hospitals are under pressure to provide euthanasia or to refer cases to another clinician, even when it violates their fundamental principles to do so.

(Euthanasia in Canada: A Cautionary Tale, World Medical Journal September 2018).
Dr Paul Saba

Dr. Paul Saba alleges that a patient’s consent to be euthanized cannot be free and informed if the patient does not have access to the proper health care including palliative care.

Dr. Saba’s argument is not theoretical given the report from the Quebec Commission on end of life care. It indicates that the euthanasia laws are not being respected. In Quebec, 52 cases not conforming to the law were performed in 2016-2017.

The lack of health services in the province and particularly palliative care, was denounced recently by the President of the College of Physicians which is the regulatory body for medical practice. The College reported some patients were seeking euthanasia because of the lack of palliative care.

Dr Saba states:

“The present Canadian laws are not safe. In the same way the proposed Spanish laws will have the same outcome. You cannot safely put into place euthanasia and assisted suicide without having a comprehensive palliative care system active and running. People need assistance in living and not assistance for suicide.”

Dr. Rene Leiva, a family physician contends that the present Canadian laws and proposed Spanish laws do not protect patients from ending their lives prematurely because of feelings of hopelessness, lack of future, feelings of being overwhelmed, being a burden and not having access to medical care which would treat their pain and suffering.

Dr Laurence Normand-Rivest

Dr. Laurence Normand-Rivest who is a palliative care physician reminds the world that Canada’s present legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide and the proposed Spanish law are contrary to practices in the vast majority of countries around the world. These laws protect the lives of its citizens and particularly those facing disease, disabilities and conditions that could make them candidates for euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The World Medical Association, which comprises 114 countries worldwide, has consistently rejected euthanasia and describes this practice as unethical.

Presently only 6 countries of the world have laws legalizing either euthanasia or assisted suicide. This represents less than 2% of the world’s population.

Dr. Paul Saba, Dr. Rene Leiva and [mC1] Dr. Laurence Normand-Rivest are members of the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, representing more than 1100 Canadian doctors.

Contact information: Dr. Paul Saba 001-514-886-3447, pauljsaba@gmail.com
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