The tragic Brittany Maynard assisted suicide saga has alerted many Americans to the lesser-known topics of euthanasia and assisted suicide. With its emotional appeal, 29-year-old Maynard’s push for assisted suicide has raised questions about these difficult end-of-life issues among many Americans. The Family Institute of Connecticut is tackling the assisted suicide debate head-on, sponsoring the East Coast Conference Against Assisted Suicide. The event is the first and only of its kind, but sponsors hope that this will not be the case for long.
Bringing together national and international organizations into one conference, educators will teach anti-assisted suicide advocates and activists how to counteract the detrimental work of groups like Compassion and Choices, the organization behind the Brittany Maynard Fund.
When I was pregnant with my first child, there was a slight indication that I might be a carrier for a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis. But my doctor said that CF wasn’t a reason to terminate – not that I would have anyway – and that they test for it during newborn screening.
CF is a chronic condition that affects the entire body, but most specifically the lungs and pancreas. Life expectancy is currently 40 years old. But according to a Kaiser Permanente study, at least 87% of those whose unborn children are diagnosed with CF abort their children out of fear.
Abortion is never the answer for any child or parent, no matter the situation. In a previous post, I wrote about Matt Mitchell and his incredible life with CF. Now, I want to show you a different CF fighter who, unlike Mitchell, spends much of her time in the hospital. But that’s fine with her.
Claire Wineland is a high school student, and despite her hard work and strong fight against CF, Wineland says in a post for CNN that she has spent a quarter of her young life in the hospital. At just 13 years old, complications from a routine surgery left her in a medically induced coma with a 1% chance of surviving. But she fought her way back and continues to fight every day.
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn, the mother of twin three-year-old girls – one with Spina Bifida – has spoken out about how little Claire’s defect does not affect her humanity.
She writes (emphasis mine):
“I wish I could show…a picture of my beautiful Claire, with her loopy blonde curls and deep belly laugh. Spina Bifida is part of her, always has been, and always will be, but it is not all of her.
More than anything, I want Claire — and you — to know that disabilities like Spina Bifida are just another way of being a person in the world. Claire is whole and complete, just as she is. Her life is not tragic. She’s not fighting Spina Bifida because she’s not in a battle against the body she has always had. Every day is not a struggle. Every achievement is not a victory struck against Spina Bifida, and every setback is not a cause for pity. She’s just a little girl, learning to navigate the world in the only body she’s ever known, testing out the limits of her potential just like anyone else.”
This election season has seen no shortage of ostensibly pro-life politicians who thought shameless pandering might get their pro-abortion tormentors off their backs. Still haunted by the specter of Todd Akin, these would-be leaders apparently cannot imagine a path to political success that doesn’t include copious amounts of groveling.
Fortunately, there are still some Republicans who don’t scare easily—and actually have the competence to stand firm without shooting themselves in the foot. During last week’s New Jersey Senate debate (transcript only, no video currently available), Democrat incumbent Cory Booker asked Republican challenger Jeff Bell: Continue reading
The euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice, a severely disabled child who was not dying has made international waves with disability advocates especially outraged. Nancy’s mother had requested that her daughter be killed and was granted approval by the British legal system. While the 12-year-old Nancy had significant disabilities, she was able to breathe on her own and did not require life support.
Following the starving of Nancy through the withholding of fluids, the Autism Self Advocacy Network has released a statement slamming this decision, calling it “troubling” and “concerning”.
Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who planned to end her life on November 1, has announced that she now plans to wait to see what happens. “It doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” she said in a new video.
Assisted suicide advocate organization Compassion and Choices released a second video (posted below) of Maynard yesterday, in which she discusses her latest decision regarding her death, and reveals that she does not feel this is the right time to die.
America’s abortion giant is growing a new tentacle in the nation’s abortion capital. With a new abortion mill in Queens, Planned Parenthood adds its fifth killing center in NYC alone. The New York Times reports that Planned Parenthood of New York City is constructing a $9 million facility that will gain easy access to a solid percentage of the clientele who are currently traveling to other boroughs to patronize Planned Parenthood.
Democrat Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer boldly acknowledged the borough’s agenda of offering abortion as the healthcare of poor women, telling the New York Times:
We know that we have a significant population in Queens that are uninsured or underinsured. And we need quality health care that is tailored to their needs.
A group of pro-woman activists in the UK is taking steps toward clarifying the 1967 Abortion Act’s prohibition of sex-selection abortion. Investigations reveal that gendercide has become a widespread practice in the UK, and pro-life advocates want to reiterate the current law so that this practice will end. Stop Gendercide, a group promoting the bill that will definitively ban gendercide among constituents in the UK, is hard at work raising awareness of the realities that have often gone unnoticed in their nation.
The Bill’s purpose is to clarify and reiterate the current Abortion Act’s provisions regarding gendercide, not to erect a superfluous ban on top of the legislation that already prohibits the practice. These protections have been contradicted by several large groups, making the subject ambiguous in the UK medical community. For example, both the British Medical Association and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service have outlined different reasons why they hold sex-selection abortion is actually permissible under the law (one claims that allowing sex-selection is permissible on mental health grounds, and another simply claims that it is not illegal to begin with).
Dale Partridge is famous for a whole host of skills, his social media prowess being one of the most well known. He’s appeared on the cover of business publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, Mashable, MSN Money, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times. And, he’s about to come out with a new book called People Over Profit.
And indeed, it’s very apparent that Dale chooses people over profit. One of his seven companies – Sevenly – helps needy people in a unique way:
“Each week Sevenly partners with one qualified nonprofit, and Sevenly donate $7 from every product sold to support that charity’s cause. Since it’s launch in June 2011, Mashable, Los Angeles Times, and Forbes have named Sevenly one of the fastest growing social good start-ups in the country. In less than two years, Sevenly has given over $3 million in $7 donations to charities across the globe.”
On Monday, Dale chose people over profit in another significant way. He used his social media power to tweet about abortion, and he went even further by daring his 140,000 followers to do the same.
Until a few days ago, stalwart members of the Pro-Life Action League spent years on a so-called “pro-life bully” list at a website called Voice of Choice. The “bullies” include Anne Scheidler and Joe Scheidler, and the League’s Assistant Communications Director, Matt Yonke. Despite the title of the list, none of these pro-lifers ever actually bullied a pro-choice advocate (but who’s keeping track of annoying facts, anyway?).
One of the most obvious differences between the pro-life movement and the pro-abortion movement – besides the principles their names convey – is what has come to be known as the “intensity gap.”
The intensity gap is a term used to refer to the fact that one side is backed by a much greater and broader level of intensity from its subscribers. In plain terms: pro-lifers are way more gung-ho about supporting life than pro-choicers are about supporting abortion.
Surprisingly, the pro-choice movement has been candid in its acknowledgment of this fact.
Election Day is quickly closing in on us. There’s now just over a week before Americans will find out the results of many hotly contested races around the nation.
For pro-lifers, a number of these races are more than just hotly-contested: they’re a literal matter of life and death.
As pro-lifers, as Americans, and as concerned citizens, it’s both our duty and our privilege to vote pro-life in this election and in every election.
It’s simply not okay to stay home or to fail to register to vote.