Category: Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Pope’s Last Addresses Call on Catholics to Stay Strong on Marriage, Abortion, Eugenics, Euthanasia
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Pope’s Last Addresses Call on Catholics to Stay Strong on Marriage, Abortion, Eugenics, Euthanasia

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It was an emotional day at the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI, in two of his last public addresses, called again on Christians to continue to defend the lives of innocent unborn and vulnerable people and to uphold the sanctity of natural marriage. In this morning’s regular Wednesday general audience, he warned that Christians will […]

Pope Benedict’s Resignation: What’s Next?
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Pope Benedict’s Resignation: What’s Next?

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Pope Benedict XVI’s impending resignation, announced this morning, has opened the usual spate of questions prior to a conclave, as well as new ones about the status of a living Pope emeritus. Among some pro-lifers there is lots of buzz about whether the new pontiff will be pro-life, as was John Paul II. It’s an […]

Adding a Stitch in the Seamless Garment of Life
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Adding a Stitch in the Seamless Garment of Life

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Many of you probably read the recent heartbreaking news of Marc and Eddy, deaf twins who requested, and were granted, euthanization in Belgium after discovering they were going blind.Later this year, Belgium’s ruling party is set to consider allowing the euthanasia of children and Alzheimer’s sufferers. This news was on my mind recently when I read about Robert Gleason, […]

House Attempts to Use New Rules to Prevent IPAB from Rationing Care
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House Attempts to Use New Rules to Prevent IPAB from Rationing Care

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Late last week, House Republicans passed a package of rules that will guide the next (113th) Congress. Contained within these rules was a simple provision stating that “[The] Independent Payment Advisory Board … shall not apply in the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.” The Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, has remained one of the most […]

Bobby Schindler Tries to Save Brain-Injured Man Under 'Do Not Resuscitate' Order
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Bobby Schindler Tries to Save Brain-Injured Man Under ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Order

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Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, is seeking permission to act as a guardian of a New York State man who is in a persistent vegetative state. Schindler is petitioning New York State’s Supreme County to serve as guardian for Gary Harvey, a Chemung County resident who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling […]

What Makes 2013 the Year for Cautious Optimism?
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What Makes 2013 the Year for Cautious Optimism?

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As a new year approaches, we naturally reflect on the one past. While it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives of the past year, we must identify and focus on the positive things that have happened as well. When we do this, we see that there are many reasons to look to this […]

The Empty Manger
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The Empty Manger

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During Advent, Christians gather around the Manger, as yet empty. “Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay,” the Church’s liturgy prays. Just as the Baby in the Manger represents for us the greatest Gift God brings, so the emptiness of the Manger represents the deep needs of the human heart — needs that not only we […]

Killing Them Softly?
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Killing Them Softly?

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During the months leading up to the passage of Obamacare, Sarah Palin was mocked and excoriated for her use of the term “death panels” to describe the comparative effectiveness approach embraced by architects of the legislation.  Granted, the phrase sounds a bit hyperbolic, and downright macabre.  Who could possibly be in favor of faceless bureaucrats […]

The Battle for Life and Family Continues
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The Battle for Life and Family Continues

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Last Tuesday night I watched in disbelief as a slim majority of Americans voted to give Barack Hussein Obama a second term as president, but in the clear light of morning it is clear how this debacle happened—and what the pro-life movement needs to focus on now. I do not mean to make light of […]

Massachusetts Question 2: Dignity or Deception?
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Massachusetts Question 2: Dignity or Deception?

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On the 6th of November, citizens of Massachusetts will face a critical vote. The choice people make on Question 2 is a choice that literally involves a life or death decision. The so-called “Death with Dignity Act” brings with it a dark deception. The citizens of Massachusetts are being asked to vote for or against the […]

Palliative Care Association Reluctantly Reviews UK Death Pathway
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Palliative Care Association Reluctantly Reviews UK Death Pathway

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A group of pro-life physicians and other professionals, as well as the Catholic archbishop of Southwark, and innumerable patient’s families, are now being joined by the UK Health Secretary in calling for a thorough, independent review of the reported abuses of the Liverpool Care Pathway, a controversial end-of-life medical care protocol. A public outcry is […]

Euthanasia:  It’s Not Enough To Say No
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Euthanasia: It’s Not Enough To Say No

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On June 15, 2012, the Canadian province of British Columbia Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting euthanasia and assisted suicide.  It won’t be long before the other provinces follow suit.  My country is on the same slippery slope as Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Washington. Within minutes of the law being struck down, my […]

Is There “Rationing” in ObamaCare?
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Is There “Rationing” in ObamaCare?

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“A rose by any other name,” Shakespeare wrote, “would smell just as sweet.” Unfortunately, the same is true when the fragrance is less pleasant. When the role of ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board in rationing life-saving medical treatments is alleged, the law’s apologists indignantly point out that the law specifically precludes the board from “rationing.” […]

Blessed JP II and the Culture of Life
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Blessed JP II and the Culture of Life

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Today is the feast of Blessed John Paul II. He is often referred to as John Paul the Great, but I will always know him simply as JPII. No doubt he was a mighty world/religious leader, but to many of us who grew up under his pontificate, he was also a gentle and humble shepherd […]

Death With Dignity: Coming to a State Near You
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Death With Dignity: Coming to a State Near You

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With the matter of legalized physician assisted suicide facing the Massachusetts voters this November (and a new law proposed in New Jersey), I thought it would be a good time to remind readers why the CBC opposes physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. To be clear, we support people dying a natural death. Sometimes the zeal for assisted legalized […]

Fungible Human Rights for Negotiable Human Beings
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Fungible Human Rights for Negotiable Human Beings

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Sometimes I wonder if anyone really thinks through what it means to be a human being anymore. There are so many signals being transmitted hither and yon these days that it makes the mind spin—and very few of these signals are grounded in natural law or even common sense. For example, I read a headline asking, “Is […]

Dying to Be Politically Correct
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Dying to Be Politically Correct

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Steven Rattner, whose pedigree includes Wall Street financial expert and MSNBC’s economic analyst, is also a proponent of “death panels,” and he explains his use of the term in such a way that one is left wondering exactly what he would do with the ill and dying if he were in charge. He recently opined […]

Respect Life Month Brings Rich, Inter-related Themes this Year
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Respect Life Month Brings Rich, Inter-related Themes this Year

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Happy October! And what a month it will be! There are various powerful observances and events this month whose themes reinforce one another and the overall mission of the Church on behalf of human life. It is, first of all, Respect Life Month. It’s a time to let the pulpits roar with the Church’s Biblical […]

A Major Threat to Disability Rights and Inclusion
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A Major Threat to Disability Rights and Inclusion

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The goal for disability inclusion into mainstream society has made major strides forward. But make no mistake, it has been a long and difficult road toward equality and inclusion for people with disabilities. A reluctant public was unaccustomed to seeing people with profound disabilities in their midst. Remember, for centuries people with serious disabilities were shut […]

5 Key Facts Bbout the Dangerous Assisted Suicide Ballot Measure in MA
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5 Key Facts Bbout the Dangerous Assisted Suicide Ballot Measure in MA

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While the “Question 2” ballot initiative poses a real threat to the people of Massachusetts, the same pro-doctor prescribed death lobby has been promoting a nearly identical measure far and wide across the nation for nearly two decades with very limited success.   Despite numerous ballot initiatives, court challenges, and well over one hundred legislative efforts, […]

Prescription for Death
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Prescription for Death

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The headlines in Massachusetts are telling a grim story that is repeated all too often in America. When voters in that state go to the polls in November, they will decide whether or not to approve a measure known simply as “Death with Dignity.” The proposed law “would allow individuals who have been diagnosed with […]

Do No Harm?: Medical Journals Show Increasing Support for Euthanasia
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Do No Harm?: Medical Journals Show Increasing Support for Euthanasia

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Primum non nocere. First do no harm. This edict has been part of medical ethics since the time of the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, in the fifth century B.C. It is found in the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of medical writing attributed to Hippocrates. The original Hippocratic oath includes: I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit […]

Lives 'Unworthy of Being Lived' and POLST
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Lives ‘Unworthy of Being Lived’ and POLST

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Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) has taken another well-deserved hit. The Wisconsin Catholic bishops have issued a brilliant statement entitled “Upholding the Dignity of Human Life.”  In this statement, the bishops make clear that the POLST form has serious problems, outlining them as follows: The POLST document raises concerns as to whether it accurately […]

<em>Boomsday</em>: Coming to a Theater Near You
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Boomsday: Coming to a Theater Near You

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In his 2007 book Boomsday, Christopher Buckley writes of a fictional future where an overwhelming number of elderly baby boomers are given tax incentives to end their lives early.  With recent developments out of Switzerland, Buckley’s tongue-in-cheek novel may prove all-too-prescient. The Swiss canton of Vaud just passed a law mandating that doctors in hospitals and nursing homes provide […]

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