Why Gary Coleman's ex pulled the plug: "Look what happened with Terri Schiavo"

terri schiavo responsive.jpgFor the gazillionth time, Terri Schiavo was not brain dead when a FL judge ordered her dehydrated and starved to death in 2005.

Oxygen deprivation left Terri mentally disabled, but she was responsive, particularly to family. There was no correlation between Terri's condition and actor Gary Coleman's apparently unresponsive condition, although even that is unclear.

What's this about?...

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Review Kevorkian movie

you don't know jack poster.jpgThe HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, about Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian, will air tonight at 9p EST, with weekend encores at 2:45a EST and tomorrow at 5:45p EST.

Directed by Barry Levinson (Rainman, The Natural, Good Morning, Vietnam) and starring Al Pacino (with a strong supporting cast including John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Brenda Vaccaro), the movie has received mixed reviews from pro-lifers, as you can read in my April 22 post.

Most likely You Don't Know Jack will end up pleasing and displeasing both sides of the assisted suicide/euthanasia issue, as this Big Hollywood review by John Hanlon indicates...

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Thumbs up for Kevorkian movie from pro-lifer portrayed in it

UPDATE, 4/23, 10:35a: Both LifeSiteNews.com and LifeNews.com anticipate a sympathetic portrayal of Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack, which may well be. LifeNews.com points out even Kevorkian likes the film. We can certainly review it here after it airs Saturday night.

Pro-lifer Lynn Mill's view after screening the movie on April 21 was that it portrayed him otherwise, telling me, "HBO did a beautiful job with this. I don't think they glamorized. Him. I think they made him look like a nut. I did not think he came off looking good. I think he came off as a pathetic little freak."

So we'll see. Lynn added that while Kevorkian anticipated great public support and an eventual Supreme Court altercation, he got neither, which the film depicts.

4/22, 2:38p: Well, glory be. I was beyond skeptical that the upcoming HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, airing this Saturday night at 9p EST, would portray him fairly....

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TV show Family Guy: "Terri Schiavo, The Musical"

UPDATE, 6:55p: The Schindler family has issued a press release.

11:51a: Last night's episode of Family Guy opened with a truly shocking scene: a preschool school play entitled, "Terri Schiavo, The Musical." Watch the 1st 5 minutes, and see for yourself. WARNING: Vulgar...

The rest of the episode sounds just as shocking, although I didn't watch past the guy cutting off his arm....

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News anchor arrested after broadcasting he euthanized gay lover

Ray Gosling, euthanasia.jpgAccording to the Examiner, February 17:

Veteran BBC broadcast journalist Ray Gosling was arrested today after admitting on his show that he killed his gay lover. The 70-year-old confessed to smothering his former lover, who was dying of AIDS, in a shocking newscast.

During a taping of the 30-minute BBC show Inside Out, Gosling related to the show's television audience about the terrible pain that killing his partner had caused him.

Gosling, well known in Britain as a professional journalist and gay-rights activist, said that he killed the unnamed man....

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Breaking: Emergency injunction filed to stop hospital from discontinuing baby's care

UPDATE, 7:15p: Facebook friend Adam received a response from officials at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. An ADF rep told me it expected ETCH to say, "It's all a lie!" as all hospitals seem to do in cases like this, even while agreeing in court to back away.

UPDATE, 3:45p: The ADF lawsuit and pro-life hubbub caused the "ethics panel" to decide today to formally agree not to withdraw care for Baby Gabriel. Thanks to all who reposted and called the hospital!

ADF writes:

The agreement between the hospital and Baby Gabriel's mother has not yet been put in writing. ADF attorneys are withdrawing their motion for a temporary restraining order but will not withdraw the complaint until a written agreement is finalized. Until then, the lawsuit is still active.

ADF legal counsel Matt Bowman said, "We are pleased with the ethic panel's decision but look forward to full resolution in writing so Baby Gabriel's life will no longer be in danger."

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for breaking.jpg1:39p: The Alliance Defense Fund just filed an emergency injunction and restraining order in response to the decision an "ethics panel" at East Tennessee Children's Hospital was scheduled to make a couple hours ago to discontinue care of 9-month-old Gabriel Palmer.

According to an ADF press release...

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Obamacare: Cut costs or cut seniors?

The Population Research Institute has posted a clever 1:30 cartoon on YouTube, entitled, "Obamacare: Seniors need not apply." The description of the video reads:

Obama says he can make health care work without cutting costs. We think he will do that by cutting people.

[HT: Colin]

Dallas News video: "Choosing Thomas - Inside a family's decision to let their son live, if only for a brief time"

UPDATE, 9:40a: From moderator Chris:

There's another organization that helps celebrate these young lives. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a non-profit that coordinates professional photographers to capture stories similar to Thomas's. They provide beautiful heirloom remembrance photography that helps heal and tell these poignant stories for families and loved ones.

My friend Allison Runnion-Baker forwarded the video below, made by the Dallas News. It tells the touching story of a couple who decided to carry their lethally ill baby to term. The video is very well done and sends a powerful pro-life message. Baby Thomas's mother Deidrea says in the video, "I think sometimes when you make the toughest decisions, you can get the greatest joy out of those."

Get your kleenex out. You will watch birth, celebrating life, and mourning death in quick succession....

Allison and I worked at Christ Hospital together. She testified with me before a congressional subcommittee about her experience there....

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Thread between Veterans Affairs' "death book" and Section 1233: Hemlock Society

your life your choices.jpgOn August 18 the Wall Street Journal published an op ed Jim Towey, president of St. Vincent College, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and author of Five Wishes, the most widely used living will template in the country.

Towey's piece has gotten much attention. The piece begins:

If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Dept. of Veterans Affairs. He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care....

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Cash for senior citizen clunkers

by Carder


Meet your competition, you fetuses you. Your grandparents are actually worth something!

Satire from The People's Cube via Michelle Malkin...

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Healthcare funeral procession In Florida

by Carder

From womb to tomb, Obamacare promises to take care of you (with the unwanted unborn being the exception, of course).

Add the video below to the list of un-American mob interventionist footage:

From Curt Barnes, a member of the North Pinellas Florida 912 Project, comes this explanation in an email I received...

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AARP backs away from Obamacare

UPDATE, 3:46p: Well, isn't this interesting. The AARP Media channel on YouTube has just posted this CNN story, entitling it, "CNN fact check on President Obama's AARP 'Endorsement' statement":


I previously wrote that the AARP was defending Obamacare.

aarp logo.jpgWell, I'm guessing due to the growing furor by seniors over the euthanasian tenor of Section 1233, AARP is backing away, which is huge and important. I've said before if Democrats lose seniors on this, they've lost.

Now CNSNews.com is reporting:

AARP Chief Operating Officer Tom Nelson issued a statement saying that the organization has not endorsed any legislation. "While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills...are inaccurate," Nelson said. AARP does support measures to reform health care, Nelson said, but has not endorsed the bills being crafted in Congress.

This referred back to Obama's statement yesterday in his pep rally townhall meeting that AARP was behind him. This has become a hot topic. According to Fox News this afternoon, a great exchange...

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Section 1233

"For President Obama, healthcare is a deeply moral issue."

melody barnes 6.jpgI gagged at those opening words on a video by Melody Barnes, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council, attempting to reassure Americans euthanasia is not in the healthcare plan on the WH's new Reality Check website.

I don't need to remind pro-lifers about Obama's "morality" on the issues of abortion and infanticide.

But you may need reminding that Barnes previously served on the boards of both Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List. So she and Obama share the same "deeply moral" commitment to abortion.

But on to the topic of euthanasia. Barnes, in a spookily calm and reassuring voice, says not to worry....

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Growing controversy over euthanasia aspect of healthcare plan

There has been much talk the last few days on treatment of the elderly under the Obama healthcare plan. Was the 1973 movie Soylent Green (which I remember well and which freaked me out a tad), about life in the year 2022, prophetic?

Yesterday on Fox an AARP rep defended his organization's support of Obamacare despite a section mandating an end-of-life conversation with one's dr. The rep argued Medicare currently doesn't cover such chats so they're not happening. Obamacare simply ties up a reimbursement loophole, he said.

Hogwash. Fred Thompson has an op ed in today's Washington Times taking on the euthanasia component of Obamacare. First, Thompson reiterates the Left's argument, which the AARP mouthpiece parroted, and of which you should be aware...

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BBC Philharmonic conductor and wife commit double-assisted suicide

downes.jpgAssisted suicide is currently banned in the UK (a point of contention for many), but not so in Switzerland, where a famous conductor and his wife chose to end their lives this week. From the AP comes the sad report:

British maestro Edward Downes, who conducted the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Opera but struggled in recent years as his hearing and sight failed, has died with his wife [Joan] at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85 and she was 74.

The couple's children said Tuesday that the couple died "peacefully and under circumstances of their own choosing" on Friday at a Zurich clinic run by the group Dignitas....

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Obama promotes euthanasia in healthcare plan

From the LA Times, June 25:

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President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.

Read that again. Obama was subtly promoting euthanasia...

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Given 6 months to live 10 years ago: The Brian (and Gerri) Monaghan story

by intern Andy M.

monaghan.JPG Brian and Gerri Monaghan "went to battle" over 10 years ago, when in 1998, Brian received a call from his doctor.

"Come and see me, but don't drive," the doctor told him - and the alarm bells went off, for Brian as he knew something must be seriously wrong. He was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, which had already metastasized to his brain. The doctor told Brian he had 6 months to live....

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Attend suicide workshop

suicide machine.jpgAs if people had trouble thinking of new ways to kill themselves, Australian physician Philip Nitschke, his country's "Dr. Death," is hosting a "do-it-yourself" suicide workshop "in a seaside retirement town" in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.

Nitschke will then take his suicide show on the road to 3 other European cities.

Nitschke will demonstrate his suicide kit - on who? - "which includes a helium-filled 'exit bag' which is placed over the head, drugs from Mexico, morphine and DIY Peaceful Pills," according to the Daily Mail.

Nitschke, founder of Exit International, a right-to-die organization, blames "centuries of religious claptrap" for the opposition he has faced:

There needs to be a reshaping of people's education and beliefs around such a subject. It seems we demand humans to live with indignity, pain and anguish whereas we are kinder to our pets when their suffering becomes too much. It simply is not logical or mature....
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2nd International Symposium on Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

Flyer2009Symposium(P2Top)-762059.jpgThe 2nd International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide entitled "Never Again" will be held at the National Conference Center in Landsdowne, VA on May 29 - 30, 2009 (near Dulles airport) and is possibly the most important conference ever on assisted suicide.

Register now for this event before the deadline closes on May 11!...

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Rolling Stone satires the death of Terri Schiavo

rolling stone.jpgRolling Stone magazine contained a mock interview with outgoing President George Bush that is - WARNING - offensive for sexual explicitness and foul language.

Standard fare. But following is a section from the "interview" that is egregious to the memory of Terri Schindler Schiavo.

Such contempt for the dead, particularly disabled, is unthinkable to me. I can't imagine, for instance, Rolling Stone satiring Joseph and Rose Kennedy's lobotomized daughter Rose Marie, who died just 2-1/2 months before Terri. There's certainly plenty of fodder there for the imaginative.

But secular liberal minds at Rolling Stone confine their lampoons to acceptable "Christian" prey, with no regard given to Terri's parents and siblings. Apparently their subjection to maligning will see no end or bounds, simply for trying to save Terri from being killed by dehydration and starvation.

Here's the relevant excerpt....

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Confirmed: Barabara Ciccone has passed away

Thumbnail image for grim reaper.jpgUPDATE, 2/9, 3:40p: I emailed the Diocese of Paterson to ask for confirmation one way or the other on Barbara Ciccone's status. It sent me the following statement:

The patient died at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, Feb. 6 ,while being fed, of her terminal illness at Hospice of N.J. in Wayne. There was no wake and burial took place on Saturday.

May Barbara rest in peace.

UPDATE, 2/7, 6:45a: This story is getting stranger and stranger. Apparently although the St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital in Wayne, NJ, informed the Diocese of Paterson that Barbara Ciccone had died, she has not. I have written a request to the Diocese for clarification and will keep you posted....

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Watch[ed] me die [and liked it]

UPDATE, 12/15, 7a: From The Sunday Times, December 14:

Public opinion has moved sharply in favour of assisted suicide, according to a poll for The Sunday Times. The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people shows that most would consider euthanasia for themselves and think that relatives who help with assisted suicides at foreign clinics should not be prosecuted.

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The poll followed the broadcast last week by Sky TV of the assisted suicide of Craig Ewert, who was suffering from motor neurone disease. By two to one (61% to 27%), people said it was right to screen it....

It also revealed strong support for a change in the law on assisted suicide to give immunity from prosecution to those who help a relative or friend with an incurable condition to die. More than two-thirds (69%) think the law should be changed.

Most strikingly, by four to one (61% to 15%), people said they would consider assisted suicide for themselves if suffering from a terminal disease....

[HT: reader Susie A.]

On the heels of a MT judge forcing assisted suicide on her state... and on the heels of a 19-year-old committing suicide on the Internet after being goaded by commenters... and on the heels of Obama picking pro-euthanasia attorney Thomas Perrilli (who represented Michael Schiavo) for his transition team... comes this from The Sun...

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Lauren Richardson will not be euthanized

Above is video of Lauren Richardson, most certainly not "brain dead" as Alan Colmes called her several months ago.

I've written previously about Lauren, a brain-damaged 23-year-old who overdosed on heroin in August 2006 while 3-4 months pregnant.

Lauren was kept on life support until she delivered a healthy baby girl in February 2007.

Then Lauren's mother, Edith Towers, began a legal battle to remove her feeding tube, while her father, Randy Richardson, fought to keep Lauren alive and assume responsibility for her care.

Well, I'm happy to report the case has been positively resolved. Reported the Associated Press yesterday...

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Abortion, the peacemaker?

Abortion in India is illegal after 20 weeks, in large part to stop female feticide. Today's NewsTrackIndia.com details a Bombay High Court's decision to break the rule:

In this particular case, a pregnant petitioner when found during routine diagnosis in her 24th week that her unborn child was suffering from a congenital heart block, resorted to go for abortions. But, doctors denied as it was against the law. However, a paediatrician said, the baby would need the placement of a peacemaker immediately after being born.

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Normally a peacemaker has four to five years of life. This way, the child would have to go for five peacemaker replacement surgeries throughout life. Doctors also said that even surgery is not the guarantee of a normal life. They also expressed fear of a possible intra-uterine death of the foetus and if survives, continuous ailment would also compromise the life of the child....

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Joni's Wheels for the World

Most in the Evangelical world are familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada's story. Not sure if she's so well known in Catholic circles.

Joni was left a teen quadriplegic in 1967 after a diving accident. Her 1976 book, Joni, really impacted me.

Here's a clip of a great interview Larry King conducted with Joni...

My friend Adam McManus of the KSLR Take A Stand radio show is raising sponsorship for 75 wheelchairs for Joni's Wheels for the World ministry, which provides wheelchairs to disabled people in third world countries. By refurbishing used wheelchairs, total cost for each is only $150. Adam is only 8 wheelchairs away from his goal.

If you would like to pledge for an entire wheelchair, great. Call 1-888-294-5664, mentioning Adam's name.

Or if you would like to combine forces with me to sponsor one wheelchair, either email me or leave a comment with the amount you'd like to pledge, which is tax deductible. I'll discuss arrangements with you offline.

View Joni's recent Wheels outreaches to Cuba, Kenya and Peru.

JivinJ's Life Links 7-29-08

web grab.jpgby JivinJ

  • Denny Burke highlights a recent exchange on the Albert Mohler Radio Program between guest host Russell Moore and Tony Campolo on the issue of abortion reduction vs. abortion elimination. Robert George was also a guest on the program.

    [JLS note: I'm so glad Denny and JivinJ spotted this. I received an email about this radio show but couldn't locate the source. Tony Campolo is a Democrat evangelical pastor. On this show he proposed a tax-and-spend strategy to reduce abortion by up to 50%, he thought. My email friend reported: "The moderator made a brilliant comparison. He asked if this strategy was similar to someone leading a group of white supremecists to reduce the number of lynchings of the slaves. Campolo became enraged at this. Truth hurts."]...

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  • Team Hoyt

    Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from MA who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they're not in a marathon they are in a triathlon - that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

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    It's a remarkable record of exertion - all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.

    For the past 25 years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

    At Rick's birth in 1962 the umbilical cord coiled around his neck and cut off oxygen to his brain. Dick and his wife, Judy, were told that there would be no hope for their child's development.

    "It's been a story of exclusion ever since he was born," Dick told me....

    Continue reading Team Hoyt's inspiring story at multi'merica.com.

    And here's Team Hoyt in action:

    [HT: friend Bruce T.; photo courtesy of Team Hoyt]

    Orlando Sentinel: wrong on Terri Schiavo but too bad

    orland sentinel logo.pngOn May 24 the Orlando Sentinel published a story describing Terri Schiavo as "brain dead," even worse than the oft-cited yet wrong "persistent vegetative state" MSM more often attributes to her. Brain dead is what one is at organ harvest time, kept alive only by machines.

    After repeated attempts to contact OS by phone and email, Terri's brother Bobby Schindler finally got through to a Mr. Dana Eagles, informing him OS's depiction of Terri was "patently false."

    He directed Eagles to the press release the family recently issued reexplaining for the millionth time Terri's correct diagnosis, "disabled" or "brain-damaged." Bobby even offered to send Eagles Terri's medical documents indicating not even doctors paid by Terri's husband Michael ever diagnosed Terri as "brain dead."

    The next day came this email to Bobby...

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    An iron will to live

    iron lung.jpgIt's all in the attitude. Every life has merit and is worth living. We mourn the loss of this fighter and express appreciation for her loving family. From the Associated Press, May 28:

    Memphis, TN - A woman who spent nearly 60 years of her life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio as a child died Wednesday after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing, her family said....
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    Photo journal of Terri's death

    Pro-lifer Leslie Hanks spent several days praying and protesting outside the facility where Terri Schindler Schiavo was starved and dehydrated to death in 2005. Yesterday marked the 3rd anniversary of Terri's death. Leslie has submitted visual reminders of that time. Here is the 1st. See 7 more on page 2.

    3 of a kind...
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    Terri's Day

    terri.jpgToday marks the 3rd anniversary of the killing by dehydration and starvation of Terri Schindler Schiavo, and Terri's Foundation along with Priests for Life have established an annual Terri's Day observance.

    Terri's brother Bobby Schindler has an op ed at Townhall.com today. In it he takes all 3 presidential candidates to task for opposing governmental attempts to intervene to stop Terri from being so cruelly killed...

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    Newborn hospice vs. euthanasia

    A comment on RH Reality Check today from a mother who aborted her handicapped baby:

    I... received the news that the fetus [I] was carrying was going to die - there was not one thing that could be done, he had no kidneys and a host of other problems. I was just a little more than halfway through my pregnancy when I received the news and after weeks of agonizing, chose to end my pregnancy through early elective induction. I held my son when he was born alive and kept him with my husband and I until he died peacefully in my arms.

    There's that choice. And there's the choice to let God decide. MSNBC reported March 24 - in a well-done article, I might add - on the perinatal hospice movement, growing as doctors are able to diagnose more fetal handicaps earlier.


    There are now 55 such programs nationwide, tracked here. One person involved in the movement estimated only 10-20% of mothers receiving a poor prenatal diagnosis carry their babies to term. That jumps to 40% if given hospice support.

    Here's the bottom line, quoting MSNBC...

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    Guess He Should Have Studied for the Test!


    By: Mary Kay Hastings

    Just a few quotes from y'all about assisted suicide...you know, if the husband/wife/mother/father said their spouse/child/parent didn't want to live, who are we to question it?

    Back to your hatefilled fantasies about everyone else - you have to invent the worst and pretend the only reason someone might have is because they are 'terrible' people. I believe people who are suffering and have no hope of recovery should have the right to end their lives. I believe if someone is comatose with no hope of recovery the family should be able to do what they think is best. You imagine youre an authority on everyone elses life and imagine you should have some 'right' to stuff your face into the private lives of strangers and tell them how they 'should' live and what they 'should' do without knowing them or anything about them - ignorance never keeps YOU from being an 'authority' on 'everything'. Texas Red

    Her mother is only trying to carry out her wishes. She stated that she didn't want to be kept alive like this. She saw what happened to Terri Schiavo and said it was "gross." She wouldn't want this.
    Posted by: reality at February 6, 2008 1:44 PM

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    Doctors Aren't Always Right About PVS

    By Bethany Kerr

    yyy.jpgI've been thinking a lot about Lauren Richardson's story, and about the comments thrown around about her by people supporting her starvation and death. Comments such as:

    "Lauren CAN'T think. Nothin' up there anymore. Lauren has left the building. Breathing doesn't mean life- brain means life. If the right circuits aren't firing, she's got no capacity to think."

    "I do think it's selfish of the father to prolong everyone's suffering because he can't handle the fact his daughter has passed on."

    One study, among many others, has shown that at least 40 percent of patients diagnosed as PVS were actually conscious of their surroundings.

    What makes this even more disturbing is that researchers are unable to identify any predictors of recovery, which would help doctors to determine who might- and who might not- wake up.

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    Choose life

    by Bethany Kerr

    Mary Kay's post below (about the man who killed his wife because she had Lou Gehrig's disease) reminded me about this incredible video that I saw a few months ago. I think that it should touch every person here.

    Click on the picture below to go to the video:


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    Can I give you a hand, there?

    by Mary Kay Hastings



    From LifeNews.com:

    An Oregon man has killed his disabled wife in a test of the one-of-a-kind state law that allows assisted suicide there. John Roberts says his wife Virginia was afflicted with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease and he took her life to see if the state would allow him to get away with voluntary euthanasia, or so-called mercy killing.
    Roberts' family says John's killing his wife was an act of compassion because she didn't yet qualify for an assisted suicide under the state's guidelines.

    "And part of the reason why they chose this method rather than going down the assisted suicide route was that she was so proud that she didn't want to let herself get into the condition she would need to be in before they'd be allowed," Greg Roberts added.

    Smith predicted that Oregon wouldn't allow Roberts to get off scott free and turn its assisted suicide law into one allowing euthanasia. At the same time, he said Roberts wouldn't be punished severely.

    Don't you just love it? Assisted suicide? Here honey, let me help you with that gun!

    Court censors Lauren's father

    by Jill Stanek

    lauren%202.jpgI reported last week about a young disabled mother, Lauren Richardson, whose own mother, Edith Towers, is seeking court permission to starve and dehydrate Lauren to death.

    I said Towers' attorney was trying to get a video made by Lauren's father, Randy Richardson, taken off the Internet. Randy does not want Lauren killed. He wants to care for her. All she needs is food and water to survive, no machines.

    The video showed Lauren responding to family and a pet, proving she is not in a coma or brain dead, as the abused "persistent vegetative state" would have one believe.

    Now up on Lauren's website is this:

    Due to an Injunction against Lauren's father, by the court appointed lawyer ad litem (allegedly representing the interests of Lauren), we may no longer link to the video which showed Lauren responding to family members. This order, which was signed by Master Samuel Glasscock, asserts the right to privacy of Lauren by the same lawyer who consented to terminating her life.

    Fortunately, mlbalan74 captured the video before Randy was forced to remove it and has reposted it on YouTube. Pro-lifers should download and save it asap, as I have on an mpg file here. Then show this video far and wide.

    Also see the February 2 Hannity interview with Randy:

    Lauren's senior high school photo, above, was prophetic. She's still there inside, behind her reflection.

    Let Lauren live

    lauren%20high%20school.jpgHere we go again, Terri II.

    This information comes from Bess McAneny of the Delaware Pro-Life Coalition, who I spoke with this morning.

    I'm told Hannity & Colmes will tonight feature the story of Lauren Richardson of Delaware, a now 23-year-old who overdosed on heroin in August 2006 while 3-4 months pregnant.

    Lauren was kept on life support until she delivered a healthy baby girl in February 2007, and then the fight began to euthanize Lauren.

    Lauren's mother, Edith Towers, is fighting to dehydrate and starve her to death, while her father, Randy Richardson, is fighting to keep Lauren alive and assume responsibility for her care.

    So far Edith is winning. Last week a court awarded her guardianship of Lauren, but any actions to kill Lauren are being staved pending appeals....

    UPDATE, 2/2, 4:50a: Lauren's family has put her video up on YouTube. I've switched links to the video on page 2. And Hannity & Colmes did feature Lauren's story last night. No video available yet.

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    Hydration, nutrition, and the persistent vegetative state II

    terri4.jpgA good conversation was launched from the September 18 post, "Hydration, nutrition, and the persistent vegetative state," and I have been asked to bring it forward to the home page. I'm going to pull a few a few thought provoking comments to continue the discussion....

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    Hydration, nutrition, and the persistent vegetative state

    terri2.jpgWhen Catholics speak on the pro-life issue, I listen, even though I'm not Catholic. The Catholic Church has thought through every nuance of the pro-life issue, often ahead of Her time. Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae, for instance, written in 1968, was profound and prophetic. That's just one example.

    If I say the Catholic Church is inspired on the pro-life issue, my Catholic friends will flog me and say it is inspired on every issue. But at risk of flogging (wasn't Luther also flogged?.. :) I will say it anyway, because I want to impress upon my Protestant friends the importance of Catholic teaching on the pro-life issue, and that they should embrace it.

    So when the Vatican released a statement September 14 on the topic of providing artifical hydration and nutrition to persons in a persistent vegetative state, I was very interested....

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    Liberal-endorsed killer careers

    Terri Schiavo Schindler's brother Bobby Schindler wrote this column on June 9, disclosing facts you won't read in MSM about career killers Dr. Jack Kevorkian and Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos:

    You have probably heard by now that Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released early from prison last week for "good behavior" after serving only eight years of his 10- to 25-year sentence following his conviction for second-degree murder.... for killing a man - by lethal injection - that had... Lou Gehrig's disease - a murder he had the audacity to videotape and release to 60 Minutes in an effort to promote the legalization of assisted suicide.


    You might have even... witness[ed] the news footage of Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes warmly embracing the doctor as he left prison. Perhaps you watched the interview with Mr. Wallace that aired this past Sunday....

    However, during the interview, not surprisingly, Mr. Wallace failed to mention that not only were over half of Kevorkian's 130 victims not terminally ill, but a number were suffering primarily from depression and had no serious physical ailments whatsoever. The autopsies performed on his patients exposed this disturbing truth.

    Even more alarming, however, is that no one ever mentions Kevorkian's very real and very troubling fixation with death....

    I saw the same treatment given to Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, during the battle to save my sister....

    While the secular media constantly scrutinized the attorneys representing my parents as coming from the mold of the "religious right," Felos was given a free pass in spite of his activism on behalf of euthanasia and some very real and alarming obsessions with death he shares with Kevorkian....

    [P]eople... need only look at these disturbed individuals who are actively promoting [assisted suicide] to realize this is not the answer. When you compare an article written by Jeff Hooton regarding Jack Kevorkian with some of what George Felos has written in his own book (as taken from the article "Portrait of a Spiritual Killer" by Ben Wiker) you can begin to understand that these two appear to have a ghastly love affair with death.

    Kevorkian carried around a camera while he was a medical resident to photograph patients' eyes at the moment of death and would experiment with transfusing blood from corpses into live patients. Felos admitted he could "speak" to the incognizant via his stomach, which he referred to as "soul speak," and also assured one of his clients it was "OK to leave your body and die now."

    Kevorkian, who considers himself an accomplished artist, would mix cadaver blood with his own, using it to paint the frame for one of his works. He produced several paintings filled with detached organs and severed heads. Felos admitted to having visions of "the side of his throat cut and blood gushing from his carotid artery" and watching his "hot red blood darken" on the floor.

    Kevorkian said that carbon monoxide gives a corpse a "lovely glow".... Felos told the world that Terri "looked beautiful" and that he had "never seen such a look of peace and beauty upon her" as she lay dying of dehydration. How can anyone turn a blind eye to such a ghoulish and offensive comment, knowing full well that someone who has gone without food or water for almost two weeks looks about as "beautiful" as a victim of Auschwitz?

    Instead of the media insisting that these two are acting out of "compassion" for those who are "asking" to be killed, perhaps they should be investigating their bizarre writings and beliefs in the same way they did supporters of Terri's life....

    The news show Frontline published the following artwork by Kevorkian. You can read Kevorkian's description of his pieces by clicking on the titles.

    The Gourmet (War)
    Nearer My God to Thee
    Very Still Life

    The inconvenient truth about Terri Schiavo and euthanasia

    bobby.jpgMany comments to my post yesterday, "Death Angel vs. Terri Schiavo," perpetuated false information, which Terri's brother Bobby dispels in a column today

    The most obvious thread between abortion support and euthanasia support is promotion of death. The underlying thread is selfishness, i.e., promotion of convenience.

    Over 90% of abortions are for convenience, either as primary or secondary birth control.

    Likewise, every euthanasia supporter I read on this blog supports it for convenience. Oh, you attempt to appear altruistic, using yourself as an example. "I wouldn't want to be a burden," you say, actually forced to make this argument to remain consistent with your support of abortion. But you are actually telling your family and friends how you would consider them in similar a situation: inconvenient.

    Here is an excerpt from Bobby's column today, which brilliantly describes your hypocrisy. It can be read in its entirety at WND.com....

    Continue reading "The inconvenient truth about Terri Schiavo and euthanasia"

    Death Angel vs. Terri Schiavo

    terri.jpgThis Saturday, March 31, will mark the second anniversary of the death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo. Too bad she wasn't a convicted murderer. She'd still be going through the appeals process.

    Yes, had Terri been a convicted murderer, MSM would certainly have taken up her cause as well, like it did the 34-minute execution of convicted killer Angel Diaz . Did I mention Terri's execution took 14 days? Both were in Florida. Compare the coverage:

    "[Gov. Jeb Bush's] intervention in the Terri Schiavo fiasco, without even talking to her husband, was unconscionable." ~ Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 28, 2006

    "Gov. Jeb Bush was wise to suspend executions and order the review of lethal injection procedures after the bungled execution of a convicted murderer last week." ~ News-press.com, Dec. 19, 2006

    That's just one example of the insanity....

    Continue reading "Death Angel vs. Terri Schiavo"

    Recipe for euthanasia

    From the New York Times, March 21:

    More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase from the last official tally five years ago, and a number expected to more than triple by 2050, absent a cure, as the 85-and-over population soars and the baby boomers move into their late 60s and 70s.

    From the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, March 2007:

    In April 2006, officials with the Health Resources and Services Administration released projections that the nation's nursing shortage would grow to more than one million nurses by the year 2020.... [A]ll 50 states will experience a shortage of nurses to varying degrees by the year 2015.... [There is currently] a national RN vacancy rate of 8.5% [in hospitals].

    Three points.

    1. Thanks, abortion.

    2. Sick, aging baby boomers should be categorized: Those who have advocated abortion the past 34 years should roll their wheelchairs to the back of the line.

    3.What goes around comes around. Aging abortion proponents should not be surprised to hear surviving young family members say they cannot afford to care for them, they have no room for them, or this is just not a good time.

    [Photo from the 1973 sci fi movie, Soylent Green]

    "I wish my sister were a convicted murderer"

    Bobby Schindler has a compellng post on ProLifeBlogs that juxtaposes media responses to the 34-minute execution of convicted killer Angel Diaz in Florida to the 14-day execution of his sister, Terri Schiavo.

    Here is one, along with the photo from the post:

    The Ledger (Associated Press), 12-17-06

    Article title: "Doctors: Botched execution likely slow, painful"

    Death penalty foes have for years warned of a worst-case scenario in which an inmate being executed by lethal injection could remain conscious, experiencing severe pain as he slowly dies. That day may finally have come.

    "It really sounds like [Angel Diaz] was tortured to death," said Jonathan Groner, associate professor of surgery at the Ohio State Medical School.... "My impression is that it would cause an extreme amount of pain."...

    terri.jpg"[W]itnesses reported movement of Diaz as long as 24 minutes after the first injection, with him grimacing, blinking, licking his lips, blowing and attempting to mouth words. At one point, about midway through the process, he turned his head toward witnesses....

    And a couple more....

    Orlando Sentinel, 12-28-06

    [Gov. Jeb Bush's] intervention in the Terri Schiavo fiasco, without even talking to her husband, was unconscionable.

    News-press.com, 12-19-06

    Gov. Jeb Bush was wise to suspend executions and order the review of lethal injection procedures after the bungled execution of a convicted murderer last week.

    Durbin & Dems: Blind, deaf, and dumb

    George Neumayr of The American Spectator began his commentary today on Durbin, the Democrats, Schiavo, and Guantanamo with this:

    If Terri Schiavo had been dehydrated to death at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Dick Durbin would be reading her autopsy report from the Senate floor. It would be an occasion for great moral anguish. How did the U.S. sink so low as to adopt such Nazi-like callousness toward disabled prisoners of war? one could imagine him saying. Instead, Democrats -- even as they spent part of the week crassly celebrating, with news of Schiavo's autopsy report in hand, the human rights abuse of euthanasia against the disabled -- are in a moral lather over the paucity of proper air conditioning terrorists receive at Guantanamo Bay.

    Hat tip: Matt Abbott

    Terri's autopsy report dissected

    JivinJehoshaphat cuts to the chase of Terri Schiavo's 39-page autopsy report and posts what we care about: whether she was in a persistent vegetative state (supposedly), if she felt pain (supposedly not), and how she died (duh).

    Fuhrman's new book: Investigation of Schiavo case

    NewsMax.com reports that former detective Mark Fuhrman is coming out with a new book on June 28 entitled, "Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death."

    NewsMax says the book "will prove the controversy over Terry Schiavo's death is far from over.... Fuhrman applies his highly respected investigative skills to examine the medical evidence, legal case files, and police records.... With the complete cooperation of Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, as well as their medical and legal advisers, he conducts exclusive interviews with forensics experts and crucial witnesses, including friends, family members, and caregivers."