By Janet Callahan
Editor’s Note: The late and beloved Janet Callahan wrote this article for us back in 2010, but it remains even more relevant than ever and so we share it for you again. If you would like to participate in or organize a Rose Drive, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our web site.
When you participate in a Rose Drive fundraiser for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, you may not think that you are doing something that will directly save lives, but that is indeed what you are doing. You may think of accepting donations for silk roses in the back of the church on Mother’s Day or some other Sunday as a fundraiser that goes into a big, black hole somewhere to feed an institutional bureaucracy, but you would be mistaken.Read more
By Xavier Symons, BioEdge
Evidence of gross negligence is mounting against Belgium’s top euthanasia regulatory body, the Federal Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation.
Dr. Ludo Van Opdenbosch, a neurologist who was a Commission member for several years, resigned in September 2017. Associated Press recently obtained the letter of resignation that Dr. Van Opdenbosch sent to senior politicians, which details his dissatisfaction with the oversight processes of the Commission. "I do not want to be part of a committee that deliberately violates the law," he wrote.Read more
By Xavier Symons, BioEdge
Editor’s Note: Apparently you no longer own your own organs, your own body, but it is first considered to belong to the state. Combined with euthanasia and assisted suicide legalization, it turns the weak, vulnerable, and elderly into a chattel class.
The Netherlands has joined Belgium and Spain in adopting “opt-out” organ donation legislation.
Earlier this week the Dutch parliament narrowly passed a bill that requires every person over the age of 18 to notify government officials if they do not want to be an organ donor.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Crux this week has an interview with M.T. Davila, an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton. The interviewer is Fordham Professor Charles Camosy author of Beyond the Abortion Wars.
I have never reviewed the Camosy book because he claims to want to "draw people into conversation" with arguments that are offensive to the pro-life movement while giving great respect to those who want to make sure abortion remains legal.Read more
By Xavier Symons
Disability rights activists have criticized an assisted suicide bill currently being debated in Delaware, saying it fails to protect people with intellectual disabilities.
The bill, which was introduced into the Delaware General Assembly last month, would allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients over the age of 18. Controversially, an amendment to the bill states that patients with an intellectual disability can receive assisted suicide provided they are deemed competent by a social worker.
Not Dead Yet President Diane Coleman described the proposed amendment as a “misdirect”:
The Delaware bill, and the Oregon law on which it is based, do nothing to prevent or discover coercion, nor even to define it. The attending physician need not know the person well...The witnesses to the lethal drug request form need not know the person at all, but can simply check their ID. Yet these are the people who “certify” that there is “no coercion.”
Bioethicist Wesley Smith was similarly critical:
These are people who can’t legally enter contracts!...They can’t make their own medical decisions!...Yet, if they have a terminal illness, they are going to be able to commit assisted suicide if a social worker–who may be ideologically predisposed in favor–confirms that they “understand” that they are receiving a poison prescription?
On January 19, the amendment to the bill was passed and was attached to the legislation. The legislation now awaits consideration in the House.
Reprinted with permission from BioEdge.org.
By Nancy Valko
As a nurse threatened with termination for refusing to participate in an unethical health care decision years ago, I have a special interest in conscience rights for health care professionals.
Over the past several decades, new threats to conscience rights have widened from refusing to participate in abortions to other deliberate death decisions like withdrawal of feedings from people with serious brain injuries, VSED (voluntary stopping of eating and drinking), terminal sedation and physician-assisted suicide.Read more
Valentine's Day is all about love and right now in America, no one needs more love than the babies who are under threat of abortion and their mothers who are contemplating it. Massachusetts Citizens for Life is working every day to make a world where every baby is loved from the moment of conception and where mothers know that abortion is the wrong choice.
There’s an interesting exchange of letters in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette over the past month. In January, a Dr. Martha Duffy, who is from Worcester, wrote a letter to the editor supporting doctor-prescribed suicide as a valid choice for everyone.
As a family doctor, I take care of people at all stages of life: from birth, through childhood, onto adulthood, finally to death. Most of us are comfortable with the early stages of life, but many would rather not talk about death or dying. I have seen good deaths: peaceful and surrounded by loved ones, and I have seen terrible deaths. For terminally ill people, not being able to talk about, and plan for their death can be very distressing and harmful.
She then urged readers to contact the Public Health Committee to urge them to “offer death with dignity for those who would choose it.”
Then just this last week, Fr. Anthony Kazarnowicz of Fort Riley, Kansas, wrote a letter to Telegram with a counter-argument that notes at root both abortion and doctor-prescribed suicide appeal to the same selfish impulses that place “choice” and “control” over the well-being of the patients.
At the root of these murders is the cultural rejection of Judeo-Christian faith and morality. Decades ago, most Americans identified their sufferings with Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Accepting their sufferings (as Christ accepted his) gave suffering patients peace, added strength to their prayers and gave them hope of resurrected life and eternal reward. It also removed fear of eternal punishment for taking their own lives.
Minus this biblical worldview, physician-assisted killings of terminally ill patients will eventually expand to killing patients with (non-terminal) long-term suffering, to killing the permanently handicapped, the mentally ill, the elderly, the brokenhearted - anyone who believes his/her life is not worth living with suffering.
Thank you, Fr. Kazarnowicz, for making the connection and for speaking up for those for whom the result of “choice” in these instances is premature death.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Quincy is lucky to have Mayor Thomas Koch! The long-serving mayor has publicly announced that he is leaving the Democrat Party. He said it was the announcement by Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez last spring that pro-lifers had no place in the Democratic Party that was the last straw.
Mayor Koch said the whole party had moved too far left, but especially on abortion. He added that his Catholic faith is a kay aspect of his pro-life views and a prime motivator for the switch. “I’m certainly a believer in life starts at conception,” he told the Quincy Patriot Ledger.
It is very impressive to have a politician put his pro-life commitment above party membership - and not easy for a former Democrat in this state. Congratulations to Mayor Koch - and thank you!
By Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Last month, a concerned Swedish citizen wrote – Oregon Health Authority Reveals Hidden Problems with the Oregon Assisted Suicide model.
Fabian Stahle became concerned with the Oregon assisted suicide model after the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics published the report, “Assisted death: A Knowledge Compilation,” which supported the legalization of “Oregon Model” assisted suicide.
Stahle communicated by email (December 2017) with Craig New, an analyst for the Oregon Health Authority. Stahle learned from New that the definition of “terminal disease” used by the Oregon Health Authority was wider than the basic definition of terminal disease. New confirmed that people who are chronically ill can be approved for assisted suicide in Oregon, even if they do have a terminal disease, if they refuse effective treatment.Read more