Posted on June 20, 2018 12:55 PM

The Gospel According to "St." Sanger

By Anne Fox - 

Some (many) times it is so embarrassing to live in the Commonwealth! James Antle lll, in "Ubuntu" an article in Chronicles of American Culture, lets the cat out of the bag about abortion and the Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge.

Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, another charming lady who happens to be the dean of EDS identified one apparent exception to Ubuntu: the “blessing” of abortion, whereby a woman can become a whole person by terminating her relationship with the “other” in her womb—even if it is a purely elective abortion undergone by a woman who “becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship” and “has every option open to her,” but nevertheless “decides she does not wish to bear a child.”

After all, says Ragsdale, “The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.” Perhaps fearing she might be misunderstood, Ragsdale continued:

“These are the two things I want you, please, to remember—abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.”  She then repeated the second part of the sentence three times to make sure no one missed out on the gospel according to "St." Margaret Sanger.

Posted on June 16, 2018 9:00 AM

Charles Krauthammer: I leave this life with no regrets.

By Anne Fox - Charles Krauthammer has announced that he has only a few weeks to live. He said, "I leave this life with no regrets...It was a wonderful life -- full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

During the battle leading up to passage of Obamacare, I found Krauthammer's analyses of what was wrong with the proposed policy and what should be done to be incredibly helpful. He had the best insight available and I will always be grateful.

I remembered, also, that he had made some very good points on abortion. When Clinton was elected, Krauthammer regretfully thought the abortion fight was over. This was one of the few times when he was completely wrong.

He complimented the Catholic Church for leading the fight against abortion and pointed out that it wasn't just the selling of baby parts that Planned Parenthood wanted to cover up. It was the fact of what really happens in their so-called "clinics".

Concerning abortion, he felt that what was morally right should be enshrined in law and wrote"The role of democratic politics is to turn such moral sensibilities into law. This is a moment to press relentlessly for a national ban on late-term abortions."

Krauthammer did what any intelligent, fair-minded person would do, he came down on the side of the babies.

I'll be praying for him!

Photo by Washington Examiner

Posted on June 14, 2018 10:56 AM

Dr. Mildred Jefferson Receives Hometown Honors

By John Curry -
How do I begin to write about Dr. Mildred Jefferson?
I could mention her many accomplishments: receiving a double promotion twice, graduating summa cum laude from Texas College in Tyler, Texas, or receiving a Master’s degree from Tufts University, or her being the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, the first female surgical intern at Boston City Hospital, and the first female to be admitted to the Boston Surgical Society. She was highly regarded by her patients and many fellow doctors, a legend in her time as a magnificent speaker for life, and the first woman to receive the prestigious Lantern Award for Patriotism from the Mass. State  Council of Knights of Columbus. 
Instead, I am writing about her being honored in her home town of Carthage, Texas. On February 21, 2018, I received an e-mail about the Bust Unveiling Ceremony in Anderson Park located in downtown Carthage, Texas. After researching the ceremony and how it came to be, I found an article in the local newspaper, the Panola Watchman, that gave the details about the events leading to this dedication. The article mentioned Mike Parker, a local attorney, who was behind the movement to honor Dr. Jefferson. 
I called Mr. Parker and explained that I was a friend of Dr. Jefferson and was happy to hear that she was being honored with a bust and plaque. I asked him how he came to be involved in this project and he said that after reading her obituary, he could not let this wonderful woman from Carthage be forgotten. Mike Parker has practiced law in Carthage for many years and had never heard of Dr. Jefferson. He began his research into her life and was soon in contact with her cousin. Mike contacted a well known local artist and sculptor named Bob Harness who agreed to help with the bust and plaque of Dr. Jefferson. The committee contacted the County Commissioners’ Court for permission to place the bust in the public park and received enthusiastic support. 
     
Plans were made to raise funds and place the bust in Anderson Park. It was decided that not only would a bust be commissioned, but a scholarship to Panola College in Carthage would be named the Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson Memorial Scholarship. As this is an endowed Scholarship, $10,000.00 must be raised before it can be established. At this time only pledges are being requested. When the total is reached, the donors will be notified and the money will be sent to the college at that time. Anyone wishing to donate may contact the MCFL office and the pledge will be recorded.  
     
Dr. Jefferson helped found The National Right to Life Committee where she served as president three times. She was one of the founding members of MCFL and a former president. Dr. Jefferson was the first member of Black Americans for Life. Most importantly for America was her being responsible for changing the position on life of then governor of California Ronald Reagan who later became an outstanding and staunch pro-life president. As a resident of Boston and Cambridge, she was, also, one of the original hosts of the Boston-based TV show Life Matters and then host of Vital Concerns. As a well-known doctor she shared profoundly important pro-life information on these shows reaching so many viewers. Dr. Jefferson passed away on October 15, 2010.
     
The work of Mike Parker goes far beyond the norm and we of MCFL owe him a debt of gratitude. At the unveiling of Dr. Jefferson’s bust, David made a comment that resonated with me when he spoke about putting aside Dr. Jefferson’s many achievements we can only think of the many people who are alive today due to her work in the pro-life cause. Most notable about Mike is his appreciation for someone he never knew but for whom he holds a great respect and admiration. Mr. Parker, Dr. Jefferson's family, and all others responsible for this beautiful tribute demonstrate why Carthage was so special to this remarkable lady.
Posted on June 13, 2018 3:23 PM

Surprising Twist to a Good News Story You May Have Seen

By Nancy Valko - 

Surprising Twist to a Good News Story You May Have Seen

TV and social media are reporting a wonderful story about Dr. Eric Voigt and Nicole McGuinness. Dr. Voigt, an ENT physician, was watching the “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” TV show (one of my own semi-guilty pleasures) when he noticed that a woman on the show named Nicole McGuiness seemed to have a suspicious lump in her neck. Alarmed, Dr. Voigt turned to Facebook find her and urge her to get the lump checked. Nicole had her lump checked and it was thyroid cancer. She will be starting treatment soon and is very grateful to Dr. Voigt for his sharp eye.

However, this story has a surprising twist.

Nicole was diagnosed in December 2015 with a glioblastoma cancer in her brain at age 29 and was successfully treated and doing well after almost 3 years.

Ironically, Brittany Maynard was also 29 and had a glioblastoma brain cancer when she decided to move from California to Oregon, a state that legalized assisted suicide in 1997. She and her family moved to Oregon so that Brittany could commit physician-assisted suicide before her symptoms became more severe. The date she chose was November 1, 2014. Brittany also agreed to help Compassion and Choices (the former Hemlock Society) use her story to raise funds with the goal of legalizing physician-assisted suicide throughout the US.

After weeks of widespread and sympathetic media coverage, Brittany did take a doctor-prescribed lethal overdose on her planned date.

Ironically and 5 months later, CBS’s TV show “60 Minutes” reported on an innovative treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer . And, as I wrote in my blog “Could Brittany Maynard Have Been Saved?”, this innovative treatment was granted breakthrough status by the FDA in 2016. 

No one will never know if Brittany could have been one of the people this treatment could help.

CALIFORNIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE

The first target state for Compassion and Choices’ campaign for legalizing assisted suicide after Brittany’s assisted suicide was her home state of California. Both Brittany’s mother and husband went to California to support a physician-assisted suicide bill. Although the bill apparently died in committee, Governor Jerry Brown called a special legislative session to deal with healthcare spending where the assisted suicide bill was resurrected and passed. Governor Brown then signed it into law in October, 2015. Over 100 people died by assisted suicide in the first six months after the law took effect.

However just last month, a California judge overturned the law stating that the California Legislature violated the law by passing it outside of the scope of health care spending which was given as the reason for a special session and thus was unconstitutional.

This decision was quickly appealed by the California attorney general to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals who upheld the judge’s decision.

Now Compassion and Choices has filed an appeal on behalf of a palliative care doctor and two terminally ill patients in California to get California’s law back into law.

Stay tuned for further developments.

CONCLUSION

As a former oncology and hospice nurse, I pray that Nicole has a speedy recovery from her thyroid cancer and I am still saddened by Brittany’s assisted suicide but assisted suicide is not a remedy for cancer.

I remember when just a few decades ago, AIDS was the poster disease for legalizing assisted suicide. Then it became terminal cancer after AIDS became treatable. Now the scary poster disease is Alzheimer’s.

And that’s how the slippery slope works.

Instead, we need realistic hope and real support for people and their families dealing with difficult situations rather than just offering the “solution” of death.

Posted on June 12, 2018 10:54 AM

Suicide Grows in a Culture of Despair

By Don Feder - Two celebrity suicides just days apart – a celebrated chef and a fashion icon. Both were said to be depressed. Big news -- like happy people kill themselves.

Both hung themselves, painfully emphasizing their sense of alienation and aloneness.

There are over 45,000 suicides a year in this country. That’s more than twice the number of homicides. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death -- the 2nd.  among those 18 to 34.

The CDC tells us that over the past two decades, suicide rates have increased 25% in the United States. Why? If the rate of cancer deaths went up by 25%, scientists would be frantic to discover the cause.

Look to the culture.

The decline of faith. Church attendance is in a tailspin.  In a 4-year period (between 2014 and 2017), the number of Catholics who told Gallup they went to church weekly fell from 45% to 39%. Faith and hope, without the one, you can’t have the other.

Fragmentation. The digital age makes us less and less connected. Who has time for conversations anymore? We used to talk face-to-face or on the phone. Now we e-mail or text. Instead of marrying, we have “relationships.”

Consider the movies on cable television: sadistic, nihilistic, ugly, cruel and filled with rage and despair. The last pictures I saw that offered hope were set almost 80 years in the past (“Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour”).

Increasing mental-health budgets won’t cure our sickness of our soul. Prayer, reaching out and speaking sanity to stupidity might.

Posted on June 09, 2018 9:00 AM

SCOTUS Declines to take Alabama Case

Fake News: The U.S. Supreme Court, Alabama, and a "gag rule".

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Posted on June 05, 2018 5:19 PM

VT Right to Life Foils Scam

by Mary Beerworth

Executive Director, Vermont Right to Life.

Vermont Right to Life Treasurer Aids Investigation Leading to Arrests in National Scam - Huge Victory for the Unborn and Pro-Life Groups Nationwide

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Posted on June 01, 2018 2:00 PM

From the Chairman - The Greatness of the Small

Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Visitation yesterday, the newly pregnant Mary arising in haste to make for the hill country around Jerusalem in order to take care of her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth, six months pregnant with John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56).

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Posted on May 31, 2018 3:27 PM

AMA Ethics Blog Post

Words Matter by Anne Fox

The American Medical Association will soon deliberate on the recent report of its own Ethics Subcommittee on whether to support Physician Assisted Suicide, (the practice of medical professionals encouraging and aiding their patients to terminate their own lives). What the opposition doesn't want you to know is 

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Posted on May 29, 2018 12:26 PM

Trump Versus Abortion

By Anne Fox

Avrohom Gordimer is chairman of the Rabbinic Circle at the Coalition for Jewish Values, a public policy institute reflecting traditional Jewish thought. He is also a member of the NY Bar Association. In his American Thinker article, he writes: "Trump 1, abortionists 0".

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