Survey: 70% of palliative care doctors in UK oppose assisted suicide

(Right to Life UK) Seven out of ten palliative care doctors surveyed believe the British Medical Association (BMA) should remain opposed to assisted suicide, a new survey has revealed.

The largest poll to date of British medics’ views also showed that only 30% of doctors surveyed supported the BMA actively supporting attempts to change the law to allow euthanasia. Whereas 63% of doctors opposed the BMA supporting a law change or be neutral on the matter, with 40% expressing the view that the BMA should stay with it’s current position opposing a law change and 23% holding the position that is should be neutral on the matter.

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Foster Care: When Christ Shows Up

There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system nationwide. Approximately 4,200 in South Carolina where our private agency licenses foster parents. How does the church as a whole even begin to meet a need of a crisis of this magnitude?

The answer? The church steps up in obedience, not in our mortal sufficiency (but Christ’s) and NOT just as foster parents.

Children in Foster Care

In our area of South Carolina, we estimate that there are over 200 evangelical churches. At any given time, a deficit of 200 foster homes. If just one family from each of these churches fostered a child in foster care, there would be no waiting children in our area.

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World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2020: Joint Declaration by EU High Representative and Council of Europe Secretary General

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Today on the World and European Day Against the Death Penalty, the European Union and the Council of Europe reaffirm their opposition to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances and call for the universal abolition of the death penalty. We welcome the continued decline in the use of the death penalty, confirming the overall trend towards universal abolition. In 2019, for a second

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Two women suffer uncontrolled hemorrhaging at Texas abortion business

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Pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue reports that two women undergoing abortions in September 2020 at Austin Women’s Health Center in Austin, Texas, were both transported to the emergency room for uncontrolled hemorrhaging.

Patient 1

The first emergency occurred on September 2, 2020. A 28-year-old woman suffered excessive bleeding after undergoing an abortion. An employee at the abortion business named “Julie” called 911 and told the emergency dispatcher that the patient was “having excessive bleeding — and they’re currently trying to manage it, but then, as a precaution, we want EMS to come out in case they can’t get it under control.

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UK pro-lifers under fire for calling abortion a ‘modern-day holocaust’

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Recently, pro-life advocates with the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign received backlash in York, UK, for referring to abortion as “a modern day Holocaust.” The government-funded Holocaust Memorial Day Trust alleged that “it is unacceptable to draw comparisons between the Holocaust and abortion practice. The Holocaust was a unique, identity-based, extermination of a people, during which a state-sponsored slaughter of six million Jews took place before and during the Second World War.” Katherine O’Brien of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said it was “absolutely appalling” to compare their deaths to “a modern day Holocaust.” 

While the term holocaust certainly evokes thoughts of the Nazi regime’s slaughter of millions during WWII, it is also a general term which means “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale,” or “the killing of very large numbers of people.”

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Twitter censors picture of three-year-old child with Down syndrome

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, but rather than allow one mother to share the joy of raising her son who has Down syndrome, Twitter censored his photo.

In honor of Down syndrome awareness, President Donald Trump tweeted, “it is incumbent upon us as a Nation, to continue empowering [people with Down syndrome] to reach their full potential.” Russ Vought, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shared the president’s tweet and the mother of a boy with Down syndrome replied to Vought with her message and a picture of her three-year-old son Holt.

“We are so grateful to be his parents,” Holt’s mother @trishie818 wrote.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Battle Will Get Ugly, Pro-Life Americans Must Fight for Her

The Senate judiciary hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh was an appalling act of slander and defamation. An all-time low for the halls of Congress.

The battle to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court has already gotten ugly and unfortunately, it will likely get worse.

That’s why Life Issues Institute and the whole Susan B Anthony List family have put together a war chest at your disposal to help Judge Amy Barrett achieve confirmation.

And she certainly needs your help!

The knives and daggers have already come out from the Far Left in their “ends justify any means” approach to stopping this eminently qualified nominee.

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The Netherlands debates child euthanasia and “completed life.”

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

As Ireland debates legalizing euthanasia and New Zealand citizens vote on a euthanasia referendum, the Netherlands government is considering expanding their euthanasia law to include children (1 – 12 years) and people who are not sick or dying but believe their life is “complete.”

Once euthanasia becomes legal the laws seem to naturally expand over time.

The NL Times reported that the Netherlands Coalition government is fighting over a proposal to extend the euthanasia law to include children. According to the NL Times:

The Rutte III cabinet is clashing over a plan to allow doctors to provide euthanasia for terminally ill children between the ages of 1 and 12 who are suffering unbearably.

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Bioethics questions emerge from experimental drug used in COVID-19 treatment

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CLEVELAND (CNS) — The treatment that President Donald Trump has received to fight COVID-19 has turned the focus on an experimental drug that shows promise in combating the coronavirus but is raising ethical questions about the cell line that helped researchers develop the medicine.

At the center of attention is the “cocktail” of antibodies in the drug called REGN-COV2 manufactured by New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

The drug is in the midst of clinical testing but exhibited enough promise that it was administered to the president.

Preliminary results show that if administered early in the course of the COVID-19 illness, it can help people fight the disease through the introduction of a pseudovirus that mimics the real one to stimulate a immune system response, said Dr.

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Brooklyn Diocese files federal lawsuit over violation of religious freedom

The Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit in federal court Oct. 8 against the state of New York, charging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new orders reducing church capacity violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion.

“The executive orders this week have left us with no other option than to go to court,” Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in a statement.

“We vehemently disagree with the capacity limits being placed on us. They are disrespectful to Catholics who have only been abiding by the rules,” he added. “We do not agree with such limitations because they completely disregard the fact that our safety protocols have worked.”

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Abortion law should be decided by the people, not ‘unelected judges’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Abortion law should be decided by the people, not ‘unelected judges’

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Next week, the Senate will begin hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was known for her support for legalized abortion, and the idea of filling her vacated seat with a Justice who does not share her ideology on abortion has evoked anger among her supporters. Abortion supporters have argued that Ginsburg’s seat should remain vacant until after the 2020 Presidential election, but interestingly enough, Ginsburg believed that abortion law should be decided by “elected representatives” and not by — as Ginsburg phrased it — “nine unelected judges.”

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Irish euthanasia bill to be debated.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Irish euthanasia bill, that is sponsored by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, passed in a second vote in the Dáil by a 81 to 71 vote after the governing party failed to send the bill to a special Oireachtas committee to consider the legislation and report back within 12 months.

On September 29 I published an article assessing the Irish euthanasia bill where I stated:

The Irish “Dying with dignity” euthanasia bill is short but it is crafted to protect medical practitioners who are willing to kill. It is important to note that the Irish bill legalizes both euthanasia (lethal injection) and assisted suicide.

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Kamala Harries Tried to Force My Pro-Life Group to Promote Abortion

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Two years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in favor of the free-speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra. Yet many watching Wednesday’s vice presidential debate may not realize that NIFLA v. Becerra was originally NIFLA v. Kamala Harris.

Harris is a hard-liner on abortion rights. That’s par for the course for today’s Democratic Party, of course, but she takes things a step further by seeking to silence pro-lifers in America’s democratic public square, putting her squarely on the wrong side of the high court’s First Amendment jurisprudence.

As California’s attorney general, she championed Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive FACT Act, which would have forced life-affirming pregnancy centers to provide information about obtaining abortions, over against their conscience rights.

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Major Developments on the Abortion Front

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The last few weeks have been a whirlwind in the political world, especially when it comes to the subject of abortion. What has been going on?

Most recently, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett is a solid conservative, with a history of textual interpretation of the Constitution and making decisions that are based on judicial interpretation, not the activist court track record that we have been subjected to for decades. A mother of seven, she lives out her support for family values including life. Family Policy Alliance is thrilled that President Trump chose Judge Barrett as his nominee; it provides a great hope for preserving the foundational Christian values our country was founded upon.

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2020 Christmas stamp shows Peruvian painting of Our Lady of Guapulo

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CLEVELAND (CNS) — A new postage stamp for Christmas shows detail from an 18th-century Peruvian painting of Our Lady of Guapulo.

The ornate image of Mary holding the infant Jesus by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The U.S. Postal Service will release the stamp at post offices nationwide Oct. 20.

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In determining someone’s humanity, the pro-life view is consistent

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A recent article in Cosmopolitan magazine decried the many ways that “reproductive rights are currently being restricted.” We know that “reproductive rights” primarily means abortion in the lexicon of the mainstream media. But one line from the article was particularly striking for its tone-deaf, scientifically illiterate irony. Under the heading,”Some states will prosecute you for feticide,” the author claimed, “Feticide laws are meant to protect pregnant people and their fetuses from assault, but anti-abortion groups use them as a way of giving a fetus the same rights as a human being.”

While the author seems to agree that “pregnant people and their fetuses” deserve to be protected “from assault” under the law, she also believes that the law is right to allow the deliberate killing of a preborn child at the request of his or her mother.

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Liberal Washington Post Calls Amy Coney Barrett a “Handmaid,” Trashes Her Christian Faith

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Conservatives condemned a Tuesday Washington Post story suggesting that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett should be questioned during her confirmation hearings on her connections with a religious group.

“The Brett Kavanaugh sleaze machine is back,” said Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino in a Wednesday morning tweet, adding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “exactly right: The Democrats and their liberal allies think Judge Barrett is ‘too Christian’ or ‘the wrong kind of Christian’ to be a good judge. That is rank bigotry, and it has no place in our country.”

Severino referred to a Tuesday Washington Post story titled “Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise.”

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Doctors use innovative surgery to successfully remove tumor from preborn baby’s lung

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A baby boy given a 10% chance of survival underwent an innovative surgical procedure that saved his life — while he was still attached to the placenta.

Maverick Mashburn had a mass in his right lung that doctors discovered was putting pressure on his esophagus, preventing him from properly processing amniotic fluid and pushing his heart to the side. He was diagnosed with Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM), a rare congenital birth defect that includes a cystic mass of abnormal lung tissue. According to People, it occurs in between 12,000 and 25,000 preborn children and it is not genetic.

Enquiring minds want the goddesses of the abortion cult to answer these questions: When the surgeon performed this…

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After delivering the news of the diagnosis, doctors told Maverick’s parents Adrianna and Micah that there was only a 10% chance that Maverick would survive.

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New Poll Shows Americans Don’t Really Support Roe v. Wade After All

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A new poll from the Washington Examiner/YouGov found that support for the abortion ruling Roe v. Wade is not as strong as Americans may think.

Though abortion activists often brag about polls showing strong support for Roethose polls do not describe the full extent of the ruling. The Washington Examiner poll asked a new question to gauge more accurately what Americans think about the infamous ruling.

It asked, “Should individual states be free to regulate abortion as they see fit (such as on safety standards or with bans on abortion after a certain point of pregnancy) or should federal court be able to strike down state rules?”

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Doctor Euthanizes Man After Courts Rejected His Wife’s Attempt to Save Him

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I wrote a bit ago here about the Canadian woman legally trying to prevent her husband from being killed in a euthanasia homicide. The courts rejected her appeal and now the man is dead.

The case highlights the cultural tensions and incompatible value systems that are tearing the West apart, about which euthanasia is only a serious symptom. From the CBC story:

The Sorensons had known each other for more than 60 years and were married for 48. After Katherine Sorenson launched her legal efforts to stop her husband from accessing MAID, he moved out of their shared home and the couple stopped speaking.

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Joe Biden Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions and Planned Parenthood

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As per usual, headlines and quotes, followed by background information to put them into  perspective. I believe you will find them most interesting.

*“Trump currently polls better on voter enthusiasm, with 59 percent of his voters in a survey earlier this month [September] saying they are enthusiastic for their candidate to win while only 43 percent of Biden voters say the same about theirs. At this time four years ago, the same Fox News poll showed that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton led Trump on enthusiasm metrics, 44 percent to 35 percent”—Joe Concha

*“In addition to codifying Roe into law, which would require support from the U.S.

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The doctor called her ‘it’: Parents recall horrible Down syndrome diagnosis experiences

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It can be one of the most emotional moments of a parents’ life: learning their child has Down syndrome. Whether the diagnosis is made prenatally or at birth, the manner in which the message is delivered can make a huge difference in the family’s outlook. Unfortunately, doctors overwhelmingly seem to give the news in negative, callous, and cruel ways.

Families of children with Down syndrome shared with Greta Harrison for The Mighty some of the insensitive comments they have heard from medical professionals. “From a pediatric consultant. “Well, he’s very good looking for one of them,’” one mom, Sharon, recounted. “My son was 5 at the time.

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