Let’s increase organ transplant rates

By encouraging euthanasia patients to donate

The following comes from a June 11 story in BioEdge, “bioethics news from around the world.” Since 2005 about 40 people in Belgium and the Netherlands have successfully combined euthanasia with organ donation, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics by ethicists and transplant specialists. The doctors are so enthusiastic about the procedure that they have … [Read more...]

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Pacific Justice Institute attorneys file emergency motion to save baby Israel

Family has been fighting to keep their two-year-old child on life support since April

The following comes from a May 17 press release from Pacific Justice Institute: San Francisco, CA—Pacific Justice Institute filed an emergency motion shortly before noon today to give two-year-old Israel Stinson PJI Attorneys File Emergency Motion in the Ninth Circuit to Save Baby Israel a chance to live. After Israel was declared brain dead on April 14, the Stinson family … [Read more...]

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Former Catholic hospital accused of euthanizing woman

Dorothy Lee expressly stated wishes for life-saving treatment, but possessed a 2-million-dollar estate

The following comes from a February 24 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges: A formerly Catholic hospital is being sued for negligence and elder abuse resulting in the death of a woman for the sake of her two-million-dollar estate. Dorothy Lee, a bedridden patient at St. Agnes Medical Center, repeatedly expressed to her caregivers and to hospital officials, in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill decry abortion, defend traditional marriage

In historic meeting, religious leaders issue joint-statement calling for the defense of life and family

The following comes from a February 12 LifeSiteNews article by John-Henry Westen: A joint declaration signed by both Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Orthodox Church of Moscow and All Russia, issued today after their historic meeting in the Havana Cuba airport issues a strong call for the defense of life and family. The declaration commenced with a wish to … [Read more...]

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The beauty of suffering

There's a higher standard for humans than for cats and dogs

The following comes from a December 2 Angelus article by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk: Sometimes people will point out: “We euthanize our pets when they suffer, and they are clearly creatures of God, so why can’t we euthanize a sick and suffering person who wants it? It seems like we treat our dogs and cats better than we treat our suffering family members.” The way we treat … [Read more...]

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Developments in Jahi McMath case

Father sues hospital; outcome depends on whether she's declared dead or alive

The following comes from a December 17 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges: 13-year-old Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest after a routine tonsillectomy in 2013. Though Jahi lived, her doctors said she was "brain-dead," and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Alameda County officials issued a death certificate. Jahi caught the attention of the media when … [Read more...]

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The most vulnerable will suffer

Archbishop Gomez on euthanasia sneak attack

The following comes from a Sept. 11 column by Archbishop Jose Gomez in the Angelus, the L.A. archdiocese online paper. I am deeply disturbed by the California legislature’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves. This is no way for our government to make policy on a life and death issue that will affect millions of individuals and … [Read more...]

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Suicide gets a pass from Republicans Maienschein and Baker

Even Gov. Brown unhappy with pro-death Dems

The following was posted by Katy Grimes on the Sept. 8 Flash Report. http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2015/09/08/two-ca-republicans-helped-pass-revived-assisted-suicide-bill/ It’s a dark day in California politics when a bill supporting life is killed before even being assigned to a legislative committee, and a bill pushing assisted suicide gets Republican votes. Two … [Read more...]

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Without God, people aren’t special

Archbishop Gomez: No foundation for human rights without protection for the unborn, sick, and old

The following comes from an August 5 Catholic News Agency article: Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort to change that, Los Angeles’ Archbishop Jose Gomez said last Wednesday. “The beautiful truth [is] that every human life matters — because every human life is sacred and created by the loving … [Read more...]

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Don’t be afraid of the nursing home

Judge strikes law that allowed doctors to make medical decisions for mentally incompetent residents

The following comes from a June 26 Kaiser Health News article by Anna Gorman. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit national health policy news service. A California law allowing nursing homes to make medical decisions on behalf of certain mentally incompetent residents is unconstitutional, a state court ruled this week. The law, which has been in effect more than 20 … [Read more...]

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