Archive for November, 2009

Jacie & Aiden photo: F. Salazar,Wichita Eagle

Enjoy this beautiful video showing  the love generated by Aiden Edward Harley’s 51-minute life.   A poignant article in Sunday’s Wichita Eagle chronicles the birth of Aiden, his brave mother, Jacie Brown, and the loving perinatal team from Choices Medical Clinic.   And how wonderful that there exist charities like the Agape’ Care Cradle in Wichita–a nonprofit infant mortuary. (more…)

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From Kansans for Life advisory board member, Cathy McDonnell:
If you are interested in signing the Manhattan Declaration, you can go to The Manhattan Declaration.  The Manhattan Declaration is a statement from a group of Catholic and Protestant leaders, as well as lay people, publicly supporting the dignity of life, the family and freedom of conscience.

You can read about the declaration at the site.  The gist is that Christians will not participate in ethical issues which go against their faith and –if need be– will practice civil disobedience. (more…)

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"The Scream" by Edvard Munch, 1893

Bioethicist Wesley Smith analyzes this situation:

“A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time. Rom Houben, trapped in his paralysed body after a car crash, described his real-life nightmare as he screamed to doctors that he could hear them – but could make no sound.

I can’t imagine how horrible (more…)

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This past week, two different health-advising groups recommended fewer annual screenings for breast and cervical cancer but no one took advantage of the public’s focus to alert women that abortion and oral contraceptives raise women’s risk for both cancers.

The 180-degree  attitudinal reversals about screening from HHS and ACOG were (more…)

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Public support is rapidly sinking for an obscenely anti-life Senate health care bill supported by the Obama administration.  Lifenews.com reports today on a poll, from the reliable Rasmussen group, that 56 % of the public now oppose the bill– the lowest level of support in nearly two dozen tracking polls since June.

The measure passed a crucial procedural vote Saturday night with the support of self-professed pro-life Democrat Senators.

Kansas legislators from both parties (particularly in the Senate with their long 6-year tenure) have often played this game–  (more…)

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Kansas City Ezine reports abortion supporters are now running a national TV ad about the current House-passed health reform because it contains the Stupak-Pitts amendment, barring new ways to spend tax monies on insurance that funds abortion. (The new Senate health reform bill unveiled yesterday has no Stupak-type prohibition.)

Pushing for taxpayer-funded elective abortion is of course immoral, but it’s also a change in long-standing federal policy.  Nevertheless, the ad features a woman complaining that her federal job insurance would not pay for a $5,000 abortion of an unborn child diagnosed with anencephaly, a spinal (more…)

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Not many eyes have seen the new Senate health care bill being rushed through this week, but National Right to Life has and the news is bad, though not unexpected:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts Amendment and has substituted completely unacceptable language that would result in coverage of abortion on demand in two big new federal government programs.

UPDATE: AP reports Thursday, Nov. 20, that the White House is on a collision course with U.S. Bishops; a top Obama administration official praised Reid’s bill as a compromise on abortion coverage while the bishops’ key pro-life official called it the worst they’ve seen on the life issues.

Abortion in health reform clearly runs counter to where the American people are, and have been a long time. To cite just two examples of where the public is on this, a CNN poll released Nov. 18 found that

“Six in 10 Americans favor a ban on the use of federal funds for abortion,” (more…)

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Chloe Levine's cerebral palsy symptoms left after a cord blood infusion (photo by her mom)

By Chloe Levine’s first birthday, her parents learned their daughter was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Luckily, not only had her parents banked stem cells from Chloe’s  umbilical cord at her birth, but also professor Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University was conducting a study where children with cerebral palsy were injected with their own cord blood cells.

Fox news reports: “On May 28, 2008, at the age of 2, Chloe received a 15-minute infusion of her stem cells… Within four days, her parents saw a noticeable difference, although Kurtzberg said most kids show benefits three to nine months later.  “Her life is completely normal, (more…)

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hanger“Safe -and-legal”  San Francisco abortion supporters today announced they’ll be mailing hangers to the “20 formerly pro-choice Democrats ” who voted for the pro-life Stupak amendment to the Pelosi health bill. Abortion-by-hangers was all that Kansas abortion lobbyist Julie Burkhart could babble about when the media asked her (in April 2004) why she wasn’t outraged about women in the rat-and-rodent-infested Krishna Rajanna clinic.

Rajanna's Kansas City clinic 2003-2005

Kansans for Life organized legislators to demand the state medical board investigate that clinic, exposed more safety violations at the Kansas City-suburb-Planned Parenthood clinic, and initiated a grand jury to  investigate the death by infection of a healthy teen at Tiller’s clinic.

The irony remains that certain self-described feminists who wave hangers signifying concerns about “safe abortion,” (more…)

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The popular online science and policy digest MercatorNet published Time mag killing grannyopposing editorials on end of life care today.

The pro-rationing piece was authored by bioethicist Summer Johnson, and approved by Kansas Board of Healing Arts member, Myra Christopher, who heads the sophisticated euthanasia movement at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Missouri.

Veteran pro-life nurse, Nancy Valko, detailed a variety of concerns in her outstanding rebuttal.  Valko said she has witnessed how hospital ethics committee discussions have devolved from ‘what is right’ to ‘what is legal’. Valko knows from her work in the trenches, how deeply the health care industry has fallen into a death panel/ utilitarian (more…)

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