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LONDON, England, January 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The LifeSiteNews petition to the British government to save the life of a Polish man being euthanized in an English hospital was delivered today — but no-one would receive it in person. The petition currently has almost 25,000 signatures.
John Smeaton, the Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) took the petition on LifeSiteNews’ behalf to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London at 2 PM local time. Beforehand, Smeaton discovered that no-one from the British government, let alone Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, would receive it in person, due to COVID fears.
Undaunted, Smeaton delivered an address outside the iconic 19th century building. He accurately described the patient, dying only because his clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) have been removed, as a “pro-life Catholic.”
RS, as the patient is known in the English-speaking world, sustained a brain injury after suffering a heart attack in early November. Not long after that, his doctors decided that further “medical treatment,” as CANH is defined in Britain, was futile. Uncomfortable that RS might live five or more years without ever being in more than a minimally conscious state, the doctors, with the help of RS’s wife, successfully petitioned the Court of Protection to withdraw CANH, so that RS’s life might come to an end.
“This is standard practice in the UK,” Smeaton said. “When the authorities decide that vulnerable people are no longer worth caring for, patients who require clinically assisted care are put on a short path to starvation and hydration.”
“However, this man’s mother and siblings have fought hard for him. The Polish government has raised their voice, too, and asked that the British authorities allow him back to his homeland where he would receive the care he needs. In addition, pro-life groups around the world have fought for him in his hour of need.”
Smeaton added that he was pleased to raise his voice for “this vulnerable human being.” He praised the Christian Legal Centre for helping RS’s birth family fight his case and thanked LifeSiteNews for “extensive reporting” on the matter. LifeSiteNews’ involvement has “helped make this a major issue in Poland and in the Polish media,” he noted.
“In addition, you have raised your voices,” he said to the petition’s signatories.
“Almost 25,000 people have signed a LifeSite petition calling for food and fluids to be restored to RS and save him from a cruel death. So the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is doing all we can, here in cold Lockdown London, to get LifeSite’s petition on your behalf to Dominic Raab, to the U.K. Foreign Secretary, and urge him to respect the calls from around the world not to starve this poor man to death when he needs care more than ever.”
As one of Britain’s most high-profile and, after 47 years, longest-serving pro-life campaigners, Smeaton was able to explain how the island nation has fallen so far from its commitment to the right to life of critically ill patients.
“When Tony Blair was British Prime Minister, the Government’s Mental Capacity Act 2005 enshrined and expanded euthanasia by neglect in English law,” he said.
“The English Mental Capacity Act 2005 enshrined the principles of the 1992 Supreme Court judgement in English statute law, and expanded it to cover a much wider range of circumstances.”
“Tony Bland, who was severely brain-damaged, was dehydrated to death following this decision by the Supreme Court that tube-delivered food and fluids was so-called ‘medical treatment’ and could be withdrawn from him in order to cause his death.”
PETITION UPDATE (1/26/21) -
With regret, we report that Mr. R.S. has passed away (+RIP). May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Thank you for keeping him and his loved ones in your prayers.
Please read this LifeSite article on R.S.'s passing: 'BREAKING: Pro-life Polish Catholic dies from dehydration, starvation in English hospital' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-pro-life-polish-catholic-dies-from-dehydration-starvation-in-english-hospital
We hereby suspend this petition.
PETITION UPDATE (1/22/21) -
The Polish government has issued a diplomatic passport to a Polish patient dying from the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration in an English hospital.
According to multiple Polish media sources, including the mainstream national newspaper Rzeczpospolita, the Polish government has issued the passport in an attempt to remove the Polish patient from the power of the British courts. Conservative news website wPolityce has reported that the passport is already on its way to London.
The case has become a major scandal in Poland, public anger snowballing since the news spread to the Eastern European country in late December. Jacek Kotula, a Polish regional councillor and leading pro-life activist, told LifeSiteNews that “all Poland” is talking about it.
“Thank you for the support,” he said, referring to LifeSiteNews’ ongoing coverage of the case, “because it is a battle with the Civilization of Death.”
“For us Poles, euthanasia is Hitlerism [Nazism] … How can a normal person say that is in the best interests of a dying Pole that he should die? In Poland we fight until the end for life, which is the greatest gift of the Creator!”
Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition. And, please continue to pray for a miracle. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (1/19/21) -
Another legal intervention on behalf of R.S. to save his life by having nutrition and hydration restored to him has been refused by the presiding judge in the U.K.
Judge Cohen refused to allow the Polish Consul General to visit R.S., a Polish national who suffered a brain injury while residing in Britain.
This is the latest set-back for R.S.'s birth family, who have been trying every legal avenue to have R.S.'s nourishment reinstated, so that he could be transported from the U.K. to his native Poland, where he could be cared for.
Please pray that this situation would somehow be resolved, and life-enabling treatment restored.
'BREAKING: UK court forbids Polish Consul General from visiting Pole dying in English hospital' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-uk-court-forbids-polish-consul-general-from-visiting-pole-dying-in-english-hospital
A Polish Catholic man who suffered a brain injury, R.S. (his identity has been protected), is being deliberately starved and dehydrated to death in a British hospital, even though he has shown signs of improvement.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to help save this man's life by demanding that the British government and the treating hospital re-authorize nutrition and hydration with immediate effect.
This shocking situation has been going on since December, as R.S.'s wife and doctors have argued that R.S.'s vital life-support should be cut-off while his birth family has argued that his life-support should be maintained so that he can be transported back to Poland where he would be cared for.
R.S.'s mother stated: "I am devastated that the British authorities have decided to dehydrate my son to death. I want to take my son back to his own country, where I would be allowed to care for him," she said. "What the British authorities are trying to do to my son is euthanasia by a back door."
And, at Christmas, video of R.S. was taken showing his condition to have improved since he sustained his brain injury.
In the same video, R.S. is seen in what some have described as a 'minimally-conscious state,' but that evidence, and the accompanying testimony of two neurologists, was rejected out-of-hand by a British judge.
The birth family of R.S. then took the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which also summarily rejected the case for a technicality based on standing. The presiding judge, Judge Grozev, said that R.S.'s niece was not a close enough relation to him for the case to be heard.
How appalling a reason to deprive a man of food and water!
But, right now, R.S.'s lawyers from the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) are now pursuing a last-ditch effort to have the ECHR judge recused from the case because, as Dr. Roger Kiska of the CLC told LifeSite, "Mr. Grozev was a long-time member of the George Soros funded Open Society Foundation which advocates for the type of euthanasia being utilised in the R.S. case," before he became an ECHR judge.
All the while, the Polish Government has been doing everything in its power, including offering to airlift R.S. back to Poland, to help the situation.
So, in other words, there are people ready and willing to help take care of R.S. if and when released by the hospital for transit out of Britain.
Please SIGN this urgent petition to the British Government demanding that they stop the process of euthanizing R.S., and allow him to return to his home country where he may be able to recover from his current state.
After signing, please take a few minutes to politely contact the following:
British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
+1 (202) 588-6500
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
British High Commission
+1 (613) 237-1530
80 Elgin Street Ottawa Ontario K1P 5K7
Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary
House of Commons
020 7219 7069
BREAKING: UK court forbids Polish Consul General from visiting Pole dying in English hospital - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-uk-court-forbids-polish-consul-general-from-visiting-pole-dying-in-english-hospital
'Hope dims for pro-life Polish Catholic now dying of hunger, thirst in English hospital' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hope-dims-for-pro-life-polish-catholic-now-dying-of-hunger-thirst-in-english-hospital
'UK Courts Accused of 'Euthanasia by a Back Door' After Ordering Withdrawal of Vital Treatment for Foreign Citizen' - https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2021/january/uk-courts-accused-of-euthanasia-by-a-back-door-after-ordering-withdrawal-of-vital-treatment-for-foreign-citizen
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“As a result of the U.K.’s Supreme Court nearly 30 years ago, RS is now being dehydrated to death.”
Smeaton’s speech on RS’s behalf follows a letter from Cardinal Nichols, written by proxy, to the UK’s Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, stating Catholic teachings against starvation deaths and expressing a wish that RS be transported to Poland for care. It also follows a briefing paper from England’s Anscombe Bioethics Centre, in which Dr. David Jones raised an alarm over the court’s justifications for ending RS’s life, namely that he is alleged to have said that he would not want to be a “burden.”
Many of Poland’s political, diplomatic, and cultural leaders have voiced their support for RS and his family. Thousands of Poles have been horrified by the news that their compatriot is being starved and dehydrated to death. Yesterday, Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau stated that he was going to seek diplomatic status for RS. As yet, however, RS is still in an English hospital. He has not received nutrition or more hydration necessary for palliative care since last Thursday.
Readers may still sign the petition HERE.
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