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Toronto hospital gives tracheotomy to child in case very similar to ‘baby Joseph’

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TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In stark contrast to the treatment of dying baby Joseph Maraachli, a Toronto hospital last week granted a family’s wish by performing a tracheotomy on their six-year-old, who is in a similar state as baby Joseph.

Noah Facecchia had been unconscious and on a ventilator at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children since January 9th. However, his father Tony said today that with the support of his doctors, he has now been breathing on his own since 9:00 a.m. Monday, except for a break last evening.

Noah, who was a healthy, active, and intelligent six-year-old, who loved soccer, swimming, and karate, had laughed and joked with his parents, Tony and Sonia, and little sister before going to sleep happily on January 8th.

However, his father was shocked the next morning when he returned to find Noah non-responsive and in the midst of a seizure.  He hasn’t woken up since.

“I had no idea that my healthy boy would not wake up one day and become so critically ill,” says Tony Facecchia.

Since January 9th, Noah has been experiencing generalized seizures lasting five to 30 minutes, with breaks of five to 10 minutes.  He has been diagnosed with idiopathic refractory epilepticus, but doctors have failed so far to find the origin of the seizures, and say he is unlikely to survive. 

The hospital had agreed to perform the tracheotomy, which is a simple procedure involving a slit in the throat to allow a breathing tube to be inserted into the airway.  The surgery is recommended in cases of prolonged ventilation because it allows for suction of fluid out of the lungs, creates a safe and stable way to use a mechanical ventilator, and is more comfortable for the child.

But the parents were shocked earlier this month when they learned that a new doctor on the case was refusing the procedure.  He said they would remove Noah’s tube instead.

“They were pretty adamant about that all of a sudden,” said Tony.  “We were going to the meeting thinking we’re going to discuss a time for this tracheotomy to happen, and all of a sudden they pull a 360 and say ‘No, we’re not going to do it anymore.’”

They had also learned earlier that the doctors put a ‘do not resuscitate’ order (DNR) into Noah’s file without consulting them.

Building off the momentum created by the case of Joseph Maraachli, whose Facebook page has grown to 15,000, Tony launched his own Facebook page calling for prayer.  So far, they’ve attracted over 2,000 supporters.  The Facecchias put a lawyer on speed dial and continued to advocate for their son.

Noah’s supporters breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning when Tony announced that the doctors had changed their mind and performed the tracheotomy.  “I think they’re back in the game of seizure control,” he told LifeSiteNews.  “At the time, it felt like they had given up on him a little bit, a few weeks back.”

“[The doctor] basically said, ‘I’m not doing this for Noah.  I don’t think this is in his best interests.  I’m doing it for you, for the parents,’” said Tony.

The DNR remains, but it has now been clarified so that it only applies if Noah’s heart stops beating.  “If he’s deteriorated so much that his heart doesn’t work anymore, they won’t pump his chest,” Tony explained.  “I believe that’s reasonable, as long as they try everything they can for him not to get that way, and they assured us that they will.”

“They’ve been quite reasonable with us.  I guess level heads prevailed,” he said.  “I guess they realized that we were adamant.  We were advocating that we wanted it.”

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of Canada’s Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, praised Tony and Sonia for their “exceptional” effort to advocate for Noah.  “They really did yeoman’s duty for their son,” he said.

Schadenberg said Noah’s case was similar to Joseph Maraachli’s because both dealt with who makes the final decision on treatment – the doctors or the family - and in each case the parents were asking for a tracheotomy.

The fact that Sick Kids hospital agreed to the do the tracheotomy “shows that hospitals don’t have to look at it as being an absolute,” said Schadenberg.  “There appeared to be a bit of a policy not to do these things, but for some reason Sick Kids has agreed to do it.”

Tony said the doctors were really making a “quality of life” argument.  “How are you deciding what kind of quality of life my son’s going to have?” he asked.  “The thing is, you can’t give us one hundred percent certainty on anything, so how can you give me one hundred percent certainty on that?”

While Noah’s doctors don’t expect him to wake up, Tony said they are praying and remain hopeful.  “We’ve got a lot of people praying for us,” he said.  “It really means a lot to us.  It’s helping us be strong and it’s very inspiring to get kind words from strangers.”

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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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