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The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture

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By Wesley Smith

We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture–indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead.

Philip Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also its most candid. He believes that everyone owns their own body absolutely and thus have a right to suicide whenever they want and for whatever reason. Indeed, he told NRO’s Kathryn Lopez that suicide pills should even be made available to “troubled teens.”

I clashed with Nitschke in Australia when I traveled the country on an anti-euthanasia tour in 2001. First, I busted him for the above assertion. It created a media fire storm.

While there, I also made front page news by revealing that he was importing and distributing suicide bags. I am proud to say, my effort led to the passage of a law that forced Nitschke to move his suicide industry offshore. It was one of my most successful public advocacy campaigns. 

Now, Aussie medical authorities want him struck off as a doctor because of the suicide of a healthy but depressed man which he facilitated. What. Took. Them. So. Long?

As for troubled teens and other young people, a study showed that many used his favorite method of suicide–and Nitschke doesn’t care. From a column by anti-euthanasia campaigner Paul Russell:

It is this supposed right-to-die that is the false over-arching philosophy by which the death of a young person can be somehow ‘rationalised’ by Nitschke and Exit. In 2010, in response to a Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Report showing that two thirds of deaths in the preceding decade using the Exit drug-of-choice, Nembutal, were for people under the age of 50 with nearly one-third being younger than 40 and six being in their 20s,

Nitschke said: ”There will be some casualties … but this has to be balanced with the growing pool of older people who feel immense wellbeing from having access to this information.” Tell that to the families of the two men featured in the 7:30 Report! Suicide prevention should never accept the notion of acceptable casualties!

Nitschke just oozes compassion, doesn’t he?

But it isn’t just Nitschke. All suicide promoters know–or should know–that their work will lead to the suicides of some people who are not the prime targets of their advocacy. And they don’t care.

For example, Derek Humphry’s New York Times best selling how-to-commit-suicide book Final Exit–what does that tell you about our degrading culture!–has been found next to the dead bodies of troubled teens, and he could not care much less.

Compassion and Choices pushes self-starvation for people tired of life, not just the sick.

In Belgium elderly couples receive joint euthanasia and a psychiatric patient sexually exploited by her psychiatrist was killed by another psychiatrist. And the world shrugs its shoulders.

Most assisted suicide promoters know that there will be deadly consequences from their advocacy–I mean beyond the suicides they support, and it doesn’t matter. They want what they want and don’t care who gets hurt.

The rest of us should care, but increasingly, we don’t. Why? As I wrote above, we are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture.

Reprinted with permission from the National Review Online.


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Founder of American assisted suicide lobby urges legalization of euthanasia

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December 1, 2015 (AlexSchadenberg) -- Derek Humphrey, the "father" of the modern assisted suicide lobby in America and co-founder of the Hemlock Society, now Compassion & Choices, is urging the assisted suicide lobby to extend the criteria for assisted suicide laws and to legalize euthanasia or lethal injection in America.

An article written by historian Ian Dowbiggin and published by the Prince Arthur Herald suggests that Compassion & Choices have hidden or destroyed the euthanasia movement archives.

In an article published on his website, Humphrey states:

Passing these so-called ‘prescription laws’ is a wonderful start but it is not the complete answer. 

The future in the choice in dying movement lies with a deliberate widening of the scope of people for whom we will campaign publicly and whom we will help. (This is already happening in Europe.) Then who?

Humphrey outlines five directions that the assisted suicide lobby in America should go:

1. It is time to consider more seriously offering to help persons with long-term, untreatable, serious mental illness. 

2. Persons with what I call ‘terminal old-age’ whose advanced years and accompanying medical problems no longer make their life worth living. 

3. We should begin to argue for the current Death With Dignity Acts now passed in the four states to be improved. Humphrey suggests that the laws be extended to include people who are likely to die within 12 months, rather than 6 months, and to legalize euthanasia (lethal injection) for people who cannot swallow. 

4. We must think through and tackle the problem of when and how Alzheimer’s patients and persons with long-term degenerative diseases can be helped to die ... 

5. Long-term, we should consider opening a clinic to help the sort of people I’ve just been talking about.

Humphrey concludes his article by stating that these are his thoughts only.

Reprinted with permission from Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.


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Hillary demands US fund overseas abortions for rape victims - but this woman conceived in rape is crying foul

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By Fr. Mark Hodges

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants the Helms Amendment, which prohibits foreign aid for abortions, amended with a rape exception.

The use of rape as a weapon of war is particularly heinous. ISIS jihadists actually abduct and intentionally impregnate women, as a means of spreading Mohammedanism and facilitating the domination of Islamic rule.

We deeply empathize with those women who have been so inhumanly abused, but we still say the murderous violence of abortion is never the answer to the violence of rape.

Pro-life speaker Rebecca Kiessling told LifeNews that forcing Americans to pay for abortions would just victimize women in conflict areas a second time.

Kiessling points out that "most people don't put a face to this issue – for them abortion is just a concept."

Indeed, Kiessling gives a face to the issue of what compromising politicians call "the hard cases."

Kiessling herself was conceived by rape, when her birth mother was abducted at knife-point by a serial rapist.

Kiessling says that those who truly believe in the sanctity of human life understand that "every child conceived in rape is worthy of protection."

She says true pro-lifers know that the conceived baby is innocent, and intentionally made by God in His image, even if his or her father was a rapist.

Besides, Kiessling says, the destruction of abortion doesn't help the mother.

"Rape victim mothers need real help, not abortion," Kiessling said. "Justice is served by punishing the perpetrator, not the innocent child."

Sarah Terzo of Live Action News says rape exceptions give the message "that their lives should not be protected – that their lives are not valuable." 

"If it's relevant that unborn children feel pain, then why is it not relevant that children conceived in rape also feel pain?" Kiessling told Terzo.

Elizabeth Reed told Terzo, "I was 15 years old, raped by a person I trusted, kicked out of my home by my mother, and homeless. And yet, I chose life and adoption for my daughter[.] ... Whenever someone says they are pro-life 'except in cases of rape' I feel directly like they are saying to me that my experience was useless – that I should have aborted her and moved on – that her life doesn't matter, and she's not worthy of what I went through.

"When they say things like, 'No woman should be forced to carry a rapist's child,' I feel slapped in the face," Reed said. "My daughter wasn't the rapist's child – she is mine."

"I know that rape is traumatic, first hand," Reed concluded.  "I understand the plight of women who have been abused, but my daughter was a picture of hope to me[.] ... In ALL things, God works for the good. Even tragedy."

Kiessling noted that in war-ravaged Congo, victims of rape are provided health care for themselves and their babies. Women are also given counseling and childcare for their children conceived in rape.

In December 2014, two dozen groups in the U.S. called for an executive order allowing tax dollars for abortion for women victims of rape in war or conflict. Earlier this year, 81 Democratic lawmakers urged the president to create a rape exception to the Helms Amendment.

But Students for Life's website asks, "Should a child die for the crimes of his or her parent?" and explains, "A woman, violated in a sexual assault, should be surrounded by love and support. If that assault results in pregnancy, aren't there now two people affected by the assault? Two people in need of protection and care?"

Right to Life of Michigan's website notes that fully half of women impregnated by rape do not abort their children. "Life is precious in every circumstance," they say.

"It is absolutely indisputable that the life within the womb is a unique human being," according to the pro-lifers of Michigan. "To say that this irreplaceable life can be deliberately destroyed for any reason denies the intrinsic humanity of the unborn."

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Abandoned newborn found in New York church nativity scene

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November 27, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- Rather than kill him in the womb, or toss him out a window into a courtyard after he was born, a Queens, New York, mother wrapped her newborn in towels purchased from a 99-cent store and laid him in a Christmas Nativity manger inside of Holy Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church.

It was church custodian José Moran who first heard the whimpering coming from the manger where he found the child who now bears the nickname “Baby Jesus.” His umbilical cord was still attached.

Moran told the New York Daily News that an hour after the nativity scene was erected, right after he returned from lunch, he was cleaning the church when he heard the infant cry.

José told reporters:

I looked around and didn’t see anyone. I followed the cries. I walked to the little nativity home we had installed inside the church… I couldn’t believe my eyes. The baby was wrapped in towels. He still had his umbilical cord. He was next to the Virgin (Mary).

Since the infant was found, police surveillance video has uncovered footage of a woman entering the church with what appears to be a baby who walked out with nothing in her arms. Officers also found tape in a local dollar store showing a woman with an infant inside her jacket purchasing towels.

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While authorities attempt to locate the woman on the tape, the healthy baby boy is now in the care of Administration of Children’s Services.

In New York State, as long as the infant is handed over to an appropriate person, the law permits unwanted newborns to be anonymously abandoned at places called “safe havens.” Women can surrender babies up to 30 days old at local churches, police stations, firehouses and hospitals.

Unfortunately, this mother could face criminal charges for leaving her baby in a manger without notifying anyone that he was there.

Calling the baby in the manger a “Christmas miracle,” one of the priests at the church, Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, said that the baby’s mother “must have been in a difficult place in her life.”

Heanue added, “God works in mysterious ways. ”

He certainly does! Perhaps we can be thankful this Thanksgiving that a woman in New York City, where 40 percent of pregnancies end in abortion, loved and cared enough for “Baby Jesús” to swaddle him in towels and selflessly place him in a crèche at a Richmond Hill church.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News


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