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Wesley J. Smith

The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture

Wesley J. Smith
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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Jewish pro-life organization has saved 35,000 children from abortion

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By Christina Martin

(LiveActionNews) - Yesterday I met a Jewish pro-life man who shared great news with me. He told me of an organization called EFRAT that has helped save 35,000 children from abortion in Israel.

EFRAT’s approach is simple: When women in Israel register for abortions, they’re asked why they want to end the life of the child. If they say financial reasons, they are given EFRAT’s number. After a volunteer talks with them and assesses their needs, they may receive services from the organization.

Pregnant moms have diapers, formula, canned and dry food delivered to their door for a year. That’s over an $850 value that they receive for free. In some cases, Efrat helps mom for the second year, as well. Moms receive free baby equipment, including a crib, bassinet, baby bath, stroller, and baby kit. In addition, they are matched with a caring volunteer who provides support through their pregnancy.  EFRAT has over 3,000 volunteers in Israel. This is a great video interview sharing the mission of Efrat.

The group shares letters from mothers who have been helped by its services, including this touching story:

Dr. Schussheim and the entire staff of Efrat,

I thank you with all my heart for your financial support during this difficult time.
Today, I am grateful to all those who stood at my side during this period and didn’t let me have an abortion.
You will understand when you see Tal’s picture that I can’t imagine my life without her.
She is a child filled with happiness and everyone loves her.

Thanks again,
MF

If you’d like to see the faces of children saved in Israel and watch the mother’s story, you can check out this video EFRAT made highlighting their stories. As Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu says in this endorsements video, “…we need to obey the commandments and do good deeds, and the best deed we could hope to do is to prevent an abortion.”

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5 amazing things preborn children can do inside the womb

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By Rebecca Downs
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(LiveActionNews) - Preborn children may not be at the same developmental stage as us, but there are many things that they can still do! They have beating hearts at only 21 days gestation, detectable brain waves at roughly 42 days, and can suck their thumbs and yawn. They even have taste buds and their own fingerprints!

The incredible things preborn children can do inside the womb may surprise us, however, they certainly showcase the humanity of preborn life.

Learn!

BabyCentre shares that the “womb is a sensory playground for your baby,” noting that when babies respond while in the womb, it is a sign that the child is preparing for life after birth.

WebMd states that babies have the ability to learn and listen while in the womb:

The new research suggests that babies began to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last 10 weeks ofpregnancy — which is earlier than previously held.

Newborns can actually tell the difference between their mother’s native tongue and foreign languages just hours after they are born.

These incredible facts display that while the baby is not yet seen, he or she is very much human.

React with gestures!

Babies have the ability to hear language and music in utero — the latter of which the child may react to. Babies can react in the womb to music “by blinking or moving to the beat.”

Children in the womb can also react in other ways, such as giving a thumbs up or other hand signals. A baby recently made headlines after the mother posted a video of her child at 14 weeks, clapping in the womb.

Remember!

Research on how children learn inside the womb also note a preborn child’s ability to remember. In fact, research shows us that children can actually distinguish their mother’s language and voice from others.

Speech pathologist Melissa Wexler Gurfein suggests that mothers should “continue to talk to her newborn from the moment of birth to help facilitate language development.”

Children can also remember songs they hear in the womb for up to four months, as noted by The Daily Mail. Researchers say exposure to music in the womb may also influence a “critical period of brain development.

It is amazing how children not only learn in the womb, but remember.

Dream!

At 32 weeks, it is reported that babies sleep 90 to 95 percent of the day. Some of these hours are spent in different stages of sleep, including REM, deep sleep, or in an indeterminate state.

During REM sleep, [a baby’s] eyes move back and forth just like an adult’s eyes. Some scientists even believe that fetuses dream while they’re sleeping! Just like babies after birth, they probably dream about what they know — the sensations they feel in the womb.

Researchers who observed babies in utero note that they are in a state of quiet alertness. This suggests that the child may be focusing on something — perhaps listening to their mother’s voice.

Exist as human beings!

Even before preborn children are able to do these things, they still exist. The moment the sperm fertilized the egg, a new human person came into existence!

An individual child is never anything but human, and has never existed, nor will exist again. From the moment of conception, preborn children amaze us.

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Powerful video: Did you just give a lifetime supply of porn to a child?

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April 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Did you just give your young child, niece, or nephew a lifetime's supply of pornography as a Christmas, Easter, or birthday gift? If you gave a child a smart phone, an anti-pornography ministry warns, the answer may just be yes.

In a powerful new video, XXXChurch warns that an unguarded iPhone or other cell phone capable of streaming online videos is a porn portal waiting to happen.

Due to porn's ubiquitous nature, the average child first encounters prurient material at age 11. The powerful images have the ability to both confuse and captivate, leaving the child searching for harder and harder pornography.

The ministry also lists a number of reasons why virtual technology erode real life relationships. That makes them the perfect delivery system for pornography, a medium dedicated to undermining genuine human bonding and intimacy.

 

 

For more information, visit their website, XXXChurch.com.

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