Dying with dignity – really?


The following is a re-post from the website of Alex Schadenberg, the  Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International. This post has been written by Kevin Fitzpatrick the Spokesperson/Convener of the Not Dead Yet UK Campaign.   Reads..

Death is not an event in life, like marriage, or buying your first car or home, not even like losing a limb. It is not a catastrophe to be ‘cured’ or fixed or accommodated going forward. Death is the end of all the possibilities of life. It is both more terrible and more important than injuries suffered in a car accident, or the suffering a cancer brings. We have lost that sense of its importance.
We live in a time when we are constantly bombarded by atrocities from across the globe. We say ‘life is cheap’ when what we really mean is that death is, when our sense of what it is for a human being, any human being, to die, is corrupted beyond repair. We have lost any sense of the ‘terrible beauty’ that Leon and Jill Uris photographed in Ireland in the 1970s, that even in such horrific and deadly circumstances there can still be something there for us to find profound, even beautiful. We only count death now as a degrading ‘failure’, as though we can and should be able to defeat it, if we only worked a little harder, did a bit more research.

Death has become the cheapest of all commodities and dying is our new atrocity in western, wealthy cultures where the luxury of false ‘choice’ exists. Dying has become an abomination, in which we are supposed to be absolutely and irrevocably excluded from the new alchemists’ panacea…dignity.
So Brittany Maynard, faced with dying in a way she found unacceptable, has committed suicide with the help of the state of Oregon. There are so many questions left unresolved by her final act – would there have been any kind of dying she might have found acceptable? is it really so simple ‘Her life her choice?’ are there no concerns about how she has used her dying to promote a cause?

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Should Doctors be allowed to kill their Patients?

Media Release 5 November 2014

The doctor assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard on Sunday  in Oregon has again raised the question should the law be changed to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. Brittany was in a terminal condition with a brain tumour, she did not kill herself because of intolerable pain but in fear of pain. Her death is a tragedy and it is deplored. By taking her life she has undermined the right to life of us all.

After suffering from severe headaches, Brittany Maynard found out she had stage II glioblastoma multiforme and had up to ten years to live. However, after she had surgery, doctors found out that she had the most deadly form of brain cancer, stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. The cancer usually kills its victims in a matter of months.

Following Brittany’s death the New Zealand media has jumped on the Pro-Euthanasia bandwagon with alarmingly biased reporting on the issue over the last few days. An example – a TVNZ article published yesterday (Tuesday 4th November 2014). [Read more…]

Huge Victory as Pro-Life Candidates Win Nationwide, Take Over Senate From Pro-Abortion Democrats


While the plight of the unborn child hardly makes the radar here in New Zealand this is not the case in the United States where the Pro-Life battle is one of the major voting issues. Even though this battle is sidelined by the NZ media it is important to note the growing number of people who are becoming aware of fallacies in the Pro-Abortion arguments, lies being told about the nature of abortion, and the terrible toll abortion has taken  here, not only on our unborn children but on New Zealand women.

The following release today is a re-post from the  LifeNews.com website. on the important victory of Pro-Life candidates over those who support the right to kill the unborn,  in the US Senate.  Reads….

In a landslide election that saw pro-life candidates winning across the nation, pro-life advocates have been able to take over the Senate from pro-abortion Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Scientific Review Recommends Informing Patients about Abortion-Breast Cancer Link, Risks of Birth Control Pills and Menopausal Therapy

The following is a press release from the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer Organisation
Date: October 30, 2014

A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial.[1,2] A. Patrick Schneider and his colleagues authored the latest review entitled, “The breast cancer epidemic: 10 facts,” for the journal, The Linacre Quarterly.[1]
There are multiple, serious, health risks[3,4] associated with using the birth control pill and combined hormone replacement therapy (CHRT), both of which contain estrogen and progestin, although the former contains a larger dose. The authors of both reviews urged physicians to warn patients about the harms of taking either these drugs.

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Brittany Maynard ends her life

The following is a re-post of an article by Sheila Liaugminas on the MercatorNet website  reads..

Monday 3rd November 2014

Prayer vigils and outreach efforts did not fail her. The assisted suicide movement did.

Brittany Maynard was the perfect poster child that movement never had before, short of Hollywood films such as ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’, ‘Sanctum’, ‘Amore’, and probably others. But those were slick productions, successful as they were in advancing the notion that ‘death with dignity’ was something saleable. They marketed it so well, the idea grew in the public consciousness, among more Americans, that maybe people should be able to have the choice to end their life if they were suffering.

Trouble is, there’s too much wrong with that idea to properly handle quickly enough to reach someone who comes along with a serious diagnosis of a terminal illness and has been stricken to the core with fear. Like Brittany Maynard.

So in the immediate aftermath of this sad but highly publicized story of human vulnerability, suffering, hope and a condition posed as ‘hopelessness’, here are some considerations of friends and colleagues I call on for bioethics stories regularly, who have taken keen interest in the Brittany Maynard story since it first surfaced, but more importantly, in the young woman herself.

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Children should not be put to death because of a health diagnosis and this girl’s video shows us why

ClaireThe following is a cross post from the Live Action Website, first released on 31st October 2014.

Click on the photo to see her video

When I was pregnant with my first child, there was a slight indication that I might be a carrier for a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis. But my doctor said that CF wasn’t a reason to terminate – not that I would have anyway – and that they test for it during newborn screening.

CF is a chronic condition that affects the entire body, but most specifically the lungs and pancreas. Life expectancy is currently 40 years old. But according to a Kaiser Permanente study, at least 87% of those whose unborn children are diagnosed with CF abort their children out of fear.

Abortion is never the answer for any child or parent, no matter the situation. In a previous post, I wrote about Matt Mitchell and his incredible life with CF. Now, I want to show you a different CF fighter who, unlike Mitchell, spends much of her time in the hospital. But that’s fine with her.

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Family Planning Continues its Relentless War on Women

Media Release 2 November 2014

The New Zealand Family Planning Association continues to violate the human rights of women by withholding from them information about the abortifacient action of the controversial Jadelle implants. The Health and Disability Act 2000 enshrines in law the right to make an informed choice and to give informed consent. Right to Life first raised this important health issue in a media release made on 10 August 2013. It is disappointing that Family Planning continue to withhold this important information from the women of New Zealand. In defence of women’s health, Right to Life is now in the process of laying a complaint against Family Planning with the Health and Disability Commissioner, Anthony Hill and the Minister of Health, Dr Jonathon Coleman, for deliberately withholding this important information from women  

Jadelle  implants were fully funded by the government in 2011. It is estimated that there are now more than 50,000 women in New Zealand who have had these controversial implants inserted into their arms in the belief that there action was to prevent conception and the creation of a new and unique human being. The disturbing truth is that the implants are also abortifacient and can destroy a human life, by changing the lining of the uterus to prevent a newly created human embryo from implanting in the uterus. It is believed that there are many women who would rightly refuse to have a Jadelle implant if they had been informed by Family Planning that the implants destroy a new human embryo.

The Jadelle implant is manufactured by the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Bayer Pharma. Its web site states that the Jadelle implant works firstly by inhibiting the release of the egg, stopping it maturing, secondly by changing the cervical mucus consistency thus making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg, thirdly by suppressing the endometrium which may prevent implantation of the blastocyst. This third action thus causes the destruction of a new human being at the beginning of its life.

The abortifacient action of Jadelle is recognised by Best Practice Advocacy Council NZ. Medsafe guardedly states on its web site, presumably alluding to the abortifacient nature of Jadelle, that with Jadelle,” other mechanisms may also be involved.  ”The British Medicine & Health Regulatory Agency states on its web site that the Jadelle implant increases the risk of carcinoma in women’s breasts and that the long term effects on women’s health are not known. 

The web site of the New Zealand Family Planning Association and the pamphlet that it provides to clients on the Jadelle implant, states,” How do they work”, it states that:

“Implants can stop the body from releasing an egg each month. They also thicken the mucus in the cervix so that sperm cannot travel up to meet an egg.”

There is still, absolutely no information on Family Planning’s web site or in the pamphlet about the abortifacient action of this lethal drug? Why is this?

Right to Life again requests that Family Planning respect the right of women to be fully informed and to give an informed consent. Family Planning should:

  • Rectify its previous failure to comply with this legal obligation by endeavouring to contact their clients who have received a Jadelle implant and to inform them of the abortifacient action of the implant.

  • Ensure that this legal obligation is upheld with future clients seeking a Jadelle implant.

  • Immediately correct the information contained in the Family Planning pamphlet on the implant and on its web site.

Family Planning is a business; its business is to increase its clientele by promoting sexual activity through the seduction of our youth. Sterilising the women of New Zealand by filling their bodies with dangerous drugs is not a health priority, but  is part of a culture of death. Right to Life requests that the government cease funding Family Planning with over $12 million of our taxes to promote its war against women. The government should be promoting  a culture of life through abstinence based sexuality programmes in schools and faithfulness within marriage.

“Devices side effects are a users nightmare”  – Link to Sep 2013 article in the NZ Herald on Jadelle

Ken Orr


The Illusion of Peace of Mind


dripThe following article is a post from the ‘Careful’ section of the MercatorNet website and is by Monique David, a consultant for Not for Profit Based organisations in Canada

On October 15th  , the Supreme Court of Canada began hearing an appeal by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association on assisted suicide. Since then various National Post columnists have shared their views on the topic. 

Three key words tend to drive supporters of assisted suicide:  control, autonomy and dignity. I do wish, however, that writers would take better care in defining their understanding of these concepts; if they did we would probably realize that the supporters and opponents are not that far apart in their views. After all, who does not wish to have control over his or her life and to exercise self-determination? And who would not agree when asked: Do you want to die with dignity?

The dividing line is the degree to which we believe we can trespass on another life. For some, this boundary exists since the dawn of humanity and to infringe it represents a homicide. For others, to quote one columnist, it is “only a taboo to be overcome with a more nuanced approach to end-of-life issues than the simple absolutes of old would allow.”

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Why are NZ Women Not Been Informed of the Link between Having an Abortion and Increased Suicide Risk?

suicide womanRight to Life Post  26 October 2014

The death of a woman by suicide is terrible tragedy for herself, her family and friends and for the whole community. Professional counsellors have always known that having an abortion increases the risk of a woman committing suicide. Suicide like an abortion, is a cry for help, from a woman who is depressed and lonely, who is crying out for support and encouragement to chose life.  Many women after an abortion cry out in despair, “I have killed my baby”. The burden of the loss of her child brings grief, remorse and despair and finally death by suicide. We should weep for our women whose pain is unbearable, hopefully they are now reunited with their baby.

The Chief Coroner, Neil MacLean, reports that there were 541 suicides in New Zealand in 2013,. Of these 153 were women, which is the highest number ever recorded in.New Zealand, 75 of these women were between 20 and 24 years of age, the second highest rate in the OECD. New Zealand has the third highest rate for all female suicides in the OECD.Suicide is a major public mental health problem, aggravated by the murder of the unborn. Abortion and suicide are both part of a culture of death.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee recognises that there is a link between abortion and suicide. The Standards of Practice for the Provision of Counselling produced by the Counselling Advisory Committee in 1998 require that counsellors are capable of assessing suicide risk in the women they are counselling.

Women have a right to be fully informed, Right to life asks, why then are women considering an abortion not told by Family Planning that having an abortion increases the risk of suicide and that choosing life for their baby decreases the risk of suicide?

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An Inconvenient Truth – The Abortion Breast Cancer Link

abortion breast cancer Media Release 19 October 2014

October is breast cancer awareness month. It is a human tragedy that each year 650 women die in New Zealand from breast cancer. Every year 2800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Ninety five per cent of women contracting breast cancer are over the age of forty. It has been known since 1957 (from a Japanese study), that women who had an abortion increased their risk of breast cancer three fold. There are many studies that have been conducted worldwide that provide irrefutable proof of the link between abortion and breast cancer. Abortions are promoted as being “safe “for women;  they are not.  It is politically incorrect to admit that abortion hurts women. The fact that ideology trumps science means that women are not being warned of the abortion breast cancer link. Women have a right to be informed that abortion increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

The New Zealand Family Planning Association, in its booklet on abortion funded by the Ministry of Health state:

“there is no scientific evidence that shows that having an abortion increases your risk of developing breast cancer”.

Why is Family Planning a partner in this conspiracy of silence, when New Zealand women are dying as the result of this crucial information being withheld? The answer is simply that political ideology trumps truth.

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