By Michael Cook A few months ago three doctors stated flatly in JAMA that the American system of advance care planning (ACP) is broken. Logic was on its side: what could be more sensible than having serious discussions well in advance about what should be done in end-of-life care. But experience has showed that the reality is …Continue reading "Advance care directives often don’t work, says doctors"
By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation On January 18, 2019, I eagerly accepted the position of Education Director at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. My former career as a teacher coupled with my life-long advocacy of life issues led me to believe this was the job for which I had long been searching. Part-time …Continue reading "Life and Death: Lessons My Mother Taught Me"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. This tender story was first posted last year. As I write these word, I know of two women who are accompanying loved ones on their final journeys. One is a wife, tending to her dying husband. The other is a daughter, spending the remaining …Continue reading "Amidst a wilderness of mourning, a fortress of courage"
By Michael Cook A former chair of the Danish Council of Ethics has published a broadside on legalised euthanasia in The BMJ . Ole Hartling, a doctor, author and co-author of several books, was a member of the Council between 2000 and 2007 and its chair for five years. During that time, the Council carried …Continue reading "Prominent Danish ethicist opposes euthanasia"
By Wesley J. Smith As if we needed further evidence that medicine is growing increasingly impersonal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has published a study that claims a computer program can predict when seniors have six months to live. From the Global News story: Amid a lack of proper support for Canadians receiving home-based support …Continue reading "Computer Program Developed in Canada to Predict When Seniors Have 6 Months to Live"
By Sarah Terzo Walker Percy, the novelist, who was trained as a physician at Columbia University, wrote “It is a commonplace of modern biology, known to every high school student… That the life of every individual organism, human or not, begins with the chromosomes of the sperm fuse with the chromosomes of the ovum to …Continue reading "Novelist Walker Percy on when life begins"
A man with a degenerative disease who was determined to live-stream his death via Facebook, has made a “U-turn towards life” and has accepted palliative care. By SPUC– the Society for the Protection of Unborn Life “Mr. Cocq has made a U-turn towards life,” said Antonia Tully of SPUC’s Lives Worth Living campaign. “This is …Continue reading "In “U-turn towards life” man accepts palliative care after trying to livestream death on Facebook"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Sunday is Father’s Day. Last week, we began a series that will run up through this Friday which will include new stories about men and abortion (often in the context of crisis pregnancies but also just about being a dad) and reposts of the best of previously published stories. This …Continue reading "Unimaginably poignant: A dad’s farewell lullaby to his dying baby boy"
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Hospice New Zealand has applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia. The New Zealand parliament passed a euthanasia bill—”The End of Life Choice Act”–in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to get the bill passed …Continue reading "Hospice New Zealand launches court case asking whether a hospice can conscientiously object to Assisted Dying and operate a “euthanasia-free” service"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As I write these words, I know of two women who are accompanying loved ones on their final journeys. One is a wife, tending to her dying husband. The other is a daughter, spending the remaining precious moments with her ailing father. At such times, the …Continue reading "Fortresses of courage in a wilderness of mourning"
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Press reported that a hospice society in British Columbia is outraged by the governments decision to stop its funding because it refuses to provide (MAiD) euthanasia. Angelina Ireland, President of the Delta Hospice, told the Canadian Press: …if the government wants to implement medical help in …Continue reading "British Columbia Hospice looking at legal options after government cuts funding."
By Wesley J. Smith Not content with assisted suicide, the euthanasia movement wants people with dementia to be able to force caregivers to starve them to death when they become severely impacted — even when they willingly eat. An assisted-suicide advocacy group in New York previously created an advance directive containing such instructions. And now …Continue reading "‘Starve Me’ Advance Directives Would Be Immoral"