By Dave Andrusko Today is the twelve anniversary of the grotesque death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. I would like to use this somber occasion again to update comments I’ve made about Terri and her brave parents and siblings. As you will see whenever I looked at Terri, I could never, ever …Continue reading "Twelve years ago today Terri Schiavo died after 13 days without food and water"
By Dave Andrusko About the only thing that would keep our family (including our youngest daughter) from watching hours and hours and hours of the Olympics was the wedding of our youngest. But now all of us–they are on their honeymoon and the rest of us (via tape delay)–will be bing-watching the Rio Olympics over …Continue reading "Olympic Star Combines Commitment to growing family with winning Gold Medals"
By Dave Andrusko Even in an era of seemingly endless media sources, when an item appears on one of the networks, it has traction. Take CBS Sunday Morning. Correspondent Lee Cowan does a terrific job in telling the more- common-than-we-think story, in this case of Dylan Rizzo, who was involved in a devastating car crash …Continue reading "Dylan Rizzo’s recovery further evidence a “vegetative state may not be as persistent as it was once thought”"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family will be on vacation through the end of this week. I will be posting an occasional new story, but for the most part we will be re-posting columns that ran over the last year. Many will be strictly educational while some will about remind us of notable victories …Continue reading "Lauren Hill laid to rest"
“To save a human life, we’ll risk almost anything” By Dave Andrusko Six days out, and rays of hope out of the utter disaster caused by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal that has claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 people with a much larger tally expected. CNN and the Associated Press are reporting that teenager …Continue reading "4-month-old baby, two others pulled safely from rubble caused by Nepal earthquake"
By Dave Andrusko Lauren Hill has died. The 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph student, who fulfilled her dream of playing in a college basketball game in spite of a viciously aggressive brain cancer, inspired millions with her “never give up” attitude. She sure inspired me. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Lauren’s nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts …Continue reading "Lauren Hill: Rest in Peace"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Lauren passed away this morning. This afternoon I will be posting my tribute to a hero of mine. The following appeared last month in NRL News Today. Cincinnati television station WCPO 9 has done some terrific reporting on a hero of mine: Lauren Hill. I just learned moments ago from …Continue reading "Terminally ill Lauren Hill appears on “The View,” also gives remarkable interview to local television station"
By Wesley J. Smith Brittany Maynard was lauded internationally–at A-list movie star decibels–because she committed suicide rather than face the difficulties of terminal brain cancer. But 19-year-old Lauren Hill–with the exact same disease–received far more subdued coverage. You see, she was less newsworthy than Maynard. She wasn’t transgressive. She intended to live until she died–play …Continue reading "Lauren Hill Should be “Extraordinary Person”"
By Dave Andrusko Well, three pro-life suffragettes– Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul–did not make the “final four,” but neither did eugenicist and population control advocate Margaret Sanger. In this instance we’re not talking about NCAA basketball tournament but a campaign to replace Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, …Continue reading "Pro-life suffragettes do not make final cut in campaign to put woman’s face on $20 bill but neither does Margaret Sanger"
By Dave Andrusko Cincinnati television station WCPO 9 has done some terrific reporting on a hero of mine: Lauren Hill. I just learned moments ago from a story post at WCPO.com that Lauren, suffering from terminal brain cancer, taped an interview with “The View” yesterday that will air today. More specifically, Lauren and her mother, …Continue reading "Terminally ill Lauren Hill appears on “The View,” also gives remarkable interview to local television station"
By Dave Andrusko I visit Lauren Hill’s Facebook page less often than I should. I have three adult daughters of my own and if they were to face a terminal illness, no father could wish for greater courage than Lauren has displayed or that his own family could nurture one of them the way Lauren’s …Continue reading "Lauren Hill, the young woman who ought to be the face of the battle over assisted suicide"
By Dave Andrusko I was in line at the grocery store, looked to my left, and there, on the cover of People Magazine, was Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, who took her own life November 1, 2014. Maynard, suffering with a terminal brain cancer, immediately became the “face of the right to …Continue reading "What will be the Legacies of Brittany Maynard and Lauren Hill?"