BBC films abuse of mentally ill

By Michael Cook Overshadowed by the resignation of Theresa May as British Prime Minister was a searing BBC report on abuse of mentally-ill patients in an NHS funded, privately-run hospital. A journalist for the Panorama program went undercover as a care worker. She filmed her colleagues at the hospital taunting, provoking, intimidating and repeatedly restraining …

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Valuable Life in Every Circumstance

By Right to Life of Michigan Everyone can agree, finding a cure for a disability or illness is a reason to celebrate. When Lauren Schaidt saw a headline announcing the elimination of Down syndrome in Denmark, she thought it would be a celebratory article. “I thought great, they must have found a way to prevent …

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Making pro-life history on St. Patrick’s Day

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation A Pennsylvania teenager with Down syndrome and a noted disability rights activist from Ireland came together to make history on St. Patrick’s Day. High school sophomore Chloe Kondrich joined Michael O’Dowd of Disability Voices for Life to sign the historic Global Declaration on Eradicating the Genocide …

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Mother of disabled child speaks out against abortion

By Sarah Terzo The mother of a child with Down Syndrome wrote: “When I hear about people who have aborted such a child [with down syndrome] because they didn’t want him to have to ‘live a life like that,’ I am incredulous. How someone comes to the conclusion that not allowing a child to live …

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Born with only 2% of his brain, Noah Wall confounds doctors as his brain continues to grow to near normal capacity

By Dave Andrusko Way back in October of 2016, we wrote about how the British Department of Health had just announced it had approved what it euphemistically called “Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Testing” for use by the National Health Service. It is a far more accurate prenatal test which can be given earlier in pregnancy and is …

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Mother rejects aborting her unborn baby diagnosed with spina bifida, daughter undergoes successful fetal surgery

By Dave Andrusko Each and every time an unborn baby undergoes prenatal surgery, it inevitably raises the obvious question. This child is either partially or completely removed from her mother’s womb, surgeons work their wondrous ways, and she is placed back inside her mom where she nestles down until delivery time. Yet a child of …

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New “game-changing” findings and recommendations offer new hope to brain-injured patients unfairly labeled “vegetative”

By Dave Andrusko In his post for the Catholic Phily, Richard Doerflinger calls new findings and recommendations from a prestigious group of medical organizations nothing short of “game-changing.” Doerflinger, who worked for 36 years in the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is referring to new guidelines from the American …

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Families willing to adopt children with special needs “are all around us”

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation A few years ago, a principal from my local elementary school decided with her husband to expand her family by adopting a little girl with Down syndrome. The couple was so overjoyed by the experience that they decided to adopt a second child with Down syndrome, a …

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Tracy Latimer: my sister in spirit

By Taylor Hyatt, Policy Analyst & Outreach Coordinator, Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet Editor’s note. This article was published July 19 by Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet and first reposted at the webpage of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. On July 11, 2018, a number of news outlets revealed that Robert Latimer was seeking either a new …

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My deep sadness this Canada Day

By Mark Pickup Editor’s note. With our own Independence Day coming tomorrow, I thought of this post which first ran in 2016. Mr. Pickup, who has multiple sclerosis, is a Canadian disability rights activist who has spoken at National Right to Life’s annual convention. July 1st was Canada Day, in celebration of Canada becoming a …

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Doctors called her incompatible with life, but Bella Santorum just turned 10

By Nancy Flanders “Incompatible with life.” Those words have pierced the hearts of parents around the world as doctors handed them devastating diagnoses for their preborn children. Karen Santorum, wife of former Senator Rick Santorum, is one of those parents. Doctors told them that their daughter Bella had Trisomy 18, a condition that is considered …

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Heaven’s Newest Angel: Paulie “was undersized but larger than life”

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia, and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic lung disease, anemia, kyphosis, knee contractures, …

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