By Michael Cook One of the most terrifying accidents imaginable is to become paralysed and to be unable to speak. Fortunately, scientists are gradually learning how to interpret signals from the brain and translate them into letters, words, and eventually speech. In a milestone for brain-computer interfaces (BCI), researchers at UC San Francisco and UC …Continue reading "Teaching the brains of paralyzed people to communicate"
By Bridget Sielicki Actress Ali Stroker, who is paralyzed from the chest down and uses a wheelchair, recently announced her first pregnancy with husband David Perlow. In an October interview with Self, Stroker spoke candidly about her desire to use her pregnancy to advocate for people with disabilities. Stroker has used a wheelchair ever since …Continue reading "Actress Ali Stroker uses pregnancy to advocate for those with disabilities"
By Cassy Fiano-Chesser The topic of abortion is currently one of the country’s most hot-button issues, and abortion advocates are doing all they can to argue that abortion is desperately needed. The latest example comes from a Virginia newspaper, which ran an editorial complaining that preborn children with disabilities will actually get to live if …Continue reading "Allowing babies with disabilities to live is not ‘grotesque’ or ‘cruel’"
By Biomed On a cold, snowy day last December, Michel Roccati – an Italian man who became paralyzed after a motorcycle accident four years earlier – took a walk in central Lausanne. His steps were halting and awkward and he was using a walker – but he was walking again. Together with two other paraplegic …Continue reading "New implant from Switzerland offers promise for the paralyzed "
By Sarah Terzo CNBC’s “Hardball” debate on partial birth abortion between Helen Alvare of the National Council of Catholic Bishops and Betty Friedan, well known pro-choice feminist: Friedan: “How lacking in compassion you are for women’s right to control their bodies! You want to force women to give birth to monsters! How terrible you are. …Continue reading "Betty Friedan Calls Disabled Babies “Monsters”"
By Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition I reported a few weeks ago that the Austrian parliament had legalized assisted suicide for people with disabilities. The media have now published many articles about the Austrian assisted suicide law that went into effect on January 1. For example, an article by Bob Cronin for Newser.com reported …Continue reading "Austrian assisted suicide law for people with disabilities began on January 1"
By Right to Life UK A mother who has been flooded with horrific TikTok comments about her baby’s appearance has hit back at ‘trolls’ who told her to “put him out of his misery” and refer to their son as “it”. Amber, whose baby boy Derek was born with holoprosencephaly, shared a video on the …Continue reading "Mother hits back at cruel trolls who told her to “put down” son born with disability"
By Samantha Kamman Even though a couple’s child may only live for a short while in adverse prenatal diagnosis cases, their baby is no less miraculous than one who lives for more than a few hours or years. As Nelly Mendoza-Rivera’s story proves, every life is beautiful and worthy of protection. According to The Arkansas Catholic, Nelly …Continue reading "Daughter with special needs enjoys nine precious years with her parents, who chose life"
By Right to Life UK A new study into autism is triggering fears that volunteers’ DNA will be used to create a test to ‘screen out’ autistic babies. The study, led by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge alongside colleagues from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of California Los Angeles, …Continue reading "New study triggers fears that people with autism may be ‘screened out’"
By Sarah Terzo BD Colen argues for withholding medical treatment from disabled babies and letting them die. He writes: “Perhaps decisions involving the care of hopelessly ill and defective newborns should be left to those traditional processes, to parents and physicians who do the best they can under difficult circumstances. Until such time as society …Continue reading "Ethicist calls disabled babies “defective,” says they should be allowed to die"
Isabella VanOrman is a fighter, there is no doubt about it. Born with Trisomy 18, the chromosomal condition more commonly known as Edward’s Syndrome, there was a 90 percent chance she would never see her first birthday, but at three years old, Isabella has beaten the odds time and time again. Like many children diagnosed …Continue reading "Isabella is proof that doctors can be wrong and that children with chromosomal conditions can thrive, if only given the chance"
By Right to Life UK A couple from Dublin who were told to have an abortion because their daughter has spina bifida are now fighting to give their “miracle girl” the best opportunities in life. At their thirty-week scan, Claire McDaid and Jay Needham were told that their daughter had a badly deformed spine and …Continue reading "Baby whom doctors advised should be aborted, now ‘happiest wee girl’"