Appeals Court upholds sentencing of woman convicted of faking cancer diagnosis to get state to pay for late term abortion

By Dave Andrusko In April 2016, a jury in Arizona convicted Chalice Renee Zeitner of faking a cancer diagnosis in a scheme to get the state to pay for the 2010 abortion of her 22-week-old unborn baby. On Tuesday the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected her appeal, ruling she must serve out her 28-year sentence …

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Mom with rare eye cancer delivers healthy, cancer-free twins

By Dave Andrusko In a whirlwind of medical activity, Jessica Boesmiller had an eye removed just three weeks after a November diagnosis of a rare ocular cancer and then gave birth less than a month later to cancer-free twins—a boy, Mason Dare, and a girl, Piper Marie. Mrs. Boesmiller, the 37-year-old Healthy Living Director at …

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Mom who gave up chance to prolong her life dies two days after giving birth to daughter, Life Lynn

By Dave Andrusko Half-way through their compassionate and thoughtful story about the passing of a much beloved wife, mother, relative, and friend, the Detroit Free Press’ Ann Zaniewski and Elissa Robinson, wrote, “Nick and Carrie were married for 17 years. They met at church, when she was 10 and he was 12.” Without that knowledge, …

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Tell John McCain Not to Fight His Cancer?

By Nancy Valko Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. is an influential ethicist who recently wrote a Medscape (password protected) article titled “Don’t Tell John McCain to Fight his Cancer” after the news broke about Sen. McCain’s brain cancer and many of his colleagues and others encouraged him to fight hard against his cancer. Caplan does acknowledge that …

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Brave mum with cancer refuses abortion and gives birth to healthy twins

Editor’s note. This is based on a post that appeared on the blog of SPUC-the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and is reposted with permission. Becky Anderson refused doctors’ advice and saved her unborn twins, despite being told her cervical cancer could kill her. Becky, from Portsmouth, who was already mum to Morgan, 18, …

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A terminal patient dedicated to fighting assisted suicide legislation

By James ‘JJ’ Hanson Editor’s note. This comes from Patients’ Rights Action Fund. Mr. Hanson is its president. Aggressive brain cancer is trying to end my life. The best cancer doctors in the world are trying to kill it before it kills me. My life hangs in the balance. Only 3 years ago, I was …

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Woman gives birth to quadruplets while fighting cancer

By Nancy Flanders When Kayla Gaytan called her husband Sergeant Charles Gaytan to tell him that she was pregnant, neither one could have been more excited. Kayla Gaytan had just beaten Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had endured five months of chemotherapy. It had only been a month since completing chemotherapy and doctors told her that the …

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Cells from cancer victim’s own body help man fight deadly brain cancer

By Dave Andrusko Paging through the many posts I receive daily about stem cells, I ran across a story that was published by the Associated Press earlier this week under the headline, “Cells dripped into the brain help man fight a deadly cancer.” I read these stories because they confirm what we have written dozens …

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Cancer survivor stuns mother with surprise news: she is pregnant

By Dave Andrusko As a father/grandfather I have been on the receiving end when family members have sprung news of a surprise pregnancy. So I know something about jaws dropping. But nothing to compare-not by a hundred miles-with Gina, the mother of Isabel Berrios. The family caught last month’s incredible surprise and joy and happiness …

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New Mom, San Francisco Pregnancy Center Director Battling Stage IV Cancer

By Jay Hobbs Just months after giving birth to a daughter, Chastidy Ronan, an executive director of a pregnancy help medical clinic in San Francisco, was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in late July. Friends of Ronan, who has served with Alpha Pregnancy Center since 2008, have set up a GoFundMe.com page to raise support …

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Woman convicted of faking cancer diagnosis to get state to pay for the abortion of her 22-week-old baby

By Dave Andrusko A jury in Arizona has convicted Chalice Renee Zeitner of faking a cancer diagnosis in a scheme to get the state to pay for the 2010 abortion of her 22-week-old unborn baby. Zeitner was arrested in Georgia in May 2015 where authorities said she was using the alias Al Serkez. All told …

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Lessons on Love, Down Syndrome, and Dignity from Joey Feek

By Leticia Velasquez, co-founder, KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) Editor’s note. World Down Syndrome Day is observed annually on March 21 to raise public awareness of and about Down syndrome. On March 4, the world of pop culture mourned the passing of Joey Feek. She was a country duet singer with her husband Rory, …

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