Absolutely Amazing: The Vast Majority of “Locked-In Patients” Satisfied With Life

Bioethics, Mental Health
Many people believe that people with “locked-in syndrome,” a form of nearly complete paralysis, would want to die, commit suicide, or be euthanized. It turns out those beliefs are false. According to a recent study, more than half of patients with locked-in syndrome indicated – through eye blinks in some cases – that they were getting satisfaction in life. This story sure brings new meaning to the "Choose Life" license plates. (more…)
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Top 10 Pro-Life News Stories of 2009

Bioethics, Health Headlines
President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court, and healthcare dominated pro-life news in 2009. As we look back on 2009, the first with a new pro-abortion president, it seems to me that the pro-life movement essentially is on the defensive. Thanks to a pro-abortion president and Congress, pro-life advocates spent most of their time this last year attempting to hold back the opening of the floodgates ushering in an expansion of abortion and taxpayer financing of it. With the health care debate continuing into the new year, those efforts will be forced to continue -- although the potential for pro-life gains in the 2010 elections provides significant hope for the future. So, with that in mind, the following are the top ten pro-life news stories of 2009, ranked according to…
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Christian Doctors Group Warns of New Pro-Suicide Bias in Law and Policy

Bioethics, Medical Missions
The Christian Medical Association (CMA), the nation’s largest faith-based organization of physicians, today warned of the potential for pro-suicide ideology to seep into law and government policy. The organization pointed to pro-suicide influence in a controversial Veterans Administration (VA) manual and a section of the main House healthcare overhaul bill. More Information: (more…)
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Concerns about the end of life provisions in the healthcare bill

Bioethics, Medical Economics
Sarah Palin is making headlines again, this time by expressing her views on the national debate over healthcare reform. In a Facebook blog entry, Palin wrote, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” Is there any credence to her view? More Information: (more…)
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I’m saying “No” to assisted suicide. Will you? New web site encourages doctors, caregivers to pledge no to assisted suicide

Bioethics, Cancer
With Washington becoming the second state to legalize assisted suicide, and others likely to follow, euthanasia opponents have put together a new web site to urge doctors, medical caregivers and citizens to say no to assisted suicide. The site comes after doctors and medical centers have said they won't urge patients to kill themselves. More Information: (more…)
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Oregon Offers to Pay for Cancer Patient to Kill Herself

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
  Family News in Focus is reporting that a patient in Oregon, dying of lung cancer, has been denied payment for any more drug treatment. But, (and if this doesn’t shock you, your shocker is broke), the state will cover a fatal dosage of drugs so she can kill herself. The good news is that the pharmaceutical company has stepped in to pay for the medicine Wagner was denied. (more…)
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