Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
ALL Pro-Life Today: Can a man die twice? The problem with 'brain death'
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Can a man die twice? The problem with 'brain death'
By Phillip F. Lawler
Boxer Hector Camacho died on [November 24, 2012], his doctor said. "His death was reported by Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, who said Camacho had a heart attack and died a short time later after being taken off life support." This is confusing, because the same doctor had announced on Thursday that Camacho was "brain dead." If "brain death" really is death, then the doctor appears to be saying that Camacho died twice, which is absurd. Can a dead man have a heart attack? Would it be medically significant? [ Click here to read more. ]
A "study" released by Planned Parenthood employees and sympathizers has concluded----based on incomplete numbers----that the abortion pill is "safe", despite admitting to a reported 385 "serious" complications, including at least one abortion pill-related death from 2009-2010. The study group consisted of two Planned Parenthood employees, one member of a Planned Parenthood advisory group, and a fourth member who receives financial compensation from Danco Laboratories, the U.S. distributor for the abortion pill mifepristone, also known as RU486.
A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Planned Parenthood to temporarily block Oklahoma from terminating a contract with the agency to provide nutritional services to low-income mothers. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot ruled that although the state's stated reasons don't seem to be sufficient cause for ending agreements with Planned Parenthood's three Tulsa-area clinics that have been in place for 18 years, the group's response to the state's concerns was insufficient enough to warrant ending the relationship. The decision will likely mean that the group will have to close one of the clinics and eliminate six full-time staff positions when the contracts end on Dec. 31, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's President and CEO Jill June said in a statement.
In 2011, South Dakota passed a law enacting a 72-hour waiting period before a woman is allowed to have an abortion. According to the Associated Press, that is the longest waiting period in the United States. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center. However, Planned Parenthood has now dropped its appeal of the 72-hour waiting period. According to Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, Planned Parenthood was not confident that the court would rule in its favor.