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Disabled animals get reprieve from slaughter while babies do not

Posted in Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

As abortion continues to target the disabled for a tortuous death, a disabled steer in Texas has received a reprieve after activists speak out. Oatmeal, the blind steer was scheduled for slaughter after being auctioned in Texas at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Sale of Champions.

According to news reports, Oatmeal’s story struck a nerve among animal rights activists, vegans and others.

Oatmeal Steer Cow Abortion

The Fort Worth Star Telegraph reported what happened next:

    “As activists took to social media in an effort to rescue the steer, Oatmeal waited at a feedlot in South Texas.

    “Now he is bound for College Station, where he was expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday, said state Rep. Charlie Geren, vice president of the Stock Show, who worked the deal with A&M Chancellor John Sharp.”

Oatmeal Steer Cow FB

In an effort to save Oatmeal, one supporter commented:

    “That poor steer. He trusted humans his entire life, and now, trustingly, he will go with them and be led to his death. How very sad.”

I am an animal lover and I understand the compassion that anyone would have toward this animal. But, what I cannot understand is the complete disconnect many in society have towards the disabled preborn child, a human baby, selected for abortion. You know, one of the reasons we legalized abortion on demand in America was because we believed that a child with medical issues was of less value than a so-called healthy one. And, sadly, this idea was introduced by many American churches whose abortion resolutions led the way for the language which was later written into the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Today, many of those religious institutions have repented and reversed their stand to oppose abortion, but, tragically, the damage was already done.

Today, disabled preborn children are some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Pregnant mothers are often pressured into aborting these children by medical “professionals” who believe the life of a disabled preborn child is not worth saving. In many cases, the diagnoses rendered is not nearly as horrific as pregnant women are led to believe. But, even when the diagnosis proves as tragic as expected does that give us the right to devalue that life and send that child to slaughter like an animal?

And, this kind of inhumane targeting is not reserved only for preborn children in the womb. In fact, because of the way we view these children, they remain vulnerable even after they are born and even when they are so-called “wanted” by their parents.

Simon  inspired Simon's Law

Simon inspired Simon’s Law

Enter little Simon Crosier who was labeled by the medical establishment as “incompatible with life” after he was born with Trisomy 18. His mother, Sheryl Crosier said doctors encouraged her to have an abortion when her 20 week ultrasound revealed that their unborn son might have a cleft lip, she refused. But, even though Sheryl and her husband wanted Simon, he died December 3, 2010, 88 ½ days after his birth, after health care workers refused to medically treat him as any other child. The couple discovered this after they reviewed his medical records.

Today, Sheryl warns parents that this could happen to any child at any age. She said that a child could fall off a bicycle and hit their head or end up in the ICU after a car accident.

    “Are you going to allow your physician that you met for the first time to determine the value of your child? Or do you want to be the one making their medical decisions? Parents need to realize their parental rights can be taken away and violated.”

As a result of Simon’s tragic and unnecessary death, in December of 2014, the couple attempted unsuccessfully to get Simon’s Law passed in the state of Missouri. On February 16, 2016 Simon’s Law was again introduced in the Missouri state legislature by State Rep Bill Kidd. HB1915, which has yet to make it out of Committee, has two basic components. First a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate order cannot be placed in a minor child’s medical file without the written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian.

Sheryl told Live Action News that a similar law in Kansas will be heard there this week. SB437, also dubbed Simon’s Law was introduced on February 10th is expected to be heard Thursday March 3, 2016 by the Kansas Committee on Public Health and Welfare. She said that she is optimistic that the law will pass but stressed that the law needs to be adopted nationally.

    “There is a need for ‪Simons Law‬ nationwide. In many hospitals across ‪‎America‬ it is legal for a ‪‎child‬ to be denied life-sustaining care and for a ‘‪‎Do Not Resuscitate‬’ order (‪‎DNR‬) to be placed on a child’s medical chart without parental knowledge or consent.”

Simon and Sheryl Crosier

Simon and Sheryl Crosier

Sheryl is encouraging everyone to sign Simon’s Law Petition and she is looking to get this law into other states. “This is happening everywhere. Parents deserve to know what is going on with their child,” she said.

If anyone is interested in filing Simon’s Law in their state, Sheryl said that they can contact her by e-mail at simonismyname@att.net and they can get updates on Simon’s Law by following them on Facebook and on their website.

Government tells NHS – Don’t resuscitate disabled kids or children with learning difficulties ( Death Panels and Eugenics?)

Posted in Death Panels, Disability, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by saynsumthn

Mencap is calling on the government to make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability, following the publication, today (Wednesday 15 February), of a new report ‘Death by indifference: 74 deaths and counting’, which finds continued institutional discrimination in the NHS.

The new report looks at what progress has been made since the publication of Mencap’s original ‘Death by indifference’ report in 2007.

It confirms that, although some positive steps have been taken in the NHS, many health professionals are still failing to provide adequate care to people with a learning disability. The report highlights the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over the last ten years – highlighted in an article in The Guardian on 3 January – which Mencap believes are a direct result of institutional discrimination and could have been avoided.

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NHS accused of putting ‘do not resuscitate’ notices on patients with learning disabilities without consulting with their families
By Daily Mail Reporter

A leading charity has accused NHS staff of thinking patients with learning abilities are not worth treating, often giving them ‘do not resuscitate’ notices without telling their families.

A Mencap report said the deaths in NHS care of 74 people with learning disabilities could have been avoided – and were a direct result of institutional discrimination.

Mencap said the staggering number of deaths had occurred in the past decade, and it called on the Government to ‘make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability’.
Its report – titled Death By Indifference: 74 Deaths And Counting – found continued discrimination in the NHS, and examined the progress made since the publication of its original Death By Indifference report in 2007.

The charity said that, although some positive steps had been taken in the NHS, many health professionals were still failing to provide adequate care to those with learning disabilities.

In particular, it pointed to the inappropriate use of ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) orders on such patients.

The report said: ‘The inappropriate use of DNR orders has remained a constant feature of many Mencap cases. There have been circumstances where DNR notices have been applied without the knowledge or agreement of families, and applied hastily in inappropriate situations, solely on the basis of the person’s learning disability.’

Report authors said they uncovered common errors made by healthcare professionals, including failure to abide by disability discrimination law, ignoring crucial advice from families, failing to meet even basic care needs, not recognising pain and distress, and delays in diagnosing and treating serious illness.

Mencap said it believed this was underpinned by an assumption by some healthcare professionals that people with a learning disability were not worth treating.

Mark Goldring, Mencap chief executive, said: ‘The report confirms that, five years on from our landmark Death By Indifference report, many parts of the NHS still do not understand how to treat people with a learning disability.

‘At Mencap we continue to hear heartbreaking stories of unnecessary deaths and pain. Sadly we believe that these cases are just the tip of the iceberg.’
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: ‘This Government has made very clear its commitment to improve the health of people with learning disabilities.
‘We share Mencap’s concerns that some people with learning disabilities may not be receiving the high-quality healthcare that they should expect.’

In the conclusion to its report, Mencap says: People with a learning disability have a right to the same quality of healthcare as those without a learning disability. Getting it right for them will also mean getting it right for all vulnerable people, such as older people and those with dementia.

‘The government must act to make all the changes necessary to make good healthcare a right for all.

Included in the report are case studies typical of what Mencap believes to be institutionalised discrrimination in the NHS:
‘Alan MacDonald died suddenly in Lister Hospital, Stevenage, on 20 December 2009, aged 53.
‘He had lived independently with his wife, supported by carers.
‘Alan had Down’s syndrome and a moderate learning disability, and was considered by his family to have a “full and active life”.
‘Three days before admission to hospital, Alan was noted by his family to be “in fine form”. However, on December 15, 2009, he was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
‘From the time Alan was admitted, his family felt they had to “beg” staff to treat him, only to be met with “hostility”.
‘A member of Alan’s family who is a doctor… said: “I felt the nurses on the ward did not respect a gravely ill patient with special needs and a grieving family. Instead of using respect, tact, care and understanding, I and the rest of Alan’s family were faced with hostility, disrespect and no consideration for the distressing situation”.
‘The cause of death was multiple organ failure, sepsis and bronchopneumonia.
‘After a protracted complaint against it by Alan’s family, the hospital has finally apologised for the attitude of some of its nursing staff. But, for the family, the lack of respect shown for their loved one is something that will never be forgotten.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2101445/NHS-accused-letting-patients-learning-disabilities-die-consulting-families.html#ixzz1n2Q7EesN