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Parents fight to keep nine year old child on life support against wishes of Texas hospital

Posted in Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2018 by saynsumthn

Hospital attempts to disconnect child’s life support against parents’ wishes

By  |  Via LiveActionNews.org

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UPDATE: ABC7: The couple’s attorney, Justin Moore, said the delay was necessary to allow them time to find another medical facility willing to keep Payton alive. State District Judge Melody Wilkinson has scheduled a Friday morning hearing to reconsider the order after further developments, however.

UPDATE 10/01, 4:11 p.m.: According to the Star-Telegram, State District Judge Melody Wilkinson has granted the family’s request for a 14-day restraining order to keep the hospital from removing Payton’s life support. However, the judge “also scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Friday to revisit the order an take into consideration any new developments.”

10/01: Cook Children’s Hospital in North Texas is set to remove life support today from a nine-year-old child against the wishes of her parents unless the family finds another hospital to take her as a patient. Late Sunday evening, Tiffany Hofstetter and Joseph Summons, parents of Peyton Summons, made a desperate attempt to beg for more time for their little girl.

Image: Payton Summons child on life support Cook Children's Hospital (Image credit: Tiffany Hofstetter)

Payton Summons on life support at Cook Children’s Hospital (Image credit: Tiffany Hofstetter)

Payton suffered cardiac arrest a week ago and was placed on a ventilator. The hospital has since declared her brain dead, but the child’s parents say she is very much alive.

“My daughter’s alive – she’s here. We just need somebody that will give her a chance,” Payton’s mother told WFAA.

A message published to the family’s GoFundMe page reads in part:

We have until Monday to find transportation and a facility that will accept her in the condition that she is in. They are trying to legally consider her brain dead but her bodily organs are functioning on their own…

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Cook Children’s is the same hospital that, in 2012, attempted to terminate care for a child who was the victim of a gunshot. It attempted to convene an ethics committee but the committee’s ruling was delayed, and three days after the hospital had planned to end his life support, the young boy regained consciousness.

The hospital sent Live Action News a statement. It reads, in part:

The staff at Cook Children’s empathizes greatly with the family of Payton Summons. There’s nothing more heartbreaking for a family to face than the possibility of losing a child. Our clinicians, many of whom are parents too, work tirelessly to save children every day.

Payton arrived at Cook Children’s on Tuesday, unconscious and suffering from cardiac arrest.  She underwent an hour of CPR at home and in the ambulance on the way to Cook Children’s.  After arriving in our Emergency Department, our physicians and nurses were able to revive her heartbeat, but they were unsuccessful in resuscitating her breathing.  Payton’s breathing is currently being maintained through artificial means with the use of a ventilator, but she suffered a devastating injury to her brain due to being without oxygen for over an hour. In addition to dealing with the sudden blow of her cardiac arrest and devastating brain injury, Payton’s family is also coping with the news that the arrest was caused by the growth of a very large tumor in her chest that is shutting off her circulatory system.

Under Texas law, a person is considered dead when they have suffered an irreversible loss of all brain function. As is standard medical practice, we conducted a brain death exam on Payton approximately 24 hours after she was admitted to our hospital. The results were conclusive and showed zero brain activity, confirming that Payton is brain dead.  In addition, an electroencephalogram (EEG) showed no electrical activity in her brain. Per our protocol and national pediatric medical standards, a second brain death exam was scheduled to take place by a different physician within 12 hours of the first to complete the legal process of declaring Payton deceased….

Our doctors have assisted in that effort by calling two North Texas hospitals, but neither was willing to accept transfer because they agreed there was nothing additional they could do for Payton. Our hearts are with Payton’s family and we will continue doing everything in our power to help them through this difficult time.

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As a toddler, Payton beat cancer, her family reported, which gives them hope that another miracle could happen.

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Peyton’s mom pleads for more time

Payton’s mother told WFAA that the little girl has a mass behind her heart “that is twice the size of her heart. That is what closed her airways and made her stop breathing.”

But, Tiffany added, her heart rate is good and her organs are functioning.

“She’s still alive – give her a chance,” Payton’s mother begged.

WFAA reported that the hospital had intended to remove the child from life support last week, but extended it another week because the parent’s asked for additional time.

A hospital spokesperson said that the extension was granted to “give the family time to better understand these heartbreaking developments, as well as to provide the family opportunity to explore the possibility of transferring Payton to another facility.”

Parents say that they tried desperately to have their daughter moved to another hospital in hopes that with more time, the nine-year-old would improve.

“They’re going to do another brain death test, and then they can pull the plug, stop the breathing machine,” the child’s father told WFAA. “We want them to restart treatment.”

A representative for the hospital said in a statement to CBS11, “Per our protocol and national pediatric medical standards, a second brain death exam was scheduled to take place by a different physician within 12 hours of the first to complete the legal process of declaring Payton deceased.”

Cook Children’s Hospital claimed in their statement that hospital doctors assisted the family in contacting two North Texas hospitals, “but neither was willing to accept transfer because they agreed there was nothing additional they could do for Payton.”

As of Sunday evening, Payton’s parents had hired an attorney in the hopes they can buy more time. They vowed to not stop fighting until they find a facility that will take her.

“The hospital has granted us until tomorrow [Monday] at noon to find another facility to take her,” said the child’s mother.

“Your heart is still beating – there’s still life in there,” Tiffany said.

Right-to-die legislation opposed in Connecticut as becoming a duty-to-die

Posted in Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by saynsumthn

Is it compassionate “Aid in Dying” for those who are terminally ill, or is it “assisted suicide” that could turn into a “duty to die”? Those are the questions state lawmakers are facing this week during a big push for the “Aid in Dying” bill, reports WTNH.

Advocates are asking lawmakers to pass this law that would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose to those who are within six months of dying from a terminal illness and are mentally able to make the decision,the report.

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Connecticut’s H.B. No. 7015 reads:

    AN ACT CONCERNING AID IN DYING FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS.

    To allow a physician to dispense or prescribe medication at the request of a mentally competent patient that has a terminal illness that such patient may self-administer to bring about his or her death.

According to the Family Institute of Connecticut which is opposing the legislation, a public hearing will be held on March 18th – this week.

Death with Dignity, a pro-right-to-die organization has published a map showing a summary of the status of current death with dignity-related legislation in the US and what they see coming in the months ahead as the 2015 legislative session progresses, “In all, 22 legislatures plus the District of Columbia will have seen a bill proposal by the end of their current session.” they say on their website.

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Earlier this month, O.J. Brigance, a former Baltimore Ravens football player and current senior advisor to player development, testified against a Maryland right-to-die bill.

OJ Brigance Baltimore Ravens opposes Right to Die

Brigance was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has no cure, in May 2007. The measure would allow adults given only six months to live the ability to get a prescription for drugs to hasten their death.

I did not create my life so, I have no right to negate my life,” he said from his wheelchair.

“The thought that there would be a legal avenue for an individual to take his or her own life in a moment of despair, robbing family, friends and society of their presence and contribution to society deeply saddens me and is a tragedy,” Brigance testified.

Not Dead Yet, a national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia, is fighting right-to-die legislation in New Jersey and lawmakers have introduced similar legislation in Nevada..

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As I have reported before, the concept that killing a person is dignifying was developed by supporters of Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger.

In fact, by 1952, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger was open about her belief in Euthanasia. This 1952 letter from the Euthanasia Society of America clearly shows Margret Sanger on the American Advisory Board of the Euthanasia Society of America. Read more about Sanger and her supporters here.

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Recently, advocates of right to die organizations which supported Brittany Maynard’s decision to kill herself had ties to Planned Parenthood.

Read about those connections here.

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The 29 year-old became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement when she moved to Oregon so she could end her life, which she did.

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According to the Connecticut legislation proposed, a request for what the law calls “aid in dying” would look like this:

    REQUEST FOR MEDICATION TO AID IN DYING

    I, .…, am an adult of sound mind.

    I am a resident of the State of Connecticut.

    I am suffering from …., which my attending physician has determined is an incurable and irreversible medical condition that will, within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within six months from the date on which this document is executed. This diagnosis of a terminal illness has been confirmed by another physician.

    I have been fully informed of my diagnosis, prognosis, the nature of medication to be dispensed or prescribed to aid me in dying, the potential associated risks, the expected result, feasible alternatives to aid in dying and additional health care treatment options, including palliative care and the availability of counseling with a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker.

    I request that my attending physician dispense or prescribe medication that I may self-administer for aid in dying. I authorize my attending physician to contact a pharmacist to fill the prescription for such medication, upon my request.

    INITIAL ONE:

    …. I have informed my family of my decision and taken family opinions into consideration.

    …. I have decided not to inform my family of my decision.

    …. I have no family to inform of my decision.

    I understand that I have the right to rescind this request at any time.

    I understand the full import of this request and I expect to die if and when I take the medication to be dispensed or prescribed. I further understand that although most deaths occur within three hours, my death may take longer and my attending physician has counseled me about this possibility.

    I make this request voluntarily and without reservation, and I accept full responsibility for my decision to request aid in dying.

    Signed: ….

    Dated: ….

    DECLARATION OF WITNESSES

    By initialing and signing below on the date the person named above signs, I declare that:

    Witness 1 …. Witness 2 ….

On op-ed on the legislation by brain cancer victim, Maggie Karner, opposed to the legislation calls a right-to-die really a duty-to-die, she writes:

    In Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal, the top reasons people give for wanting a deadly prescription are fear of losing autonomy (91.5 percent), fear of being less able to engage in activities (88.7 percent) and fear of loss of dignity (79.3 percent). These are not good enough reasons to upend the medical axiom of “first, do no harm.”

    I encourage the caring voters of Connecticut to once again contact their state legislators and insist that assisted suicide has no place in our state of independent thinkers. Slogans of “right to die” are just words to people like me who need your constant and continued support to avoid a “duty to die.”

Read it in full here.

Connecticut pro-lifers are asking for the public to speak out by submitting written testimony to judtestimony@cga.ct.gov and filling the hearing room in opposition to the bill.

Find out more here.

Euthanasia advocate only way to terminate suffering is to take away life

Posted in Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2015 by saynsumthn

Rob Jonquière is a retired doctor and advocate on the so-called “End-of-Life choice.”

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Jonquière started his career as a family doctor in the Netherlands.

In the 1970’s when euthanasia was illegal in the Netherlands, Jonquière says that he met patients with terminal diseases who asked him for euthanasia.

I did help a couple of my patients and, of course, the problem with that was that I could not talk about it with other people,” he said.

Jonquière went on to be the chief executive of the Dutch Right to Die Society, NVVE.

“I was involved in the development of the details of the bill right from the start, so I was very glad when in 2001 the parliament approved the bill and it became a law, effective from 2002.”

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After retiring from the Dutch Right to Die Society, Jonquière became the communications director and administrative secretary to the board of the umbrella organization, World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Jonquiere has now agreed to help End of Life New Zealand raise the issue by talking about medically-assisted euthanasia legislation.

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His efforts are being opposed by groups such as Not Dead Yet , a grassroots group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination.

On their website, the disability rights group demands the equal protection of the law for the targets of so called “mercy killing” whose lives are seen as worth-less.

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The group launched last month in New Zealand as Not Dead Yet Aotearoa (NDYA) writing in their press release that, “Disabled people want to have a good life. But too many of us lack the basic choices that our human dignity demands. That means many of us don’t feel at all secure and valued equally. But, ironically, society will happily provide us with the choice to die!

NDYA member Huhana Hickey is quoted as saying, “We’re seen as costly too, a drain on scarce public resources.”

Also in opposition to Jonquiere’s right to kill agenda are members of the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).

President Mark Peterson says that right-to-die legislation is a slippery slope, “If you legalize voluntary euthanasia then you actually start to create the situation where there could be subtle and not so subtle pressure on patients to accept that as being their lot,” he said.

A New Zealand media outlet reports that Jonquiere said he did not know why disabled people had come out so strongly against the legislation.

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In response, the euthanasia advocate made this alarming statement, Sometimes the only way to terminate the suffering is to take away the life.”

Calling it deliberate killing, Peterson said that NZMA members opposed voluntary euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, “Just the straight-out ethical thing of doctors deliberately killing patients just doesn’t sit well with our members,” he said.

If the terms choice, drain on society, death with dignity, and mercy killing are familiar, that is because many on Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control League board in conjunction with the Eugenics Society helped found the first right-to-die organization back in 1938.

In fact, by 1952, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger was open about her belief in Euthanasia. This 1952 letter from the Euthanasia Society of America clearly shows Margret Sanger on the American Advisory Board of the Euthanasia Society of America. Read more about Sanger and her supporters here.

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Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood’s death grip ranges from abortion to euthanasia

Posted in Euthanasia, Euthanesia, Margaret Sanger Euthanasia, Planned Parenthood Euthanasia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by saynsumthn

Written and Researched by Carole Novielli

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Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger is known as a pioneer for birth control. But she was also a member of the American Eugenics Society and admitted that she gave a speech to the Klu Klu Klan. In her autobiography, she bragged that she received a dozen invites from the Klan for further speeches.

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But Eugenics, Birth Control, and Planned Parenthood are not Sanger’s only claim to fame.

By 1952, Margaret Sanger was open about her belief in Euthanasia. This 1952 letter from the Euthanasia Society of America clearly shows Margret Sanger on the American Advisory Board of the Euthanasia Society of America

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See here where Sanger is listed as Honorary Chairman of Planned Parenthood in their early years:
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In addition to Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood – the panel also shows other members of Sanger’s Boards and those associated with Planned Parenthood.

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Like Henry P. Fairchild a past president of the American Eugenics Society, a VP of Planned Parenthood;Henry Fairchild Eugenics PP

One of Fairchild’s most famous contributions was the development of the Planned Parenthood of America Federation, called the Birth Control Federation of America until 1942. There he served on the Board of Directors in 1932 and later the Vice President from 1939-1948. He also gave a well-known speech, “Race Building in a Democracy”, to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA) and the National Committee on Planned Parenthood during their annual meeting in 1940.

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Also listed is Harry Emerson Fosdick, who was a recipient of the Albert Lasker Awards Given by Planned Parenthood in 1953.

Henry H. Goddard is also listed and he was published in Margaret Sanger’s book, The Case for Birth Control.

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Also on the list is Samuel H Holmes. According to the film, Maafa21, in a 1929 speech, American eugenicist Samuel Holmes had proposed that mandatory birth control should be used as a tool to eliminate what he called the menace to the white race that had been created by increases in black population. His solution was to have a quota system in which the right to have a child would be controlled by the government and determined by race. At the time, Holmes was on the National Council of the American Birth Control League which would later become known as Planned Parenthood.

Frank L, Babbott is listed as a Vice President of this Euthanasia Society. Babbott was a founding member of the American Eugenics Society.

Frank H. Hankins – is listed on the Board of Director – more on his associations are listed later on.

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Clarence C . Little is also listed on the board of directors. Clarence Little was the president of the University of Michigan, a founding member of The American Eugenics Society, and a board member of the American Birth Control League which would later be known as Planned Parenthood. He was President of the International Fed of Birth Control League, Birth Control Federation President, on the Birth Control Review editorial board, A Birth Control Federation of America VP, and on the 1938 Citizen Committee for Planned Parenthood. Among other known Sanger associations.

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Charles Francis Potter was founder of the Humanist Society and in 1924 Margaret Sanger wrote an “Introduction for Charles Francis Potter.” Potter was active in the Rhode Island Maternal Health Association, which he served as medical director, as well as Planned Parenthood. He was a member of the American, Rhode Island, and Providence medical societies. In 1967, Dr. Potter was awarded the Margaret Sanger Medal by Planned Parenthood for outstanding service to family planning, after he served 11 years as medical director of its clinic.

President of the Euthanasia Society was Mrs. F Robertson Jones who was also on Margaret Sanger’s ABCL board.

We would later discover that RL Dickinson was President of the Euthanasia Society and Senior VP of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Euthanasia groups have morphed under many names over the years and Planned Parenthood members remain involved in their promotion of the death ideology:

In 2012 PETER GOODWIN, MD ended his life in accordance with Oregon’s Measure 16 “Death with Dignity Act,” the landmark legislation that he helped craft and champion into law in 1997. Aside from publicly advocating for Measure 16, he served as chairman of the Oregon Death with Dignity Committee. He was also a member of the Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette board.

In 1964, Evelyn Ames co-founded the Planned Parenthood Association of Nashville. She served as the organization’s southeastern representative for nine southern states, and on the executive committee of the national board of directors of Planned Parenthood-World Population. She was also a founder and member of the board of the Nashville chapter of Concern for Dying, an advocacy group for the right to die. Ames Davis died in 1993.

Esther Instebo delivered donations and filled fundraiser tables for Planned Parenthood and Washington politicians. Instebo pulled her friends into Democratic Party politics. Instebo worked with the euthanasia organization Compassion and Choices to qualify for help in dying under the state’s Death with Dignity law. Knowing that she had that option “greatly improved the quality of the last six months of her life because she knew she wouldn’t have to put up with what she was afraid of.”

According to researcher, Rita Dillar, when Compassion and Choices, formerly The Hemlock Society, convened its June 2012 conference, former Planned Parenthood insider Theresa Connor was a featured speaker. She was public policy director for Planned Parenthood in Washington state for 15 years and instituted the research and strategy behind the 2001 Erickson v. Bartell case “that required employers’ insurance plans to cover prescription birth control under anti-discrimination laws.

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It is interesting how Margaret Sanger, founded in Eugenics, the American Eugenics Society, and members of the Planned Parenthood all helped establish euthanasia and so-called mercy-killing ideologies in America.

But…where did it begin?

In 1938, just a few years prior to the American Birth Control League (ABCL) changing its name to Planned Parenthood, which today is the largest abortion provider in the nation, a group of American Eugenics Society Members and members of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL) formed the National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia.

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Heading this pro-euthanasia panel was a man by the name of Charles F. Potter who, in 1938 was also on the ABCL Committee for Planned Parenthood according to a February 1938, New York Times story.

Also on this board was Sidney Goldstein who sat on the American Birth Control League’s National Council and later was on Planned Parenthood’s Board of Directors.

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Another member was Frank H. Hankins who was a managing editor for Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger’s newsletter called the Birth Control Review. Hankins was also an American Eugenics Society member.

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Another more famous name who was sat on the advisory board of this panel was Julian Huxley, who was a recipient of a Planned Parenthood award.

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Mrs. F. Robertson Jones was also on this panel, she was an ABCL President, wrote for Sanger’s Birth Control Review, and was an honorary board member of Planned Parenthood-World Population and a Board of Director of Planned Parenthood.

ABCL Citizen’s Committee for Planned Parenthood member, Dr. Foster Kennedy, was also on the panel.

American Eugenics Society Member, Clarence Cook Little was the President of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), at the same time he was on this pro-euthanasia panel.

Clarence Little was the president of the University of Michigan, a founding member of The American Eugenics Society, and a board member of the American Birth Control League which would later be known as Planned Parenthood. (Watch Maafa21)

Leon Whitney Acclaims Hitler

American Eugenics Society founder and friend to Margaret Sanger, Leon Whitney, also sat on this panel. Whitney advocated forced sterilization, was published in Sanger’s Birth Control Review, and openly praised Adolf Hitler for his Nazi effort.

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It appears that the purveyors of death have taken their fanaticism all the way from conception to end of life and no one is outside their bloody grips. Margaret Sanger’s eugenics ideology not only penetrates the womb thru Planned Parenthood and abortion but it reaches into hospitals and private residences with its euthanasia death grip on the elderly, infirmed, and weak for premature death. When you think about it, it all makes sense, after all- wasn’t that the agenda of Eugenics to start with?

Belgian eugenics doctors harvesting “high quality” organs from patients who have been euthanized

Posted in Death Panels, Euthanasia, Euthanesia, Organ Harvesting with tags , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by saynsumthn

Belgian doctors harvest high quality organs from euthanased patients
by Michael Cook | 24 Jan 2011 |

A group of Belgian doctors are harvesting “high quality” organs from patients who have been euthanized. This is not a secret project, but one which they described openly at a conference organised by the Belgian Royal Medical Academy in December.

In a PowerPoint presentation, Dirk Ysebaert, Dirk Van Raemdonck, Michel Meurisse, of the University Hospitals Of Antwerp, Leuven And Liège, showed that about 20% of the 705 people who died through euthanasia (officially) in 2008 were suffering from neuromuscular disorders whose organs are relatively high quality for transplanting to other patients. This represents a useful pool of organs which could help to remedy a shortage of organs in Belgium (as everywhere else).

It is not clear from the presentation how many patients participated in their scheme. However, in a 2008 report, Belgian doctors explained that three patients had been euthanased between 2005 and 2007 and had agreed to donate their organs.

Euthanasia for organ transplant is a bit different from normal euthanasia, the doctors say, because they prefer that patients die in hospital rather than at home.

They have developed a protocol for the procedure. There has to be a strict separation between the euthanasia request, the euthanasia procedure, and the organ procurement. The donor and his (or her) relatives have to consent. The euthanasia is performed by a neurologist or psychiatrist and two house physicians. Organ retrieval begins after clinical diagnosis of death by the three physicians. And, of course, staff participation is voluntary.

This seems like the ultimate in utilitarian compassion: make paralyzed people feel useful by killing them for their organs. It’s something to look forward to if euthanasia ever get legalised.

ObamaCare eugenic regs for Medicare may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment i.e. “death panels”

Posted in Death Panels, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Euthanesia, Glenn Beck, Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by saynsumthn

According to the New York Times: When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.

Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.

While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.

Several Democratic members of Congress, led by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, had urged the administration to cover end-of-life planning…

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”
The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

The proposal for Medicare coverage of advance care planning was omitted from the final health care bill because of the uproar over unsubstantiated claims that it would encourage euthanasia.

The new policy is included in a huge Medicare regulation setting payment rates for thousands of services including arthroscopy, mastectomy and X-rays.
The rule was issued by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a longtime advocate for better end-of-life care.

Mr. Berwick, has repeatedly made claims and statements that raise numerous questions about his ideas of rationing.

Such questions would have concerned his remarks attacking private-sector solutions to health care problems, in support of “rationing with our eyes open,” and speaking of his affection for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service as “romantic.” In footage discovered and highlighted by the Heartland Institute in May, Mr. Berwick made this audacious statement: “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

Michele Bachmann made this comment on Chris Baker’s radio show, 7/8/2010

And Glenn Beck made this comment about Donald Berwick:

HBO to glorify “Death Panels-Euthanasia” – airs: “You don’t know Jack”?

Posted in Death Panels, Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

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