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March 14, 2007

Let the Computers Decide?

Imagine a computer algorithm that decides whether or not incapacitated patients would want medical care. Doctors could feed the algorithm treatment options as well as their patient's background information and be told whether or not to move forward, thus relieving humans of the decision making responsibility. The algorithm exists as...
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October 11, 2006

No Longer in a Permanent Vegetative State

On Oct. 7, 2004, Devon Rivers became sickened with a mysterious illness that left in a coma:Eventually, he was moved to a pediatric nursing care center, where he received daily physical therapy that kept his muscles from atrophying and his joints from locking up. Yet every time doctors checked on...
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October 6, 2006

The Ultimate Petri Dish?

The October 2006 issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) features an opinion piece penned by Dr. Heather Draper of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics titled "Research and patients in a permanent vegetative state". In it, Draper concludes that experiments involving the transplantation of certain animal organs to humans...
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October 5, 2006

Human Guinea Pigs

A recent article appearing in the Journal of Medical Ethics addresses the suggestion that medical experiments should be conducted on those who are considered in a permanent vegetative state. A chilling, if not frightening, account is reported by BioEdge:What should be done with patients deemed to be in a "permanent...
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May 25, 2006

Dutch Euthanasia Leads to Permitted Infanticide

Testifying before today's Senate Judiciary Subcommittee titled "The Consequences of Legalized Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia", Wesley J. Smith had this to say about infanticide: In the Netherlands, infants are killed because they have birth defects, and doctors justify the practice. A 1997 study published in the British medical journal, The...
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April 27, 2006

The Sad Case of Andrea Clark

Andrea, 54, suffered complications following open heart surgery that left her dependent upon a respirator for survival. Although her motor control faculties were damaged, according to her family, her cognitive abilities were unaffected. On April 19, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX informed Andrea's closest kin that her medical...
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March 27, 2006

Bloggers' Best for Terri Schiavo: Anniversary Edition, pt. 2

Bloggers are invited to submit links to their best writing on Terri Schiavo's case and related issues. Dory has posted this weeks edition here....
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March 18, 2006

Terri Schiavo and the Value of Life

the rejection of God and the value He places upon men and woman has led to the culture of death that accepts and promotes the killing of certain kinds of individuals while claiming to be merciful and good. Over time, this society will become more consistent in its belief system and aggressive in its oppression of the weak and helpless.

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March 15, 2006

Remembering Terri Schiavo

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schindler Schiavo died of marked dehydration following more than 13 days without nutrition or hydration under the order of Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of the Pinellas-Pasco’s Sixth Judicial Court. Terri was 41. It was nearly one year ago that Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube...
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August 16, 2005

Michael Schiavo - Speaker at Ethics Conference?

In reality, the "conference" is a convention of euthanasia activists.... Following his recent public appearance to receive the guardianship of the year award from the Florida State Guardianship Association (more here), Michael Schiavo has been invited to participate at an ethics conference. Earlier this year Schiavo won a 12-year legal...
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August 15, 2005

Bobby Schindler Speaks in Phoenix

Last week Arizona Right to Life sponsored an evening with Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo who is now working full-time for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation. The Phoenix event drew hundreds people and included an introduction by Fr. Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life. The evening was important because...
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August 7, 2005

Guardian of the Year Award Goes to Michael Schiavo

I really didn't think organizations in Florida could stoop lower than giving Judge George Greer, who ordered Terri Schiavo's dehydration death, the Judge of the Year award. Unfortunately, the Florida State Guardianship Association was up for the challenge and gave Michael Schiavo its Guardian of the Year Award....
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July 17, 2005

BlogsforTerri Announces New Mission

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, Blogsforterri, and TerrisFight.org have been busy preparing for the next phase in the fight to increase awareness about the intrinsic value of human life. The 'quality of life' has nothing to do with the 'value of life,' and loving care, nutrition, and hydration are the...
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July 8, 2005

McCabe Closes Terri Schiavo Investigation

The NY Times reports that state attorney Bernie McCabe of Pinellas and Pasco Counties has chosen to close Florida's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 1990 collapse of Terri Schiavo.In the new report, Mr. McCabe said that to open a full homicide investigation, there must be some fact or evidence...
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June 20, 2005

A Lesson from the Life and Death of Terri Schiavo

Amid the ongoing controversies that surround the death of Terri Schiavo is the lesson that our courts and society have taken a low view of human life, one that measures a person’s worth by the scale of the young and healthy [HT: Captain Ed]. The core values of this death...
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June 16, 2005

Terri Schiavo Autopsy

Jeff Johnson of CNS News has written a well-balanced article on Pinellas county medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin’s autopsy report of Terri Schiavo. Among several topics, Johnson summarizes two opposing and speculative explanations for Terri’s collapse which Thogmartin discredits. First, it has been commonly reported that an eating disorder induced...
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June 14, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Autopsy Results: Expectations and Controversy

Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005, after being starved for 13 days under a controversial and hotly contested court order obtained by her husband, Michael Schiavo. Her autopsy results are scheduled to be released on June 15th coinciding with an 11:00 a.m. press conference, according to Pinellas County medical...
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Terri Schiavo's Autopsy Results: Expectations and Controversy

Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005, after being starved for 13 days under a controversial and hotly contested court order obtained by her husband, Michael Schiavo. Her autopsy results are scheduled to be released on June 15th coinciding with an 11:00 a.m. press conference, according to Pinellas County medical...
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May 5, 2005

Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death

... by Mark Fuhrman is scheduled to be released June 28, 2005. However, you can order it today: Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death...
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April 27, 2005

Euthanasia kits available at 250 Belgian pharmacies

The culture of death is progressive, it advances continuously toward its ultimate goal of establishing the sovereignty of man over life and death. The value of the individual and his or her "reason to live" increasingly becomes tied to instrumental and utilitarian measures, such as the "quality" and "dignity" of...
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April 21, 2005

Baby Charlotte Wyatt Needs Help

Because she would likely never have the chance to run and play like other children, doctors decided that it was in her best interest to let her die. We received the information about Charlotte Wyatt by email today, and we've been asked as a group to help get the message...
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Italian Court Keeps Girl's Feeding Tube in Place

In Italy, the Supreme Judges made the right decision:Italy's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a man's appeal to remove a feeding tube keeping his daughter alive, weeks after a bitter row over brain-damaged Terri Schiavo divided the United States. The Italian court confirmed an earlier ruling that called feeding Eluana...
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April 19, 2005

Killing with Mercy Kevorkian Had it Right?

And, putting Dr. Kevorkian and Margaret Sanger on par with Galileo is one of the most absurd statements I have read in a long time. If Kevorkian and Sanger are in the same class as a group of famous historical figures, they join the ranks of Josef Mengele, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

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April 17, 2005

After 30 Days Clara Martinez's Feeding Tube is Re-Connected

Source: BlogsforTerri I have just received confirmation from Jorge Medores, editor of a Chicago Newspaper called "La Raza", that Clara Martinez has had her feeding tube re-connected and is receiving nourishment. The Human Services Inspector General's office of the Governor, who contacted him yesterday, did intervene. We will link to...
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April 16, 2005

Schiavo-Like Case of Purposeful Starvation in Chicago

Action Item - Please distribute: What: Join Pastor Espinoza at a Prayer Meeting Why: to pray for Clara Martinez, who has not been fed for almost 30 days, and make known her plight to the community Where: 3939 West 59th Place, Chicago (near Pulaski Avenue) When: 3 pm Central Time...
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April 14, 2005

Media Reports: Lethal Injection is Cruel for Execution but Dignified for Euthanasia

AMomandHerBlog links to the following article about legislation aimed at legalizing active euthanasia:The Death with Dignity Act would allow Vermonters with six months to live to take a lethal dose of prescribed medications. There must be two physicians who sign off on the illness as terminal, and the patient must...
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Mae Magouirk, Saved from Hospice, is Doing Well

Last week, Mae Magouirk was transported from a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, where she is now in the critical care unit. The fundamental problem with Mae’s prior placement in hospice "care" is that she was put there to die in preference to a...
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April 12, 2005

The Coming Schiavo Backlash

I have to agree with David Limbaugh that the public atrocity which ended Terri Schiavo's life is waking a sleeping giant. Most people were unaware that active euthanasia had entered into standard medical practice ... until now.

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April 11, 2005

Mae Mullinax's Family Has Been Denied Visiting Rights

I am getting a strong feeling of Déjà vu. BETH GADDY HAS ISSUED AN ORDER TO THE MEDICAL STAFF AT THE CCU-UNIT of UAB WHICH PREVENTS MAE'S BROTHER (A. B. McLeod) SISTER (Lonnie Ruth Mullinax) and nephews/any of the Alabama relatives FROM VISITING MAE MAGOUIRK IN HER ROOM at the hospital. When we appeared today to visit Mae, we were turned away by hospital staff!

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Saving Mae Magouirk

The delivery of Mae into the care of a hospice where treatment and adequate nourishment and hydration would be purposefully withheld/withdrawn leading to her death is passive euthanasia – letting someone die when you can do something about it. And it is wrong.

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April 9, 2005

The Intrinsic Value of Mae Magouirk

Mae's distinction from others is one of utility, which is not a characteristic that adds value to the human kind. Therefore, she is as valuable as those who are not in her same condition. A society that can justify the killing of a certain kind of human will, over time, become more consistent in its belief system and aggressive in its oppression of the weak and helpless.

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Mae Magouirk - out of the Hospital - Thanks to Bloggers

The following message appeared on BlogsforTerri following a phone call from Ken Mullinax, the nephen of Mae. Just received telephone call (3:00 PM ET) from Ken Mullinax, nephew of Mae. Terri saves another life! Followed by this email: THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF ALL OF THE FRIENDS OF TERRI, MY...
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April 8, 2005

Family Fights to Keep Doctors from Starving Mae Magourik

Some mistakenly thought the Terri Schiavo case was an isolated incident and the product of a political battle. The case of Mae Magourik is even worse because she has never been classified as terminally ill or in a "vegetative state." Yet, her immediate family fights to keep doctors from starving...
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April 5, 2005

Starving the weak and helpless

For those who think Terri Schiavo's doctors were unbiased professionals without further agenda consider the expert neurologist who testified at her trial:Years before he categorized Terri Schindler Schiavo in the persistent vegetative state, which led to her death by dehydration, neurologist Dr. Ronald Cranford was building the case for removing...
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March 26, 2005

Japanese Doctor found Guilty in Euthanasia Case

A doctor was given a suspended sentence on Friday for removing an oxygen tube from a patient and instructing a nurse to administer a dose of muscle relaxant, procedures that led to his death. Setsuko Suda, former doctor at Kawasaki Kyodo Hospital, had pleaded not guilty to murder charges over...
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Schiavo doctor a right-to-death activist

"Neurologist chosen by husband addressed Hemlock Society" The neurologist chosen by Michael Schiavo to examine his estranged wife, Terri, is a right-to-die activist who has been a featured speaker for the pro-euthanasia Hemlock Society. HT: Hyscience...
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March 21, 2005

More Misconceptions about Persistent Vegetative State

The following post was first published on BlogsforTerri by Richard. If one is truly dying, nature will soon take its course. The target of the Judge George Greer, George Felos, and the Woodside Hospice crowd in Pinellas County, Florida is someone who is not dying "quickly enough," those whom ethicist...
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We Gave My Sister a Chance

The sister of one of my readers suffered brain damage that left her in a condition similar to that of Terri Schiavo. She writes,I have a sister who was in the same situation as Terri Schiavo. 12 years ago my sister had a sudden cardiac arrest episode that caused major...
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January 23, 2005

Dutch Euthanizers Reflect Progressive Ethic of Death

A study published today in the Dutch Journal of Medicine reveals that doctors in the Netherlands have been killing infants born with disabilities at least since 1997, despite euthanasia of children being illegal in that country. Today's report cites 22 cases of babies born with spina bifida who were euthanized...
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December 12, 2004

Leading Medical Ethics Expert Suggests Suicide

It's true: BRITAIN'S leading medical ethics expert has suggested that the frail and elderly should consider suicide to stop them becoming a financial burden on their families and society. [more] Update: see Physicists Perspective and Stacey Harp for insightful commentary....
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