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Media Propaganda Promoting Assisted Suicide

Parents Called Selfish and Immoral For Not Aborting Child

Mother Gags and Dumbs Newborn in Trash - Then Returns to Work


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Advance Directives: Patient Beware

Most people think advance health care directives and living wills are understandable, ironclad and followed to the letter.


Many believe the purpose is simply to help health care providers carry out a patient's wishes of how they want to be treated if they become unable to speak for themselves.


In reality, such documents are often confusing, unclear, or outright ignored.


Sadly, they can provide a vehicle that neatly fits in with the growing culture of death, which increasingly believes that people have a right-and in some cases a duty-to die.


Thanks to Obamacare and our secularized culture, there are those calling for the rationing of health care and even denying some routine treatments for patients over a certain age.


The result is that living wills, or advance directives, are often interpreted as meaning the patient would rather die than live with a serious disability.


And while the idea of advance directives may be well-intentioned, they often fall far short of the mark. 



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Download New Rationing App

In July, the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world's leading oncology association, announced the development of a new mobile app for cancer patients. This app is not intended to ease people through the treatment process, but to create a standardized way of limiting patients' access to innovative treatments based on costs rather than benefits to the patient.


Being sick is costly. However, being alive is also costly-even funerals are costly-but when did it become acceptable for costs to matter over the person?


At ASCO's national conference, Dr. Lee Newcomer, the medical director of United Healthcare, stated, "Motives [of insurers] are viewed with suspicion when it comes to deciding whether a treatment is cost-effective. So having ASCO play a key role in establishing such guidelines would be crucial to their implementation."


In other words, to take "suspicion" of rationing away we should allow the healthcare system to do determine what is cost-effective so people will be less likely to question it. The app will determine a person's access to certain treatments based on an algorithm that insurance companies use to measures cost-effectiveness.


The New York Post even entitled its article on the new software as "The Death-Panel App." Even this liberal newspaper is asking when did it become the business of the world's leading oncology association to base patient treatment on costs rather than benefits.



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Public Access to Abortion Records in Jeopardy

If the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) prevails, pro-life groups across the country could ultimately be prevented from exposing the dangers of poorly run abortion facilities.


The case, now before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, involves an attempt by the Maryland Coalition for Life (MCFL) to obtain public documents on the licensing of abortion facilities in that state.


The state filed suit against MCFL Director Andrew Glenn, asking the Baltimore City Circuit Court to deny the request on the absurd claim that making such information public could subject clinics and doctors to "harassment and violence."


It didn't take long for Judge Emanuel Brown to issue a one-page ruling upholding the state's case. The judge only cited "public safety concerns" as the reason for his ruling without further explanation.


The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represented Glenn, immediately filed an appeal with the higher court. That appeal is still pending.


Glenn simply made a legal public records request following reports that doctors whose licenses had been suspended or revoked in other states were setting up practice in Maryland, thereby jeopardizing patients' lives.



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