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MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER VETORS LAW ALLOWING CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATES

Michigan "Choose Life" License PlateMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill last week that would have allowed drivers to buy pro-life license plates for their vehicles.

Snyder, a Republican who has a mixed record on pro-life legislation, said he thinks it is not appropriate for the state to issue the “Choose Life” license plates. He said the political message could “bitterly divide millions of Michiganders,” according to The Detroit News.

Barbara Listing, president of Right to Life of Michigan, which backed the legislation, said they are disappointed. She said the bill designated proceeds from the sales of the plates to help pregnant moms and babies.

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Editor’s note: Mr. Keefe’s book (see article below) “A Father's Silent Cry: A Journey of Healing” is available at amazon.com.

FATHER TELLS STORY OF HIS ABORTED SON TO PERSUADE OTHERS NOT TO ABORT

Patrick B. Keefe wrote a book (“A Father's Silent Cry: A Journey of Healing”) about the abortion he encouraged his wife to have over 20 years ago. He grieves for his child and wants others to know how painful abortion is for fathers. He says:

“Get an abortion, I convinced her when she told me we were pregnant again. She trusted me. Little did I know the effect this would have on our lives… And how it would affect me for the next 20 years…

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ONE THIRD OF U.S. ADULTS HAVE ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES

(Reuters Health) - Nearly 37 percent of Americans have advanced directives for end-of-life care if they become seriously ill or unable to make health care decisions, according to a new analysis of recent research.

Roughly half of people with living wills or other types of advanced medical directives were not suffering from a chronic illness, the researchers note.

“Improving end-of-life care has been a national conversation for some time now, presumably because it will affect all of us at some point and is a very personal matter,” said senior study author Dr. Katherine Courtright of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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SCIENTISTS KILL UNBORN CHILDREN IN HUMAN GENETIC ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS

Some of the most powerful technologies ever invented–which can literally change human life at the DNA level–are moving forward with very little societal discussion or sufficient regulatory oversight. Technology Review is now reporting an attempt in the US to use CRISPR to genetically modify a human embryo. From the story:

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, Technology Review has learned.

The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, involved changing the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos with the gene-editing technique CRISPR, according to people familiar with the scientific results…

Now Mitalipov is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating that it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases.

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THE AMA CLAIMS IT IS NOT STUDYING THEIR POSITION ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE

AMARecently, numerous accounts in the media and online have indicated that the American Medical Association (AMA) is taking steps toward changing their official policy position on physician-assisted suicide [PAS] from opposed to neutral. Fortunately, this chatter is inaccurate. In fact, although the AMA is currently considering the policy landscape in the U.S. surrounding PAS, they have no plans to make any changes to their policy of opposition.

This confusion was laid bare in a New York Times article from January 16th that originally stated the AMA planned to change their policy position on PAS from opposed to neutral.

However, as you can see below from the January 19th correction to this article, the AMA responded that they have no such plans and are not actively considering any change to its policy on this issue.

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DOCTOR SUPPORT FOR ASSISTED DEATH RISES, BUT DEBATE CONTINUES

The number of physicians who support the concept of assisted death seems to be on the rise, but even in states where it is legal to provide a prescription to a patient who wants to die, few doctors have done so.

Sixteen percent of almost 300 physicians who responded to a recent Medscape Medical News poll said they practice in states with a physician-assisted dying law. Only 17% of those physicians said they have used it with a patient. Thirteen percent said they'd received a request but had declined, and 70% said they'd never been asked to facilitate a patient's death.

Some 62% of doctors who practice in states that do not allow assisted death said they had been in a situation in which they wished the patient could have been able to exercise that right.

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INSURANCE COMPANIES DENIED PATIENTS LIFE-SAVING TREATMENTS BUT WOULD PAY FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

A Nevada doctor recently decided to go public after learning insurance companies denied two of his patients life-saving medical treatment coverage and offered to pay for them to commit suicide instead.

Dr. Brian CallisterIn a new video by the Patients Rights Action Fund, Dr. Brian Callister, a physician and professor at the University of Nevada Medical School, explained what happened when he requested coverage for two patients’ medical care.

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FOUR MYTHS ABOUT DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE

IN a little more than a week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to allow doctors to “prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.” A similar bill is being debated in New Jersey. Unfortunately, like so many health care questions, the debate about physician-assisted suicide is confused, characterized by four major falsehoods.

PAIN The fundamental claim behind arguments for physician-assisted suicide is that most patients who desire it are experiencing excruciating physical pain. The 1996 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide in Washington State summarized the conventional wisdom: “Americans are living longer, and when they finally succumb to illness, lingering longer, either in great pain or in astuporous, semi-comatose condition that results from the infusion of vast amounts of painkilling medications.”

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Editor’s note: In the article below, these pictures provided the general public with the first glimpse of the humanity of the unborn child. They made a compelling argument against abortion.

“MY BODY, MY CHOICE”: WHY BODILY AUTONOMY DOESN’T JUSTIFY ABORTION

Abortion is justified, many of its defenders argue, because women have a right to control their own bodies. “My body, my choice,” signs and bumper stickers proclaim. The bodily autonomy argument takes a few different forms. None, however, are successful.

Some people think that the unborn (the human embryo or fetus) is a mere part of the woman’s body. But science, of course, has established that the unborn—though physically dependent on and inside of the mother—is a distinct, self-developing individual with his or her own DNA, brain, arms and legs, etc.

Abortion attacks and kills the body of someone else.

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OUR WONDERFUL PROLIFE FAMILY

Let us not grow weary or discouraged. Together – let us advance the Right to Life!

Click here to open a compilation of some resources in the Metro Detroit area.

Editor’s Note: The following article is a critique of “Back to the Future of Nursing: What Progress Have We Made” published in the last update?

WHAT IS-OR-SHOULD BE THE FUTURE OF NURSING?

In a recent Medscape News article “Back to the Future of Nursing: What Progress Have We Made?” , Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS reported on the results five years after the national Institutes of Medicine (IOM) issued a 2010 report titled “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” that was designed to be:

“a wake-up call that exposed the many barriers that prevented the nursing profession from contributing fully to the healthcare system: an aging workforce, regulatory restrictions on nursing practice, fragmentation of healthcare, limited capacity of the nursing education system, and lack of workforce data. It was also a catalyst for finding solutions to these problems.”

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THE SLED TEST

What follows here is a way of presenting a clear rationale for the defense of unborn human life. The summary here is brief, but full details of this argument can be found here.

A way to demonstrate the value of the unborn child can be offered by using the SLED test.

SLED stands for Size, Level of Development, Environment and Degree of Dependency. As the defense unfolds it is easy to see that all of the “qualifications” society places on the unborn child for continued existence are artificial and would never be imposed on a child, perhaps a toddler, present before us.

Size: we come in all sizes—big, small, short, tall. Size clearly does not determine the value of life

Level of Development---we develop as individuals throughout the continuum of our lives—we never stop learning, experiencing and expanding our abilities

Environment—we all need a place to live, food to eat and air to breathe. Some of us live in mansions, some in bungalows. Some of us eat caviar and steak, some of us eat chicken and potatoes. Some of us have full lung capacities, some of us breathe less well—but breathe we do!

Level of Development—the infant develops physically into the toddler, to the child, to the teen, to the adult, to the mature person. As he/she develops physically, mental development takes place also. We do not say that the toddler had more value than the infant or the mature person more than the adult. Again, such development is a continuum.