Nurses
 
     
  Michigan Nurses     For Life
EVENTS CONFERENCES MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTERS LINKS CONTACT US
 
Articles of Interest

PROFESSOR OF NEUROBIOLOGY: HUMAN LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, FERTILIZATION

Inutero Baby PictureMaureen Condic, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah. She has been a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a distinguished group of physicians, scientists, and theologians from the international community whose mission it is to study questions and issues regarding the promotion and defense of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective, since 2014. Dr. Condic is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, she discusses the beginning of human life and the moral status of the human being.

What can science tell us about when human life begins?

Read more here...

A BILL TO CREATE A CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATE IN MICHIGAN IS ON THE DESK OF GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER

We hope Governor Snyder will realize the wonderful opportunity this plate offers to support pregnant women in need. That’s where you come in!

Prolife bumber stickerStarting on Thursday, June 8, 9:00 a.m., get everyone you can to call Gov. Snyder’s office in Lansing at 517-373-3400 with this message: “Governor Snyder we are praying for you and ask for your support of the women and children who will be helped by the Choose Life license plate.”

Legislation to create the Choose Life plate passed in a bipartisan 65 to 43 vote in the Michigan House on May 25. It first passed the Senate on April 28 by a 25 to 11 vote and received a final procedural vote on June 6.

Read more here...

NURSE MAKES TINY SUPERHERO CAPES FOR VERY PREMATURE BABIES

Nurse Makes Superhero CapesA Canadian nurse is bringing smiles to the faces of worried parents who have premature babies in neo-natal intensive care.

The Metro reports Stephanie Treherne cares for premature babies in the NICU at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada, but she also goes above and beyond her job by making superhero capes for her tiny patients in her spare time.

Treherne said she makes the superhero capes from felt and then hangs them next to the babies’ incubators. She individualizes each cape by sewing on the babies’ initials, according to the report.

Read more here...

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.

Read more here...

EUTHANASIA’S OPEN SEASON ON THE MENTALLY ILL

A few years ago, I spoke about end-of-life care at a town-hall event; it quickly devolved into an intense debate on assisted suicide. When the time came for audience questions, a self-described “mentally ill” woman took the microphone and declared that she had a right to doctor-prescribed death. More than half the audience burst into applause.Wesley Smith

Helping the mentally ill commit suicide was unthinkable not long ago. Today, it is a growing practice.

In the Netherlands, for example, psychiatrists legally kill their patients with the approval of colleagues and the culture. Indeed, the Dutch Journal of Psychiatry has encouraged psychiatrists to euthanize patients with severe mental illnesses (corrected Google translation):

Assisted suicide, as a last resort in psychiatry, legally admissible since 2002, has recently been legitimized in practice. The midwife of Death is now appropriate for psychiatric patients, representing an emancipation of the psychiatric patient and psychiatry itself.

Read more here...

SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING HUMAN-PIG HYBRIDS FOR ORGAN TRANSPLANTS THAT COULD DEVELOP INTO “MONSTERS”

The recent creation of animal-human hybrids is stirring up ethical questions about the value and definition of human life.

Human Pig BybridIn January, scientists announced that they successfully created the first human-pig hybrid, a living pig embryo injected with human cells.

National Geographic reports researchers at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California said they implanted the living pig-human embryos, or chimeras, in adult pigs’ wombs and allowed them to grow between three and four weeks. Later, the scientists said they removed the creatures, which then died, and studied them. Reports say the chimeras were pigs but had some human characteristics.

Read more here...

WORLD’S FIRST BABY BORN WITH NOVEL THREE-PARENT EMBRYO TECHNIQUE

A boy born in April with three genetic parents is the first infant born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from two women and one man, New Scientist reported Tuesday. The technique offers promise to help children avoid often-fatal genetic diseases passed down by their mothers, but has raised thorny ethical questions and is not allowed in the United States.

3 Parent BabyThe boy was born in Mexico to Jordanian parents who tapped researchers from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York to help them conceive a healthy child, according to New Scientist.

The boy’s mother has genes for a condition called Leigh syndrome, a neurological condition that killed her two prior children, according to the report. But because those genes are carried in her cells’ mitochondria, the scientists were able to swap in healthy mitochondrial DNA from another woman, and now the boy appears to be healthy at 5 months old.

Read more here...

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.”

Read more here...

MICHIGAN BILL BECOMES LAW THAT WILL STOP ABORTION CLINICS FROM SELLING ABORTED BABY PARTS

Aborted Baby PartsToday Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed into law the Fetal Organ Trafficking Ban. Right to Life of Michigan applauds Lt. Gov. Calley and the Michigan Legislature for taking action to prevent abortion clinics profiteering from the sale of babies’ body parts.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “The undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood haggling over the broken bodies of developed babies rightly disgusted our nation. Trafficking in human body parts has no place in the state of Michigan.”

Federal and Michigan law bans tissue trafficking, but a loophole allows tissue traffickers to compensate abortion clinics. Vague language together with federal officials friendly to abortion meant that abortion clinics could successfully evade the law.

Read more here...

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.

Read more here...

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.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONSIDERING ABANDONING DECADES-LONG OPPOSITION TO ASSISTED SUICIDE

There is an effort currently underway within the American Medical Association (AMA) to abandon its decades-long position opposing assisted suicide and take a neutral stance.STOP Doctor-Prescribed Assisted Suicide

At its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a “neutral” position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable. However, we have recently been made aware that the AMA will hold an interim meeting on November 13 and 14 in Orlando where a special breakout session will be held on assisted suicide.

Both the national and state medical societies’ opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide have been instrumental in stopping the spread of these dangerous laws. In fact, when the Vermont and California medical societies took neutral positions, it was devastating to the efforts in the legislature to block legalization. Assisting suicide is now legal in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and California, and the practice may have some legal protection in the state of Montana.

Read more here...

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.”

Read more here...

 

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.