There has been so much news recently that is of interest to pro-lifers, some encouraging and some awful. I thought Irene would give us a chance to catch up.
There is also more important material on Doctor Prescribed Suicide which I am going to send separately so you can keep that all together. I have been very pleased to realize how well people are informing themselves on DPS. Thank you! Anne
When Steve Mosher spoke at our Convention last spring, everyone was so impressed - especially the young people. He told us he was going to Russia to help them with ways to stop their national suicide. His video from Russia is excellent. http://www.youtube.com/user/Colinpri1
Medicare is due to become insolvent in 2016, with long-term unfunded liabilities exceeding $38 trillion. Congress did not include a permanent way to repeal and pay for the cuts to physician reimbursement rates in their health care bills. Instead, they added a similar and even more unlikely "fix" for Medicare: more than $500 billion in cuts to the program.
A much smaller percentage of doctors are doing abortions!
Obstetrics & Gynecology:
September 2011 - Volume 118 - Issue 3 - p 609-614
Abortion Provision Among Practicing Obstetrician-GynecologistStulberg, Debra B. MD, MAPP; Dude, Annie M. MD, PhD; Dahlquist, Irma BS; Curlin, Farr A. MD
OBJECTIVE: To estimate prevalence and correlates of abortion provision among practicing obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) in the United States.
METHODS: We conducted a national probability sample mail survey of 1,800 practicing ob-gyns. Key variables included whether respondents ever encountered patients seeking abortions in their practice and whether they provided abortion services. Correlates of providing abortion included physician demographic characteristics, religious affiliation, religiosity, and the religious affiliation of the facility in which a physician primarily practices.
RESULTS: Among practicing ob-gyns, 97% encountered patients seeking abortions, whereas 14% performed them. Female physicians were more likely to provide abortions than were male (18.6% compared with 10.6%, adjusted odds ratio 2.54, 95% confidence interval 1.57-4.08), as were those in the youngest age group, those in the Northeast or West, those in highly urban postal codes, and those who identify as being Jewish. Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, non-Evangelical Protestants, and physicians with high religious motivation were less likely to provide abortions.
CONCLUSION: The proportion of U.S. ob-gyns who provide abortions may be lower than estimated in previous research. Access to abortion remains limited by the willingness of physicians to provide abortion services, particularly in rural communities and in the South and Midwest.
Norm Walker was a champion in every way - the winningest football coach in both New England public high schools and in New England private schools. This pro-life champion ran for Congress against Fr. Robert Drinan in 1978 because someone had to. Norm's candidacy highlighted the scandal of a Catholic priest who, as a Congressman, publicly supported abortion. Those who know say that the Vatican's ultimatum to priests in elective office in 1980 was a direct result of Norm having run. While the rest of us were castigating Fr Drinan, sweet, charitable Norm always prayed for Drinan and looked for the best in him.
Norman and his beautiful wife, Phyllis, their eight surviving children, 18 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren all fought his long and valiant fight against brain cancer. Because of the cancer, Norm sometimes had trouble remembering specifics. Neither he nor Phyllis ever got irritated by that. When a person is ill and under stress, his real character comes out and, as I say, Norm was a champion, as is Phyllis.
I'll be driving up to the funeral on Friday if any of you would like a ride. Anne
Then the students were privileged to hear Becky Miller, Director of Education for Rhode Island Right to Life, speak about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. She was excellent! Her personal experience about the availability of suicide is powerful! I asked Becky to recommend materials for the students and for the rest of us who must consistently fight Assisted Suicide - Doctor Prescribed Suicide - for the next many months. This is what Becky replied:
Anne, thanks for having me. I really enjoyed the time with your students.
The two best books I've read on euthanasia are: "Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder" by Wesley J. Smith "Death as a Salesman: What's Wrong with Assisted Suicide" by Brian P. Johnston (This one is VERY easy and quick to read and understand)
A couple others are: "Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia, past and present" by J.C. Willke "Power over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need" by Eric M. Chevlen, M.D., and Wesley J. Smith
The best documentary on the issue is "The Terri Schiavo Story" hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada
Let's each try to get one book to start, learn it, and share it with everyone we know. Remember, if you buy through Amazon, please support MCFL by going to Amazon through the icon on the MCFL website. http://www.masscitizensforlife.org/
This Doctor Prescribed Death - Physician Assisted Suicide - will put everyone except babies before birth at risk. It is like abortion for the born, using the same reasoning. Thanks for your commitment on this! Anne