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  • Students Captivated by Crash Survivor's Story
  • 4/21/2012
  • (TinelyParkPatch) - Some of the students lingering in the Tinley Park High School Audion would be late for their next class, but Principal Theresa Nolan didn't mind. Several hung back after guest speaker Janet Spencer Barnes concluded her family's story of recovery from daughter Juliana Ramos' October 2009 car accident.
  • MA Groups Rally Against Assisted Suicide Proposal
  • 4/20/2012
  • (CNA) - Efforts are underway to fight a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would allow doctors to assist patients in ending their lives. "There's nothing dignified about suicide," said the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, "and there's nothing compassionate about encouraging it or presenting it as a rational alternative."
  • Wesley J. Smith: That Unrepentant Bigotry
  • 4/19/2012
  • (First Things) - I have a piece out in the Human Life Review decrying the "unrepentant bigotry" that allows people with profound disabilities to be denegrated as "skin bags" (as one example), or if profoundly cognitively disabled, as mere flora. From "That Unrepentant Bigotry":
  • Dr. Phil Show Advocates for "Mercy Killing" of People with Disabilities
  • 4/18/2012
  • (Live Action News) - This week on the popular Dr. Phil Show, a mother named Annette Corriveau was featured. She's special because she wants the right to be able to kill her children. That's right. She is the mother of two severely disabled adult children, and she feels that the moral thing to do would be to kill them by lethal injection, to end their "suffering."
  • Dog to be Euthanized Gets Reprieve
  • 4/18/2012
  • (comcast.net) - The life of a mutt that's been on doggy death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers and the acceptance of a last-ditch proposal to keep the dog alive.
  • Catastrophic Brain Injuries from Football Rising
  • 4/17/2012
  • (digtriad.com) - As football season nears for high school students, a new study is sure to raise concerns about the safety of the game. Monday, researchers at UNC Chapel Hill said catastrophic brain injuries associated with full-contact football appear to be rising, especially among high school students.
  • Double-Standard for the Demented
  • 4/16/2012
  • (stltoday.com) - The late medical essayist Lewis Thomas once described Alzheimer's as "the worst of all diseases, not just for what it does to the patient, but for its devastating effects on family and friends."
  • Vermont Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Dead
  • 4/14/2012
  • (First Things) - I predicted the outcome in my annual predictions: VT has killed the assisted suicide bill. From the Burlington Free Press story: "For nearly two hours Thursday afternoon, the Vermont Senate focused on legislation that would allow people with fewer than six months to live to opt for a lethal dose of medication.
  • Researchers Find TBI Affects Medical Decision Making
  • 4/13/2012
  • (AL.com) - A blow to the head can cause traumatic brain injury. One of the worries from this type of injury is loss of ability to make decisions - especially decisions about the medical care a patient needs as he or she recovers. In a paper published Wednesday in Neurology, UAB researchers have tested traumatic brain injury patients for their medical decision-making ability.
  • Bioethicist Argues PVS Diagnosed Patients Should NOT Be Kept Alive
  • 4/12/2012
  • (LifeSiteNews.com) - If an American bioethicist gets her way, all patients evaluated as being in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) would by default have artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) withdrawn unless they have made a prior wish to be kept alive.