Comment and information on timely matters.

Italy’s lower house has passed a bill which makes it illegal to withdraw nutrition and hydration (food and water) from comatose patients in most cases – reported by 15 July 2011.

“The Advance Directives Bill bans euthanasia and assisted suicide and specifies that patients should not be denied food and hydration. Treatment can only be stopped if hydration and nutrition are no longer effective "in giving the patient the nutritional factors necessary for physiological functions of the body,” reported the article.  The legislation "recognizes and protects human life as inviolable" and guarantees the right to life "in the terminal phase of life and in the event that the person is no longer capable of understanding and volition until his death is confirmed,” is read.

It is heartening to see written into this bill that doctors will also be obliged to inform patients that euthanasia is not an option.  The margin for passing the bill in a secret ballot was as follows:  278 yes votes, 205 no votes and 7 abstentions.  

While it is great that the normal right and expectation of being given the basics of life, food and water, when one is very ill or in a comatose state, it is a pathetic state of affairs where what was once considered normal care and mere common sense has now had to be legislated into practice.

For mothers with unwanted babies, adoption is now being promoted as the “golden option”.  Why?  Possibly because Europe is staring down the barrel of a population demographic nightmare thanks in part to abortion.  Combined with an aging population with people now living longer, there simply won't be enough taxpayers to keep the continent going.

As disclosed in the previous Cherish Life newsletter, the European fertility rate is substantially below the level of 2.1 children that is required to maintain a stable population.

As noted in the Daily Mail article (6.7.11), the politicians have now put pressure on the country's social workers to end their decades of hostility to adoption and to scrap racial rules when it comes to allocating children to adoptees.  People over 40 will no longer be barred from adopting.  With this recent development, adoption is merely one of many options available to a mother, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

Whilst the Daily Mail article suggests adding adoption as a third option alongside abortion, Cherish Life Queensland Inc stands firm that abortion is not an option and we in no way condone abortion under any circumstance.

Question:  When is a foetus an unborn baby?
Answer:  When the media wants it to be!

On 27 March 2011 the Ch 9 news website carried the story titled “Vic woman loses unborn baby in car plunge.”  

This tragic single vehicle accident caused trauma both to the mother and to the unborn baby and according to the article the baby was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Royal Women’s Hospital. 

There are two issues that amaze in relation to this news item – 

  1. the article calls the unborn baby exactly that, an unborn baby, not a foetus or other ‘distancing’ term.  Whilst a medically accurate word, the term “foetus” is often used to dehumanise the baby;
  2. the second fascinating thing about this article is that it states that “Police are adding the unborn baby's death to the road toll which now stands at 67...”

This is (though tragic) a wonderful validation of this precious unborn baby’s life however the question has to be asked, why are the lives of countless other 30 week old unborn Victorian babies given the same validation but are tossed in the garbage after being aborted at that stage and even later stages?

Martin Sheen is pro-lifeA report on (14.4.11) covers an interview with Martin Sheen where he explains his pro-life views.  As it turns out, Janet, his wife of almost 5 decades (they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in late 2011), was born the product of a rape.  No doubt Sheen has reflected on this many times over the years, of how much poorer his life would have been without her.

Marrying young and with children arriving in quick succession, Sheen explains that when Janet found she was pregnant with their fourth child, she “didn’t quite know what to do.”  

And here is the crux of the story — the major point where the counselling Janet received all those years ago is oh, so very different in most instances from what young women receive today.  The counsellor said, “Well, you have children, you have three very healthy children.  How do you feel about them?” Janet responded, “Oh, I love them to bits.”

“Well then,” the therapist answered back, “that’s your choice, isn’t it.  You know what you’re giving up.”  Sheen adds, “And that was all she needed, she knew, and she had the child (Renée, their youngest daughter).”

Sadly today, many unexpectedly pregnant women and girls are told what they are carrying in their wombs and innately know is human, a baby, their child, is merely a “product of conception”, a “clump of cells”, and every effort is made to make sure they are not thinking of their unborn child as a child!

The American Center for Law and Justice has had a sweeping victory for pro-life pharmacy owners in Illinois after a legal battle lasting six years.  On 5 April 2011 the state court decreed that pharmacy owners were not longer compelled to dispense the “morning after pill”.  What great news!

Two brave pharmacy owners, Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog, took their concerns to court and Judge John W Belz of the circuit court sitting in Springfield declared that the state law violated the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act, the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  

Many of you may not be aware that here in Queensland (and no doubt elsewhere in Australia) the guidelines for the pharmacists dictate that they must either supply the “morning after pill” or tell anyone requesting it where they can obtain it.

This is nonsense as there is no onus on the pharmacist if he doesn’t carry a certain line of cosmetics, headache tablets or foot cream where they can go to obtain those so why is the destructive and carcinogenic “morning after pill” singled out for special treatment?

What happens in America often happens over here — in this case one can hope so and agitate for the same!