CINCINNATI -- The first basket of the 2014-15 college basketball season went, fittingly, to Lauren Hill of Division III Mount St. Joseph.
Last month, the issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia was forced into front-page news when Brittany Maynard, a beautiful newlywed diagnosed with brain cancer, announced publicly that she planned to kill herself on November 1, and until then, was campaigning for the pro-suicide organization Compassion & Choices.
In a format without a code of conduct, viewers drive the limits of the exploitation and privacy invasions allowed onscreen.
Once famous for flipping dinner tables on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, reality star Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” were recently sentenced to one and three-and-a-half years in jail respectively. When Giudice and her husband pleaded guilty to numerous counts of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in March, Bravo’s cameras captured every drama-filled moment for the show’s sixth season.
Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who planned to end her life on November 1, has announced that she now plans to wait to see what happens. “It doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” she said in a new video.
Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born premature on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks ahead of their due date. As standard medical practice, doctors at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts placed the twins in separate incubators in order to reduce the risk of cross-infection. The stronger twin, Kyrie, began to gain weight and her condition improved, but her sister, Brielle, had trouble breathing. Brielle’s oxygen level was extremely low and she had difficulty gaining weight.
The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s not good enough for the assisted suicide lobby though, which continues to campaign for the right to kill increasingly more people, from the disabled to the poor.
A challenge to the pro-life movement
Wednesday, former Planned Parenthood director and pro-life activist Abby Johnson sent out a letter describing the retreat that her organization, And Then There Were None, recently held. Her letter is an eloquent plea to pro-lifers to support workers who are fleeing the abortion industry and suffering emotionally because of what they experienced.
Kate Allatt suffered a stroke in 2013 when she was 39 years old. The mother of three (aged 11, 9, and 6 at the time) ran 70 miles a week and was actively involved in her children’s lives. After a few weeks of headaches, a doctor misdiagnosed her with migraine and sent her home with pain killers. Five hours later, the blood clot that had all the while been accumulating in her brain stem caused her to suffer a massive stroke. For the next ten days, Allatt was in a medically-induced coma, and the entire time she experienced a terrifying condition called Locked-In Syndrome.
In an effort to erase “abortion stigma,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards penned an introspective article detailing her personal abortion for Elle Magazine titled “Ending the Silence That Fuels Abortion Stigma.” At glance, Richards’ article addressed the issue that she says women who obtain abortions face: shame and judgement from culture.
Let’s get one thing straight: Abortion is not empowering, it’s an abuse of power. As grown adults, we have authority over our children and power to do a great deal of harm to those that are weaker than we are, including killing them in the womb. But that doesn’t mean we are empowered. It means we are tyrants.