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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Another Potential Texas Futile Care Law Victim

The Texas Futile Care Law, which allows medical facilities to judge if a patient's situation is hopeless, and then tell the family of the patient that they have ten days to find another medical center willing to treat the patient before medical help is removed, has struck again.

This is the third time in the past three months that the Texas Futile Care Law has caused a battle to look for a safe place for a patient to be treated, the previous cases being those of Andrea Clark and Yenlang Vo.

In this case, 10-month-old Daniel Belcher is considered nearly brain-dead by doctors. He cannot breathe without a ventilator. He cannot eat without a feeding tube. The hospital's ethics board has just ruled that it would be futile and inappropriate to keep Daniel alive-despite his mother's wishes to try.

"Something deep down inside is telling me not to unplug my 10-month-old," said Dixie Belcher, Daniel's mother. "I know it's going to take him quite a while to pull out of this, but I know he's my little fighter, and he's got to pull through. He's got to pull through."

So much for "choice" in "end-of-life" decisions.

A judge plans to hear the case on Friday, June 2nd, but as in the other two cases, the family is now panicked and searching for a medical facility to care for Daniel as soon as possible.

If this isn't involuntary euthanasia, then I don't know what is. First patients are given euthanasia as a "choice," and now it is slowly becoming not the patient's or the family's decision, but the doctor's decision to judge whether or not someone's life is "futile" or "a burden". Next thing you know, we'll be judged on whether or not we are "useful" in society by not only our health, but by our beliefs, looks, or even something as trivial as whether we have blond or black hair...

Monday, May 29, 2006

Happy Memorial Day

~Memorial Day~
May 29th, 2006
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May the Lord bless those who have fought for our freedom in the past, and may He continue to guide those who defend our freedom today, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Has Still Not Yielded Medical Breakthroughs

What is the point of lawmakers in Washington calling for votes on a bill that would overturn the president's limits on using taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research--when the practice has still not yielded any medical breakthroughs? Even Sean Tipton, president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, a leading lobbyist for the biotech industry, acknowledges that it is making little progress. In his calls for a vote on funding, he admitted that "at present there's nothing that's ready for therapeutic use." Not even the most well-funded scientists have been able to get over the problems of preventing embryonic stem cells from causing tumors once they're transplanted, as well as the body rejecting the cells.

Meanwhile, adult stem cell research has helped with finding cures and treatments for at least 65 different diseases, such as Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries, and various forms of heart damage. Research on adult stem cells has shown that they are not likely to form tumors, and as they usually come from the patient's own body, adult stem cells don't face the risk of being rejected by it. While President Bush has limited using public money for embryonic stem cell research, he has allowed millions of dollars to be spent annually on what is an ultimately more successful and moral option since 2001.

It seems to me that this issue should be "case closed" by now, however, supporters of embryonic stem cell research are continuing to beat down on a dead horse and ultimately are making fools of themselves in my eyes, and the eyes of more and more who are learning the truth about the fallacies in this issue.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

First Post...

Hi, you can call me Sarah. I started this blog with the intent of it being my commentary on events going on in the world. I'll mainly start with pro-life issues, but the blog will also probably flow into other topics, such as religion and politics.

Be forewarned that I am a Christian and I am not afraid to show it. That means that yes, my beliefs will impact my opinions, whether I am considered an evil anti-choice Christian bigot for it or not. I welcome discussion from others, however, I will not welcome trolling, and flames will be used to roast marshmallows. ;-) And so, the journey begins...