Joni Eareckson Tada, an internationally known advocate for the disability community who has been a quadriplegic more than 47 years and is a breast cancer survivor as well, has made a plea to terminal cancer patient Brittany Maynard who plans to die through physician-assisted suicide to rethink her decision.
"Like many, my heart broke when I watched Brittany's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one — absolutely no one — welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions," said Tada in a statement released on Monday.
"But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave, opening the path to life eternal. Three grams of phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. more >>
An Ohio community sent a message to the atheist advocacy group Freedom From Religion Foundation Friday night as community members made it known ahead of time that they would hold a large public prayer following the completion of the local public high school football game.
In response to the Licking Valley School District receiving two separate letters within a week from Freedom From Religion Foundation condemning the school district for not doing enough to enforce the removal of religion in public schools, community members told the Newark Advocate that they are planning a public gathering for prayer following the Licking Valley High School football game tonight.
Licking Valley's game against visiting Watkins Memorial was the high school's first home football game since the school district received letters on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. The letters addressed "religious messages" displayed on t-shirts worn by the high school's marching band and scolded the school's football coaches for participating in team prayers. more >>
WASHINGTON – As the communist Chinese government boasts that it has "prevented" more than 400 million lives through forced abortions as a part of its one child per family policy, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, claims that not only has the Obama administration "turned a blind eye" to China's human rights abuses against women, but has also provided millions in funding to an organization that supports the policy.
Since the Chinese national government implemented its one child law in 1979 that prevents families from having more than one baby, there have been a reported 13 million forced abortions per year, with 35,000 per day and 1,485 per hour. To put things in perspective, New York City, the largest city in the United States, has a population of 8.4 million people. Since 1971, there have been 336 million abortions performed and 195 million sterilizations.
"I respectfully submit that not only is the Obama administration turning a blind eye to the atrocities being committed under the one-child policy, but is even contributing financial support, contrary to U.S. law, to the United Nations Population Fund," Smith told attendees of Thursday's Heritage Foundation discussion on the policy. more >>
Advocates for prison inmates and their families are speaking out against a growing network of state prisons across the U.S. that they say are passing on prison revenue costs to the inmates' innocent families and friends. The families are forced to use high-cost, third-party prison banking companies and high-cost phone vendors that share a cut of their profits with state corrections agencies.
An investigation by The Center for Public Integrity reveals that in order to transfer money to their incarcerated loved-ones, family members of 70 percent of the inmates in American prisons are required use certain online prison banking companies, like JPay, Inc., which charge unreasonable percentage fees to use their service on top of access charges. These companies, in turn, give a cut of the profit back to the prisons and corrections agencies.
A prime anecdotal example, the report highlights, is the case of one mother of a Virginia inmate, who is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery. Before, Pat Taylor would send money orders to her son with no problem with a cost of about $2 per money order. But when Virginia stopped accepting money orders and forced her to place money into an online account through JPay, she noticed that it cost her much more to send her son some extra spending cash. more >>
The court hearing to possibly reverse a declaration of death has been postponed due to testimony by a court-appointed independent neurologist.
Jahi McMath, 13, was declared dead earlier this year after tests showed that she had no brain activity. McMath suffered complications after a routine tonsillectomy; while Oakland Children's Hospital in California wanted to remove life support, her family fought and won an injunction, then had her transferred to a facility in New Jersey where she is kept on breathing and feeding tubes and given 24-hour care.
Her parents posted video of Jahi moving her feet and hands on command, and a neurologist testified that Jahi was "extremely disabled but very much alive." Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor emeritus in neurology at UCLA testified that the teen was "not only alive, but now also awake." more >>
The Catholic Church remains opposed to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate that was modified in August.
In comments submitted to the HHS, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the mandate remains a threat to the religious freedom of numerous faith-based organizations.
Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, submitted the comments to the HHS on Wednesday. more >>