While the court battle may have ended for Grace Sungeun Lee and her family after the terminally ill woman decided to stay on life support, the Lees are now allegedly being blocked from leaving the hospital and entering a nursing home.
According to the family's posts this week on the Save Grace SungEun Lee Facebook page, Lee – who has a tumor on her brain stem and is paralyzed from the neck down – wants to get out of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., "now." But the hospital has not been aiding the family in that process, they claim.
"Before - We were told by North Shore University Hospital that the nursing homes wouldn't accept Grace because they couldn't provide the same level of care," the family stated on Facebook Wednesday. "NOW!!! - We contacted the nursing home and they told us that the nursing home has everything that the hospital said was needed. They were ready and even WILLING to accept Grace. more >>
A day after a state appeals court said a terminally ill woman is capable of making her own medical decisions, Grace Sungeun Lee has decided to remain on life support.
The court cleared the way on Friday for North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., to remove the breathing tube from the 28-year-old woman – against the wishes of her parents – after doctors and hospital staff insisted that she clearly expressed her desire to be taken off life support. But on Saturday, Lee's court appointed attorney said she wants to stay on the ventilator.
According to ABC News, Lee, who has brain cancer, signed a health care proxy that allows her father to make medical decisions for her. more >>
An evangelical social-justice-focused organization has expanded its billboard campaign stressing religious tolerance in response to a recent arson attack on an Ohio mosque.
The Washington, DC-based Sojourners will post several billboards within the next seven to ten days which will read "Love Your Muslim Neighbors."
The billboards will be located off of I-75 near the I-75/I-475 interchange, which is near the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, which was recently the target of an arson attack. more >>
A state appeals court made a ruling Friday that will allow a New York hospital to take a 28-year-old woman with brain cancer off life support. The court denied a request by Grace Sungeun Lee's parents to prevent the hospital from removing her breathing tube.
The decision comes just a day after Lee's family uploaded a video on YouTube showing Lee, who is paralyzed from the neck down, agreeing to her father making the medical decisions for her. She also clearly indicated in the video that she wanted to go to a nursing home
Lee's parents have been trying to prevent the staff at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset from removing her breathing tube over the past few weeks. Lee was admitted in early September after suffering seizures and doctors have said she only has weeks or, at most, a few months to live. more >>
Phoenix city council members struck down an ordinance on Wednesday that prohibited people from handing out free drinking water in public. The issue arose in the wake of a religious freedom law group's defense of Dana Crow-Smith, a Phoenix resident who was told she could not hand out the bottles of cold water on a city sidewalk during a "First Friday" festival.
"Our whole idea is just to glorify God, and do it with an act of kindness because it's so hot," said Crow-Smith, according to The Arizona Republic. "I had no idea it would turn into such a big deal."
Lawyers for The Rutherford Institute, who represented Crow-Smith, said a Neighborhood Preservation Inspector with the City of Phoenix informed her that she was violating the Phoenix City Code by passing out free bottles of water without a vendor's permit during the event last July. more >>
On Monday, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention began accepting candidate nominations for its new commission president as it prepares for the retirement of long-time president Richard Land next fall.
Land has served as the president of the organization for several decades, but in July he announced his plans to retire on Oct. 23, 2013 – his 25th anniversary with the ERLC. Within a month of the announcement the organization had assembled a committee, led by chairman Barry Creamer, to find Land's replacement.
"He has been widely recognized as one of the leading public voices among evangelicals during his presidency. While there is no other Dr. Richard Land, there will be a next president of the ERLC, and needless to say, the expectations for that person are extremely high," said Creamer, who serves as the vice president of academic affairs at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, on the ERLC website. more >>