For the second year in a row Hunter Gandee took off on a long walk with some extra cargo to raise awareness for cerebral palsy. Like last year, Gandee made the trek with his brother on his back, completing the 57-mile journey across parts of Southeast Michigan on Sunday.
Gandee, 15, carried his brother, Braden, 8, all 57 miles over three days from Braden's elementary school in Lambertville, Michigan, to the University of Michigan's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor. Gandee's brother suffers from cerebral palsy.
"I wanted to show people the struggles that Braden has to go through daily," Gandee explained. "I wanted to go out and show people we can make the world a better place for people with cerebral palsy." Gandee has called his little brother an inspiration to him, adding, "He is always there for me." more >>
California's legislature has moved forward with a bill meant to legalize assisted suicide. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, opposed the legislation, instead calling for a "radical commitment" to help those who are near death.
Last week the State Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, which, if enacted, would allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.
Known as Senate Bill 128, the proposed legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 23 ayes to 15 noes following third reading. more >>
The European Court of Human Rights has backed an earlier decision by a court in France to allow a 39-year-old paralyzed man to be taken off life support by request of his wife. The man's Roman Catholic parents have strongly opposed the decision, however, stating they are against euthanasia.
BBC News reported that Vincent Lambert has been in a coma for seven years following a motorcycle accident, which left him tetraplegic, or without the use of his limbs and torso.
Although euthanasia is illegal in France, a 2005 passive euthanasia law allows doctors to withdraw care from patients, which effectively ends their life. more >>
A father-daughter duo of abortion providers have filed a lawsuit against Kansas over the state recently passing a law that bans abortions in which a human fetus is dismembered.
Doctors Herb Hodes and Traci Nauser of the Overland Park Center for Women's Health filed suit against the state on Monday in district court, arguing that the right to dismember an unborn baby is necessary because without that right they would rely upon procedures that are more complex and risky for the mother.
The pro-choice movement coined the term "reproductive health" to promote contraception and ever-more-questionable methods to end pre-born lives worldwide. Far from empowering women, abortion has created a multifaceted marketplace that profits from killing the defenseless and using a woman's body during pregnancy.
Globally, the health and safety of women is being threatened by a corrupt industry that exploits them and devalues human life. Detailed research reveals five emerging issues that pose immediate risks to women during maternity.
1. Telemed abortions and off-label drug use leave women hospitalized more >>
Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over fifteen specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide "morally acceptable." In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide "morally acceptable." Last week's poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent.
Usually, public opinion on controversial morality policy issues exhibits relatively little short term change. Under most circumstances, I would argue that a change of that magnitude was probably due to a skewed sample in at least one of the two surveys. However, according to Gallup, opinions on the moral acceptability of all other issues remained fairly stable between 2013 and 2015. As such, there is a good chance that doctor assisted suicide has made some real gains in the court of public opinion. It is likely that the November 2014 assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard and the fawning coverage it received from the mainstream media might well have shifted public attitudes.
Interestingly, after a successful citizen initiative in Oregon in 1994, advocates of physician assisted suicide have made relatively little progress either politically or in the court of public opinion. In fact, between 2001 and 2013 the percentage of Americans who considered physician assisted suicide morally acceptable actually decreased by four percentage points. There are a couple reasons for this. For many years, Jack Kevorkian was the public face of physician assisted suicide and his antics likely alienated many Americans. Also, many groups representing the disabled vocally oppose physician assisted suicide. This has likely given some political liberals pause. more >>