A terminally ill 17-year-old has died in Belgium by physician-assisted suicide just two years after restrictions on euthanasia were lifted in the country to allow children of all ages to end their life, a move one family advocate is calling "tragic" and "atrocious."
Though few details have been released about the child's identity, government officials confirmed that the physician-assisted suicide has taken place.
Often called "mercy killings," euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and to date there have been 8,752 cases, according to EuroNews. In 2014, the law was amended and the age restrictions were scrapped, making it the only nation where children can choose to end their own lives. The Netherlands also allows euthanasia, but has an age restriction requiring children to be 12 years old or older. more >>
President Barack Obama's administration announced a new proposed rule that if enacted will compel states to fund Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Earlier this month the Health and Human Services Department posted a proposed rule on the Federal Register website that invokes Title X in arguing that entities like Planned Parenthood should be allowed to use taxpayer funds on "family planning projects."
"The Department is proposing to amend the regulations at 42 CFR 59.3 to require that project recipients that do not provide services directly may not prohibit subrecipients from participating on bases unrelated to their ability to provide Title X services effectively," reads the proposed rule. more >>
Medical marijuana may be helping in the decrease of the opioid abuse epidemic in the US, according to a study.
Opioid abuse is a rising drug epidemic in the US and the states that approved medical marijuana to be legal have lower rates of incidents. More specifically, states that have legalized medical marijuana have lower fatal car accident rates linked to drug abuse.
Medical Marijuana May Decrease Opioid Abuse Consequences in US? more >>
We may still be exposed to outdoor pollution even at home, according to a new study.
A new study reveals that house dust contains harmful chemicals that are normally found outside. These hazardous chemicals reportedly come from normal household furniture and items, and these substances were found to be so rampant in house dust that it's alarming.
Toxic House Dust Comes from Furniture, Household Materials The toxic chemicals found in house dust reportedly come from everyday materials found in a typical home. George Washington University found that 45 of the chemicals found in house dust are harmful and some of them are even linked to cancer and infertility, New York Daily News reports. The researchers found that 10 of the toxic chemicals were found in 90% of homes across the United States. more >>
Troy Newman, president of pro-life organization Operation Rescue, has warned that a potential Hillary Clinton presidency would make the pro-life mission of ending abortion in America "nearly impossible."
Newman said in a statement on Tuesday that he is endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, arguing that Trump offers conservatives much greater hope to fight for the rights of the unborn.
"After examining Trump's position on life issues and his assurances that he will appoint conservative, pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, I am convinced that Trump offers our best hope of pushing back the Culture of Death in America," Newman said in his statement. more >>
Recent study shows that hormonal birth control pills have helped decrease the rate of women who acquire ovarian cancer. Other factors have not yet been taken into account, but the evidences of frequent use of the pill showed positive effects to the user.
The research findings were published Tuesday in the Annals of Oncology.
Decline in Ovary Cancer Deaths more >>