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California legalizes euthanasia

After two tries, Democrats Death Eaters who dominate the California legislature finally have their way:

Euthanasia by the clinical name of “physician-assisted suicide” is now legal, signed into law by Death Eater Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Steven Ertelt reports for LifeNews that on Oct. 5, 2015, California became the 4th state to legalize “assisted suicide,” following Oregon, Washington and Vermont — all “blue” states.

In his signing message, Brown said he signed the bill because he wouldn’t want to be in pain in his final days — regardless of the fact that pain relief is readily available without killing patients.

Carol Tobias of National Right to Life said this about the new law:

“The so-called ‘right-to-die’ movement promotes these laws as simply ‘another medical option’ at the end of life, but their real goal is euthanasia on demand for any reason. There are no real safeguards. It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

Ironically, the bill was passed during a special session of the California State Legislature, which was originally called to address cost savings for the state’s MediCal program. Indeed, there are many who would see doctor-prescribed suicide as a “cost-savings” measure. Writing about the bill’s passage in The New York Times, Ian Lovett quoted Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine:

…[Kheriaty] said that low-income and underinsured patients would inevitably feel pressure to end their own lives in some cases, when the cost of continued treatment would be astronomical compared with the cost of a few lethal pills.

The California bill is modeled after Oregon, which, in 1994, became the first state in the nation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Proponents argue that such laws are necessary to provide “compassionate aid in dying for terminally ill patients,” and point to safeguards similar to Oregon, but there are no real safeguards.

It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

The pro-life legal group Life Legal Foundation notes that the manner in which the law was passed invites a lawsuit to overturn the law. The bill, ABX2-15, was introduced during an extraordinary procedure by which the Governor can call the Legislature into session to enact legislation that cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled term. Governor Brown convened an extraordinary legislative session on June 19, 2015 to secure funding for Medi-Cal to provide for millions of new Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of physician-assisted suicide, which were not successful in passing legislation during the regular session, exploited the extraordinary Medi-Cal session to advance their agenda behind closed doors. Legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs is highly controversial and opposed by disability rights groups, hospitals, physicians’ groups, as well as by Life Legal Defense Foundation.

Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder said, “We expect our state legislators to uphold the State Constitution and not bend the law to further their own ends. Californians have a right to an open, deliberative, and transparent legislative process when it comes to law and policy changes that are literally a matter of life and death.”

While the California Constitution permits the Governor to issue proclamations to convene extraordinary legislative sessions, the Legislature is prohibited from enacting bills that are not the specific subject of the proclamation. In this case, Governor Brown’s proclamation expressly states that the purpose of the extraordinary session on Medi-Cal is to “stabilize the General Fund’s costs for Medi-Cal” and to “provide rate increases for providers of Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.” The Legislature was specifically tasked with enacting legislation to expand access to Medi-Cal services, increase oversight, and “reduce the cost of providing health care services.”

Brown himself has stated that the extraordinary session was not the proper vehicle for ABX2-15 and has recommended that the bill be taken up during the next session.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells that people need to know of the dangers associated with assisted suicide:

“Does legalizing assisted suicide show care and concern to someone who is living with psychological pain? Recently, Dr Will Johnston wrote about a young adult patient who became suicidal after watching a video about Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to die by assisted suicide. He said, “A primary risk associated with depression is suicidal ideation. The data indicates that legalizing assisted suicide does not reduce suicide, rather it appears to have a suicide contagion effect.”

Other experts on assisted suicide and euthanasia say lawmakers are ignoring problems in other states that have passed it. Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, said this about ABX2-15:

“The bill is sold as giving people choice and control at the end of life. Yet the bill’s language is stacked against the patient and applies to people with years, even decades, to live.The bill applies to people with a ‘terminal disease,’ which is defined as having less than six months to live.  Most people thinks this means ‘dying.’ However, in Oregon, which uses a nearly-identical definition of terminal disease, an 18-year-old with insulin-dependent diabetes is ‘eligible’ for assisted suicide. Doctors are often wrong at predicting life expectancy. Sadly, this bill encourages people with years, even decades, to live to throw away their lives.

In my law practice, I started out working in guardianships, wills and probate, and saw abuse of all kinds, especially where there was money involved (where there’s a will, there are heirs). The California bill sets up the perfect crime: your heir can actively participate in signing you up for the lethal dose and once the lethal dose is in the home, there’s no oversight –not even a witness is required. If you resisted or struggled, who would know?

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The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


It takes more than 14 minutes to get an ambulance in the Bronx

As if I needed another reason to avoid New York.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

NY Post: If you’re really sick, avoid The Bronx. City EMTs and paramedics took almost 15 minutes to get to Bronx patients who called 911 this year — four minutes longer than it took in Staten Island, according to city data analyzed by The Post.

And despite 21,764 fewer medical emergencies in the city — and the de Blasio administration’s pledge in February to speed up response times — the citywide average so far this year has been 12 minutes, 23 seconds, or 37 seconds slower than it was in the first eight months of 2014.

In The Bronx, ambulances arrived at emergencies in an average of 14 minutes, 29 seconds, according to city 911 data. Staten Islanders, by comparison, waited 10 minutes, 26 seconds for an ambulance.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

“The lack of EMS services is dangerous and puts countless lives at risk,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), who demanded more ambulance tours. “If you live in The Bronx, these numbers say your life is just not as important, which is unacceptable.”

The average response times so far this year were 11 minutes, 36 seconds in Brooklyn; 11 minutes, 38 seconds in Queens; and 12 minutes, 8 seconds in Manhattan.

Last winter, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who oversees the Emergency Medical Service, blamed frequent snow and ice for sluggish response times and promised the City Council in February that he would speed up the average response by 20 seconds in 2015. In the same month, Mayor de Blasio pledged to spend $18 million to hire 149 new EMS dispatchers and add 54 ambulance tours with an emphasis on improving Bronx medical care.

But response times have only gotten slower.

Bronx EMS workers arrived at emergencies an average of 40 seconds slower in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2014, even though medics and EMTs handled 2 percent fewer cases. EMS took 1 minute, 4 seconds longer to get to emergencies in Manhattan, even though there were 2,818 fewer incidents to treat.

FDNY officials would not address the slower response times but said an additional 45 ambulances tours will help. They noted that for life-threatening emergencies, the average response time in The Bronx was 7 minutes, 51 seconds.

But that figure comes with a caveat, because the FDNY measures the time from when an EMS dispatcher receives a call to when a unit arrives on the scene. City 911 records calculate response times differently — from the moment the 911 call is made to when a unit arrives. By that measure, life-threatening emergencies in The Bronx took much longer to get to — 9 minutes, 53 seconds.

By either calculation method, the average response time in The Bronx for life-threatening calls was slower this year than last, a Post analysis of the data found.

A rapid EMS response significantly increases a patient’s chance of survival. Brain death can occur in four to six minutes in respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and overdose cases. “When you overdose, you stop breathing,” an EMS source said. “What makes a world of difference whether you live or die is how quickly I can get to you.”


Seattle VA office lost records; veterans told benefits ending

War on our military.


Seattle Times: Dozens of West Coast military veterans incorrectly received letters indicating they’d lose unemployment benefits after an overworked Department of Veterans Affairs office in Seattle lost track of records the veterans had submitted, according to a VA Inspector General report released this week.

The mail audit stemmed from a complaint that suggested about 1,000 pieces of unread mail from veterans were being stored indefinitely in a yellow bucket without a response from employees assigned to evaluate benefits claims. In some cases, the complaint alleged, veterans were told they’d lose unemployment benefits because they had not returned information to the office in a timely manner, even though they had met their deadlines. The unemployment benefits are given to veterans who can’t hold a job because of a service-connected disability.

Auditors who visited the Seattle office in April did not find a bucket loaded with unread letters, as had been alleged in the complaint. But they took a sampling of 132 employment questionnaires and determined that one-fifth of the veterans had been sent letters indicating a reduction or cancellation of benefits, even though they’d mailed forms that should have allowed them to continue receiving money.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Friday wrote a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald asking him to immediately implement reforms recommended in the report, such as increasing training and demanding a high-level corrective-action plan from a VA undersecretary to address broader problems with record management.

“I am shocked by the findings of this report and I hope you will agree this situation is entirely unacceptable. This is exactly the type of mismanagement and negligence that further complicates the benefits process for veterans, leading to unnecessary stress and unacceptably delaying benefits to which these veterans are entitled,” Murray wrote.

The VA Office of Inspector General publishes reports on issues at different VA hospitals almost daily. This week’s report focusing on unread employment questionnaires fits into a series of audits the IG launched last year centered on mismanagement of veteran records.

Others in the set included:

  • A Baltimore supervisor stockpiling 8,000 documents, including 1,500 records with sensitive personal information about veterans.
  • An Oakland, Calif., office that neglected to act on thousands of claims.
  • Employees at different offices who manipulated internal records to falsify reports on the processing of claims.

In Seattle, managers of the regional office that processes veterans benefit claims acknowledged it had fallen behind in processing unemployment records. It hired a dozen more employees in April to catch up on the backlog, the report said.


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CDC admits millions of Americans given cancer virus via polio vaccine

On June 30, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 277, one of America’s strictest childhood vaccination requirements by eliminating parents’ ability to claim “personal belief” exemptions for their children at both private and public schools. (Read more here.)

Not content with mandating vaccines for every school child in California, the state government also means to require, for now, seven vaccines (including TDap, MMR, and Flu) for adults who have contact with school children. SB792 mandates the vaccines for all workers and volunteer parents at daycare facilities and preschools, including head start, early childhood centers, private school nurseries and after school programs, without personal belief exemptions. The required vaccines will be a condition of employment. (Read more here.)

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But it is not just personal beliefs of ethics (vaccines made from aborted fetal cells) and religion that motivate some Americans to eschew vaccination for themselves and their children. There are also legitimate health considerations — concerns that find new legitimacy in an admission by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that for 8 years, from 1955 to 1963, more than 98 million Americans received polio vaccines that had been contaminated with a cancer-causing virus, Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40).

IWB reports for Investment Watch Blog, Aug. 31, 2015, that it is estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40-contaminated dose of the polio vaccine.

The CDC quickly took down the page, along with Google, containing its admission — but not before the page was cached and saved.

Below is the cached CDC page (I painted a red box around the admission). Click here for the link to the cached page for you to verify for yourself.

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Dr. Michele Carbone, Professor and former Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at University of Hawaii Cancer Center, has isolated fragments of the SV-40 virus in human bone cancers and in a lethal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. He found SV-40 in 33% of the osteosarcoma bone cancers studied, in 40% of other bone cancers, and in 60% of the mesotheliomas lung cancers.

Dr. Carbone has also said that HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine produced by Merck & Co. during the early 1970s.

There is a movement for a referendum against SB 277 in California, which seeks to allow personal belief exemption from mandatory vaccines for school children. Go here for more information.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


Girl denied inhaler during coughing fit, per school district policy

Liberal Logic: No notification of an inhaler that the girl took out of her own back pack? Bad. Free condoms and abortion pills without parental notification? Good.

homeschool (WEST JORDAN, Ut.) — A 9-year-old girl was denied her inhaler during a coughing fit at school in West Jordan because staff were not notified of the child’s prescription, Jordan School District officials said Monday.

Emma Gonzales obtained an inhaler over the weekend after a coughing fit landed her in the emergency room, KSTU reports. On Monday, the fourth grader was hit with another coughing spell in class at Columbia Elementary. When Emma took her inhaler out to use it, her teacher sent her to the office, where staff took the inhaler.

Emma said she started coughing so hard she threw up on her pants. “When I get into the coughing fit, I kind of hurtle up on the ground, can’t breathe and then I start to kind of feel a little nauseous,” Emma said.

District officials say the staff did everything right by taking the medication to make sure it was for that specific student. The inhaler doesn’t have Emma’s name on it and the school had not been notified that she was taking the medication.


Hospital moved RAF sergeant over fears his uniform would upset patients

Multiculturalism is to blame, of course.


The Guardian: A hospital has apologised after an injured RAF sergeant was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff thought his uniform would upset other patients.

Aircraft engineer Sgt. Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to accident and emergency at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise.

The sergeant, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff, the Sun reported.

His family was allegedly told by hospital workers that “they didn’t want to upset people” and “have lots of different cultures coming in”.

A number of veterans and military figures have spoken out against Prendeville’s treatment.

Former chief of the air staff Sir Michael Graydon described the incident as disappointing. “I would have thought, regardless of whether he had his uniform on or not, it was more important to deal with the situation, which was the chap had something very unpleasant happen to him, and he should be dealt with immediately,” he said. “Moving him to other rooms in the danger of offending people strikes me of getting the priorities absolutely wrong.”

Former RAF navigator Flt Lt John Nichol said he was appalled, and told the newspaper: “This is horrifying, you should be treated differently for wearing a uniform, you should be lauded because you’re wearing uniform, you should be celebrated for wearing uniform.”

A spokesman for East Kent University hospitals NHS foundation trust apologised to Prendeville for “any embarrassment”. “A member of the armed forces in uniform attended our A&E and was asked by a member of staff if he wanted to sit inside the department rather than the waiting room,” he told the Sun.

“This employee was acting in good faith because previously, there had been an altercation between a member of the public and a different member of the armed forces in uniform.”

Prendeville was training at RAF Manston, Kent, when the accident happened on Wednesday.


How Jaxon, the baby given days to live when he was born with most of his skull missing, has defied the odds – and is celebrating his first birthday

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Daily Mail: Born with most of his brain and skull missing, baby Jaxon Emmett Buell was not expected to live. In fact his parents had been told to abort him when doctors discovered his condition. But he has defied all odds – and now he has just celebrated his first birthday.

Baby Jaxon’s devout Christian parents, Brandon and Brittany Buell, were told by doctors that he had an extreme brain malformation, which meant he would probably not survive the pregnancy. But Jax Strong – a nickname he has earned on social media – is now one years old. His inspirational story has captivated families across the U.S., with nearly 90,000 people ‘liking’ his page on Facebook and 18,000 people sharing his story.

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Jaxon was diagnosed as having Anencephaly, a neural tube birth defect in which a child is born without parts of the brain and skull, but doctors were still unsure of how severe his condition would be. About 1 in 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with Anencephaly and usually die shortly after birth, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

30-year-old Brandon, said: ‘After our second ultrasound at 17 weeks, when we found out he was a boy, we knew something was up when the ultrasound technician went towards his head and went very quiet.’

‘Brittany got the call the next day from the doctors saying there was a concern with the MRI results. She was in tears and told me there was an issue with the baby. Of course, I lost it at work so they sent me home and the rest of the day was a blur truly.’

For the next few weeks, the anxious couple were transferred between doctors and given five possible conditions of what it could be. Spina bifida, Dandy-walker syndrome and Joubert syndrome were all possibilities. Doctors gave them the option to terminate the pregnancy at 23 weeks but the young couple, who are against abortion, believed it was not their decision to make.

Brandon, who is an assistant to the CEO of a small community bank in Florida, said: ‘We went home that night thinking if you are telling us to abort, we would never know what Jaxon could have been, if he could have survived.’ ‘Who are we to decide? We were given a child, we are given a chance and we have to be his voice. We did everything we could to give him a fighting chance and all he’s done since being born is fight right back.’

Jaxon’s 27-year-old mother, said: ‘I was devastated. It was heart breaking because something I always wanted my whole life was happening, but then I was told there was a possibility it might be a stillborn. ‘It took all the joy away from me. The happiness that normal women have when they are pregnant – I had none of that.’

The miracle baby survived the pregnancy and was born by caesarian section on August 27, 2014 weighing four pounds. He spent his first three weeks connected to multiple tubes in a neonatal intensive-care unit in Winnie Palmer Hospital, Florida, as brain surgeons tried to understand his condition.

Brandon said: ‘It was very emotional. I remember holding him on day two and listening to the doctors say my son would probably never walk, never talk, never know when he’s hungry, or never hear or see. They really did not expect him to make it.’

Following multiple hospital visits and a two-month scare of multiple seizures, inconsolable screaming, and feeding tube issues, Jaxon was taken to the emergency room at Boston Children’s Hospital, a top U.S. hospital for pediatric neurology, in August. They went in with the unknown and came out with a burst of hope: a true diagnosis – Microhydranencephaly – and new medicine that has since eased Jaxon’s condition and made him a lot happier.

Yet Brittany and Brandon still wake up everyday knowing the reality they face – that Jaxon may not be here tomorrow. Brittany said: ‘It is always in the back of my mind. I’m very aware that today maybe his last day. I’m aware tomorrow he may not be here. I try to stay positive 99 per cent of the time but there is that 1 per cent because I know the reality of the situation – that we’re probably going to outlive him.’

Brandon’s work colleagues set up a GoFundMe page when Jaxon was born to help out the family with the pricey medication and extra expenses. Nearly $55,000 has been raised by 1,181 donors since then and the outpouring of support is growing day by day. The couple, who are living on only one salary, described the support as ‘incredible’ and said they ‘never dreamed that this would happen.’

Jaxon’s father said: ‘He thrives with his mom, that one-to-one stimulation that no other therapy can give. If we can keep Brittany at home, giving him that 24/7 care is truly priceless and that’s what his account allows us to do.’

Brittany said: ‘It’s all been so overwhelming in a positive way because we can’t go anywhere without someone stopping us, and saying, ‘hey, what’s your story?’ or they would have seen his picture and say, ‘hey, look it’s Jax Strong!’ – his nickname! It’s truly incredible the amount of people he has had an impact on.’

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