Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jamerian Bennett passed away

We're very heartbroken to update you that Jamerian Bennett passed away on August 12 following a sudden brain hemorrhage. Thank you if you took the time to assist his case in any way.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Praying for Jamerian Bennett


Jamerian Bennett is a tough 9-year-old child fighting for his life at University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital. His mother, Brandee, is asking for prayer in their effort to find the care he needs.

We first became aware of Jamerian's case after WXYZ in Detroit published a story comparing Jamerian to Charlie Gard. Charlie died recently after the British hospital declared his life "futile" and refused to allow his parents to take him to another hospital willing to treat him. At the time it seemed a similar situation may be happening with Jamerian.

Jamerian's lungs have failed following pneumonia and a bad reaction to medication, leaving him on a lung bypass machine so his body can have oxygen. He is currently conscious but unable to speak; his condition is serious and he may need a lung transplant.

Jamerian's mother Brandee is as much as a fighter as he is, and when his situation was unsure, she went to bat for his care. After WXYZ began reporting on his case, a lawyer offered free pro-bono help to the Bennett family. Currently they are working on getting a transfer in place to an out-of-state facility that specializes in pediatric lung conditions.

Would you please consider taking a moment to pray for him and others in his situation? The family and the hospital need to work out details for a transfer and then Jamerian must make the arduous trip. If he needs a lung transplant he may have to wait for some time.

His case should be a lesson for us all. The most important thing for every person is to have a committed patient advocate like Brandee who will fight for you. After praying take a moment to consider setting up a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare to make sure your wishes will be fought for.

We will continue to monitor Jamerian's case and offer updates, hopefully positive and soon! If you'd like updates on him you can follow his care group on Facebook.

Friday, August 4, 2017

It will be safe, they said. It will be legal, they said. It will be rare, they said...

It has been nearly nine months since prolife President Donald Trump won the election. Since taking office he has fulfilled several important promises to the prolife movement. He appointed an outstanding justice to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch. His strong prolife stand combined with sustained progress in a large number of states has confounded pro-abortion Democrats, making them worry about their future prospects.

A few months ago Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said that they would not be supporting prolife Democratic candidates in 2018. This came after Senator Bernie Sanders supported a Omaha mayoral candidate, Heath Mello, who voted for some prolife bills in the past. After being attacked by his own party and forced to promote his abortion bona fides, Mello lost his race. That's where the national party stands.

Just a few days ago Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Lujan says that prolife Democrats in conservative districts will get funding from them in the next election cycle. He said they need to broaden their base. That's where the campaign arm of the Democrats in the U.S. House stands.

The indecision on how to handle prolife candidates in the Democratic Party is starting to cause a major divide. A recent opinion piece in the New York Times by feminist author Lindy West addresses the controversy by calling for abortion to be a litmus test for every Democratic candidate.

She wrote, "But to be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint. And if the Democratic Party does not stand for any of those things, then what on earth is it?"

For ma long time the Democratic Party has prided itself as standing up for the little guy. There is no littler guy or gal than the innocent unborn child in the womb, though. Human rights has no standpoint if some humans have rights and others don't.

West wasn't finished. In the past West promoted the "Shout Your Abortion" social media campaign, which involves women bragging about past abortions. In her article she wrote, "abortion is normal. Abortion is common, necessary and happening every day."

This is quite different from the original explanation for how Democrats should view abortion: "safe, legal and rare."

There is nothing normal about abortion. There is nothing normal about taking forceps and yanking all four limbs off of a child. There's nothing normal about then using the forceps to crush her body, and then finally crush her skull. While it's typical for an abortionist to know they have succeeded when they see the baby's brain matter leaking out of the womb, there's nothing close to normal about that. Dismemberment abortions may be performed every day in America, but they are abhorrently abnormal.

This is why we work so hard every day to further educate people on what abortion really is, and have them see for themselves that abortion is not normal.

West backed up her claim by saying that 75% of Democrats believe that abortion should be legal in all cases. Here's the truth. Gallup did a poll in May that found that 68% of Americans want abortion to be illegal or legal only under certain circumstances. A tiny minority of Americans support the status quo of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnant.

People really don’t think that abortion is normal or necessary in all circumstances. Unborn babies are discriminated against every day because of their size, or if they have a birth defect. Women in urban areas like Detroit are being targeted by abortion mills. The numbers are appalling.

West also states that "abortion is liberty." Abortion is not liberty. Abortion is not freedom. Without a right to life, your inalienable rights to liberty or the pursuit of happiness are empty.

While it's sad to see on a personal level, the prolife movement should look forward to abortion supporters be frank about their views for the first time in the debate. We know abortion endures because of the euphemisms abortion supporters use. The American people only tolerate legalized abortion because they can pretend it happens somewhere else in the shadows.

Abortion is directly impacting all of our lives, just as it is now impacting party politics. It is important that all political parties support all candidates who are willing to stand up for the right to life: our future depends on it.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sen. Stabenow's record on doctor-prescribed suicide

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has long been a supporter of doctor-prescribed suicide. Doctor-prescribed suicide involves doctors being legally allowed to dispense lethal doses of drugs to patients so that they can commit suicide.

While a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Stabenow voted against the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999. The bipartisan bill would have done two important things to clarify a federal drug law, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The bill would have clarified that the CSA allows adequate use of pain control medications in patients, and that the CSA does not allow federally-controlled substances to be prescribed in lethal dosages with the intent of killing a patient.

In her time in the Michigan State Legislature Stabenow voted against banning doctor-prescribed suicide. Michigan's 1998 law prohibiting the practice has a truly unique history that must be remembered for context.

From 1990 to 1998 Jack Kevorkian participated in a string of killings involving a claimed 130 patients, the vast majority of whom were not terminally ill. Some of his victims had no diagnosed disease at all. In 1998 Kevorkian euthanized 52-year old Thomas Youk and filmed the killing for CBS's 60 Minutes. Kevorkian was later convicted of second-degree murder in the death.

Kevorkian's goal was to allow the practice of human vivisection in order to serve his macabre fascination with the point of death. Vivisection (nicknamed "obitiatry" by Kevorkian) is medical experimentation on a living being. Kevorkian hoped he would be able to experiment on suicidal people and convicts. In his book, "Prescription Medicine," Kevorkian described his eventual goal:

"But knowledge about the essence of human death will of necessity require insight into the nature of the unique awareness of or consciousness that characterizes cognitive human life. That is possible only through obitiatric research on living human bodies, and most likely centering on the nervous system…on anesthetized subjects [to] pinpoint the exact onset of extinction of an unknown cognitive mechanism that energizes life."

It was in these years of intense controversy that repeated efforts to ban his work were undertaken, including the eventual ban on doctor-prescribed suicide enacted in 1998. Stabenow opposed this effort to stop Kevorkian's killings. The Michigan voters had the final say when they turned back a referendum later in 1998 to legalized doctor-prescribed suicide by a vote of 71 to 29 percent.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New resources on end of life care

How do I protect my wishes? What is a living will? What about declining unwanted treatment? These and other questions frequently make end of life care a difficult topic.

People don't like to dwell on their own mortality. It's critical we face these questions for two reasons, however:

1) Most of us or our loved ones will face these situations ourselves.
 2) Euthanasia and suicide promotion are making these public issues.

In the past, the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund had several brochures for sale dealing with these issues. Now we have two brochures that cover these questions and they are available for free for download.

"End of Life Care: Advanced Directives" looks in-detail at various advanced directives and which are best for protecting patients' rights and wishes. "End of Life Care: Positive Care or Euthanasia Pitfall?" discusses three important aspects frequently involving end of life care: hospice, pain management, and medically-assisted feeding of food and water.

ADVANCED DIRECTIVES BROCHURE (PDF)
POSITIVE CARE BROCHURE (PDF)
ALL FLYERS/BROCHURES