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WHEN DYING (BY PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE) BECOMES UNAFFORDABLE

Although physician-is consistently portrayed in major media as just a matter of taking some pills and peacefully going to sleep and die, a November 9, 2017 article titled “When Dying Becomes Unaffordable” in Medscape (a free subscription resource for medical professionals) describes a very different and alarming scenario.

This article by Roxanne Nelson, RN BSN is primarily about outrage over pharmaceutical companies drastically raising the price for secobarbital, the most commonly used sedative drug dosage prescribed for physician-assisted suicide, from less than $200 to $3000 or higher. However, the article also reveals little-known problems with the oral overdoses themselves, the ironic connection with capital punishment, the rise of lethal injections in other countries and the expected increase in the assisted suicide business.

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VACCINES, ABORTION & FETAL TISSUE

For several years now, information has circulated among prolife groups and individuals regarding the development of very common vaccines through the use of tissue taken from aborted babies. While initially the reports and information were not conclusively documented, further detailed research by several prolife groups has provided direct proof of a connection between aborted fetal tissue and many vaccines. That connection, and its implications for whether prolife citizens should consider using the vaccines, raises some complicated issues. In sorting through those issues, this LifeNotes will address the basic science involved, the documentation of the abortion-vaccine connection, the moral/ethical questions about using abortion-tainted vaccines, and information about available alternative vaccines.

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GARDASIL: FAST-TRACKED AND FLAWEDGardacil Vaccine

The Australian government is likely to provide a new version of the vaccine that is said to prevent cancer soon. Gardasil 9 would replace the original Gardasil -- administered to young high school students in three doses – with a two-dose regime involving a stronger formula that is already used in New Zealand and the United States. The vaccine promises protection against the human papillomavirus (HPV), certain strains of which, it is generally accepted, can cause cervical cancer.

Like the original roll-out of the drug 10 years ago and promotions since, this one is being heralded by very optimistic messages: “New cervical cancer vaccine may almost eliminate disease, research shows,” ran a recent headline. "It's truly ground-breaking," the scientist who led the new research, Professor Julia Brotherton, told the ABC. “The possibility that we can now prevent our children being infected with this cancer-causing virus, I just think that's amazing."

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DENIERS OF THE LINK BETWEEN ABORTION AND BREAST CANCER IGNORE THE WAVE OF NEW EVIDENCE FROM SOUTH ASIA

On October 5, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), joined by Senate colleagues and pro-life leaders, formally introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The legislation would provide common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on these vulnerable human beings. On October 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable legislation by a vote of 237-189.

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HUMAN LIFE BEGINS AT FERTILIZATION – EVEN IF SCIENTISTS ARE CREATING PEOPLE IN A LAB

There continue to be reports of new attempts to create life, sometimes labeled “synthetic” or “artificial” because the entity is not created the old-fashioned way, i.e., by fertilization of an egg with a sperm. The most recent report involved combining two different types of stem cells to form an embryo-like structure that was labeled “artificial.” But is the manner in which a life begins the most important factor in how we regard that life? If a life is created using artificial or non-natural means, is that life really synthetic? Or rather, once a life is created, is that life like any other? The labels we put on things not only identify them but also give them value. So if we label a life as “artificial,” is this also a way to devalue that life?

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NEW YORK’S HIGHEST COURT FINDS THAT “AID-IN-DYING-IS ASSISTED SUICIDE AND THERE IS NO RIGHT TO ASSISTED SUICIDE

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition commends the New York Court of Appeals for the unanimous ruling the state’s highest court made Thursday in Myers v. Schneiderman. The court found that aid-in-dying is assisted suicide and that there is no right to assisted suicide in New York.

This is not the first time that a State court has decided that aid-in-dying is assisted suicide while upholding a State assisted suicide law.

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ARE WE BECOMING LESS INDIGNANT ABOUT THE KILLING OF 59 MILLION BABIES IN ABORTIONS?

Ellie Saul is a gifted writer, some of whose postings at bound4life.org she has happily allowed us to reprint.

I find her a delight for many reasons but first and foremost because her writings are bathed in a passionate concern for the unborn, the outpouring of a gentle spirit.

Ultrasound PictureIf you’ve been in this Movement as long as people like me have, there is always the danger that at some level you lose your edge of moral indignation. It wouldn’t be accurate to say you become inured to the suffering of unborn children and the aftershocks so many women experience, or that you tacitly “accept” that abortion will be legal for a long, long time.

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ABORTION INTERRUPTED: DOCTORS ARE REVERSING ABORTION DRUG AFTER MOMS CHANGE THEIR MINDS

More than 300 women have found hope for themselves and their unborn babies after discovering the abortion pill reversal process.

Abortion InterruptedThe procedure is relatively new, but early studies show it is effective in saving unborn babies’ lives.

The Federalist reports the doctors who pioneered the new technology have been working on an extensive study to show its effectiveness in saving lives. The study involves about 300 patients who took the first of two abortion drugs and then underwent the reversal process.

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THE ABORTION REVERSAL “WITCH HUNT”
Dismissing this “junk science” has ethical and moral implications.

At what point in choosing to read this article might you change your mind and decide not to read it? At any point. Perhaps now. You can reverse some choices more easily than others, however. For example, try to decide not to start reading this article. Is the decision to obtain an abortion more like the former or the latter? Can abortion be reversed?Abortion Reversal

While surgical abortions have always been the most common method of abortion, medication abortions have gradually increased in recent years to the point that they now make up about 45 percent of early abortions. With the medication method, women take a sequence of two drugs: mifepristone, which blocks the body’s progesterone, a hormone needed to sustain the fetus’s life; and then, 24 to 48 hours later, misoprostol, which expels the fetus from the uterus.

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MICHIGAN BILL BECOMES LAW THAT WILL STOP ABORTION CLINICS FROM SELLING ABORTED BABY PARTS

Today Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed into law the Fetal Organ Trafficking Ban. Right to Life of Michigan applauds Lt. Gov. Calley and the Michigan Legislature for taking action to prevent abortion clinics profiteering from the sale of babies’ body parts.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “The undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood haggling over the broken bodies of developed babies rightly disgusted our nation. Trafficking in human body parts has no place in the state of Michigan.”

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78% OF WOMEN CONSIDERING AN ABORTION CHOOSE LIFE WHEN THEY SEE AN ULTRASOUND

A survey conducted by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a national legal network of prolife pregnancy centers, showed how powerful ultrasounds are in changing the minds of abortion-minded and abortion-vulnerable patients.

NIFLA stated in a press release:

Four-hundred and ten (410) of NIFLA’s medical membership (less than one-half) reported providing 75,318 ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy in 2013 on patients identified as either abortion-minded or abortion-vulnerable. Of these abortion at risk patients, 58,634 chose to carry to term, indicating that 78% of those mothers who saw an ultrasound image of their unborn child before deciding about abortion chose life.

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