Pro-Life: November 2004 Archives

Groningen Academic Hospital in the Netherlands has taken up a brave new policy of murdering defenseless, sick babies.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.

The announcement by the Groningen Academic Hospital came amid a growing discussion in Holland on whether to legalize euthanasia on people incapable of deciding for themselves whether they want to end their lives - a prospect viewed with horror by euthanasia opponents and as a natural evolution by advocates.

Pro-lifers can take grim satisfaction that the "slippery slope" has, as Wesley Smith says later, "descended already into a vertical cliff": in the 1960s, the death lobby argued that we should destroy unborn babies who were going to die anyway, or whose continued existence threatened the life of the mother. Eventually, the death lobby ended up arguing that babies are fair game no matter what the circumstance.

When pro-lifers pointed out that the West was on that "slippery slope" toward child murder, they were dismissed by most people, including far too many political conservatives. "Nonsense," they said. "Abortion is about removing cell blobs. It's a stretch to say we'd go from that to murdering an infant."

Behold, the masterpiece of the Culture of Death: using men with advanced medical degrees and years of experience to kill the most vulnerable members of our society. If some toothless redneck smothered his baby daughter because she cried too much, we would rightly call him a monster. But if parents can't stand to have a "defective" baby for any longer, even if the baby's pain could be medicated until the end of his short life, and they get well-dressed, well-paid, well-groomed men with serious expressions to murder their child -- well, that's medicine, isn't it?

May God have mercy on the blackened, shriveled souls who would even conceive of such a thing.

I finally got around to installing smoke detectors in the kids' rooms on Saturday, and I read something I didn't know: smoke detectors are only good for 10 years. After that, you should throw them out. As we have a 40-year-old house and the previous owner was something of a penny-pincher, I'm assuming ours are at least that old.

Also, you can now buy lithium-powered sealed detectors whose batteries will last 10 years, and then you throw them out. They're $20 at Home Depot, and they're one less thing I have to worry about. Just one more thing to worry about during the holidays, yes, but you might want to take a few minutes to replace your detectors. At worst, you'll lose less than an hour of your time, and at best, you will have prevented someone's premature death. Maybe even your own!

Pro-abortion church vandals

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Some people who claim to believe in 'reproductive freedom' apparently don't believe in their opponents' freedom of speech.

They decided to vandalize a statue of our Lady and paint slogans next to a pro-life memorial at a Catholic parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts, over the weekend.

As an aside, so far the Boston Globe website has no coverage of this crime. Maybe they'll get around to it eventually.

Pro-lifers continue to spread the message of life: Sarah Terzo's Abortion Quotes page lets the people who've performed and experienced abortions speak for themselves.

Some Democrats bucked the trend...

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...this past election, in more ways than one. Just when I thought my Casey Democrat heart couldn't rejoice any further, I discover that in bucking the Democratic Party's pro-abortion/anti-marriage platform, Casey democrats also bucked the [WARNING: Coarse Analogy] middle-finger that middle-America sent Hollywood Democrats. Democrats-for-Life has just posted the following score-card. If current trends continue, it appears that we may be the only Democrats left as voters continue to abort the political aspirations of Abortion Democrats.

[Update -- just discovered from a fellow Casey Democrat, albeit one who stuck by the party this past election and tried to bring change from the inside, that not all of the above candidates won. Nevertheless, he said enough pulled through so that things are still looking pretty good.]

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