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Praise for George W. Bush

Posted by MDViews on January 9, 2009

In our depression over the election of pro-abortion president Barack Obama, it is important not to neglect praise for the one who held the advancement of the abortion culture at bay for the last 8 years–President George W. Bush.

Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist, interviewed the outgoing President for magazine. reported on the interview here. President Bush reaffirmed his commitment to life. He acknowledged laws change only when hearts and minds are changed, but felt the cause of life had been advanced during his 8 years in office.

His accomplishments included abortion numbers at historic lows.  He signed bills for the partial-birth abortion ban, the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and the Unborn Victims of  Violence Act. He upheld the Mexico City policy preventing US family planning funds to be used for abortion overseas. He vetoed bills authorizing government funding of embryonic stem cell research. (Embryonic stem cell research is legal and practiced in these United States, but by private or state funds only.) He promoted a cloning ban. He helped see that HHS provides right of conscience rules with teeth to prevent doctors and pharmacists from being bullied into helping the abortion industry. He even tried to help the parents of Terri Schiavo prevent her greedy husband from killing her, but was unsuccessful, tragically.

“I said that I understand good people can disagree on this issue. But as we disagree, let’s keep things in mind: that all life is precious; that a society is strong when it worries about the most vulnerable among us, whether it be those who are elderly, those who are sick, and those who are yet unborn,” Bush said.

As a conservative, I disagreed with much of what he did as President. (I did agree with the war, and still do.) But on this most important issue of life, he deserves my praise and admiration.

God bless you, President Bush. You served your country well.

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Government-run Health Care–Hurry Up and Die

Posted by MDViews on January 8, 2009

Chuck Colson is a favorite speaker and author of mine. He may even be a Calvinist, who knows. I know his faith runs deeper than the average evangelical bored with the gospel story and not understanding why living for Christ is so difficult and unsatisfying.

Anyway, in  his Breakpoint radio broadcast from today (which you can read here), he points out the consequences of government-run health care.

It seems an elderly gentleman in England, a country with socialized medicine, has kidney cancer which has spread to his lung. There is an expensive new treatment that would likely give him 6 months of remission, but the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (acronym, NICE, same as the acronym for the evil in Lewis’ That Hideous Strength. What irony.) says he doesn’t qualify. Mr. Colson doesn’t say the reason NICE gave, but implies later in the article that the medicine was too expensive or he was too old. Unfortunately, NICE does not allow this cancer patient to pay for part of the medicine to help him get it, as he could in most other European countries. He is just out of luck.

NICE has total control and decided to throw him under the bus. (Well, actually, just hasten his death, but you get the picture.) Government-run euthanasia by a faceless bureaucracy! How prescient Mr. Lewis was!

Mr. Colson states, “A government that takes upon itself the right to play God is a government that is not safe for its citizens.”

He’s right.

You’ve heard it all before and the chorus will be deafening in the next six months. Health care is too expensive. We must reign in costs. The government needs to take it over, since private health care has failed. (Never mind the rich from all over the world land their 747’s in tiny Rochester, MN, to avail themselves of the best health care in the world at the Mayo Clinic. Private health care, I might add.)

Once the fix is in, the chorus, dear reader, will not change. Health care will still be too expensive, only this time the tax payers will be on the hook. Costs must be reigned in. We must cut back on unnecessary or futile treatments.

But, dear reader, the only way to cut costs is to deny care. The first to be denied with be the most vulnerable, just like Mr. Colson’s story above.

Death is the ultimate cost-containment measure.  For that poor gentleman in England, the Dutch live just across the channel. How long before NICE suggests to patients such as this that a needle in the arm would be easier? Then, how long before NICE insists the a needle in the arm is proper? Then, how long before NICE requires the needle in the arm? Ask Baroness Warnock, a prominent English ethicist and politician, who last year said people with dementia had a duty to die, and has now said that doctors who refuse to help terminally ill patients kill themselves are “genuinely wicked”.

We must, with Mr. Colson, keep sounding the alarm.

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The Continued Push to Kill the Old

Posted by MDViews on January 7, 2009

I’ve posted on this topic before and I hate to be redundant, but more news comes out of the UK regarding the push for euthanasia.

It seems that a prominent ethicist and politician, Baroness Warnock, who last year said people with dementia had a duty to die, has now said that doctors who refuse to help terminally ill patients kill themselves are “genuinely wicked”.

Oh my. Genuinely wicked.

This fits with what I and others have said about social evil, whether that evil be abortion, euthanasia, perverted sexuality, acquittal of guilty, welfare (wealth without work), racism (special preference based on race) or sexism (special preference based on sex). Those who practice these evil deeds are never happy with permission. They want acceptance, moral agreement and participation. Thus, what follows is part of my previous comment.

The flip side of this [abortion] coin, euthanasia, will soon be faced by internists, family doctors and geriatricians dealing with end-of-life issues. Washington state has now passed the 2nd euthanasia law in the country. Other states will soon follow. Will there soon be a Roe v. Wade case for euthanasia winding its way through the legal system? Don’t be dazzled, dear reader, by such categories as active, passive, volutary or involuntary. Was the patient alive, and now dead? Did your act as a physician in some way contribute to that? Then it is euthanasia. The Dutch started with euthanasia with strict controls, but now admit it is actively practiced and most doctors who kill just falsify the death record to “avoid the red tape”. Voluntary always leads to involuntary and passive always leads to active.

Those who practice sin are never happy just to have permission. They want acceptance, moral agreement and participation. If euthanasia is now “allowed”, how long before it is required? Then, how long before medical students will no longer be admitted to medical school unless they sign a statement that they agree with participation in euthanasia? Should euthanasia become a requirement, we crusty old pro-lifers will raise a stink and a squeal, but the death industry has the press (main-stream media)  in its pocket. If pro-death crowd can stop pro-life students from being admitted to medical school, the outcry will soon fade.

So, dear reader, when you are old and infirm, pray that the fee you pay your doctor for medical care is more than the fee someone gives him to end your life. Otherwise, you could be ushed out of this life at the whim of the one with the most money and the most power.

The tide continues to turn. Help us, dear reader, however you can to stem this rising tide.

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Terri’s passing

Posted by MDViews on April 1, 2005

What is there to say about this tragedy? It was the perfect storm of liberals, lawyers and laws that resulted in her loving parents being denied the opportunity to care for their disabled daughter.

I pray that somehow, her parents and family can find purpose and peace in this loss.

And I pray that this will highlight and underscore the raw power possessed and exercised by the imperial judiciary. That by bringing this to light, citizens in these United States will vote in a way to limit that power and restore some balance to our government.

And I pray that those defending life will not be discouraged by this event and will continue the work for life with resolve, steadfastness and zeal.

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