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Legislative

Reports

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STATE OF THINGS - MARCH 26, 2005
March 27th 2005 @ 5:26 pm

1. Terri Schiavo and the Court of Public Opinion-Editorial Comments
A) State bill SB 654 - Physician Assisted Suicide
2. Universal health care starting with the children of poor parents.

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Editorial Comments
According to a noon time Fox News report and interview with Schiavo Attorney and Choice in Dying advocate, George Felos, it would appear that all legal avenues to save Terri’s life are closed. The Schindler’s are to be greatly commended for their heroic fight to save their daughter’s life. There is no drug to assuage their pain and suffering. I have been very reluctant to offer my thoughts or make comments on the statements made by national figures some of which, but not all, have been very eloquent. With the media’s voracious appetite for talking heads almost everyone pro life or pro death has made their televised pronouncement on the value and meaning of life in general and Terri’s specifically.
In speaking with various people or reading commentaries it seems that everyone blames the other guy for Terri’s predicament and everyone claims that their particular interest in the matter has not been sufficiently aired, truly and especially those interests of the disabled community. they feel especially threatened for their own lives with this turn of events. It seems that everything is focused on the authority of the Courts to employ only objective non moral or ethical decisions.
I am not a lawyer, medical person or elected official, but what I am and what most of you are, is a consumer of those services and talents. We may not ever need the services of a lawyer or a Congressman, but almost all of us from the day we’re born call upon the services of the medical profession. Did you notice that no doctor involved in health care decisions for Terri were interviewed? Did you notice that no legislator or court official called for or conducted a hearing on new evidence in determining what Terri wanted and needed? The only Judge making any decisions has been Judge George Greer and all the others have just been backing him like the good old buddy system. The only way any pro life medical person or lawyer or elected official could be heard was to address the media and the court of public opinion. A resident of Kansas sent out an email informing people that the law firm of Felos and Felos had made a contribution to the Judge Greer for reelection campaign of 2004 according to the Florida state
records.
PRECEDENTS
Terri’s is not the first such case to receive such public and national publicity. It all began, so it seems, in the mid 1970s with the Karen Ann Quinlan case, directly following the Roe v Wade Decision which made abortion merely one of many reproductive health choices which seems to be the way food and nutrition is going. In that case Karen, a young woman, had mixed alcohol and drugs falling into a coma. She was placed on a respirator and feeding tube.
the parents sought to let her die by pulling the respirator, but to everyone’s surprise she continued breathing dying many years later.
The next case came in the late 1980s with Nancy Cruzan who suffered brain damage as the result of a late night car accident. Her nutrition and hydration was stopped by Court order requested by her parents. She died in 1990 following the same path, essentially, that Terri is undergoing. Her father later committed suicide.
There are many other recorded cases in which decisions were made to remove food and fluids and stop medications based mostly on hearsay of spouses or parents backed up by court rulings that the patient didn’t want to live that way. Also interesting is the fact that Ronald CranfordMD. another right to die proponent, and the one who pronounced Terri’s condition as PVS - persistent vegetative state - interviewed on tv in Terri’s case was the so-called medical expert in many of those cases stating that removing food and fluids was the way to go even for Alzheimer’s patients.
For a very thorough analysis of all these cases I recommend that you go to the web site for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force -www.IAETF.org.
The Fall, 1996 issue of Issues in Law and Medicine (Vol. 12, No.2) also has some very interesting reports. I especially like the one by James Bopp, Jr. J.D. and Richard E. Coleson, M.A.R. J.D. entitled A Critique of Family Members as Proxy Decision makers Without Legal Limits. That article lists 8 reasons why family members should not be decision makers in loved ones end of life decisions. To quote just one small paragraph:
“Where Family Members Are Allowed To Make Care Decisions For An Adult Relative With Severe Disabilities.
There should be limits against presuming waiver of the Right to LIfe. Limits on Quality-of-Life decisions, and limits on surrogate decisions to end life.”

“To protect the rights of severely disabled, incompetent persons, safeguards governing treatment decisions concerning such individuals should include
1) Limiting any presumption of a waiver of the right to life,
2) Limiting quality-of-life decisions to end another’s life, and
3) Limiting surrogate decisions to end another’s life to only those circumstances where there is a compelling justification.” We are now entering upon the stage in history when killing is kindness and living is cruelty
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Economics is the new determinant of respect for life.

SB 654, Patty Berg/Lloyd Levine, Physician Assisted Suicide
The following quote from an editorial in the L.A. Daily News by Michael J. Wissot sums up the thinking of the bill’s authors and sponsors:

“Let’s face it. There are those voices in the health care industry who value human life strictly in economic terms. We bristle at the notion that an HMO accountant may have a say in our health care treatment, but today, the debate is far more ominous.

Should 80 percent of lifetime health care dollars be spent on people in their last year of life, especially when they are no longer “contributing” economically?

That’s the question that health care executives have posed to the California Legislature. And as long as this powerful lobby can usurp policy-making through weak-willed legislators, the value of a human life will remain defined in dollars and cents.

ACTION: Please contact your Assembly member’s local, district office this coming week and state your opposition to SB 654. the phone number and location of the local office can be found in the front of your phone book under federal, state and local officials.
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IS HOSPICE A GOOD CHOICE?
Hospices are usually pretty good, but even here it pays to be careful. In the Southern California town of Canyon Country (zip code 91386) there is a hospice entitled Hospice for Choices run by Florence Wald, MSN. She established the first US hospice in Connecticut in 1974. Here is her mission statement as it appears on the web site: “I’ll tell you the way I see it, and I know that I differ from Cicely Saunders, who is very much against assisted suicide. I disagree with her view on the basis that there are cases in which either the pain or the debilitation the patient is experiencing is more than can be borne, whether it be economically, physically, emotionally, or socially. For this reason, I feel a range of options should be available to the patient, and this should include assisted suicide.” So, to quote tv detective Adrian Monk, “be careful out there.”
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Most State Voters Support Increasing Taxes To Insure All Children.

Isn’t it a paradox that we are encouraged to starve and dehydrate our disabled and elderly as a way to save taxpayer burdens but on the opposite end of life we are encouraged to pay more tax dollars to ’save” the children?

According to a March 23, 2005 California Healthline report:
“About 70% of state voters surveyed support increased taxes to provide health insurance to all children, according to a poll released Tuesday by the California Endowment, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. About 1,200 likely state voters participated in the poll.”
According to the poll, 63% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats favored guaranteeing health insurance to all children. The poll found that Hispanics and blacks were about 15% more likely than whites to support universal health coverage for children (Welton, San Luis Obispo Tribune, 3/23).
As a reminder universal health coverage means that each insured person, child or adult, becomes an independent contractor for services with the state. This makes them automatically eligible to receive birth control counseling and services and abortions. Parents surrender their child to the state for medical supervision. I fear that if the legislature passes the SB 654, assisted suicide will also be made available to teens and adults as yet just another health care service.
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PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW INITIATIVE. The deadline for turning in the Parents Right to Know initiative is fast approaching. Articles are beginning to appear in the news about the possibility of this initiative appearing on a November ballot (instead of the originally intended 2006 ballot) if the Governor’s initiatives gather enough signatures in time for a November special election. If it does ours will be the only initiative on the ballot dealing with human beings and their treatment. All the rest will be about finances.

HAPPY EASTER TO ONE AND ALL. MAY YOU REMAIN HEALTHY
AND WISE IN THIS TURBULENT YEAR.
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Camille Giglio
Ca. Right to Life Comm.

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
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