Monday, September 28, 2009

Life Links 9/28/09

The LA Times has an article about personhood efforts in various states.

Rita Marker shares how law enforcement personnel in one Washington city were recently trained to provide information about the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) to cancer patients.
The irony was not lost on one experienced negotiator in attendance:
"I find it interesting that, as crisis negotiators, we are trying to talk people out of killing themselves. But by the end of the afternoon, we had a social worker from the oncology department of the hospital talking about being able to assist people in killing themselves."

If, indeed, part of crisis management eventually includes offering suicide assistance, it could lead to a rather bizarre screening process. When a 911 call comes in, will there be an extra step in the screening process? If a person calls, asking for help for a suicidal family member, will the screener ask if the person is terminally ill? If not, crisis negotiators could be dispatched to the scene. But, if the suicidal person is terminally ill, will she be given C & C's toll free number - so C & C could dispatch assisted-suicide facilitators?

Jimmy Akin dismantles a recent blog post by Gregg Easterbrook encouraging society to embrace human cloning as a new means of having children.

The Socialist Party in Spain has revealed their plans to change their country’s abortion laws.
Under the proposed reforms, abortions would be allowed for women of 16 and over on demand up to the 14th week of pregnancy, and up to 22 weeks if there is a risk to the mother's health or if the foetus is deformed.

Women can also undergo the procedure after 22 weeks if the foetus has a serious or incurable illness.
The measure also plans to allow girls as young as 16 the ability to get abortions without parental consent.

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