Health Risks

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Prenatal test called an ‘emerging disaster’

A boy is born with no hands; a girl with one foot.  A British professor believes that these children are victims of Chorionic Villi Sampling – a “search and destroy” prenatal test. A prenatal test introduced about 10 years ago, and taken by women to ensure that their babies were safe from Down Syndrome and other genetic abnormalities, is being blamed for birth defects in dozens of children in Britain, and hundreds world-wide. Leading doctors believe that chorionic villi ... (Continue reading)

Who Will Make Your Decision

st people have contemplated what might happen to them if they were injured in a car accident and ended up in a coma. Geoff Cauchi completes the second part of his series on the role Ontario’s new Consent and Treatment legislation would play should this situation arise and suggests that you shouldn’t sign a Power of Attorney without proper pro-life medical and legal advice. Apart from the issue of consent to treatment for children and parental rights, the Substitute ... (Continue reading)

Fetal Transplant Study Expanded

Halifax. In December the Victoria General Hospital announced an expansion of its fetal brain tissue transplant program.  Begun in 1991, it involves transplanting living fetal brain tissue into the brains of selected patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Cells from several fetuses are needed for each injection. Implanted fetal tissue survived and slowed progression of the disease in the test patients, reports Dr. Bernard Badley, program head and hospital president. They remain significantly disabled, but “suffered not serious complications ... (Continue reading)

The Philippine experience

Talking about vaccines, does anyone recall the horrors of the Mexico and Philippine anti-tetanus vaccine campaigns? In October of 1994 Human Life International received a report from its Mexican branch “Comite Pro Vida di Mexico” on the anti-tetanus vaccine. About the same time, similar reports came from the Philippines via Sister Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS, of Pro-Life Philippines, where 3.4 million women were vaccinated. The groups were concerned with the strange implementation of the vaccination program. Only women of childbearing age (12-49) ... (Continue reading)

Overriding parental consent

In December, 1992, the Ontario Legislature passed the Consent to Treatment Act and the Substitute Decision Act , both of which are now expected to be proclaimed in force on April 3, 1995.  In general terms, the CTA sets out the legal conditions under which “health practitioners” are permitted to administer “treatment” to patients.  HPs are prohibited from administering a proposed treatment unless they have formed the opinion that either (a) the patient is capable of giving, and ... (Continue reading)

The Month in Review

Abortion in Ireland A new bill would “stem the flow” of Irish women seeking abortions in England, said Irish Justice Minister Nora Owen.  However, the pro-life movement and the Catholic Bishops have their doubts.  The Bill was introduced in February by the government to act on the results of a 1992 referendum which saw 60% of the country voting that abortion information be made legal.  While allowing doctors to give out the names and addresses of English abortion ... (Continue reading)

Groups fearful of government takeover

Volunteer-based groups which provide in-home service for the disabled and elderly question whether bureaucratic centralization will save money or pave the way to healthcare rationing. Ontario has a long history of community-based, volunteer-supported agencies helping the disabled and elderly to remain in their homes. All of this tradition was erased last December when the provincial government passed Bill 173.  What were the 12,000 agencies, will be reduced to 150 multi-service agencies (MSAs). Supporters argue that the MSAs will streamline the system and offer ... (Continue reading)

Who will decide your fate?

The government of Ontario recently passed new legislation which will greatly affect the medical treatment you receive should you be rendered unable to make your own decisions.  This new legislation is especially important to pro-lifers in light of the current push for euthanasia and health-care rationing. Will it provide doctors with a clear blueprint of the treatment you desire or will it stagnate the medical process with more time-consuming paperwork?  Paul Dodds, a lawyer in private practice ... (Continue reading)

Groups fearful of government takeover

Volunteer-based groups which provide in-home service for the disabled and elderly question whether bureaucratic centralization will save money or pave the way to healthcare rationing. Ontario has a long history of community-based, volunteer-supported agencies helping the disabled and elderly to remain in their homes. All of this tradition was erased last December when the provincial government passed Bill 173.  What were the 12,000 agencies, will be reduced to 150 multi-service agencies (MSAs). Supporters argue that the MSAs will streamline the system and offer ... (Continue reading)

Special needs children: Family’s hard work brings intensely gratifying results

Wow! Another boy! What a wonderful surprise! Five daughters and now two sons.  He looks like his siblings, blond round head.  A beautiful son. Little did we know that there were more surprises.  Daniel, our beautiful son, was born with Down Syndrome.  Even though we were told in the most gentle way – it was still a shock.  Guilt, sorrow, shock, denial and more guilt.  Yet after all the questions, it wasn’t long before we had accepted the challenge of our ... (Continue reading)

The most ‘happy, cheerful, delightful’ child ever

Mylomeningocele: little did we know we were going to learn all about this strange word when our third child was born.  All seemed normal with the pregnancy – just like the other two.  I did not have an ultrasound, but we were informed that it may not have shown anything anyway. He was born 12 days later and weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz.  The doctor told us that there were a couple of things wrong with him.  One was his feet ... (Continue reading)

Battling a history of alcohol abuse

A young man rises above his Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Studies show many social drinkers may worry too much about the possibility of F.A.S. Paul, who turned 25 on his last birthday, is a delightful young man.  When he comes home for the weekend, he fills our house with his talented piano playing and is always ready for a game of cards. Paul is small in stature.  His mental development is slow.  When he came to live with us at 15 months of ... (Continue reading)

IN THE NEWS

Another political ruling Vancouver – The BC Supreme Court has ruled that the province can no longer exclude same-sex partners from its Medicare definition of spouses.  The decision means homosexual couples will be entitled to the same medical coverage as any other couple. The Supreme Court’s ruling came in response to a court action launched by Timothy Knodel, a Vancouver male nurse.  Knodel launched his law suit because he felt “entitled” to spousal benefits from the province’s Medicare system after ... (Continue reading)

You were asking!

Articles on euthanasia refer to patients in a persistent vegetative state.  What exactly does this mean? P.M., Winnipeg, Man. Dr. Fred Plum, who is said to be the creator of this term, gave this definition when he testified as an expert witness in the Jobes case.  “Vegetative state describes a body which is functioning entirely in terms of its internal controls.  It maintains temperature.  It maintains heartbeat and pulmonary ventilation.  It maintains digestive activity.  It maintains reflex activity of ... (Continue reading)

International Commission condemns RU-486

As long as one year ago, the International Inquiry Commission on RU-486 released a strong condemnation of the drug.  It has taken a full year before the existence of the report has been revealed.  The report seems to have been stonewalled by the media. The International Commission, with its headquarters in France, says that RU-486 even combined with prostaglandin’s, is ineffective in inducing abortions.  It also states that the drug has many serious side effects, and that it’s claimed therapeutic ... (Continue reading)

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