by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
LEICESTER, England - According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a young British man owes his life to an insistent father who would not allow his son’s organs to be removed from his body, despite assurances from four doctors that his son could not recover from the wounds he had suffered in a recent car accident.
The Mail reports that Stephen Thorpe, then 17, was placed in a medically-induced coma following a multi-car pileup that had already taken the life of his friend Matthew, who was driving the vehicle.
Although a team of four physicians insisted that his son was “brain-dead” following the wreck, Thorpe’s father enlisted the help of a general practitioner and a neurologist, who demonstrated that his son still had brain wave activity. The doctors agreed to bring him out of the coma, and five weeks later Thorpe left the hospital, having almost completely recovered.
Today, the 21-year-old with “brain damage” is studying accounting at a local university. “‘My impression is maybe the hospital weren’t very happy that my father wanted a second opinion,” he told the Mail.
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45 years ago today - April 25, 1967 - The infamous day Colorado opened the door to the American genocide
"Exceptions to the equal protection of all persons opened the door to abortion on demand, and the subsequent brutal killing in this country of more than fifty million of our fellow human beings. And it is exceptions that keep that doorway to hell wide open."
-- Tom Hoefling, April 25, 2012
2012 Presidential nominee, America's Party
Equal Protection for Posterity
This Day In History - April 25, 1967
[Republican] Governor John A. Love of Colorado signs the first liberalized abortion law (based upon a model created by the American Law Institute) in the United States, allowing abortion in cases of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or mother or in cases of rape or incest.
This amended Colorado law on abortion has been on the books for over 100 years. Similar laws will soon be passed in California, Oregon, and North Carolina.
According to Governor Love,
"The new law does several things. First it extends beyond the possible death of the woman or her serious physical injury to include mental impairment of a serious and permanent nature when verified by a psychiatrist. It also extends to cases in which it is likely that the child would have a grave and permanent physical deformity or mental retardation. Finally it extends to certain cases of rape and incest. ...
The bill itself is completely permissive, not requiring any hospital, doctor, nurse, potential mother or any other person to act in any way to terminate a pregnancy at any time."Early in the legislative session, Governor Love reportedly said that easing abortion restrictions "sounds like something I can support." Now, however, he says:
"The action of the Legislature in passing a bill which seeks to amend Colorado law in regard to the legal termination of certain pregnancies has presented to me one of the more important and difficult decisions of my experience in office." Leonard Carlin, president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Denver, says
"My impression was that he was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the bill."
As an art student, Martin Hudáček of Slovakia was moved to create a sculpture to draw attention to the devastation abortion can bring to the woman, and to the fact that through the love and mercy of God, reconciliation and healing are possible. The sculpture shows a woman in great sorrow grieving her abortion. The second figure in the work is the aborted child, presented as a young child, who in a very touching, healing way, comes to the mother, to offer forgiveness.
Martin, who named the work “Memorial for Unborn Children,” said the sculpture also “expresses hope which is given to believers by the One who died on the cross for us, and showed how much He cares about all of us.”
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The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's chilling story reveals
By John Naish
When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat.
Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age.
His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms.
Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery he needed — and as a result his cancer was actually cured. Four years on, he is a sprightly 82-year-old who works out at the gym, drives a sports car and competes in a rowing team.
‘You could call his recovery amazing,’ says Michele, 51. ‘It is certainly a gift. But the fact is that he was written off because of his age. He was left to suffer so much, and so unnecessarily.’
Sadly, Kenneth’s story is symptomatic of a dreadful truth. According to shocking new research by Macmillan Cancer Support, every year many thousands of older people are routinely denied life-saving NHS treatments because their doctors write them off as too old to treat.
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The University of Notre Dame has stood by its decision to publish a list of “internship opportunities” on its website that includes pro-abortion and leftist organizations, while one professor at the school has lashed out at members of the conservative group petitioning against the listing, calling them “monsters.”
TFP Student Action, the conservative watchdog group that is leading a 10,000-strong petition against the school’s inclusion of pro-abortion groups on an internship web page, reported Friday that not only had Notre Dame kept the listings, but that the school was found to have funded some of the problematic internships.
The school’s Department of Political Science continues to link to groups such as Emily’s List, Feminist Majority Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund as “Summer Internship Programs.” Since TFP’s petition was launched, however, a sentence has been added to the top of the page stating: “Listing here does not constitute an endorsement of the mission of agenda of these organizations by the department or the University.”
Notre Dame officials had initially criticized TFP for “misrepesenting” the internship listings as a school-sponsored offer, arguing that it was simply a listing of previous internships attended by Notre Dame students. A later message from the office of the president to a TFP supporter posted by the group emphasized that the group’s initial statement, which had been amended by TFP to accommodate the correction, was “false” and “unsubstantiated.”
However, the groups writes: “Those live links are still listed as ‘opportunities.’ And what are students expected to understand from the term ‘opportunity’ other than just that – opportunity?”
Meanwhile, one member of the university’s faculty gave vent to anger at the petitioners: an email from the professor forwarded to LifeSiteNews.com told TFP to “back off, you monsters” and defended organizations such as Emily’s List as doing “fabulous work.”
“You should be ashamed of yourselves, with your bullying ‘oral’ tactics. Wake up. Do you think only Christians like you have a purchase on morality?” the professor continued. “Remember the Inquisition. Remember the Holocaust when your Pope refused to protect Jews and collaborated with the Nazi [sic]. Remember your priests who even today choose to fondle little boys with no choice in the matter. ... Back off with your morality. You wouldn’t know what it was iof [sic] it was poured over your head.”
“Clearly, not all professors at Notre Dame respect the Catholic faith or the right to life,” remarked TFP on its website.
The group also pointed to the discovery of blogger Kathy Schiffer at Patheos.com that the school had in fact funded internships to questionable groups, including the National Organization for Women in 2008, the Anti-Defamation League of Boston in 2009, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which destroys leftover embryos from in-vitro fertilization to conduct some of its research.
TFP Student Action says that it will continue to peacefully petition the school to remove the “internship opportunity” links, which they called “misleading and morally confusing.”
“The fact that Notre Dame students have served as interns for pro-abortion organizations in the past should cause embarrassment, not pride,” said the group.
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