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By James Arnold Posted on: | October 12, 2016
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D.C. Takes One Step Closer to Physician-Prescribed Death

 

Earlier this week, Washington D.C.'s Health and Human Services Committee voted to move something known as the "Death with Dignity Act" forward. The bill now heads to the full council, which will consider it on October 18th, according to Washington City Paper.

If you've considered similar bills in the past, there isn't really anything new here. If you want to read a bit about how this played out in California (hint: not well), check out this post from last year.

We've previously pointed out the dangers of physicians becoming arbiters of death rather than life, and we've pointed out that many doctors have no interest in killing their patients.

But the danger is not limited to the current issue, which is for terminally ill patients asking their doctors to kill them. In Canada, for example, some bioethicists argued recently that "Doctors must put patients' interests ahead of their own integrity." No, really.

And, perhaps more famously, we have this from Belgium. The country recently killed a minor. These dangers are not fantastical. They are a reality, all around the world. If the arguments that worked in Belgium find a foothold here in the U.S., physicians could find themselves in a position where a child is asking for death, and the physician could be required to comply or lose his or her job. That is frightening.

We'll keep you updated on D.C.'s bill, as it moves forward.

 
The Reality Is This: Majority of Americans Support Some Limits on Abortion

If you read primarily mainstream headlines, you may think that America is more or less divided on the issue of abortion.

Then again, if you read some mainstream headlines, you may think those camps are "pro-choice" and "anti-abortion."

But the division is hardly even. From The Federalist:

"[There is a] definitive 80 percent majority of Americans who believe abortions should at least be limited to the first trimester. This latest number comes from a July 2016 poll conducted by Marist, the polling agency used by the Wall Street Journal, McLatchy Corporation, and NBC News. The Marist poll also revealed that six out of ten self-identified pro-choice Americans believe abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy."

With 80 percent of Americans believing that abortion should be limited to the first trimester of pregnancy, at least limited pro-life policies should be easier to enact. Unfortunately, the political power held by groups like Planned Parenthood and one major political party means that policy makers are often out of touch with the views of the majority of Americans.

The Federalist continues:

"In June, the Supreme Court struck down common-sense abortion clinic health regulations. In response, Hillary Clinton called the court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt 'a victory for women across America.' But again, this view did not represent that of most Americans. The Marist poll also found that Americans strongly disagree with that Supreme Court decision, as 78 percent believe abortion clinics should meet the same standards as other surgery centers, and 70 percent of Americans want doctors who perform abortions to be required to have hospital admitting privileges."

So the next time somebody tells you that your pro-life views are not mainstream, or that you're a "fringe" thinker, you can offer up a gentle correction.


And, for more information on Planned Parenthood's political work in U.S. politics, take a look at this post from Marissa Mayer:

"In the last year and a half, more than a dozen states passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting those funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Outnumbering Planned Parenthood facilities nearly 20 to 1, these FQHCs are certainly more worthy of our tax dollars compared to a scandal-ridden abortion giant with an extensive rap sheet, fewer actual healthcare services, and a penchant for selling baby parts.

"It didn’t take long though for the abortion cronies to go into cleanup mode. From federal judges blocking state defund laws, to the Obama Administration funding Planned Parenthood directly through secretive grants, and pro-abortion members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives stonewalling the Planned Parenthood investigation at every turn, the abortion giant wasn’t going to let go of our tax dollars so easily."

Read the rest of the post here.


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James Arnold

News and Research Manager

James Arnold manages and edits the Alliance Alert, a daily repository of news in all forms—written, spoken, or in video format.

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