November 2016 Newsletter

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Life Affirming News



Where to Start When Adoption is Tugging at Your Heart: Embryo Adoption

Kim Laube, B.A. / LifeDate / Fall 2016

Embryo Adoption, also known as Embryo Rescue, involves accepting embryos of another couple who created them through in vitro fertilization but no longer intend to implant or carry them to birth for various reasons.

Embryo Adoption legally speaking is not an adoption but rather is a legal transfer of property —though, of course, we as Christians would never settle for referring to a fellow human being in such terms—where the genetic family (donating) cannot accept any payment from the receiving family (adopting). Costs are associated with the social and legal work and medical procedures involved.

Risks include implanted embryos not resulting in pregnancy. Commonly, however, there is more than one embryo in the property transfer, so an additional attempt for pregnancy is possible in some cases.

Frozen embryos whose genetic family has determined not to implant them are extremely vulnerable. Many will be thawed and discarded. Their only chance at birth may be an adopting family. Frozen embryos are not merely “potential life” but rather life with potential.


More Effective Killing

Obstetrics and Gynecology has published a new clinical trial looking at digoxin doses to kill fetuses more effectively, performed by  Dr. Nucatola of Planned Parenthood, who is now famous for her quote about changing abortion techniques to “less crunchable” procedures in order to harvest better fetal specimens.

The callous inhumanity with which these clinicians kill their patients and report their outcomes would have made the Nazi’s proud.

As medical professionals, we will continue to speak out against that calloused inhumanity with the voice of medical professionals who still value their oath to do no harm.   But we need your help to continue to do so.

Donna J. Harrison M.D. Executive Director

American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists


Michigan Appeals Court Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection from the Right to Life of Michigan blog.)/Oct. 27, 2016

What happens in Michigan when a pregnant woman is assaulted? Recently Michigan’s prenatal protection laws came in handy in making sure a criminal spent more time behind bars.

Samuel Demetrious Ambrose was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for some pretty heinous actions:

Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Kevin W. Cronin sentenced Ambrose to a minimum of four years in prison for the May 2014 assault and witness intimidation. His sentence was lengthened because the judge counted the woman’s unborn child as a second victim.

“I can’t remember when I’ve been so appalled at a defendant’s behavior of what – what cruelty, what total disregard for human life and decency there was in this particular incident,” Cronin said at sentencing. He compared the assault to water-boarding.

The trial court ruled that Ambrose harmed two victims, classifying the mother’s unborn child as a victim. Ambrose challenged the terms of his sentence; his lawyer argued that the unborn child should not be counted as a second victim because the child is not a “person.”

On October 26 the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the child can be considered a victim, because Michigan’s law clearly refers to “victims,” not “persons,” and based on our state’s Prenatal Protection Act, the Legislature clearly intended unborn children to be counted as potential victims of a crime. Ambrose’s enhanced sentence of 32 to 48 months in prison for felonious assault will stand.

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Michigan updated protections for unborn children by passing the Prenatal Protection Act in 1999. Previously the child had to be born alive and then die in order to be counted as a victim of a crime committed while the child was in the womb.

The born-alive rule was necessary as a matter of evidence before the advent of ultrasound, because the only way to know a child in the womb was alive at any point (and harmed by the criminal action) was the mother reporting her experience of the baby moving. Thanks to modern medicine, documenting the life of the child in the womb is easy and undeniable.


Proposition 106 to Legalize Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Colorado is Full of Problems

Attorney Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, which has fought assisted suicide and euthanasia legalization efforts in many states, made the following statement in connection with Prop. 106, a pending ballot measure that seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Colorado.

“Choice is an Illusion has launched a new website, “Choice is an Illusion Colorado,” specifically to fight Prop. 106 in these last ten days before the election,” said Dore. “The website’s purpose is to set the record straight on a deceptive and fraudulent measure that promises choice and control for individuals, but takes that choice away.”

“Prop. 106 seeks to legalize physician-assisted suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined,” said Dore. “Prop. 106 is described as ‘aid in dying,’ but its reach is not limited to dying people. ‘Eligible’ persons may have years, even decades, to live.”

Dore said, “The patient’s heir, who will financially benefit from the patient’s death, is allowed to actively participate in signing the patient up for the lethal dose. There is no oversight over administration.” Dore elaborated, “No doctor, not even a witness, is required to be present at the death.” Dore said, “Even if the patient struggled, who would know? Prop. 106 creates the perfect crime.”

“I live in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal,” said Dore. “Oregon is right next door.”

Dore continued, “So far, I have had two cases where there was trauma suffered in connection with legal assisted suicide.”

“In the first case,” said Dore, “one side of the family wanted my client’s father to take the lethal dose while the other side did not. The father spent the last months of his life caught in the middle and torn over whether he should kill himself. He died the old fashioned way, but his family was torn apart.” Dore said, “In the other case, it’s not clear that death by the lethal dose was voluntary.”

Dore added, “Prop. 106 seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia for people who are ‘terminal,’ which is defined as a prediction of less than six months to live. In real life, such persons can have years to live.”

“One reason,” said Dore, “is that the ‘six months to live’ is determined without treatment.” “To illustrate,” Dore said, “I have a friend in Oregon who was talked out of assisted suicide sixteen years ago. Her doctor convinced her to be treated for cancer instead.”

“If Prop. 106 becomes law, there will be new lethal paths of elder abuse, which will be legally sanctioned and hidden from view,” said Dore. “People with years, even decades to live, will be encouraged to throw away their lives. Even if you like the concept of assisted suicide and euthanasia, Prop. 106 is the wrong law.”



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