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Monthly Archives: September 2020

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Salvation Army slams Street’s euthanasia bill

first_img3 News 27 March 2012The Salvation Army has spoken out against Labour MP Maryan Street’s intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill legalising voluntary euthanasia. The Nelson Mail reported that Ms Street plans to introduce an ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill, which will give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted death at a time of their choosing. Two previous attempts at passing legislation on legalised euthanasia – from Michael Laws in 1995, and Peter Brown in 2003 – failed to get through Parliament. Ms Street says the legislation would offer protection to family members and medical staff who had been asked by a terminally ill patient to help them end their life, but the Salvation Army says it could put pressure on the terminally ill to “choose an ‘early exit’”. The organisation, which believes euthanasia and assisted suicide are morally wrong regardless of illness or age, said in a statement that legalising voluntary euthanasia would “see New Zealand take steps towards non-voluntary euthanasia for those of limited mental capacity”.http://www.3news.co.nz/Salvation-Army-slams-Streets-euthanasia-bill/tabid/1607/articleID/248098/Default.aspx#ixzz1qFgEGws9Kiwis more open to euthanasia – MPTVNZ 27 March 2012A growing number of Kiwis support euthanasia and a fresh national discussion is needed on the subject, the MP at the heart of new debate around assisted suicide says. Labour list MP Maryan Street, who is working on a private member’s bill that would legalise some end-of-life options, told TV ONE’s Breakfast that the public attitude about euthanasia has changed. “I think more people now have seen loved ones in agonising situations at the end of their lives,” she said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-more-open-euthanasia-mp-4799304last_img read more

Multiple abortions increase risk of maternal death: new study

first_imgLifesite News.com 12 Sep 2012A single induced abortion increases the risk of maternal death by 45 percent compared to women with no history of abortion, according to a new studyof all women of reproductive age in Denmark over a 25 year period.The study found that each additional abortion is associated with an even higher death rate. Women who had two abortions were 114 percent more likely to die during the period examined, and women had three or more abortions had a 192 percent increased risk of death.Elevated rates of death were also observed among women who experienced miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies or other natural losses. Among women with a history of multiple pregnancies, women with a history of both abortions and natural losses, but no live births, had the highest mortality rate.Women who had never been pregnant had the highest mortality rate overall.However, women with a history of successful deliveries were the least likely to die during the 25 years examined.The study is the second record linkage analysis of Danish mortality data to be published this month.The earlier study was limited to comparing mortality rates following only the first pregnancy outcome. It found that abortion of a first pregnancy was associated with a higher rate of death compared to death rates among women who delivered a first pregnancy. The higher death rate among women who had abortions persisted for each of the first ten years following the first pregnancy outcome.The finding that each additional abortion or other pregnancy loss contributed to a rising death rate is an indication that the observed effects are more likely to be causal than incidental, according to Dr. David Reardon, one of the co-authors of both studies.Dr. Reardon is the director of the Elliot Institute, which funds research related to abortion. He believes further research is needed to explore how the outcomes observed in this latest study may be influenced by abortion’s impact on natural pregnancy losses. A new population study from Finland, for example, has found that abortion is associated with higher rates of preterm delivery, low birth weight delivery, and perinatal deaths in subsequent pregnancies.“We knew from our previous studies of low income women in California that women who have multiple pregnancy outcomes, such as having a history of both abortion and miscarriage, have significantly different mortality rates,” Reardon said.”But this new study is the first to examine how each experience with abortion or miscarriage contributes to higher mortality rates,” Reardon observed.An abstract of the study titled “Reproductive history patterns and long-term mortality rates: a Danish, population-based record linkage study,” with links to the full text, is available here.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/multiple-abortions-increase-risk-of-maternal-death-new-studylast_img read more

Nearly half of GPs back euthanasia – survey

first_img3News 20 February 2015Nearly half of Kiwi doctors are in favour of euthanasia, or physician-assisted dying (PAD), according to a survey covered in the New Zealand Medical Journal today.This lags well behind public support for PAD, which was measured at 82 percent in January by researchers at the University of Auckland.But the survey’s validity is being questioned by the NZMJ’s editors, who say it does “relatively little to further our knowledge”.According to a letter to the NZMJ from Voluntary Euthanasia Society chairman Dr Jack Havill, 200 GPs in the Waikato District Health Board area were sent letters presenting three different scenarios concerning PAD. The survey’s results were based on 78 responses.The first question asked: “Given adequate safeguards against abuse, do you support the passing of a law to allow a medical practitioner to give assistance to die, on request from a competent patient, 18 years and older, where the patient has end stage terminal disease (eg cancer), or is suffering from irreversible unbearable suffering (eg motor neurone disease, end stage respiratory failure)?”Thirty-seven GPs (47.3 percent) said they support PAD in this situation. An equal number oppose it, and four are unsure.The second question posed a similar scenario, except this time the patient – while still able to do so –writes a directive authorising PAD in the event they become incompetent.The same number of GPs – 47.3 percent backed PAD in this circumstance, with fewer opposed (43.6 percent) and more unsure (9 percent).The third question asked doctors if they would support PAD in the following scenario, provided the patient had given approval while still competent: “If I develop severe dementia resulting from Alzheimer’s disease, or degenerative brain disease due to arterial disease or other agency, where my mental competence has deteriorated to the extent that I am no longer able to recognise close relatives or friends, and am totally dependent on others for basic physical needs e.g. eating food and drinking fluids, spoon feeding, toileting for incontinence, dressing, I would request that I be given medical assistance to die.”Only 31 of the 78 doctors said they’d support PAD in this case (39.5 percent), with half opposed and the rest unsure.Dr Havill says the results show nearly half of GPs “support or would probably support” euthanasia in certain circumstances, and that it is “reasonably certain” that New Zealand will adopt some form of PAD law in the next few years.“Hopefully our professional medical and nursing bodies can take part in the framing of the law and regulations as this happens.”But the study’s methodology has been questioned by editors of the NZMJ, who say the survey’s response rate was “poor”, and it is likely that “only those GPs with firm views, supportive or otherwise, who bothered to reply”.“But nonetheless, that about 40 Waikato GPs would be willing to hasten the deaths of their patients, even if they are mentally incompetent, is noteworthy,” writes Assoc Prof Sandy Macleod of the Health Sciences Centre at the University of Canterbury.“We certainly need to manage the dying better. We need good research, wise expert opinion and fair legislation. We lack these. Dying is not invariably easy, and clumsy medicine can aggravate it.“But is it best to give up and terminate life by the violence of non-physiological pharmacology?”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/nearly-half-of-gps-back-euthanasia—survey-2015021913#axzz3S7VtQB6alast_img read more

Drug Foundation calls for decriminalisation of all drugs, regulated cannabis market

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 July 2017Family First Comment: Just to remove any uncertainty of where they stand and their ultimate agenda – cocaine, heroin, P, weed – yep, ALL of them. Shocking.Criminal penalties for the possession, use and social supply of all drugs – not just cannabis – should be scrapped, the Drug Foundation has proposed.It announced the policy on Wednesday at its Parliamentary symposium, also calling for a strictly regulated cannabis market and more resources for prevention, education and treatment.Current laws were making criminals out of people when harmful drug use needed to be treated as a health issue, said policy author Kali Mercier.Under the Drug Foundation’s policy, the commercial supply and trafficking of drugs would still be punished, but people who were caught with drugs for their own use would not face criminal penalties.It was similar to the Portugal model, which the foundation said had produced early positive evidence of reduced drug use, fewer offenders in prison, fewer court cases and a reduction in HIV infections and overdoses.Under the foundation’s model, if police found a person in possession of drugs, they would issue a “mandatory caution” and also give that person health information and legal advice.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/94411364/Drug-Foundation-calls-for-decriminalisation-of-all-drugs-regulated-cannabis-marketKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 June 2018Family First Comment: “Parliaments around the world consistently reject bills like this one, because they recognise that the risks are simply too great. Even the most tightly restricted version of this bill would see people slip through the cracks—people who are misdiagnosed, who feel like a burden, who aren’t caught by the safeguards. Their deaths would be wrongful deaths—wrong according to the bill’s own criteria.”Protect.org.nzOPINION: Parliament has started hearing submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill, and if the last round of submissions is anything to go by, they’ll hear a lot of opposition.In response, MPs may be tempted to think they can fix the bill – narrowing the scope, tightening the wording, maybe limiting it to terminal illness and ditching the current provision for grievous and irremediable medical conditions. But in reality, even the safest version of this bill would be dangerous.This is a hard thing to say and to hear, when there are many stories of suffering and pain that each of us will hope we never have to go through. Both sides of the debate are motivated by compassion and concern for the vulnerable. No-one is coming at this with the intent to harm, but good intentions are not enough.Researching the international law and experience in places like Oregon, Washington State, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, shows four main issues with even a restricted version of the bill.First, the eligibility criteria would be broad. Even if limited to people with a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months, doctors acknowledge that prognosis is more art than science. Oregon has a provision like this, but their official reports show that in 2017, somewhere between one and 14 people who were prescribed lethal drugs went on to live longer than their six-month prognosis.Second, other jurisdictions have failed to craft effective safeguards. For example, the bill states that a person must express a desire for euthanasia or assisted suicide free from pressure. However, pressure is very difficult to detect and requires a long-term relationship between doctor and patient. In Oregon last year, the median doctor-patient relationship before an assisted suicide prescription was just 10 weeks.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104832498/end-of-life-choice-bill-contains-flaws-that-are-impossible-to-fixKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Family First backs Taupō mother ‘horrified’ by naked swimmers

first_imgNZ Herald 24 January 2020Family First Comment: “freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour. Public nudity will offend against generally prevailing community standards of decency. Most families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women or ‘adult behaviour’… It is not for those families to ‘get out of the way’.”Lobby group Family First has put its support behind a Taupō mother who said she was “horrified” by naked swimmers in the district.Katrina Payne said 14 naked men and women at a popular swimming spot on Monday night deserved to be fined, after they arrived at Spa Thermal Park, where she swam with her 13-year-old daughter Hollie.The public reserve is in need of a “g-string ban” according to other concerned Taupō mothers who spoke to NZME earlier this month.In a public statement, Family First’s national director Bob McCoskrie has called on councils “to amend their bylaws to clarify clearly that nudity is banned from public places”.He said: “freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour.”“Public nudity will offend against generally prevailing community standards of decency.”In his opinion: “Most families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women or ‘adult behaviour’… It is not for those families to ‘get out of the way’.”“It is also important to note that family nakedness in the home is completely different to stranger nakedness in public… These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and do it at home.”Taupō mayor David Tewavas told NZME today councillors hadn’t discussed the issue and it was “a matter of the common courtesies of life”.“The town is absolutely jam-packed with people, chock-a-block with visitors at the moment.”http://nzh.tw/12303088  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Boko Haram:Regional force formed to tackle militants

first_imgNigeria and its neighbours  have agreed  to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram.Analysts say this is yet another clear sign of President Muhammadu Buhari’s intent to crush the Islamist militant group during his tenure.The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling the militants a key campaign pledge.Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.Cameroon will take the number two role of “deputy first commander” for an initial 12 months while a Chadian will be appointed chief of staff, again for the first year.The decision that the force should be led by a Nigerian commander came after Mr Buhari rejected calls for leadership to rotate between the countries.National contingents of troops for the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin should be deployed by July 30.Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced 1.5 million people in their six-year fight to establish an Islamic state in north-eastern Nigeria.Squashing the insurgency was one of Mr Buhari’s main campaign promises, in contrast to his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, who was accused of inaction in tackling the Islamist extremist group.Boko Haram has also kidnapped hundreds  of girls and women and even using children as suicide bombers.Nigeria has promised $100 million for the “smooth take-off” of the MNJTF, Mr Buhari said on Thursday, but added that longer-term funding was still a “major issue”.The partners called for financial backing from the African Union for “operations, logistics and general mission support” and asked the UN Security Council for its backing for the force. The purported leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekahulast_img read more

Bastian Schweinsteiger signs to Manchester United

first_imgBastian Schweinsteiger is set to join Manchester United in a £15m deal. United have signed the German player on a three-year contract from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.The 30-year-old midfielder played under United boss Louis Van Gaal while the Dutchman managed Bayern between 2009 and 2011.“Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for,” said Schweinsteiger. “I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.”The German star is expected to bring quality and experience to United midfield. Bayern have a ready-made replacement in Thiago Alcantara.Bayern Munich fans booed the decision to let their talisman leave the club. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been at the club for 17 years, played in over 500 competitive games, and won 20 trophies.last_img read more

Nigeria can’t meet December deadline of crushing Boko Haram

first_imgNigeria’s military cannot meet the president’s December deadline to crush Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, and Nigerians must expect suicide bombings to continue, a government spokesman said Thursday.Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication said the deadline “may be unrealistic” and warned Nigerians not to view December as a “sacrosanct date when all suicide bombings will end.”The 6-year-old uprising already has killed 20,000 people and driven 2.3 million from the homes.“The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the frontline states, is therefore not tenable,” Anas said.Forces from Nigeria and neighboring Chad earlier this year drove the extremists out of areas in which they had proclaimed an Islamic caliphate. Recently, the Nigerian Air Force and ground troops have reported destroying numerous Boko Haram camps and freeing more than 1,000 kidnap victims.In June, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to crush the insurgency by December, but the extremists have pushed back with village raids and urban suicide bombings that have killed more than 1,500 people.They have also continued to strike in neighboring countries. On Wednesday night, suspected Boko Haram militants raided a town in southeast Niger, killing 18 people and kidnapping a 3-year-old girl, according to a statement read out on state TV Thursday night.Last month, Buhari told the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, Gen. David Rodriguez, that improved training, weapons, logistics and welfare had put Nigerian forces in a stronger position.Boko Haram was named the world’s most deadly extremist group in the Global Terrorism Index last week, with 6,644 deaths attributed to it in 2014 — more than any other extremist group.last_img read more

Spicy Grilled Pork Chops.

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle Spicy Grilled Pork Chops. by: – May 25, 2011 Spicy Grilled Pork ChopsMarinated in chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and hot pepper sauce these easy-to-prepare Spicy Grilled Pork Chops are guaranteed to live up to their name.Marinated pork chops are placed on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals and cooked for 11 to 14 minutes, turning once. Serve with optional mango slices and chopped chile peppers for a delicious summer meal.Ingredients:4 pork rib chops, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1-3/4 pounds total)1/4 cup lime juice1 tablespoon chili powder1 tablespoon olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce1/4 teaspoon saltSliced mango and/or fresh chile peppers (optional)Directions:Place chops in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl, stir together lime juice, chili powder, oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, hot pepper sauce, and salt; pour over chops. Seal bag; turn to coat chops. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain chops, discarding marinade.Place chops on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 11 to 14 minutes or until pork juices run clear (160 degree F), turning once. If desired, garnish with mango and/or chile peppers. Makes 4 servings. Recipe source: BHG.comcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more