Three McGill University Doctors Link Abortions to Cerebral Palsy Risk

To get a yawn from a premature birth medical expert, tell him/her that any previous medical treatment that raises premature birth risk, also elevates the future risk of the newborn baby having the brain injury that is Cerebral Palsy (CP). That is very established (over 50 years) news, and well known. In 2013, three (3) McGill University doctors, led by Dr. Ghislain Hardy, linked induced abortions (IAs) to significantly raised CP risk.[1, Hardy]; http://www.jogc.com/abstracts/full/201302_Obstetrics_5.pdf How? By finding that women in Quebec (Canada) with prior IAs have 1.45 times the risk of very preterm deliveries (under 32.0 weeks gestation) and about double the risk of extremely preterm births as Quebec women with zero prior induced abortions. Dr. Hardy et al., simply by finding significantly raised premature birth risk, CLEARLY IMPLIED future elevated risk of CEREBRAL PALSY was plausible. IF a study finds that high stress increases the risk that young men will start smoking cigarettes, that by itself without any explicit statement by the research authors, has shown a plausible link between high stress for young men and raised lung cancer risk (via starting smoking). Extremely premature (under 28 weeks gestation) newborn babies have 129 times the CP risk as do full-term newborn babies according to the 2008 ‘study of studies’ by Evelyn Himpens et al.[2, Himpens] The 2013 ‘Hardy’ study is not the only paper to report XPB (extremely preterm birth) risk due to prior induced abortions. The ‘Hardy’ study is the eleventh (11th) such study, with all 11 studies being listed at URL: http://justiceforkids.webs.com/chapter4140studies.htm [3, Rooney] Opposed to these 11 statistically significant studies are a grand total of...

Quebec Ethicist: ‘Tax Breaks for Organs’ (2010)

A Quebec philosopher and ethicist has proposed that governments promote organ harvesting by offering tax credits to the individual’s family members. But according to one expert on ‘brain death,’ people are right to have a healthy fear of organ harvesting and, rather than being offered “government bribes,” they should be given more education about the problems inherent to the practice. Jurgen De Wispelaere, a visiting fellow with the Université de Montréal’s Centre for Ethics Research, presented his plan in a paper 2 weeks ago at the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Montreal’s Concordia University. De Wispelaere says that approximately 50% of all potentially available organs are not used due to a lack of consent from families or the hesitancy of medical staff because of unclear consent. Consequently, there is a shortage of organs that must be addressed by public policy, he says, arguing that organ harvesting presents a “tremendous social benefit” by increasing the quality of life of people who are able to return to active life. Maintaining that governments must go beyond mere encouragement, he proposes a two-pronged strategy to secure more organs. First, he proposes creating a ‘second consenter,’ named by the person whose organs are sought, who would be able to vouch for the donor’s wishes upon his or her death. Second, he suggests creating organ transplant tax credit programs, whereby the second consenter would be entitled to a tax credit after the donor’s death. This approach, he says, would give the second consenter an incentive not to change his mind or back out of his commitment. In De Wispelaere’s plan, the...

Quebec Legalizes Euthanasia; Next, Quebec Requires Hospitals & Nursing Homes to Offer Euthanasia… (2014)

Quebec Law in 2014 Requires All Hospitals, Nursing Homes to Offer Euthanasia Late last week, a radical new euthanasia bill passed into law by a free vote in the National Assembly in Quebec… http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/11/new-quebec-law-requires-all-hospitals-nursing-homes-to-offer-euthanasia/     Quebec, Canada’s largest and arguably most politically liberal province, has become the only jurisdiction in North America to ever legalize euthanasia. Earlier this year, Bill 52, An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care, technically died when the Quebec National Assembly failed to vote on it in February before the Assembly recessed and a new election was scheduled. But after the National Assembly reconvened with a new government installed, the bill was resurrected and passed easily on June 5 by a vote of 94 to 22. It is due to take effect 18 months after passage. The new law permits both direct euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide without ever using those terms. Instead, the terms are replaced by the euphemism “medical aid-in-dying” in an attempt by drafters to redefine those death-inducing actions as medical treatment, thereby circumventing Canada’s Criminal Code that clearly makes both euthanasia and assisted suicide punishable crimes. It was a clever ploy because, in Canada, the federal government has jurisdiction over criminal matters, but the provinces have jurisdiction over health care. While it is likely that the federal government will challenge Quebec’s law in court, no action has been taken as of this writing. A Justice Ministry spokeswoman did state, “It is our government’s position that the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia are constitutionally valid, and in place to protect all persons.…” [Globe & Mail, 6/5/14] Meanwhile, a recent court challenge...