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Legalizing euthanasia and/or assisted suicide leads to more suicide.
Another study — actually, a study of other studies — has concluded that legalizing euthanasia and/or assisted suicide leads to more suicide. From “Does Legalising Assisted Suicide Make Things Better Or Worse?” published by the Anscombe Bioethics Center:
These studies have found that, after EAS is introduced:
- Rates of EAS increase significantly
- Rates of self-initiated deaths (EAS plus non-assisted suicide) increase significantly
- The increase in self-initiated death is disproportionately high in women
- Rates of non-assisted suicide also increase, in some cases significantly
It’s only logical. When the popular culture, media, some doctors, political advocates, and the law push some suicides, people with suicidal ideation for causes outside the (then) permitted legal parameters for facilitation hear the message that suicide is proper, which may encourage them to take lethal action, too
Every Pro-Life Republican Governor Who Signed an Abortion Ban Won Re-Election
To hear it from political pundits, abortion hurt Republicans in the midterm elections and the GOP should consider downplaying the pro-life message. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The reality is that pro- life candidates in states across the country fared well. And when it comes to Republican governors who signed abortion bans, every single one won their re-election.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks and championed it during the debate with Charlie Crist. DeSantis blew away Crist on election night, winning by 19%. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed his state’s heartbeat law protecting babies from abortions at 6 weeks and he won easily. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a similar law and handily beat Stacey Abrams 53-45. And in Oklahoma there was significant concern that Governor Kevin Stitt would be unseated because he signed an abortion ban, but he trounced his pro-abortion opponent by 14%.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed abortion bans in their states and the cruised to easy election wins over nominal opponents.
There’s no doubt that the Dobbs decision was a political earthquake – creating a unique opportunity for Democrats to motivate their depressed base and giving them the best opportunity they’ll ever have to use the issue politically. Democrats took the opportunity and ran with it, spending $391 million on abortion -focused TV ads alone during the general election, versus just $11 million on the GOP side.
“GOP pro-life candidates win in competitive races if they define their opponents as abortion extremists who support abortion on demand with no limits, and contrast that with a clearly defined pro-life position centered around consensus such as pain- capable or heartbeat limits,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement to LifeNews. “This must be the key takeaway for the GOP as we head into the 2024 presidential cycle, especially those eyeing a run for the White House.”
There’s Nothing Pro-Woman About Shoddy Standards For Abortion Pills That Can Kill Them.
Despite comprehensive data showing higher rates of complications and emergency room visits from chemical abortion, the abortion pill has been feted by the corporate media, promoted as “safe” by President Joe Biden, and subjected to increasingly lax oversight by the FDA.
All of this makes a little-heralded recent story in Politico even more interesting. An anonymous FDA source warns against the intensifying abortion industry campaign to give abortion pills to women and girls who are not pregnant. Politico quotes the unnamed FDA spokesman expressing concern that this approach poses new health risks to women: “Mifepristone is not approved for advance provision of a medical abortion.”
The anonymous source goes on to list several safety concerns including the inability of doctors to screen for ectopic pregnancy or properly date a pregnancy (abortion pill risks increase exponentially with each week of pregnancy).
There is little sign that the abortion industry cares about these concerns, as even the FDA has given mifepristone glancing affirmation in recent years. In fact, the FDA has been in more or less full retreat from its oversight of mifepristone.
Imagine being a parent and discovering that your 15 -year-old daughter has somehow obtained mifepristone and misoprostol via her school, a friend, or the internet. Imagine she is one of the women who endure up to 16 days of hemorrhaging from the drug, or that she is further along than the 10 weeks of pregnancy for which the drug is authorized. Imagine she delivers an extremely premature baby — which by 10 or 11 weeks of gestation will have fingers and toes and more than 4,000 distinct body parts — in the family bathroom, alone, frightened, and weighted with an unerasable memory.
This is increasingly the state of abortion in America. The abortion industry has steadily decreased expert medical care for pregnant women, ignored all standards of prudence, isolated the young without family or counseling support
— and, adding insult to injury — devised distribution schemes for abortion pills that will both foster and rely on the absence of public health oversight.
The FDA is right to finally be alarmed, but the hour is late.
Advocates grapple with details of potential amendment enshrining abortion rights in Ohio constitution.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the 2022 midterm elections over, reproductive rights groups across the state are looking ahead to placing a proposed amendment before voters to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution.
Last week, voters in five more states voted to either enshrine abortion rights or reject measures limiting them, and Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley said in her concession speech on election night that she would make codifying Roe v. Wade’s previous protections in Ohio a top priority.
The work, though, had already begun on pursuing a ballot campaign in Ohio, even if the details remain hazy. For abortion rights groups, the results of the Tuesday elections paint a bleak picture of the future, unless abortion and birth control rights are added to the Ohio Constitution.
In Ohio, the Republican-dominated legislature is expected to consider a ban on abortion in nearly all circumstances in coming months – possibly by the end of this year. Republicans currently have a veto-proof majority in the General Assembly.
Discussions continue among the abortion rights groups about whether to put a proposal on ballots in 2023 or 2024. They also are discussing whether a proposed amendment should include limits on abortion, such as allowing it only up to the point a fetus can survive outside a woman’s uterus, which with current medical technology is around 23 or 24 weeks.
A recent Baldwin Wallace University poll found 59.1% of Ohio registered voters would support a constitutional amendment to make abortion a fundamental right in the state. That poll also found that 27.1% of respondents thought abortion should always be permitted and 30.1% believes it should be permitted with limitations.
“If they put this on the ballot, we will announce a very big pushback,” said Aaron Baer, president of the conservative public policy organization the Center for Christian Virtue. “We’re prepared to defend the heartbeat bill. We didn’t come this far just to lose this ground… They’ll have more money than us. But I think that we’ve got more people and we’ve got more energy and we’ll mount a really strong, winning campaign.”