Simon via Life Dynamics

Apparently murder is now a standard of care in the medical field. Didn’t get the notice? Well, hang on because today’s stories are going get your pulse up.

Let’s start in Corpus Christi, Texas at Driscoll Children’s Hospital where LifeNews reports doctors refused to give treatment to a 12-year old until the parents went to court:

Following a severe asthma attack on January 14, doctors at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi revived Joey Cronin but informed his parents they thought he had little hope to survive. Because of that, doctors refused to provide Joey with appropriate lifesaving medical treatment…

Doctors only gave him a ventilator after he started showing signs of improvement on his own. Yet, even then, they refused to give him a feeding tube. After a week without food, Joey slipped into a coma. So, even though the child was obviously fighting for his life, his doctors were starving him to death. Once the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom got involved and helped the parents obtain a court order, the doctors were forced to do their job and inserted the feeding tube. Now breathing on his own, his family is fighting to have their son transferred to another hospital before the current hospital declares him brain dead. If the hospital succeeds, they will obtain a death certificate and stop all medical care.

Now let’s move to Wisconsin where a 13-year old developmentally disabled boy died after doctors refused to give him treatment. Again at LifeNews:

A doctor with UW Hospitals and Clinics agreed to withhold treatment from a 13-year-old developmentally disabled boy given his “poor prognosis and poor quality of life” after only one meeting, no physical exam, no observation of his daily life, and no consultation with his long-term care team. UW physicians took him under their care, cut off his antibiotics for pneumonia, eliminated his nutrition and hydration, and sent him to hospice, where he died.

In this case a lawsuit against University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics has been filed.

In Missouri, the state government is finally reacting to the case of an infant that was murdered by doctors in 2010. Detailed at Life Dynamics, after Simon Crosier’s mother refused aborting him when he was diagnosed with a cleft lip, her OBGYN induced her due to “fetal anomaly;” a detail that was not shared with her as the reason for induction. When he was 3 days old, doctors diagnosed Simon with Trisomy 18 and, despite his parent’s wishes, began slowly killing him:

Sheryl said that medical professionals told them that some parents just do not feed their children when they have this diagnosis. She said that despite their continued statements that they wanted Simon, disabilities and all, the doctors took it upon themselves to stop feeding their son. “They weren’t feeding him. Anytime he fussed they were giving him drops of sucrose,” she stated.

Sheryl was pumping breast milk for her son and asked the nurse why they couldn’t use her milk. So, the nurse got the permission from doctors to feed Simon the milk, but after Sheryl received his medical records, she discovered that they were only authorized to “comfort feed.” “They put the least amount of breast milk through his NG tube. So, even though we were saying that we were not here to expedite his death – we want Simon special needs and all.”

Sheryl said she was constantly asked, “Do you want to do TO Simon or FOR Simon,” as if their wanting to prolong his life was cruel or inhumane. The doctors never gave Simon’s parents any options, Sheryl states, they took his care into their own hands and determined he was incompatible with life.

Simon survived outside the womb for 88 ½ days and he passed away on December 3, 2010.

Simon’s mother later discovered, “doctors had inserted a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) order in Simon’s chart which the couple NEVER signed.” HB113, which has been proposed in the Missouri House and is called Simon’s Law, would require hospitals to obtain written consent from parents or legal guardians before they could withhold life-saving treatments. Considering the culture of death that has taken hold across the country, Simon’s Law should be enacted as soon as possible in every state.

Lest you think lawmakers in Congress have quietly slinked away from the protecting life after the debacle over the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, reporting at Town Hall, Cortney O’Brien has news otherwise. While [mc_name name=”Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)” chamber=”house” mcid=”E000291″ ] was busy calling pro-lifers “abhorrent and childish,” Rep. Alex Mooney introduced the Life at Conception Act which will protect the right to life at the moment of conception. States O’Brien:

When Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, the judges overrode pro-life state laws and legalized abortion without determining when exactly human life began. Mooney said his bill would expose their ignorance and reverse that tragic court decision. It would give back power to the states to once again determine their own protections for the unborn.

The timing of the bill coincides with a new study that shows unborn babies feel pain much earlier than the already accepted 20-week timeframe. According to LifeNews, the Family Research Council has published a study that concludes pre-born infants can experience pain as early as 8 weeks – the time at which many women do not even realize they are pregnant. Noted by author Genevieve Plaster, “The current federal law reflects science from 1973.” The study, What Science Reveals About Fetal Pain, shows clearly that pro-aborts must deny modern science to stand by their flawed beliefs.

Speaking of flawed beliefs, the anti-vaxxers have (if nothing else) shed light on a long-standing issue within certain vaccines. That is, as Jill Stanek points out, that some vaccines contain aborted fetal cells. It’s an unfortunate position that pro-life parents have had to deal with for some time, but thanks to Right to Life of Michigan, there is now a list pro-lifers can print out to discuss with their pediatricians that gives alternative vaccines. Parents need to vaccinate their children, to protect them and others, but as with all things medical, we may have to fight protect all life.

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