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Topics on this page: Efforts to restrict divorce | Oregon's Death with Dignity law | Terry Schiavo | Fear mongering about euthanasia

Gulf War Veteran In the Fight of His Life

By Jason T. Christy, The Conservative Voice, June 18, 2007.

Gulf War veteran and father, Jesse Ramirez, is in the biggest fight of his life, literally. Ramirez, 36, was hospitalized with serious head injuries after a May 30 car accident. Jesse Ramirez is a devoted father of three children: Justin (17), Kasey (14) and Austin (11). His family says he enjoys spending his time away from his job at the U.S. Postal service playing video games with his children, taking them to movies and sharing stories about his time in the Navy. Jesse has worked tirelessly to keep his family together throughout his twenty-year marriage. According to court documents, Jesses and Rebecca had ongoing marital problems, and at one time, had been separated for as long as five months. Jesse always persevered, though it is reported he often suspected his wife of extra-marital affairs, including May 30th, the day of the near fatal car accident, in which police reports indicate they were arguing again.

On June 8, his wife, Rebecca, 33, told doctors to disconnect his feeding and hydration tubes and move him to a hospice facility, where he would succumb to dehydration. In Arizona, the law allows for critically ill patients to discontinue medical treatment if they wish. In the absence of a living, the law permits the spouse to make these crucial decisions, with the caveat that those decision be in the best interest of the patient. Continue.

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Supreme Court upholds Oregon's Death With Dignity Law

Supreme Court rules in favor of doctor-assisted suicide

By Heather J. Ciras,, January 19, 2006

The Supreme Court ruled in January against the U.S. federal government’s attempt to end Oregon’s one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, a decision that has people of faith either celebrating or in an uproar.

Additionally, while the Supreme Court ruling hinged on a technical point regarding the distribution of medical drugs, some people of faith are concerned that states will enact similar laws around the country. Click here for the report.

Oregon's Right-to-Die Victory Doesn't End the Debate
The court decision boosts legislation in other states, but conservatives call for a national ban

By Margot Roosevelt, Time Online, January 18, 2006

Time's concise report on the Court's decision contains all the relevant facts, plus links to background articles on the Oregon law and the Terry Schiavo case. Click here for the report.

Editorial: The Assisted-Suicide Decision

New York Times, January 19, 2006

"The Supreme Court smacked former Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Bush administration when it ruled 6 to 3 that the Justice Department had gone beyond its authority in trying to undermine an assisted-suicide law in Oregon. The only disquieting note was that the new chief justice, John Roberts Jr., who had assured senators that he believed people had "the right to be let alone," nevertheless joined the dissenters in arguing that the federal government had the power to block Oregon's pioneering effort to let terminally ill patients end their own lives humanely." Click here to read the editorial.

Terri Schiavo

The battle over the legacy of Terri Schiavo
The vilification of Michael Schiavo continues

Bill Berkowitz, WorkingForChange via, April 6, 2006

As the first anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo - the woman who had been in a “persistent vegetative state” since 1990, and whose case dominated the headlines and 24/7 cable television newscasts a year ago - approached, the battle over her life, which had taken place in the courts, in the nation's capital, and on the streets outside her hospice room, shifted to a battle over her legacy, which is being fought out in several state legislatures and at bookstores around the nation. Continue

Terri Schiavo's widower takes aim at politicians

By Jane Sutton, Reuters, December 7, 2005

Terri Schiavo's widower launched a political action committee on Wednesday aimed at defeating elected officials he accused of exploiting a tragedy for political gain by trying to block court orders that allowed his brain-damaged wife to die Click here to read the report.

Efforts to restrict divorce

Group Behind Virginia Anti-Gay Amendment Now Targets Divorcing Straight Couples

by Newscenter Staff, January 5, 2007

(Richmond, Virginia) The organization that mounted the successful bid to amend Virginia's constitution to block same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits says it will now concentrate on making it more difficult for straight couples to break up.

Voters approved the gay marriage ban in November. Now the Family Foundation of Virginia has begun a drive to end no-fault divorce in the state. Continue.

Fear mongering about euthanasia

Bills threaten unborn & elderly, leaders say

by Tom Strode, Baptist Press, August 3, 2007

WASHINGTON (BP)--Congress has approved legislation to expand a health insurance program for children that could remove protections for unborn babies and the elderly, according to pro-life organizations.

The Senate passed with a 68-31 vote Aug. 2 a bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The House of Representatives approved Aug. 1 an even more expansive version in a 225-204 vote. Continue.