Ideologues from 1960’s counter culture — homosexuals, feminists, drug cultists, hippy or Communist preachers — are gathering once again. This time they are attempting to impose their views about dying. They are obsessive about slogans: “a perfect death,” “death with dignity,” etc.
Updated July 17, 2015
If Planned Parenthood’s abortionist didn’t kill you in your mother’s womb, then leave it up to the Hemlock Society to finish the job.
The Hemlock Society, dba Compassion & Choice$
As you look into the backgrounds of these people and their connections in government, medicine, abortion, counter-culture drugs, you ought to be very, very concerned that these same agitators have powerful influences over what will happen to you when you are in a hospital or ambulance.
David Greenberg, Ph.D., . . . Former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera
The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera has a long history of studied activism for causes most people used to consider unpopular and are becoming mainstream. Dr. Castuera became the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America for six years before his retirement. The right to choose at any point in a person’s life is sacred, according to Ignacio, and securing the right for a compassionate end of life is particularly so.
The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera currently serves at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA and also as the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Rev Castuera, [is] a member of the Steering Committee of Freedom to Marry.
Jaren Ducker, Treasurer
She has been board president for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver Public Library Commission, and the ACLU of Colorado’s treasurer. She received the Margaret Sanger Award for exemplary leadership in furthering reproductive rights and the Carl Whitehead Award for lifetime contributions to civil liberties. Jaren has long been committed to end-of-life choice and brings to Compassion & Choices that passion along with her extensive board experience.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) is a ’60s counter-culture icon, author and spiritual teacher.
Mickey MacIntyre, Chief Program Officer, ex officio – Funding Czar
Mickey has built nonprofit civil rights organizations and served as an architect of social change movements for years. In the past decade alone, he provided fundraising and development consultation to over 1,000 organizations including Human Rights Campaign [for same-sex marriage], Disability Funders Network, Black AIDS Institute and the American Red Cross. As chief program officer, Mickey integrates core Compassion & Choices services of advocacy, consultation, education and outreach while setting and guiding the strategic direction of the organization.
Toni Broaddus, C&C’s California Campaign Director
Broaddus is a longtime LGBT activist in San Francisco. In January 2015 she was named director of Equality Federation. Article. She married Janice Wells in 2004. The marriage was officiated by California Senator Mark Leno*. SF Gate article.
*In 2015, Senator Leno became a principle co-author of SB128. He voted Yes to pass SB 128 the highly controversial end-of-life bill. The bill passed in the full senate. But it failed in the assembly health committee.
* aka Baba Ram Dass, the acid-taking pal of Timothy Leary (Leary died stoned on acid). He is a Buddhist. His typically hippy-like child-like un-Christian writings about death can be found on his website.
Example of his views on death: “The Tibetan Book of the Dead was used by Tibetan Buddhist lamas to read to fellow lamas as they were dying, and for forty-nine days after their death. Tim Leary, Ralph Metzner, and I began to see the Book in metaphorical terms as the story of psychological death and rebirth, even though it was originally intended as a guide through the process of physical death and rebirth. I now think that the idea of dying and being born into truth, or wisdom, or spirit is really what our business is when we talk about death. When you extricate yourself from the solid identification with your body, you begin to have the spaciousness to allow for the possibility that death is a part of the process of life – rather than the end of life. I feel this very deeply.” Taken from “Dying is Absolutely Safe.”
Ram Dass came out as a bisexual.