U.S. Senate Bill could ‘nudge’ the elderly to choose premature death

S. 1549 The Care Planning Act of 2015 Introduced in U.S. Senate

Two Articles:

1.  Care Planning Act Introduced in U.S. Senate by Wesley Smith

Excerpt

This bill would – no doubt in my mind – enable Compassion and Choices [C & C] to meet its ambition of becoming the Planned Parenthood of death by receiving government/insurance funding. From the bill:
C) The requirements established by the Secretary under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall include a requirement that interdisciplinary team members (except for the chosen chaplain, minister, or personal religious or spiritual advisor) have training and experience in delivering person-directed planning services and in team-based delivery of services for individuals with dementing illness and individuals with a serious or life threatening illness.

C & C primarily pushes assisted suicide, but also pretends to be about such counseling. It has worked with federal legislators before on worming itself into federal funding. If passed, I believe his bill would give the organization access to Medicare funds.

Last week, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced S. 1549, the Care Planning Act of 2015, to use federal tax dollars to pay health care professionals to counsel older people in deciding whether to accept or reject life-preserving medical treatment, food and fluids.

On its face, S. 1549 purports to promote neutral, fully informed “advance care planning” that will assist patients to implement their own values in legally valid directives. Unfortunately, however, there is abundant evidence, documented in the March 2015 NRLC report “The Bias Against Life-Preserving Treatment in Advance Care Planning,” that a combination of cost pressures and the ideological commitment of a significant number of health care providers to hastening death for those deemed to have a “poor quality of life” would in practice lead to many federally funded advance care planning sessions being used to exercise subtle – or not-so-subtle – pressure to agree to reject life-preserving treatment.

Entities conducting such programs openly boast of how much money they have saved insurance companies by inducing patients to reject expensive life-saving medical treatment. Advocates believe it will save Medicare money as well.

The pervasive focus of the Institute of Medicine September 2014 report “Dying in America” is summed up in its statement, “Because most people who participate in effective advance care planning choose maximizing independence and quality of life over living longer, advance care planning can potentially save health care costs . . . .”  (What this statement effectively means is that the Institute of Medicine report authors expect that “most people” receiving advance care planning counseling will come to agree they would rather die than live with dependence or a poor quality of life, and therefore will agree to forego expensive treatment that could preserve their lives when they are “not worth living.”)

West Coast Pro-Life admits there are no specific citations of C&C in the bill.  But we found this:

Following is a preliminary list of organizations that have endorsed the Care Planning Act:

  • AARP
  • AARP – Virginia
  • Alliance for Aging Research
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation
  • AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  • American Association for Long Term Care Nursing
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Health Care Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Augusta Health
  • Cambia Health Solutions and the Cambia Foundation
  • Capital Caring
  • Caregiver Action Network
  • Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute
  • Coalition to Transform Advanced Care
  • Compassion and Choices

Read the full list and more at National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

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Methodist Minister: Legalize Assisted Suicide because “The Lord Does Not Want Us To Suffer”

TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC TEACHING:  We are to unite ourselves with Christ’s suffering on His Cross.  Suffering is our pathway to our salvation!

Jesus said,  “And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.”  Matthew 10:38 Douay-Rheims Bible


Holidays are the perfect time to share end-of-life wishes

The Lord does not want his children to suffer.  So why are we allowing it as a society?

By Methodist Minister Ignacio Castuera

~Pro-Abortion and Assisted Suicide~rev. dr. castuera ccc CC

  • Keywords:  aid in dying, a.k.a. death with dignity a.k.a. assisted suicide; Brittany Maynard; legislators

BAKERSFIELD, CA.  December 26, 2014 – “Compassion & Choices has launched a dynamic campaign in California to make aid in dying an open, available, legitimate practice in the Golden State.  A number of legislators have expressed support for such a bill, and we are currently crafting the language for legislation that will be introduced in January.

“In July, 64 percent of Californians said they supported aid in dying, according to a poll by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research. But that poll was conducted before Brittany’s story galvanized nationwide support for death with dignity, so it likely underestimates demand for this choice in the state.  In fact, a recent online HealthDay/Harris Poll survey shows an overwhelming 74 percent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives. Only 14 percent were opposed.  [ The poll did not mention “suicide.”-editor]

“Across California, our organizers are on the ground talking to hundreds of people each week, building our supporter list and recruiting and training volunteers to do the same. We are meeting with local, county and statewide elected officials and community leaders for endorsements. We are working to pass resolutions supporting end-of-life options and to deprioritize prosecutions of physicians who practice aid in dying in cities and counties across the state. We are building alliances with other organizations and partnerships with key state leaders. We invite you to join us in asking candidates and elected representatives to support aid in dying in the Golden State.

“Death should be a time of peace, not a time of stress because no one bothered to have a conversation about their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life wishes. Let’s make the most of our family gatherings. Let’s start end-of-life conversations with our parents and our abuelitos [grandparents] to learn about the kind of medical care they would or would not want at the end of their lives.

“As a family of God, we are called to act with compassion and goodwill to help make aid in dying an open and accessible medical practice in California. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, very patient and full of faithful love.

FULL ARTICLE

RelatedFormer Planned Parenthood National Chaplain Named to Board of Compassion & Choices

According to KeyWiki, Ignacio Castuera is/was a member of The Communist Party USA.

FINAL THOUGHT – Are AIDS activists pushing this assisted suicide agenda?

Castuera became an advocate of assisted suicide decades ago when he ministered in Hollywood during the AIDS epidemic.  Source.

 

The Catholic 4-Way Medal an Answer to End-of-Life Decisions

iom_logo             ” Dying in America “
We attended the Webinar this month by that title, hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Their study of dying Americans, “DYING in AMERICA,” is not about excellence in medicine.  Rather, it’s an ongoing process to fundamentally change health treatment policies, especially for seniors.
The creeps in health policy are planning to put us Boomers in hospice and withdraw basic medical care like fluids.  There is even talk that health policy makers will attempt to discourage the use of “911” Emergency calls, made by patients for re-admittance!  See our list of “End-of-Life Health Policy Makers” category listed on this website, right margin.
StemmaPapaFrancesco_18-03-2013 The Vatican endorses basic care at end of life like feeding and fluids.  However, non-Catholic health policy makers define feeding and fluids to be “medical treatment.”
ANTI-LIFE and ANTI-CATHOLIC
Read this horror of a “health care” statement on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration [ANH] by the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine!
AAHPM recognizes that in some faith traditions ANH is considered basic sustenance, and for some patients and families, ANH is of symbolic importance, apart from any measurable benefits for the patient’s physical well-being. Such views should be explored, understood, and respected, in keeping with patient and family values, beliefs, and culture. Good communication is necessary to allow caregivers to learn about patient and family fears about “starvation” and other frequently expressed concerns. At the same time, communication is essential to explain the patient’s clinical condition and that the inability to eat and drink can be a natural part of dying that is generally not associated with suffering. Judicious hand feeding and, in some situations, particularly if there is uncertainty about whether a patient will benefit from ANH, a time-limited trial of ANH may be useful. When a time-limited trial of ANH is pursued, clear, measurable end points should be determined at the beginning of the trial. The caregiving team should explain that, as with other medical therapies, ANH can be withdrawn if it is not achieving its desired purpose.  End excerpt…click link above for full statement.
 CATHOLIC 4-WAY MEDAL

Wear a Catholic 4-Way Medal.  It could be your only hope of getting proper traditional medical treatment at the end of your life.

4-way medal available at The Catholic Company:

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HOWEVER…At this writing, the American leaders in the Catholic Church are not fully informed of the dangers of POLST, organ donations, and Living Wills.  There is no uniform direction from the Church.  In fact, a Catholic priest, Fr. John Tuohey, is behind the creation of POLST.  Fr. Tuohey is director of Ethics at Providence Hospital in Portland OR.  So, here’s a Catholic priest who endorses this dangerous document.

WHAT WE’RE DOING about END-OF-LIFE Decisions

Here at West Coast Pro-Life we are doing whatever we can to inform the laity:  you do not need to hire a lawyer to draft your POWER OF ATTORNEY to accompany your completed your ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE form for your state.

Another alternative is to obtain a PROTECTIVE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES DOCUMENT – PMDD.  Click that link and read about this document available from the Patients Rights Council located in Steubenville, OH and directed by Rita Marker, J.D., a leader in the anti-euthanasia movement.

Review our page titled “Catholic End-Of-Life Resources” which help explain the differing views among Catholics leadership regarding POLST and brain death defined to procure organs.

 

Right to Abortion and Right-To-Die Movements Attract Same Ideologues

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.

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Advisory Board Leadership Council

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David Greenberg, Ph.D., . . . Former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

C&C’s Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera

Castuera at SS marriage rally
Castuera at SS marriage rally

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

Jaren Ducker 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

Ram Dass*

babaramdasstwitter  The_Psychedelic_Experienceco-authored with Timothy Leary

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 MacIntyreMickey 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.

Video – MacIntyre speech at Institute of Medicine.  2012.


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.

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*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.

Related:

Lifesite News Coverage and HERE.

Pro-Life Publications Help Make End-Of-Life Decisions

Important!  You can order these publications for a very low price.  Distribute them at church, neighbors, family, your own doctor.

Be Informed HLA

‘Informed:  A guide for critical medical decisions’ from Human Life Alliance.

Informed is an introductory tool to help patients, families and surrogates more fully participate in the interaction with doctors and other health professionals. Topics include:  Advanced Directives, POLST, Ventilators, Hospice care and more.

imposed death

Also from Human Life Alliance.

Imposed Death exposes common misunderstandings associated with Living Wills and end-of-life decisions. This publication documents society’s progress down the ‘slippery slope’ of assisted suicide and euthanasia to dehumanize the elderly, disabled, and medically vulnerable.  12 pages.

Blumenauer Leads Letter Urging Inclusion of End-of-Life Care Planning in Medicare and Medicaid

Our advice:  HIRE A LAWYER, TOO!

9/24/2014

Blumenauer Leads Letter Urging Inclusion of End-of-Life Care Planning in Medicare and Medicaid.

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), along with 33 other Members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, to adopt recommendations that would adequately reimburse Medicare providers for having voluntary discussions about end-of-life care and planning with patients.

Currently, the time doctors spend having discussions with their patients about end-of-life care and planning is not reimbursed under Medicaid and Medicare. Without this incentive, these conversations are not happening.

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that more than one in four elderly Americans lacked the capacity to make their own medical care decisions at the end of life. Under those circumstances, care decisions fall to family members and doctors who may not know the treatment preferences of their loved one. Elderly patients with advance directives, however, are more likely to receive the care they want. Evidence also demonstrates that advance care planning and end-of-life discussions reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in surviving loved ones.

“Patients who wish to make clear their goals, values, and wishes through discussions with their trusted providers should have the opportunity to do so,” said Blumenauer. “In order to have these conversations, providers must have the adequate time, space, and reimbursement to conduct the complex and time-consuming discussions necessary to learn about the goals and values held by their patients and plan appropriately for their care. “

“Every organization that has seriously considered this issue, from the American Medical Association to the Institutes of Medicine, knows we have to start respecting people’s choices about how they face the end of life,” continued Blumenauer. “Making this simple change will have a profound effect on the way patients and their families spend their final days, and everyone deserves that dignity.”

The other signers of the letter are:

Henry A. Waxman (CA-33), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Peter DeFazio (OR-04)*, Ted Deutch (FL-19), Sander Levin (MI-09), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Lois Capps (CA-24), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sam Farr (CA-17), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-09), Betty McCollum (MN-04), James P. Moran (VA-08), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Ron Kind (WI-03), John Larson (CT-01), John Lewis (GA-05), James P. McGovern (MA-02), William Owens (NY-21), Mark Pocan (WI-02), David Price (NC-04), Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Peter Welch (VT-At large), Bobby Rush (IL-01), Janice Schakowsky (IL-09), David Scott (GA-13), Chris Van Hollen (MD-08).

*Republican

Poison Pen Pals: Earl Blumenauer and The Hemlock Society

Career politician Oregon Rep. 3rd District Earl Blumenauer (Democrat) and his relationship with The Hemlock Society.

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer
  • The Hemlock Society’s new name is “Compassion & Choices. ”  They have the same goal:  legalizing assisted suicide.
  • C&C says the “Right-To-Die” is a “civil right”  Read on.
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On October 4, 2011, C&C announced the opening of their NEW OFFICE in the nation’s capitol.   Among supporters of the new D.C. office was EARL BLUMENAUER:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a strong advocate for better end-of-life care, lauded the expanded effort to empower consumers.   “When the concerted, energized voices of reform
demand policies that support personalized care at the end of life,” said Congressman Blumenauer, “our leaders, regardless of party affiliation, will have to respond.”

Humanists’ Agenda in the Death Cult

The D.C. office hired THERESA CONNOR, a former PLANNED PARENTHOOD public policy director.

Theresa Connor’s more than 30 years of experience in public policy and communications includes 15 years as the director of public policy for Planned Parenthood in Washington state, where her work on women’s healthcare won national recognition.  Ms. Connor, a licensed attorney, will work with coalition partners at the federal, state and local levels to achieve public policies that will improve care and expand choice at the end of life.

We all need Planned Parenthood evangelists working to push us to suicide wouldn’t you agree?

Suicide Idealists To Shape Policy Whether We Want Them To Or Not

“Compassion & Choices [Hemlock] is an active leader across the country in legislative and executive action to shape policies that improve care and expand choice at the end of life,” said C&C [Hemlock] President BARBARA COOMBS LEE at the opening.

“An expertly staffed D.C. office brings our advocacy to the seat of national policy.”  (emphasis added)

Warning:  Do not use their language!

  • Instead of “aided death” — say “aided suicide.”
  • Instead of “aid in dying” — say “assisted suicide.”

Learn more about what’s going on in your state at the

Patients Rights Council.

BOOK by PRC’s director Rita Marker can be downloaded free of charge HERE .  Tells the true story of Ann Humphry and Derek Humphry, co-founders of The Hemlock Society.  Explores the “right-to-die / euthanasia” movements.  Most of the events take place in Oregon.  A page turner.

Video – Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer: “How To Die” — and Save Money

In the video he’s urging U.S. Congress to pass his “Personalize Your Care Act”  H.R. 1589

“Doctors have a better ‘quality of life'” and know how to die. – Earl Blumenauer

Video interview of Time Magazine’s  “How To Die” author Joel Kline, May 30, 2012.

Blumenauer is the Hemlock Society’s Favorite Agitator

See PAGE 4 — www.hemlockflorida.org/assets/Beacon_Fall_Winter_2010.pdf

WI Catholic Bishops Condemn POLST Forms Citing It Overrides Advanced Directives

Pro-Life Wisconsin commends Wisconsin Catholic Bishops for warning against use of

Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

PASTORAL STATEMENT EXCERPT:

Due to the serious and real threats to the dignity of human life that POLST and all similar documents
present, we encourage all Catholics to avoid using all such documents, programs, and materials.  The
POLST form should not be regarded as the standard model for designating treatment preferences.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |  July 26, 2012  Madison, WI – Yesterday the Wisconsin Catholic Bishops released a pastoral statement (pdf) on Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).  Entitled “Upholding the Dignity of Human Life,” the statement warns against the use of POLST forms in medical decision making. A POLST form does not require a patient’s signature and, according to the bishops, “bears the real risk that an indication may be made on it to withhold a treatment that, in particular circumstances, might be an act of euthanasia.” 

Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill offered the following comments:

“Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks the Wisconsin Catholic Bishops for their critical statement warning against the use of Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).  It will be a tremendous help to Pro-Life Wisconsin in our ongoing efforts to expose and limit the use of POLST here in Wisconsin, beginning with Christian medical providers.

“Brightly colored POLST forms are being presented to patients in Wisconsin and across the country who are viewed by caregivers as not worthy of life-sustaining care.  In other words, care, even minimal care, is viewed as futile or too costly. When attached to a medical chart, POLST can act to limit the use of life-saving treatment, technology, and even antibiotics and ordinary care such as food and hydration. POLST forms are presented to vulnerable patients often at a time when the patient’s appointed advocate should be the one making medical decisions.  Once the form is filled out and signed by a doctor or physician’s assistant, its effect is immediate and can override a patient’s own advance directive and judgments of the patient’s medical team on the scene.

“For well over a year Pro-Life Wisconsin has worked with local lawyers, medical personnel, clergy and patient advocates to educate on and advocate against the increasing use of POLST and similar documents in our nursing homes and hospitals.  We concur with the bishops’ recommendation to use a durable power of attorney for healthcare and avoid the use of living wills. Pro-Life Wisconsin provides free of charge our own Protective Power of Attorney for Healthcare (PPAHC) document. ”

Source:  Pro-Life Wisconsin

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A brief description of POLST appears in Oregon’s Advance Directive.

Oregon POLST Form