August 25, 2015
California has had a long history of reckoning the worth of human life with Utilitarian values.
It began in the early 1900’s with the legalization (along with New York) of the sterilization of Down’s Syndrome children in the state’s mental hospitals. Proceeded through the 1960’s with the Anthony Beilenson(D) Therapeutic Abortion Act, The state Supreme Court Decision, Reproductive Rights v Myers, https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legal-docket/committee-defend-reproductive-rights-v-myers authorizing minors to contract for abortions and birth control, to the authorization of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine – CIRM https://www.cirm.ca.gov/ - and the use of fetal cells for research until now, we have a horrific expose of the evil acts performed by Planned Parenthood; and, fetal organ procurement and experimentation businesses such as StemExpress.
But, it doesn’t end there. The wholesale practice of abortion has permeated the laws, medicine, politics, academia and faith and morals. Dozens of bills get passed every year chipping away at parental rights, elevating community rights and values over the rights of individuals within our society.
We are now facing yet another possible slide down that slippery slope if the Right to Die organizers succeed in getting their AB15x bill by Susan Eggman(D) passed (formerly a Lois Wolk, SB128 bill).
Roe v Wade created a so-called right for women to abort their babies for dire physical and mental health Doe v Bolton, a companion bill expanded the reasons to social and economic reasons. State and federal legislation then made it possible for all taxpayers to pay for this killing which has been expanded by legislators to include every woman, every baby, no reason at all. This happened because it became profitable for legislators to take positions that assured their re-election to office.
Every taxpayer has been made an accomplice 3x over to Planned Parenthood’s brutal killings because we have not fought hard enough to end the tax funding of abortion at either the federal or the state and county levels. Ms O’Donnell, the employee of StemExpress is a good example. According to her testimony on video, she did not want to perform a dissection on a born preborn because she could see the heart still beating, but she was encouraged until she said okay. This is how one silences otherwise good people. Get them to become intimately involved in immoral acts or face humiliation by your peers. Thanks goodness that this young woman found her courage, her moral values and her voice.
But this is not the case, so far with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, (R-San Ramon) On very important votes regarding human life she has chosen to vote with the Democrats or be absent from the committee hearing. That was the case on Monday when Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, (R-Murrietta) called for an investigation into the state funding of Planned parenthood. Baker was on that committee but chose to attend another committee hearing, thereby depleting the numbers of required votes to approve the audit.
This is not Baker’s only departure from Republican standards. She has become, or maybe had herself placed in a strategic swing vote position on the AB15x Right to Die bill. Both the euthanasia groups and the pro life and anti-euthanasia groups have lobbied her extensively, held rallies at her office and written and phoned her office. She continues to require her staff to state that “she is still studying the bill.” She has had several months to study the bill. She is stalling, keeping the focus on her.
This was the same approach she took with the mandated vaccination bill, SB277. There she even had herself placed on the bill as the only official Assembly co-sponsor, actively supporting the requirement that non-vaccinated children be prohibited from attending public, private or charter schools. Her vote on this was seen as an abridgment of parental rights rather than some compassionate appeal to protecting children’s health.
Baker is not the only one who acts like this. Rocky Chavez, (R-Oceanside) is another who votes the way the wind blows.
So, we have come in 48 years to the acceptance of and practice of Utilitarianism in education, medicine, politics and, very sadly, often times in Religion.
In the last few months our office has received calls from desperate family members trying to get help in stopping hospitals from removing life support from beloved patients, elderly, accident victims, etc.
It may well become necessary to form crisis help type centers to assist family members in preventing the termination of life decisions being demanded by hospitals. It will require lawyers and physicians willing to learn procedures for aiding family members, and for lawyers who will need to know what legal procedures to be applied in emergency situations.
One weekend our office received a call from a desperate man trying to prevent the local Kaiser hospital in Antioch, Ca. From killing his mother, as he stated it. The hospital had removed a nasal feeding tube from the mother, but then refused to re-insert a new tube, thereby denying her any nourishment or hydration. The son has a medical power of attorney for health care for his mother and he had signed a POLST form requiring full medical treatment for his mother (that’s the third option on a POLST form).
One doctor, called in to give a second opinion, stated to the son that his POA and the POLST form meant nothing to them. the mother who is in advanced years, was dying, the doctor stated, she should be given morphine and allowed to die. She lost one lb a day while in the hospital. And, besides said the doctor, there was no nurse willing to assist the doctor to reinsert the tube. The son finally got his mother out of the hospital, took her to another Kaiser hospital and they re-inserted the tube.
If nothing else the expose of Planned Parenthood by the http://www.centerformedialprogress.org/
has shown us the depths to which our community standard for moral and ethical values have sunk. Now, with the release of the 8th video we have the revelations by StemExpress, of the value placed on human body parts, rather than on the whole, living human being and the amount of profit to be made from the creation of human life as spare parts. According to a Crisis Publication article by Anne Hendershott, the procurement of a preborn baby’s fresh liver organ which is then transferred for a “fee” from Planned Parenthood to a body parts trader who receives approximately $24,000. per liver and its final usage by research institutes. In the 8th video it records the Director of StemExpress stating that preborn livers are in highest demand and that they could use 50 livers a week.
Our love and fidelity to all who came forward to participate in rallies at Planned Parenthood, or at legislators offices for anti-assisted suicide legislation. There continues to be many labors of love yet ahead of us.