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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON END-OF-LIFE LEGISLATION

CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC.
2977 YGNACIO VALLEY RD 243
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598
(925) 899-3064
www.callifeadvocates.org/blog

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON END-OF-LIFE LEGISLATION

Camille Giglio

8/9/2018. Walnut Creek, Ca. This is a continuation of the end-of life legislation reported on one day ago. Most of these bills are in either the Assembly or Senate Appropriations Suspense Files because though the legislators like them they cost too much taxpayers dollars.

They have one more week before a final up or down vote. Call or fax or email both your Senator and your Assembly member. Go to www.leginfo.ca.gov, find the name of your legislator and you will see ways to contact that member. DO NOT SEND SNAIL MAIL.

  • AB282 Suicide: Exemption from Prosecution. It is still alive. Continue to call your Senator and your Assembly member.
     
  • Though the Senate Appropriations voted out this bill. It was re-referred to the Senate Rules Committee due to concerns over wording. Further amendments to the bill will be suggested to the author. It is now back on the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote and on to the Governor.
     
  • IF THERE IS NO PROTEST THE BILL WILL GO DIRECTLY THEN TO THE GOVERNOR. CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER NOW AND EVERY DAY IF YOU HAVE TO.
     
  • AB2233, Ash Kalra, MediCal: Assisted Living Waiver Program. A Waier program means that the state is asking to be relieved of some requirement of the original bill. This appears to effect the financial status provider reimbursement of those who are stakeholders in the Assisted Living services. Apparently they want a raise. IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUSPENSE FILE.
     
  • AB3211, Ash Kalra, (D-S.Jose) Advance Health Care Directive.
     
  • Here is the bill wording which concerns us.
     
  • First is the initial statement of “Upon my death,” which may mean one thing to the donor and another thing to the organ procurement team that may define death as brain death and not as a totality of heart and lung failure.
     
  • Secondly is a very generic “generally accepted health care standards” which may in one hospital be withdrawal of food and fluids and in another the provision of food and fluids.
     
  • Cf. (b) Choice To Prolong Life.
     
  • I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards.
     
  • California Right to Life would add now:
     
  • Health Care standards in California are dropping drastically due to the mandate to save costs of care. A question to the legislators: if costs are saved where does that saved money go? Will they send it back to the tax paying citizens, or will it go for other social and emotional, health care for all invasion of family and privacy and be used to teach all that stuff to school students. In other words, what friends of the legislators will be getting the money henceforth?
     
  • THIS IS STILL IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS. IT HAS UNTIL NEXT WEEK FOR A HEARING BEFORE BEING SENT TO THE GOVERNOR.
     
  • SB987, Cathleen Galgiani, Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.
     
  • This concerns changes to the driver’s license identity card which at its next scheduled revision will contain a statement informing the applicant that by marking “I do not wish to register to be an organ or tissue donor at this time” the applicant had better also have this statement in one’s health care directive or else someone else , family or designated ombudsman will be making the decision about whether or not your organs are scheduled for removal at your life’s expense.
     
  • AB2923, David Chiu, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
     
  • This bill has been included with the end-of-life issues because of its management of people, their housing and transportation.
     
  • Moving certain groups of people into dense housing conditions, low-income, ethnic,, disabled, elderly, etc centered around distribution of social services and other government programs facilitates the government’s ability to obtain a closer watch, more hands-on control of the daily lives of its citizens. This will facilitate the government agencies to quickly discern who is advanced in age, who is disabled, who is pregnant, who is not following the planned nutrition program.
     
  • While it’s certainly true that more housing is needed for this vast invasion of legal and illegal immigrants, it does not necessarily stand that the rest of us have to give up our standard of living to accommodate theirs.

IN CALIFORNIA ASSISTED LIVING MEANS WOMB
TO TOMB HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC.
2977 YGNACIO VALLEY RD 243
WALNUT CREEK, CA  94598
(925) 899-3064
www.callifeadvocates.org/blog

IN CALIFORNIA ASSISTED LIVING MEANS WOMB
TO TOMB HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

Camille Giglio

Walnut Creek. Ca, 8/7/2018.  One has cause to wonder who is really running this state, the elected officials, the media, or left-leaning non-profits. Or, maybe it’s a partnership of all three.

The East Bay Times Monday, August 6th edition ran an article that was actually a promotion for legislation which if enacted will not be beneficial to human beings or their living conditions. . this sort of thing happens quite frequently. We urge you to consider contacting your own state elected representatives between now and August 16 to OPPOSE this and other bills.

  • In Contra Costa County: Senator Steve Glazer, (D)  916-651-4007/Fax 916-651-4907.
  • Assembly woman Catharine Baker(R) 916-319-2016/Fax 916-319-2116.
  • Assembly member Tim Grayson, (D-Concord) 916-319-2014/Fax 916-319-2114
  • Call the Senate Appropriations Committee, starting now. 916-651-4101. Tell them you OPPOSE the following two bills that are in the Suspense file.

Ab282, Suicide Exemption from Prosecution by Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer (D-L.A.)

The purpose of this bill is to protect persons whose actions are compliant with the End of Life Option Act from being prosecuted for deliberately aiding, advising, or encouraging suicide.

The legislature saw to it that suicide was removed from the books as a crime, (end-of-life option act of 2015 – AB15×2) but they “forgot” to protect from criminal penalties the one who cajoles, pressures, encourages and advises the patient to commit self extermination (there is no official suicide anymore for people who sign a POLST form for their designated representative.)

The author claims that the purpose of this bill is to act as just a technical “cleanup.”

Apparently there is a package of bills employing the excuse of a technical clean-up to tighten and cement the state approved planned end-of-life policy for all California residents.

  • SB937, Susan Eggman author, , clarifying the priorities in conflicting orders – the POLST form apparently taking precedent.
  • SB481 by Richard Pan, Successor Agencies: Assets: Disposal. To the Governor.
  • AB3211 Ash Kalra, Advance Health Care Directives – AHCD.
  • This bill is dangerous. It, apparently, amends this state provided form, using an opt-out policy for organ donations. In other words, it will be assumed that the patient wants to be an organ donor unless a specific box is checked on the health care directive. The author states that the form is unclear on the directives in its current state.
  • SB987, Galgiani (D) addresses questions and confusions in regard to Driver’s Licenses and organ donation.  CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND URGE A NO VOTE

All these bills have passed out of committees with little or no official opposition vote from either a Democrat or a Republican.

The basic purpose of these clean-up bills will be to require the development of educational material for distribution to potential suicide clients along with the expanded availability of POLST forms – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment to be required for everyone (even the name is a deception.

The bill seeks to expand the acceptance of POLST forms and the practice of suicide to Medi-Cal and Medicaid patients. Their initial objective is to reach about 18,000 Medi-Cal recipients..

Planned Parenthood is in charge of who gets born and when and the suicide promoters will be in charge of how and when the abortion survivors  experience their delayed planned death.

BART. Housing bills on agenda. San Jose Mercury News, 8-6-2018

  • AB 2923 by David Chiu, (D-SF) BART. This bill will expand land grabs by BART to expand BART’s ownership of land around their stations (including 20,000 new mainly condos and apartments with affordable housing set-asides). This will give the state  tremendous control over housing and transportation. The Bay Area News Group thinks this is a great idea.
     
  • AB2923 will affect, for now, 4 of the 9 counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay. The Cities of Lafayette and Pleasant Hill appear to be the only cities in Contra Costa County fighting this bill.  AB2923could take this land, apparently by eminent domain, This is the Affordable Care Act. Obama lives on in law.

Call the Senate Appropriations Committee to oppose. Being In suspense means that there is too much state money involved in funding this bill. Besides, BART as it is operated now is a tax guzzling, poorly managed, unsanitary transportation company.

 

Emotions IN and Academics OUT

CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC.
2977 YGNACIO VALLEY RD 243
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598
(925) 899-3064
www.callifeadvocates,org.blog

Emotions IN and Academics OUT

Camille Giglio

Walnut Creek, Ca 6/27/18. California’s Department of Education is in the final stages of a major revision of the goals and purposes of education.

They held a public comment period ending 6/29/2018, but it seems that this was announced only to the educators and certain community groups. There will be another chance to submit comments on the final draft in November.

The title of this major and revolutionary revision is The California Health Framework. This Framework, designed for all children between the ages of 2 years and the 12th grade, will change the purpose of education in a drastic manner. The Framework is tailored to the emotional and social development of all children. Every academic subject, English, math, PE, biology, etc. will be presented through the concept of health for the child’s development. Education will be tailored to the social and emotional development of the child based on information obtained through continuous surveys and observations on the child and family members.

You have, perhaps, also read or heard of educators and legislators who agonize over the state of education today and who say: we have to do a better job of preparing our students to learn. This translates into a curriculum designed around social and emotional behavioral modification programming of each child.

Each student will move ahead based on the student’s ability and willingness to accept the ideas and values presented through internet technology facilitated by thoroughly retrained facilitators (formerly referred to as teachers). If the student doesn’t get it, they will be given every opportunity to get it (the answers/modified behavior) so they can move on.

This, of course, can’t be accomplished unless the new state budget provides funding for the training and or re-training of teachers and, I am sure, payments to be provided to the outside curriculum development groups such as CASEL, The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning originally published on 3/4/2018 online by Education Week report

Much of the preparation for a smooth transition to this use of classroom time and students’ minds has been going on, quietly, in the form of legislatively conceived Pilot Programs for several years. During this time the educators and developers of curriculums have been creating partnerships with community organizations, legislators, health and mental health providers and the media to find ways to convince the taxpaying citizens that the educational system we have had for decades, along with parental child-rearing techniques have actually been failures.

It’s been a failure because, according to Peter DeWitt, collaborative workshop Leadership trainer, parents haven’t been cooperating with the school system to train-up the child as a productive and cooperative member of society. In an article written for the online Education Week publication, entitled No Place for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools? Are You Sure? DeWitt declares: If schools could just focus on academics, don’t you think they would?

DeWitt’s agenda calls for mental health counselors and school partnerships as consultants for all students, family partnerships (i.e. cooperation with the school’s agenda for each child) and community/school links (Jr. high and high school students volunteering to do community service work in order to have a hands-on experience with the seamier side of life).
At one point in DeWitt’s report he brings up the subject of students suffering from the effects of trauma. The official name for this occurrence is called Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACE. (It doesn’t get funding until it’s got a catchy name). This as you may recognize is a major source of media attention lately. He suggests that even earthquakes can produce such a traumatic experience that the child probably will need mental health counseling which each school should be able to quickly provide to the student, at taxpayer expense of course. (See: AB11, Kevin McCarty, Early and periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: Screening Services. See also Bright Futures. This is the basis for AB 11)

You have heard the cry of the educators for Universal Education for All? Maybe some of you recall the older slogan of Outcome Based Education – OBE? Maybe you are also aware of all the hype for better health care and the need for more nurses and mental health counselors in the schools? Even the sex purveyors from Planned Parenthood are pitching their perverted promotion of unlimited sex for all under the guise of: Sex: it’s healthy for you. It’s all coming together in 2019 under the title of the California Health Framework. Planned Parenthood is now at the helm of the health department.

Contained in the framework and directed to grades 7 through 12, is the true focus of this Framework. It is the agenda for instructing your children in sexual health, aka the California Healthy Youth Act. This Act resulted from a 2015 piece of legislation, AB329, by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, (D-San Diego). She carried this bill for Planned Parenthood. It is affectionately referred to as “Chaya or CHYA- by educators and legislative personnel at the state DOE. The CHYA is a huge paean to the homosexual community and those who scream and holler for equality in jobs and education. The whole purpose of the entire Framework is focused on preparing the children’s minds to accept the values and ethics of this ACT.

Now you can better understand the importance of the phrase Community Health, often referred to but seldom explained, by media and political types. Academics has become of secondary importance to this overall goal.

All of this is being brought to fruition by legislators who have been wined and dined by aggressive left wing, radical and revolutionary community groups. This is a part of the tension we all feel between peoples and groups. It’s one area of all out war against Western Civilization’s Christian beliefs and the humanistic practices of other cultures who believe that it’s their time to dominate the world order.

These groups have placed their people in positions of leadership in education, health care, workforce development, and even in religious communities. They have won the minds and emotions of our supposed leaders both secular and religious with seductive words and promises of peace justice and equality. All hollow promises which mere mortals can by themselves cannot produce.

Actions directed by prayer to protect our families, our country and our Christian faith are required from this day forward.

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Notes:
Community health workers hired by health care agencies often have a disease or population-based focus, such as promoting the health of pregnant women or children, improving nutrition, promoting immunization or providing education around a specific health issue, such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS.
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&ei=bk01W5fwNoTosAXjn7-4Dw&q=the+philosophy+of+community+health+extension+workers&oq=the+philosophy+of+community+health+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.4.33i22i29i30k1l10.34425.46656.0.62093.38.32.0.0.0.0.304.3766.2j21j4j1.28.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..18.5.734…0i13k1.0.Wd7Hu7TBOH4

URGENT ATTENTION: MAJOR EXPANSION
OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH FRAMEWORK

 
CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE
2977 Ygnacio Valley Rd 243, Walnut Creek, Ca  94598
callifeadvocates@gmail.com
(925) 899-3064
www.callifeadvocates.org/blog

 

URGENT ATTENTION: MAJOR EXPANSION OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH FRAMEWORK
PLANNED FOR 2019
CURRENTLY OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL JUNE 29. 2018.

Camille Giglio

Sacramento, Ca. 6/14/18., Your involvement  is urgently requested in opposing and stopping the intended expansion of the 2016 HEALTH EDUCATION FRAMEWORK. Citizens have until June 29, 2018, to submit comments to the Instructional Quality Commission  - IQC - branch of the CDE.

This framework, though developed around health issues closely resembles what parents would be teaching and role modeling to their children on a daily basis regarding nutrition, personal hygiene, inter-family communication, maturation, the entire social emotional and intellectual development, otherwise known as The Whole Child Concept.

Education Professionals and community activist groups have taken everyday issues of life and health and through legislation have transformed them into intellectual property required to be taught in classrooms to young students based on claims of Scientific accuracy, without parental permission being required.

Oh, yes, the educators say that parents have access to all this through partnerships with the schools, but it really just means that the parents become partners with the schools allowing the former teachers to become child development professionals assuming the role of in-lieu parents.

The Health Framework is required to be taught to every student from Transitional Kindergarten (age 4) to 12th grade.

One very controversial segment of this Framework required for grades 7 to 12 includes The California Healthy Youth Act.  Prior to 2016 it was known as the Sexual Health and HIV instruction. This segment of the Framework , aggressively lobbied for by Planned Parenthood and associates, has come under scrutiny and criticism from parents due to its heavy focus on neutralizing resistance to the LGBTQ community lifestyle and gender change advocacy.

A public comment period directed to the state dept of
Education’s Instructional Quality Commission remains open until June 29. 2018
. Please link to the Invitation to Submit Public Comment on the Draft 2019 Health Education Framework.

See also: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/he/cf/ 2019 Revision of the Health Education Framework.

This open comment period has not been reported to the public, only to certain education circles. The CDE appears very reluctant to provide the public with information

In 2015, through AB 329, the Comprehensive sexual health Instructions, was amended and the title and purpose was changed to the Healthy Youth Act.  This means healthy as the state defines health.

It is not too dramatic to state that educators foresee the role of the teacher/instructor in the classroom  as the new model for the parental role in the rearing of children. That which parents convey to their children throughout their young lives as the experiences of consequences of their actions, will, henceforth be taught as classroom courses or sets of instructions based on so-called scientific findings.
 

Further reading:  (especially read the link to the IQC website which sets out the entire Framework.

For further information please call Camille Giglio, 925-899-3064, or email: callifeadvocates@gmail.com

IRELAND: A CHRONOLOGY OF DE-CHRISTIANIZATION

With sorrow, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts now publishes an expanded and updated version of this document, which we first issued on May 28, 2015, following the referendum in the Republic of Ireland which deformed the definition of civil marriage in that unhappy country.

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Ireland’s rejection of Divine and Natural Law, and historic civil and criminal law, respecting the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life in the womb, was the culmination in a series of incremental betrayals, over a period of forty-six years, which secularized the Irish State and Irish society. A chronology of these events is presented below:

  • 1972—Irish voters approve, by a referendum margin of 84%, a constitutional amendment repealing Article 44 of the Irish Constitution, which recognized “the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of citizens.”
     
  • 1973—The Irish Supreme Court declares a right to marital privacy which includes contraceptive use, but declines to overturn laws prohibiting the sale of contraceptives.
     
  • 1979—The Health (Family Planning) Act becomes law, allowing pharmacists to dispense contraceptives to those holding a prescription from a doctor.
     
  • 1985—The Health (Family Planning) Amendment Act becomes law, allowing the over-the-counter sale of condoms and spermicides to anyone over the age of eighteen.
     
  • 1987—Ireland’s first openly homosexual public official, David Norris, is elected to the Senate. A pedophilia defender and anti-Catholic bigot, Norris would call Pope Saint John Paul II an "instrument of evil" and Pope Benedict XVI "a Nazi." His 2011 presidential campaign would implode after it was revealed that he sought clemency for a convicted homosexual child rapist who had been his partner in sodomy.
     
  • 1988—In Norris v. Ireland, the European Court of Human Rights rules that Irish law prohibiting sodomy violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
     
  • 1989—The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act becomes law, which outlaws so-called hate speech directed against so-called sexual orientation.
     
  • 1992—The Health (Family Planning) Amendment Act becomes law, allowing the unrestricted sale of contraceptives to anyone over the age of seventeen.
     
  • 1992—In Attorney-General v. X, the Irish Supreme Court declares a right to abortion arising from a threat to the life of the mother, including suicidal ideation.
     
  • 1992—Voters in Ireland reject, by a referendum margin of 65%, a proposed amendment to the Irish Constitution which would overturn the X ruling.
     
  • 1992—The Thirteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 62%, establishing a ‘right to travel’ outside the country, for the purpose of procuring an abortion. Between 6,000 and 8,000 Irish women go to England each year to kill their unborn children.
     
  • 1992—The Fourteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 59%, establishing a right to obtain information about abortion.
     
  • 1993—The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act becomes law, decriminalizing sodomy in Ireland.
     
  • 1995—The Fifteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution repealed, by a referendum margin of 50.2%, the constitutional prohibition against divorce, and allowed the civil dissolution of marriage.
     
  • 1998—The Employment Equality Act becomes law, prohibiting discrimination in employment based upon so-called sexual orientation.
     
  • 2000—The Equal Status Act becomes law, prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations based upon so-called sexual orientation.
  • 2003—The European Convention on Human Rights Act becomes law, by which Ireland accepts the radically anti-Christian legal code of the European Union.
     
  • 2007—In Foy v. Ireland, the Irish High Court rules that Irish law contravenes Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by refusing to recognize as a woman a man who underwent so-called sex re-assignment surgery.
     
  • 2010—The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act becomes law, without a recorded roll call, establishing civil unions for same sex couples.
     
  • 2011—The Republic of Ireland closes its Embassy to the Holy See. Diplomatic relations with the Vatican are maintained through the Irish Embassy to the Italian Republic and the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland.
     
  • 2011—The first openly homosexual TD’s (members of parliament)—Jerry Buttimer, John Lyons and Dominic Hannigan—are elected to the Dail.
     
  • 2013—The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act becomes law, legalizing abortion in cases of suicidal ideation by the mother.
     
  • 2015 —The Children and Family Relationships Act becomes law, allowing homosexual partners to adopt children.
     
  • 2015 —The Thirty-Fourth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 62%, allowing two persons to contract marriage “without distinction as to their sex.”
     
  • 2015—The first openly homosexual cabinet minister, Leo Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant, becomes Minister of Health.
     
  • 2015—The Gender Recognition Act becomes law, allowing individuals to define their own gender.
     
  • 2015—The Employment Equality Amendment Act becomes law, which extends anti-discrimination law pertaining to homosexuals and the so-called transgendered to Catholic schools and hospitals, and other religious institutions.
     
  • 2016—American born Katherine A. Zappone becomes Ireland’s first openly lesbian cabinet minister, when she is appointed Minister for Children and Youth. Zappone is civilly "married" to Ann Gilligan, a former Catholic nun with whom she became romantically involved while both were studying at Jesuit administered Boston College.
     
  • 2017—Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland’s first homosexual prime minister.
     
  • 2017—The United Nations recommends that Irish schools introduce compulsory sex education which should include “comprehensive sex education for adolescent girls and boys covering responsible sexual behaviors and focused on preventing early pregnancies, and ensure that it is scientifically objective and its delivery by schools is closely monitored and evaluated.”
     
  • 2018—Dail Eireann passes, in its second reading, the Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill, which, if enacted, would force Catholic schools to indoctrinate Catholic children with propaganda affirming abortion, contraception, gender dysphoria and sodomy.
     
  • 2018—The Irish Department of Education orders Catholic schools to change religion classes from an opt-out to an opt-in requirement.
     
  • 2018—The Irish government proposes an Amendment to the Status Act, which would forbid Catholic schools from giving enrollment preference to Catholic students.
     
  • 2018—The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which guaranteed the right to life of unborn children, is repealed in a national referendum, by a margin of 66.4%.
     

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CALIFORNIA DOES IT ALL FOR YOU, Part 2

Approving Consensual Sexual Involvement for 12 Year Olds

 
CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC.
2977 YGNACIO VALLEY RD 243
WALNUT CREEK, CA  94598
(925) 899-3064
 

5/14/18 Walnut Creek, Ca.  Continuing the report on the Mental Health bills.  Most of these also passed the first house on a unanimous vote meaning that both the Democrats and the Republicans believe that they are the only sane people in the state.

  • AB 3189. Jim Cooper, (D-Elk Grove) Treatment for Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sponsored by the California Association of Safe Sex Examiners – CALSAFE.
  • Passed Assembly floor vote 51/17 (finally some legislators stood up and said “NO”). ­­ to violent sexual practices involving children.
  • Assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. No date set for hearing.
  • This bill is authorizing minors to become involved in voluntary and consensual sexual relationships.  If they are giving authority for a minor to consent to treatment for injuries occurred during this relationship then they have already conceded that minors, beginning at age 12,  can freely give consent to becoming sexually involved without parental or legal guardian consent.
  • Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R) [Vice-Chair]916-651-4113
  • AB2316, Susan Eggman, (D-Modesto) Mental Health: County Patients’ Rights Advocates.  Co-sponsor- Advocacy for Health and Social Justice. Requires training materials to be developed for and displayed on local websites and for the county to keep records of all this. BILL IS AWAITING A COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT IN THE SENATE. Call your state Senator and urge that he vote “NO” on this bill when it comes to his committee or the floor.
  • AB2420. Sharon Quirk-Silva, (D-Buena Park) Workforce development: Soft-Skills Training.  Soft-skills is another way to say Social/Emotional Counseling. This is for new employees to evaluate their ability to work in groups and In cooperative situations. In other words, getting along and cooperating is worth more than hard work and intelligence.
  • Passed the Assembly Unanimously. Awaiting assignment in Senate. Call your state Senator urge that this bill not get out of committee
  • SB1026, Hannah Beth Jackson, (D-Sta Barbara) Older Adults and Persons With Disabilities.  Basically a Transportation bill.
  • Sponsored by a local Santa Barbara Neighborhood association called SMOOTH. Deals with evaluating the living conditions for senior citizens and advising repairs, replacements, etc. In order to avoid falls and injuries..  There are no details in the bill but it appears to be Sen Jackson doing a favor for a friend.
  • AB2691, Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Trauma Informed Schools Initiative
  • Requires the development within the Department of Education of a Trauma Informed Schools Initiative to address adverse childhood experiences.
  • In the Assembly Appropriations Committee, on Suspense. Also will be required to obtain data on trauma history to be included with medical records.

POPULATION CONTROL IN THE ZOO.

The television program entitled “60 Minutes” presented a program on on a recent broadcast about how zoos handle the zoo population problems with animals. It can be seen on YouTube;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrAwP1z6oQ.

 I would encourage you to watch this program to gain an accurate picture of the technological sophistication developed to breed superior animals and planned out on computers, while limiting their numbers. Many animals are placed on birth control bills of the same type as humans are prescribed, in some herds with a forecast for incestuous co-habitation, some animals are castrated while in others animals with seeming aggressive natures are killed while the public is invited to watch.

This is technocracy over the animal world.  One has to wonder if this isn’t the experimental for a sophisticated control of the human population somewhere down the road. Even the language that the zoo officials used to describe their activities is a duplication of the death with dignity crowd and the palliative care people along with that of the Planned Parenthood groups.

CALIFORNIA DOES IT ALL FOR YOU

CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE. INC.
2977 Ygnacio Valley Rd 243
Walnut Creek, Ca  94598(925) 8993064
www.callifeadvocates,org/blog

Camille Giglio

Walnut Creek, Ca  5/12/18. Please consider calling the numbers provided and registering your disapproval of the bills reported on

Gov. Jerry Brown has just released the proposed new budget for 2018-19 containing several million in new monies to expand and improve job potentials, better education, health care ,etc.

One of the concerns that the Governor and the legislators have for California citizens, concerns their mental health.

The state is finally utilizing the authority it grabbed in a 2004 Prop 63 program of reducing the mental health problems of the citizens.

Prop 63 requires a new 1% tax on incomes over $1M. It began collecting this tax in 2004-5 with $254M in new money incurring large increases yearly .

Prop 63 contained 6 promises to the citizens comprising a reduction in negative experiences of the social emotional kind for California’s traumatized citizens: 

AB 2691 by Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer creates the Trauma Informed Schools Initiative within the Dept of Education. It further, mandates that every school, including charters and private schools develop local connections for dealing with the mental health problems of school children.

This will fulfill the promises made in Prop 63, according to press releases.  The problem of suicide will  be greatly reduced by expanding mental health counseling to, eventually, all citizens.

The six (6) areas to be considered the most urgent are:

  1. Incarcerations
  2. School Dropout
  3. Unemployment
  4. Prolonged suffering
  5. Homelessness
  6. Removal of Children from their homes.

AB 2315, Pupil Health: Mental Health Services: Telehealth.

This is Asm Sharon Quirk-Silva’s idea for solving student mental health problems by offering mental health counseling on campuses and on the phone, on campuses

This bill is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. It apparently carries too much money to approve before the budget is approved.

Matthew Harper, (R), has two bills almost identical.

AB2390, Pupil Safety: Identification Cards: Suicide Prevention with two co-authors, Nazarian (D) and Mathis(R)

This bill has been re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

It would require that suicide prevention phone numbers be included on pupil ID cards.

AB2391, Student Health: Suicide Prevention Telephone Numbers.  This bill has 5 co-sponsors (one Democrat, Adrin Nazarian, (Van Nuys) and though almost identical to the AB2390, it has passed to the second House awaiting assignment to a committee.

SB 972, Anthony Portantino and 8 co-sponsors, Pupil and Student Health: ID Cards: Suicide Hotline. It also has passed its first house after only one committee hearing and a floor vote (36-0 with 3 Republicans “Not Voting”).

It is now in both Assembly Education and Asm Appropriations.

Education Comm.  916-319-2087

Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D) [Chair]
Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (R) [Vice-Chair]

Assembly Appropriations: 916-319-2081

Assembly Member Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher (D) [Chair]
Assembly Member Frank E. Bigelow (R) [Vice-Chair]

Our next report will outline the plans of the Compassion and Choices crowds to help us “shuffle off this mortal coil.”  Hamlet soliloquy, To Be Or Not To Be.

So, what does all this mean for the children of California’s schools?

The schools are now officially acting in-lieu of parents forming our children into the appropriated trained, complaisant global citizen which means very little formal academic education but they sure feel good about themselves.

California’s Students are receiving

  1. Sexual instruction from Planned Parenthood
  2. Mental health counseling from the former paperback book readers of “I’m Ok, You’re Ok
  3. Their nutrition for breakfast and lunch is being planned by environmentally, and nutritionally balanced earth loving acolytes
  4. Their character (Moral values and perspectives on life in general) is being developed humanists.
  5. Their understanding of our form of Government and our Constitution is being formed by far left political progressives.

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California Democrat Legislators Hostile To Traditional Families

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By CAMILLE GIGLIO

February 8, 2018 - Walnut Creek, CA - Right To Life News - The 2017 legislative year  ended on January 31, 2018. The new  legislative year began on Monday, February 5. 2018.

Dan Walters, the dean of Sacramento, CA reporter [Sacramento Bee, 57 years!] sums up the session [With schools and rainy day fund covered, a fight over a state surplus now looms, Sacramento Bee].

Though Walters’ articles are invariably good, this one falls a bit short.

What’s missing is an exploration of the truth behind the Democrat initiative called, Education Legislation.

After thoroughly studying the matter this writer can report that the legislation is part of the ongoing radical Democrat plan to turn education into a tool of political indoctrination as demonstrated by a sub-category of Education Legislation, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL employs ideas from disciplines of psychology, biology and neuroscience as well as esoteric theories held over from the days of the [discredited] Human Potential Movement. This program is intended to manipulate or create behaviors in children to place them within the ideological mindset of the nation’s most radical Democrat Party, that of California [a state that has the highest unemployment and lowest per-capita GDP in the nation.]

Affective domain has to do with how a student “feels”. It is the reactions to information or stimuli. By contrast, Didactic teaching/learning has to do with imparting information to students who assimilate it academically, line on line, or, concept upon concept. 

Traditionally it was called “Academics.”

SEL delves into students’ mindsets, attitudes, emotions, interactions and reactions to their own and other’s behavior and academic performances.

One such mind changing curriculum is in use in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is called Brain-Based Learning or Growth Mindset. It was developed by a Stanford Psychology Professor named Carol Dweck.

It is based on the idea of students’ ability to physically grow or facilitate their own brain capacity by being led through “new concepts, new experiences or practicing certain skills over time.”

This explains the presence of sex-ed training in school.

In other words, experiential internalizing of behaviors with the objective of changing the neural connections to remap the brain. The concept is to change perception itself in individual students. (sort of driving out the natural instinct). Dweck published in early 2000’s “Mind Set, a New Psychology of Success.”

The way to solve this problem, they think, is to prepare our children for a life as global citizens. The tactic re-directs children’s  loyalties from the family to the school and community.

This is one explanation for why some high schools send their students out to serve on food lines in San Francisco’s tenderloin district.

To accomplish their goal  politicians began, decades ago, to pass legislation opening up academics to precise outcome based and specific community goals. This requires education with all sorts of business, industry and church  Partnerships. These groups have been given legislatively protected access to our children without parental influence, cooperation or consent.

Some legislators, even today, still believe that children arrive at school socially and emotionally damaged by their parents, society and church.

Assembly member John Vasconcellos, (D) a Santa Clara graduate, was one of the first legislators, to this writer’s knowledge, to introduce  this concept into his education bills.

This system-changing curriculum still taxes the parents. in fact it is so all demanding that it requires the system to promote parent/teacher (or, the new term, facilitator) partnerships to insure that the parents cooperate in the new education agenda.

The Distinguished After-School Health Recognition Program – DASH. SB55, by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, (D-Sta Barbara) is an excellent example of access to students.

This activity is fashioned after Planned parenthood’s sexual health training. It is, according to the wording provided by the Center for Disease Control, an expansion of the Whole school, Whole Community, whole Child collaborative Model.

SB55 should have died but it is still held in committee in the Assembly Appropriations while the budget is being debated. It is now considered a two-year bill. If the funding is not approved, It will be back again in 2018.  Unless there is enough protesting by parents and taxpayers to stop all this.

Such a bill sure to return  is AB!577, by Mike Gipson, (D). This Career Technical Education: Access Plan was introduced on 2/17/17. It failed to get out of its house of origin which should have killed it. However, it is now still pending, and is being gutted and amended. It is one of a stable of bills designed to move education further into its system-changing role as workforce development.

Another bill, AB 842, California Community Schools Act by Mike Gipson, (D-L.A.) would have authorized schools to receive grants to operate as community schools.  This means wrap-around services aside from any academics. This is modeled after a 2010 Obama launched program called the Promise Neighborhood Initiative  Here’s some of the supporting arguments:

  • Programs supported by research and Best Practices.
  • Deep parent engagement practices.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Schools would form real partnerships with non-profits, businesses and federal Governments, universities, hospitals, and organizations which will better meet the core unmet student needs.

Bills like this give a double meaning to “Common Core.”  Unmet core needs obviously can mean Social, Emotional needs as well as academic. The idea of both being common or the same.

Now  I understand the meaning behind “best practices” much more clearly.

AB834, by Patrick O’Donnell, (D-L.A.) School-Based Health Centers. This is  Planned Parenthood conceived creating  a statewide School-Based Health Advisory Committee or, partnership, enabling the schools to receive Medi-Cal funding.. The Director would be Helen Roth Dowden, long time aggressive Planned Parenthood operative.

Here are some other bills which are still alive and require contacting your legislator to oppose:

AB11., Kevin McCarty (D-Sacto) EPSDT Program: Screening Services.

Amended 1/3/18

This Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program aka Bright Futures  - a Preventive Pediatric health care program promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is another example of an Obama/Medi-Cal left over. It would be directed by the Dept of Education and managed by the Maternal and Child Health Dept. Its purpose, to collect data on families during home visitations. It would follow the pregnant mother and then mother and baby until the child is 5 years old. It has 30 First 5 offices listed as in support along with many other community service and day care programs.

  • Bill is now in the Senate. Call your Senator to urge a NO vote.

AB26 by Anna Caballero, (D-Monterey) was a companion piece but was vetoed by Gov. Brown who stated that he was returning the bill without his signature because there were already enough such programs. This would have set up a pilot program within the Dept of Education to train license-exempt child care providers (family members, Grandma, etc) in the best practices for caring for pre-school children.

AB320, Ken Cooley, (D-Sacto) Child Advocacy Centers. (Failed) Would have authorized Child Advocacy Centers to provide services to all suspected or real child abuse situations focusing on newborn to age 5 situations.  Of course, these centers would be packed with anti-family spokespersons.

SB320, Connie Leyva, Public Health: Abortion by Medication Techniques.

THIS IS NOW A TWO-YEAR BILL.  It is a Planned Parenthood bill designed to require Cal Universities and Cal State Universities to develop on-campus the services of medical abortion , or morning-after type pills to students who live either on or off campus. It also offers assistance and funding for private universities to set up such clinic services.

  • This has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly.  Call to your Assembly member, Urge a NO vote.

AB977, Travis Allen, (R-Orange Co.) Workforce Development. (failed, never had a hearing)  Was probably a spot bill (place holder) The wording of this bill wraps up this whole report.

14010. The California Workforce Development Board is the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s the state’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce.

The CWDB is a Regional Planning Board whose purpose is to create the Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan – 2016-2020. A United State Plan to guide the workforce system.

  • FAILED

One final comment:  It is not only California’s legislators who like to invade the family privacy.  A recent edition of  Politics K-12 from Education Week has an article titled House Education Panel Debates Student-Data-Privacy by Allyson Klein dated 1/30/2018.  It also has another article entitled: Supporting Instruction in the Common Core.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k12/2018/01/privacy_house_debate_evidence.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=campaignk-12

  • Here is a listing of  other bills. All left over as two-year bills:

AB882,  Joaquin Arambula,9D-Fresno) Pupil Health Care services: Task Force. This has two planned parenthood affiliated supporters, Children Now and Teachers for Healthy Kids.

AB834, Patrick O’Donnell, (D-L.A. Co.) School-Based Health Programs, Held in Senate Appropriations.

  • Call your Senator, urge a NO vote.

AB849, Dante Acosta, R-San Fernando) California Workforce Development Board: Task Force.  The formation of yet another task force.

  • Call your Assembly member and urge that this bill not be heard.

AB424, Ben Allen (D-Redondo) Regional Environmental Education Community Network. Establishes the Regional Environmental Education Community Network to insure environmental literacy in the State’s public schools.

  • In Assembly Education Committee. P. O’Donnell, Chair, Rocky Chavez, ® V. Chair. Call and urge a NO vote,  916-319-2087 for Committee. Or, Chavez, 916-319-2076.

Legislators have given themselves and third parties authority to act in-lieu of parental authority.  They have carved-out areas of family life and given those duties, obligations and joys to others deemed better qualified to raise the future adults of our country.

When you, the parent and taxpayer contact your legislator you are standing up for the rights of families and of families and children to be protected from invasion of their privacy.

The “common core” of America is the family, the church, the respect for individual rights protected by our Constitution.  Once outsiders have chipped away at those rights often enough, the common core of American family life will be so weakened that it will fall apart. We already see it in some ethnic groups existence.

Stand up for the children, call the legislators, stand firm.

References:

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/workforce-plan-recommends-coordination-of-efforts/

https://www.partnerforchildren.org/board

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THE LEGISLATIVE TSUNAMI SEASON

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Camille Giglio

9/11/17. Walnut Creek, Ca.  While Tropical Storm (formerly hurricane) Irma is battering the state of Florida with floods and destruction, the California legislature is in the midst of its own Tsunami during the last week of moving bills through committee

Bills previously held in suspense files, some with 5 to 7 amendments, are now in final reading and some have been sent to enrollment. This means that the bills have passed appropriations hearings, received, mostly unanimous votes of approval and sent to the Governor’s desk. The Governor has approximately 12 days in which to sign or veto or let bills pass without signature.

These are bills that the media never talks about nor will the legislators in their district hearings  because their, the bill’s,  intent is too inimical to the family, to morals to the ability of students to get a good, solid academic education. These bills are more destructive of the structure of marriage, health, education workforce development, etc. than all the hurricanes or tornadoes have ever been. Buildings can be rebuilt. Land can dry out. But families continue to suffer through bad legislation designed to  experiment with our lives interfere in the community, family, religious, workplace, healthcare and schools.

Here is an example of bills affecting the family and social interchanges:
Call your assembly member’s district office to vote “NO” on or before September 15.

AB841, Shirley Weber, (D) Pupil Nutrition: food and Beverages: Advertising. The legislature has been trying for a long time to gain greater authority over the food industry with some limited success, in setting standards for what people can and should eat.

They are mandating that schools (including Charters) may not buy or provide certain food items to school children on campuses in which that particular industry does not comply with the legislators and the cadre of nutritionists demand for health, workforce quality future workers.

In other words they are attempting to control the grocery and food manufacturing industries through placing restrictions on what your children may be allowed to eat.

This bill was amended 7 times, received unanimous support from 17 non-profit community type organizations and was opposed by 17 grocery industry and related labor groups.

AB10, Cristina Garcia, (D) and eight (8) Democrat Co-authors. Feminine Hygiene Products: Public School Restrooms.  The legislators are always bragging about the high quality of education in California.. This bill will require our tax dollars to purchase these products for the free use of students.

This is a Planned Parenthood and 40 associates bill. CRLC is the only opposition.

CRLC believes that this has more to do with gathering data on menstrual periods than concern for feminine hygiene.  Here is an excerpt from our OPPOSE letter.

AB 10 could well be amended to include free contraceptive products in female bathrooms and free condom distribution in male bathrooms.  Or these products could be made available for both student bathrooms in the future.

CRLC must oppose AB 10 as bad public policy, an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer, and one that presupposes that government must act as caretaker for young women.

Here is an official summary of the bill’s intent:
This bill requires a public school maintaining any combination of grades 6 to grade 12, inclusive, that meets the 40-percent pupil poverty threshold required to operate a federal Title I school-wide program, to stock at least 50 percent of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products at all times and to provide those products at no charge.

AB 23, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, (D), and two co-authors, Joel Anderson, (R) and Holly Mitchell. Educational Programs: Single Gender Schools and Classes. Amended 5 times (they keep manipulating the words to make them acceptable)

California has been pushing for Charter Schools for some time. A whole new industry has grown up to provide expensive guidance and curricula material to schools. These same groups have also been urging the development of STEM schools – Science, technology, economics and Math.

There has also been the creation of experimental single gender schools, meaning schools for only males or female students. However, the legislators have “discovered” that these Public/Charter/single sex schools could be in violation of California’s gender equality laws as well as the federal title lX laws and so they are attempting to disallow the creation of 3 schools in the Los Angeles school district by attacking one school, in particular, with this bill – YOKA school (Young Oak Kim middle school). The other two schools are Boys Leadership Academy (BALA) and Girls leadership academy (GALA.

And, to add insult to injury the Sacramento Bee reports that Bernie Sanders [is] Coming Back to California This week in time for the California Nurses Association to put on a big conference on Health Care for All.  Who’s the Governor here now, Sanders or Brown?

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172610906.html?#emlnl=Alerts_Newsletter

 

Was Death of Charlie Gard Hastened

Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
August 14, 2017

Doctors and nurses protect and preserve life. Anything that does not protect and preserve life cannot rightly be called medical treatment and care. Much is written about end of life but not distinguished from ENDING life.

Charlie Gard is a baby who was discussed at the kitchen table, restaurant, supermarket, and in ethical/bioethical writings. Charlie Gard’s condition was diagnosed as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which resulted in decreased muscle activity and movement. Charlie Gard had a breathing tube put into his windpipe which was connected to a ventilator months before his situation was publicized. When a patient is on a ventilator with breathing tube in his windpipe [via the mouth or nose (endotracheal tube – ET tube) for about two weeks, it is factual that a tracheostomy ought to be done. This was not done for Charlie. At that point, the die was cast for Charlie to be on an endotracheal tube in an intensive care unit (ICU) for the rest of his life. The rest of the time and efforts that were spent legally were useless because the doctors never intended to treat Charlie in a way that he could go home. Why would anyone believe that the doctors would change their position when it was court time?

Who should make decisions for Charlie since he is an infant? His parents, who wanted Charlie to live as long as Charlie could live. Tracheostomy was not done, thus someone is responsible for making this decision not to do a tracheostomy.

Parents went to court seeking legal support for continued treatment of Charlie. Known or not known to parents (and most everyone reading, seeing or hearing about Charlie), a tracheostomy was necessary to get Charlie out of the ICU. A doctor trained to do a tracheostomy was necessary. However, was such doctor even consulted? Even if they were consulted, their response was not publicized.

When the decision was made by the American consulting neurologist not to use an experimental medication, the Court supported the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) physicians to remove the ventilator and the endotracheal tube. No one, with or without mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, after being on a ventilator for 8 months would be expected to survive abrupt stoppage of the ventilator and removal of the endotracheal tube, especially without a tracheostomy. Thus, the doctors established months earlier when a tracheostomy was omitted, that they never intended to allow Charlie to be out of the ICU. Hospice finalized and executed removal of the ET tube and stopped the ventilator. Charlie was dead shortly after the ET tube and ventilator were removed.

The issue of the ventilator being an ordinary or extraordinary means of treatment was discussed in the writings about Charlie. The ventilator did not involve any great burden for Charlie or anyone else. Donations were reported to be more than a million Euros. Thus, the ventilator was not excessively burdensome or too expensive. This teaching of Pope Pius XII is quoted often: "Normally one is held to use only ordinary means . . . that is to say, means that do not involve any grave burden for oneself or another." From the same document, the teaching that is often left out is, "On the other hand, one is not forbidden to take more than the strictly necessary steps to preserve life and health, as long as he does not fail in some more serious duty." Charlie’s parents, however, were forbidden from taking Charlie out of the ICU to their home. The wishes and directions of Charlie’s parents never had a chance.

In the consideration of ordinary/extraordinary means, the understanding of the words is of paramount importance. Over many years as medicine improved in its ability to treat patients with more successful and less painful procedures, the use of the terms remained quite unchanged. Moralists are quoted who lived before pain was controllable. St. Augustine wrote about a hemorrhoid operation using four strong men to hold the patient immobile as the operation was performed. The pain was noted as the patient suffered the operation. During the Civil War, the primitive state of medical practice contributed to many deaths and many more with injuries. The analysis of ordinary/ extraordinary means received its description from those times and the available pain relief.

Now, warnings are given lest treatment of patients would cause patients to live longer because of what some say are overzealous and beyond reasonable limits. Relief of pain and treatments are far advanced during modern times.

Considerations of ordinary and extraordinary means require understanding the person being treated and the means utilized to treat in accord with the quality and the sanctity of life. Ordinary treatments and care that protect and preserve life without being too burdensome, too expensive, or too whatever that are not beyond the capability of the ordinary person are obligatory. Think of what care an infant requires to live; that is what any person regardless of age, illness or disability should be entitled to as ordinary means.

When a person has an extraordinary illness and there is an extraordinary treatment available and the patient desires to be treated to live longer, even if cure seems not to be possible, the patient’s desire for the treatment is instruction for the physician to get on with the treatment.

Life, Life Support and Death, available from American Life League, includes: "No one should be deprived of basic care, including food and water, suitable bedding, an optimal thermal environment, an unobstructed airway, exits for stool and urine, and effective treatments, medications, procedures and operations. A hospital exists to diagnose and treat ill patients. While not every illness can be cured, every patient must be cared for. The object is always to provide the best medical care to the whole person, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To purposefully expedite death by omission or commission violates a fundamental principle of medicine: "First, do no harm." Recognizing that every patient must be cared for, a hospital cooperates with other facilities and services as well as the patient’s family to deliver the best care possible to the patient.

"Decisions to use or not to use a particular medical evaluation, treatment, medication, procedure or operation are considered from the patient’s perspective in light of the ability, skill and availability of physicians, nurses and medical personnel. Many articles have been written and much discussion has occurred about what constitutes means that are labeled as "ordinary" or "extraordinary." Ordinary treatments and care are done to protect, to aid, and to heal. When the person has an extraordinary illness, extraordinary treatments that are available and effective are done to preserve life and to enhance the quality and sanctity of life.

"The chief thing for a man’s life is water and bread, and clothing, and a house to cover shame" (Ecclus. 29:27). Ordinary means include any evaluation, treatment, medication, procedure and operation that protect and preserve life. They include provision of water, food, suitable bedding, an optimal thermal environment, an unobstructed airway, exits for stool and urine and effective treatments, medications, procedures and operations. Those that are available and will protect and preserve life ought to be desired by the patient and provided by the physician and medical personnel. Medical personnel have an obligation to use such means in the treatment of the patient. To use ordinary means carries out the obligation to maintain existence, and to preserve the ability to fulfill duties to self, family, civil government and to God.

"Using ordinary means shows respect for the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence:

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

"Liberty is the inalienable right of every person. The origin of the word, liberty, is from the Latin, liberum arbitrium. This is translated as "mastery over desires." Liberty is the right to safeguard life and thus guarantee the ability to pursue one’s destiny to do good and avoid evil. Accordingly, when the means touch on a person’s liberty, their denial could infringe his inalienable rights. The patient lies at the heart of every medical procedure.

"When it comes to deciding whether a particular medical means is "ordinary," the key is an honest and realistic assessment of whether, ‘according to circumstances of persons, place, times, and culture,’ the means ‘do not involve any grave burden for oneself or another.’ Honesty and reality require that we recognize that what was beyond ordinary in a past, less affluent society, is very ordinary today. What was beyond financial capability in the past is now often available through insurance, government resources and charity. Travel to available medical treatment and care is now readily obtainable. Medications and procedures now exist to help eliminate the painful and debilitating side effects of treatments for serious illnesses and diseases.

"Unfortunately, patients’ medical decision-making today is being clouded by error and confusion in the assessment of "ordinary." Patients are allowed to reject otherwise ordinary treatment and care because their lives are considered burdensome; "burdensome treatment" has become "burdensome life" with the result of shortening life, hastening death. When a patient’s life is considered burdensome, everything is open to interpretation as beyond ordinary, even water and nourishment.

"The ventilator, commonly but less properly called a respirator, is a device that is used to move air with oxygen into a patient. Ventilation is movement of air, while respiration is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This exchange occurs in the lungs, as well as in the living tissues throughout the body via circulation. The living lungs and chest wall store energy during inhalation that is used to move air with carbon dioxide out of the patient during exhalation. Ventilation and respiration are essential requirements for life on earth to continue. When these are supported using a ventilator, such use protects and preserves life. Often a ventilator is life-saving and life-supporting. When the use of a ventilator allows a patient to be more comfortable, it should be continued. When a patient is dependent on a ventilator for life on earth to continue, the ventilator ought to be continued. Treatment with an endotracheal tube and ventilator outside an ICU (e.g., hospital ward, long-term care facility, or even home) requires a tracheostomy. [A few edits of original have been inserted by Paul A. Byrne, M.D. into this paragraph.]

"In order to avoid immoral and erroneous medical decision-making, concentration ought to be on protecting and preserving life as long as God wills. Such focus should promote clear, honest, realistic and moral determinations about the proper use of medical treatments and care." Was this made available to Charlie Gard by doctors responsible for his treatment and care?

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Dr. Paul A. Byrne is a Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He is the Founder of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. He is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Toledo, College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

Dr. Byrne is past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, OK. He is author and producer of the film "Continuum of Life" and author of the books "Life, Life Support and Death," "Beyond Brain Death," and "Is ‘Brain Death’ True Death?"

Dr. Byrne has presented testimony on "life issues" to nine state legislatures beginning in 1967. He opposed Dr. Kevorkian on the television program "Cross-Fire." He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, public television in Japan and participated in the British Broadcasting Corporation Documentary "Are the Donors Really Dead?" Dr. Byrne has authored articles against euthanasia, abortion, and "brain death" in medical journals, law literature and lay press.

Paul was married to Shirley for forty-eight years until she entered her eternal reward on Christmas 2005. They are the proud parents of twelve children and have thirty-five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

© Copyright 2017 by Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904