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MOST RECENT STATUS OF IMPORTANT BILLS

Camille Giglio
July 6, 2014
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ALL THE LISTED BILLS ARE TO BE HEARD IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS
COMMITTEE BEGINNING ON AUGUST 4, 2014.

California Right to Life opposes everyone of these bills for their immoral treatment of individual human beings and society, in general.

Because it is a Appropriations Committee, meaning pertaining to funding of actions and services and programs, this committee accepts only support or opposition based on costs to the state.

CRLC believes that, in general, bills of this nature are inappropriate socially and financially and morally for the state to be involved.  Action on these bills takes the form of killing the bill, holding the bill in committee till a later time, passing to the Governor or going back to its House of origin for a conference call vote to obtain agreement on certain items.

CRLC would like to see all these bills killed or held in committee for a definite period.

Do not say indefinite period. That means the author can bring it up when he wants.

To see the full content of each bill please go to www.leginfo.ca.gov and type in the bill #.

Info about contacting individual legislators is also available.

  • AB 1599, Joan Buchanan, Education Omnibus Bill. Focus on special needs children.
  • AB1621 Bonnie Lowenthal, Emergency Medical Services: Data and Info system.
  • Assumes a statewide registry on DNR and Organ Donors to assess services.
  • AB 2051 Lorena Gonzalez, Medical Providers and affiliate care clients. Weakens and
  • expands authorization for affiliate clinics to begin services.
  • AB 357, Richard Pan, Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel. To set up plans for every child’s health and welfare.
  • AB 1502 Kevin Mullen, CalWorks: Family Act of 2015. Expands control over families & assumes child is deprived of parental love and guidance based on family income.
  • AB1516, Lorena Gonzalez, Public Social Services: Diapers.
  • AB 1570, Wes Chesbro, Residential Care Facilities for Elderly. Opening move to begin program of planned transitions of older citizens into centralized facilities.
  • AB1571, Susan Eggman, Residential Care Facilites RCFE: Licensing. Will require expanded and expensive liability insurance suppressing family care giving programs.
  • AB 1577, Toni Atkins, Certificates of Death: Gender Identity.  change of sexual Id.
  • AB 1719,  Shirley Weber, Full-Day Kindergarten Feasibility Study and Plan.
  • AB 1951,  Jimmy Gomez,  Vital Records: Birth Certificates, expands parental sexual preference check off boxes.
  • AB 2344, Tom Ammiano, Family Law: Parentage. Equality of treatment for the LGBT people to have parity with natural parents.
  • AB2399, John Perez, Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Presumption to be that one is an organ donor if there is no opt-out notice on a driver’s license.
  • AB2499, Raul Bocanegra, Pupil Nutrition: Adequate Time to Eat Lunch. Expands lunch time, using available federal or local school lunch funds to defray costs. An article in the 7/6/2014 Contra Costa Times regarding Michelle Obama kids hungry campaign is that schools are losing money and kids are not eating the mandated “nutritious” meals in the cafeteria.  Apparently Bocanegra is trying to blame a time limit for this situation.
    • Anti-Obesity efforts challenged by Darlene Superville Associated Press.
  • AB 2706, Roger Hernandez, Schools: Health Care Coverage: Enrollment Assistance.
  • Expands school enrollment form to include information about ACA health care coverage options.

There is currently in the newspapers any number of articles  promoting organ donations and  transitioning (moving) senior citizens, with or without eminent life threatening illness, into public or privately funded centers.  This all goes along with the legislation as exhibited by the above mentioned bills.

An Article in the Contra Costa Times for Saturday, July 5, featured a Respite care facility in San Leandro for terminally ill to either spend some time while their parents get needed vacations; or, for infants and young children who are declared to be within the last stages of living.  The picture painted was of a sweet, pastoral scene filled with loving hearts and kind words for parents and children, but no curative efforts.

The end objective of all this medical home and residential care legislation is to move every single person into a planned cradle to grave life transitions program guided, aided and encouraged by whatever form of Government we will have left.

Please read these articles with great care, calling upon wisdom and prudence in judging the goodness of these agendas.

Hey senior citizens, get a room…at Aegis

Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Camille Giglio

The Father’s Day edition of the Contra Costa Times, a California daily, carried an advertisement for a senior living facility in the local area. The wording implies that good ole Mom and Pop who moved in with you and your family are in need of continual care, but are still swingers. However, you may want to get away for a while and don’t know what to do with the folks. You need to have some privacy and peace of mind yourself.

Aegis says: just drop Mom and Pop off for a couple of weeks with us. We’ll feed them, take them on walks, let them romp with others their age and socialize all day long.

Where did these folks get the idea for this advertisement…. after visiting the local dog kennel?

The whole thing sounds kind of cute, but it’s really a business promotion. A friend living in North Carolina said it reminded her of a project called “Project Compassion,” in which churches would sign up to provide family caregivers with volunteer “well-trained” caregivers for respite care. Trained in what? Taking the old folks on a planned guilt trip?

You’ve probably received mailers inviting you to spend the weekend at luxury seaside hotel and condominium facility such and such. Once there you are urged to consider moving in permanently. The weekend stay is just a come-on.

Aegis is, like so many other elder care facilities, participating in the promotion of something called, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care C-TAC. It’s all a part of the Obama Affordable Care Act. The goal is to obtain the confidence of the community that only the professional knows how to care for Grandma and Grandpa.

The planned, sustainable community is soon to be coming to your town. The planners are fashioning a place for you. If you are over 65 you will be encouraged to transition over to a group home where you can be properly and professionally looked after.

Senior care businesses like Aegis, Vitas, and other MediCare and hospice-type facilities are reminiscent of the the song, Hotel California, by the 70s rock group The Eagles: ‘You can check out, but you never leave.’

 
(Original Spero News Article)

REFLECTIONS ON THE STATE OF THINGS

Camille Giglio
May 31. 2014

5/31/14.  Twenty-four more California bills have passed out of Appropriations Committees and been sent over to their second house.  16 are in the Health area and the rest in Education or workforce development.  Workforce development and training is tied to education.

So far only three of those 16 bills have been set for a hearing in their second House.

AB769, Nancy Skinner, (D), Sales and Use Taxes: Exemption: Clothes Washers. 

Location:  Senate Governance and Finance Comm. 6/11/14. Phone: 916-651-4119.

“Exempts from the sales and use tax laws the gross receipts and the sales price that do not exceed a specified amount from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, a qualified efficient clothes washer purchased for installation and use in the State.

This is interference in private business disguised as concern over potential drought problems and manipulation of one industry.  How come she left out dishwashers, toilets, shower heads, etc?

SB 500, Ted Lieu, (D), Medical Practice: Pain Management.

Location:  Asm. Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Cmte. Hearing date: 6/10/14.  Phone 916-319-3301.

Every 5 years the state Medical Board is required to update its pain control standards. Bill requires an outside task force be developed to submit changes and recommendations. Concern here is in the treatment or use of narcotics to suppress pain in end-of-life cases.  There is currently, in California and across the country, an aggressive promotion and advertising campaign by agencies promoting comfort care only for those patients judged to be within a year or so of death from disease or illness, removing all curative care.

In the last two weeks I have heard radio Ads on San Francisco AM stations KGO-810 and 740-KCBS for two for-profit large corporate residential care facilities, Vitas Hospice and Pathways Hospice.  These facilities offer residential and In-Home care and supervision for terminal and near terminal citizens. They take private but mostly Medicare, patients.  Near terminal can mean up to a year prior to a disease or disability potentially ending a life.

Hospice, these days, can mean several things all the way from curative and palliative care to a type of palliative care that can mean comfort-only to both the patient and the family.

Many Hospices start a patient off with a mix of curative and palliative care and then slowly withdraw the curative portion of care until it is palliative or comfort only - no nutrition/hydration, no curative medications.

Here is a quote contained in an excellent 300 page critical analysis of patient care, authored by Ron Panzer, Director of the Hospice Patients Alliance entitled Stealth Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America (available on line)

“ Vitas [Hospice] was instrumental in leading a bipartisan effort to add hospice to the healthcare payment system. As a result of these efforts, Medicare pays for hospice services.  Many states have established Medicaid coverage for hospice, and virtually all private insurers and managed care plans provide coverage for hospice care.”  www.vitas.com   (see: endnotes)

This is why bills like SB 500 are of concern.  We don’t know what ethics or what organizations will be represented on outside advisory boards.  How many people will represent the death and dying lobbies versus the traditional respect for human life in all its strengths and frailties?

I’ve also heard an incredible radio Ad paid for by the California Nurses Association ridiculing the very thing they support legislatively.  It’s a humorous ad. A hospitalized patient is calling for his nurse while some man representing “best practices” online data information diagnosing is trying to convince the patient that he has bronchitis. In comes a nurse saying “No, it’s Arrhythmia. The Ad concludes with advising people to look toward their nurse rather than technology to care for them.

None of these groups ever had to advertise before the ACA put them into competition with each other.

AB 1523, Toni Atkins, (D-San Diego), Residential Care Facilities: Elderly.  Requires Residential Care Facilities - RCFE - to carry up to $3,000,000 in bonded coverage against abusive treatment to residents or injury lawsuits.  This is opposed by one lone 

group, the Community Residential Care Association of California which represents residential care facilities for 6 or fewer residents.   They claim that the costs of providing this coverage will result in financial loss to them requiring them to stop accepting some patients or close their doors.

These are the neighborhood care facilities scattered throughout communities. There is sufficient concern that the for-profit, large elder care corporations are attempting to suppress these local, private facilities.

Location: Senate Committee on Human Services.6/10/14   916-651-1524.

Note:  Organizations, using letterhead stationary can be officially listed on record with a support or oppose position. One Requirement is that the letter be in the proper committee one week prior to the hearing.  Individuals who phone the committees will be listed as  “x number of individuals.” To track bills yourself go to www.leginfo.ca.gov.

Regarding the up-coming election, pro life and conservative groups are putting out voter’s guides candidate information, which in their analysis, indicates who is pro life and who isn’t. But, what criteria is being used?  There has been almost no legislation dealing directly with the life or  death issues for there to be any record of votes for in-office candidates so we have only their statements that they are “pro Life.”  Also, In listening to some of the new candidates for office it becomes obvious that they know nothing about the bills being debated in Sacramento.

Something happens when a newly elected member enters the halls of the legislature. We see “good” i.e. conservative, pro life, legislators voting for things that are inimical to family and moral life and religious liberty, but they receive approval ratings on pro life voter’s guides. They even get support due to these votes from the California Catholic Conference, especially regarding a living wage, immigration assistance and welfare support and health care.  They certainly aren’t mounting any opposition to the flood of bills set to manage everyone’s everyday lives. Most often what we see is a listing of “not voting” after the names of, mainly, Republicans.

The sad truth is that the provision of abortion and contraceptive services to one and all is seen as a right and a duty in California even on Catholic college campuses. Listen to a presentation given by a Planned Parenthood Director to Loyola/Marymount College students on May 17, 2014.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6-8zPV2gRE 

The legislators, non-profits, foundations, religious organizations, Ceo’s such as Bill Gates and Marc Zuckerberg,  have formed partnerships to “manage” the lives of the students who did get born, from womb to tomb. This is now being portrayed as the proper pro life ethic by these very groups. 

If you wish further information or clarification on bills, please either email me or phone me.  Phone: 925-899-3064. callifeadvocates@gmail.com. to visit our webpage at www.callifeadvocates.org/blog

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End Note:

Hospice Patients Alliance: preserving the original mission of hospice. www.hospicepatients.org

CALIFORNIA COMMON CORE STEM EDUCATION MOVES…

FULL STEAM AHEAD.
Camille Giglio
May 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 was the last day for bills to stay alive or die in committee. These bills were, mostly in their house Appropriations Committees.  7 of the bills we have been following died in committee, thanks to you.  Thirteen other bills Health and Education bills are staying alive. There were a total of 600 bills awaiting action in their respective Appropriations Committee, not all of them have been reported out yet.

Here are the failed bills:

AB 1854, Eric Linder, Examination Fees: Advanced Placement. Dealing future state driven Workforce development with the taxpayer footing the bill for Inter’l Baccalaureate exam fees.

AB 1977, Roger Hernandez, Student Academic Preparation, Educational Partnerships.
Increased financial support for partnering students with outside work force experience.

AB 2111, Tom Ammiano, Child Development Services: Pregnant/Parent Teens. Would have amended the Cal SAFE Program to provide increasing amounts of community supportive services for the pregnant teen and for the child including in Charter schools.

AB 2167, Al Muratsuchi, Pupils: State Healthy Kids Survey. Data collection on kids social, emotional,, health and behavioral attitudes  and beliefs.

AB 2437, Curt Hagman, School Infrastructure: Network Infrastructure. Would have established a competitive grant program to construct a statewide network for pupil assessments.

AB 2555, Raul Bocanegra, Cradle-to-Career Initiatives: Plan.  Required development of a 5 year plan for all students to guide them through school and into a career, without much parental involvement. 

SB 1357, Lois Wolk, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Form. Would have enacted a state wide POLST Registry system. Very expensive.

We must continue vigilance lest the intent of these bills shows up in other amended legislation.

There will be a more complete report on the bills that passed in the next week, but for now here is a rundown of some of the more egregious invasions of family and individual rights.

AB1571, Susan Eggman, Elder Care Licensing, AB1570, Chesbro, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, SB911, Marty Block, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, All deal with further expansion of the government oversight of end-of-life, Comfort Care provisions or training of employees.

SB 1124, Ed Hernandez, Medi-Cal: Estate Recovery. Re-examines the right of the state to file a claim against the estate of a decedent or inheritor of decedent’s estate, for the cost of certain Medi-Cal expenses during the life time of the deceased.

SB 1055, Carol Liu, Public School Health Center Support Program, SB 1053, Health Care Coverage: Contraceptives. Holly Mitchell, AB 2350, Susan Bonilla, Prevention of Pregnancy Discrimination, Education, and, AB 2706, Roger Hernandez, Schools: Health Care Coverage: Enrollment Assistance.

All of the above rely on the school system to expand promotion of government oversight of everyone’s health and reproduction activities including providing facilitators to assist in completing applications.

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STEM Now Gives off STEAM.

The Common Core STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has now been given an “A” as in Art. It’s now Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

The Antioch school district in Contra Costa County is implementing this national movement (program) in its elementary school system in order, as Program Improvement Director, Mike Santos says, “ to foster students critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to promote collaboration and teamwork among peers.

STEAM will insure, said the school’s new Principal, Phyllis James, that students are college and career ready. “We are going to make sure that our babies are ready.”

This is the meaning of the above listed, failed, bills. Cradle to career, womb to tomb. Government created pathways (AB 2303, Richard Bloom) using 5 year plans (does that ring a bell anyone?) to manipulate students into objectively pre-determined social and work strata , socially and mentally prepared for acceptance of the government plan for the sustainable community. 

A CLEAN DIAPER ON EVERY BABY

- Or, The Healthy Baby Bottom Act of 2014.
Camille Giglio
5/18/14

This year’s health and education legislation is beginning to reveal a little more of the intended goals of the Affordable Care Act as well as the Common Core Standards.

Eight out of thirteen so-called health or education related Democrat sponsored bills, touted as providing future great learning and employment benefits to low-income children, have passed their first committee in the California state legislature totally unopposed.

The very legislators who have authored and or voted for the following list of bills to provide services to children in low-income or single parent families are the same ones who vigorously endorse abortion for the very babies they would now profess to “help.” 

What is the great benefit to be derived for Transitional Kindergarteners (4 yr olds), state department of education and health takeover of infant child care and training for jobs for their parents?

As Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, (D-80) stated in her bill AB 1516: Public Social Services: Diapers: “I believe every child deserves a clean diaper.”   

“Every parent of an infant deserves to have a diaper changing table within instant reach wherever he or she needs one,” declared (former Senator now resident of the state, Ron Calderon, SB1042, Food Facilities: Toilet Rooms: Baby Changing Tables, before he left the building. (endorsed by Equality California). 

Yet, a third legislator wants parents to know that their 3 and 4 year olds will not have to sit in soiled diapers while on a local community field trip nor will parents with very low incomes have to pay the going rate for their young  child to attend a field trip.

http://www.edweek.org/media/middleburyinteractive_final_pdf.pdf

Here is a statement on the website of the California Catholic Conference extolling the legislature  for it’s support of “education and tax relief” bills:

Thank you for your ongoing support of the series of innovative tax policy proposals that would empower parents as well as teachers to care for their own school children’s learning needs, inspire greater charitable contributions to expand local resources in K-12 education, and encourage greater savings for kindergarten through college. 

This whole set of bills is part of the Unmet Diaper Needs Financing Fund. This will become an amendment to the Welfare to Work Article created to assist the clients in the Calworks program. http://www.helpamotherout.org/2014/04/07/ab1516hearingapril8/

French Four-year olds on a field trip.
French Four-year olds on a field trip.
 

The entity to receive the greatest benefit from this is the diaper manufacturing industry. If the government starts outright purchasing bulk loads of diapers or underwriting the cost of purchase diaper prices will become beyond means of most parents.

Mothers may all have to go back to cloth diapers!!!  I don’t know where we would get them, out of museums, I imagine?

But that’s not all the ways low-income people will be “helped.” That great benefactor, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, inconsolable over the lack of rain in our state and the resulting state of our dirty clothes has offered up AB 769: (and given it a terribly clever title after it was amended 4 times) The Sales and Use Taxes: Exemption: Clothes Washers.

She is promoting a tax exemption for businesses that promote and sell or use in their businesses “efficient” washing machines. To her this is a major health and ecological boon.  This bill has not only passed its first committee, it is headed for the Senate side of fun-land. It’s supported by 6 lobbies and opposed by 27 other lobbies.

Why did she leave out dish washer machines?

But, wait, lest we forget about the somewhat older child, Assembly member Kevin Mullin, (D-22) has searched deep within his emotions and offered up AB 1502, CalWorks: Family Unity Act of 2015. This bill supported by the California Catholic Conference, the California Partnership, a large lobby conglomerate of stakeholder organizations, and the every present Western Center on law and Poverty, among others, declares that: “a child is deprived of parental support or care, and is therefore eligible to receive assistance, due to the unemployment, underemployment, or low wages of his or her parent[.]”

This is designed more to discourage initiative and promote a need for security that only the government handout can provide. If the family income rises above a certain level the kid and the family lose their government  taxpayer driven income and the family is right back where it started.

Now we turn to another segment of that greatly disadvantaged populace, the LGBT community.

AB1951, Jimmy Gomez,(D), 916-319-2051/fx916-319-2151. Vital Records: Birth Certificates. Amends birth certificates to reflect, according to the head of Equality California, the Sponsor of the bill, the “current realities of the modern family.” Would expand the categories of mother/father  as currently listed on birth certificates, to reflect the “parents” gender preferences, i.e. a male “mother” or a female “father” or two “fathers” or two “mothers.”

Not to be outdone, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, (D-LA) soon to be Assembly Speaker replacing John Perez, (D-LA) has authored AB 1577, Certificates of Death: Gender Identity.

AB 1577, Toni Atkins. (D-S.D.) Ph:916/319-2078/Fx:916/319-2178. 

Authorizes death certificates to be modified to match the desired gender of the deceased rather than the male or female designation with which the person was born. co-sponsors: Equality California and Transgender Law Center and includes the ACLU among others.

Both of these bills, AB 1577 and ab1951 have passed their house of origin on partisan votes

One of the favorable arguments states that the  University of California, Los Angeles Williams Institute study from 2008 estimates that 0.3% of adults are transgender. 

The U of C, Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center stating in its endorsement defines transgender as: “people are those whose psychological self (gender identity) differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with.”

The next 5 bills deal with oversight of and assistance to facilities providing services to the elderly.  In other words, an aggressive continuation of encouragement to sign up for palliative care only, or appoint residential advisory counsels with stakeholders participating plus expanded hours of government designated training for employees.

AB 1570, Wes Chesbro, (D-Eureka), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. 916-319-2002/Fx 916-319-2102.

Requires facility employees to acquire 100 hours of training, at least 40 of which are in person, to work with residents. No stipulation as to of what the training consists.

While we do care very much about the adequacy of training for those who work with the frail elderly our concern here focuses on just what this so-called training might be. We know that the euthanasia promoting group Compassion and Choices along with all those agencies supporting palliative-care-only such as Hospice, are encouraging their personnel to be trained in counseling facility residents and their families to encourage the signing of  POLST forms. This form heavily promoted by the death and dying industry is little more than an upgraded DO-NOT-RESUSCITATE mandate. This is considered health care cost savings.

Of the 100 plus groups listed as endorsing this bill 51 are actually branches of various mega-industry for-profit elder care facilities so the actual support for this bill isn’t as large as the listing would make it seem. However, only three groups oppose this bill.

Another bill on relatively the same subject is SB 911, by Sen. Marty Block, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, along with Senator Lois Wolk who both appear to have assumed the role of designated end-of-life cheerleaders are carrying at least four (4) bills on this subject, AB 1571, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Licensing, AB 1572, Elderly Residential Care Facilities: Councils, and AB 2139, End-of-Life Care: Patient Notification and, maybe the most dangerous one by Wolk, SB 728, Long Trm Care Facilities: Health Care Decisions.  This latter one is the POLST form and its aggressive promotion to elder care facility residents.

California’s legislators are moving into the role of micro-managers of our daily lives, education and employment. Along the way they are collecting data on all aspects of our daily lives and how we live them and providing this information to community organizers and service providers while denying us the right to know what it being done with this data.

There was an item in the news recently of a father desirous of knowing what the school was doing with the data collected on his child who was told that it would cost him $10,000 to find that out because the electronic data gathering system wasn’t equipped to pull out individual records.

Schools are permitted to refer our sons and daughters to health care providers and mental health counselors without parental knowledge or consent.  They can create an educational/workforce training program for them, establish a nutrition program for them. There is, once again, talk about extending the school day and year because kids are left on their own too much and they lose educational goals attained during the current school year.

Schools want to become the day care provider for your toddlers and infants, take them around the community and neighborhoods and introduce them to the diversity of life, occupations and social lifestyles.

In other words, the village is raising the child, the multitude of caretakers are earning a living, the community change agents are thriving and all of it at the expense of the family child relationship.

THAT TELL-TALE BEATING HEART

With what caution – with what
dissimulation I went to work.
The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe, 1843.

 

When discussing organ donations I am often reminded of the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the Tell-Tale Heart.

In the story a man reveals how he plotted to take the life of an elderly gentleman using cunning and stealth. When the deed is done the killer hides the body under the floor boards of the bedroom. The killer is finally caught because he is driven mad by believing that he can still hear the man’s beating heart. Maybe the man isn’t dead, he fears?

The proponents of organ transplants display some of the same cunning and deception when discussing organ removal from brain dead declared donors.

Organ donation proponents would have you believe that an organ donor is truly and irreversibly dead, all bodily functions totally stopped, no life at all, no life possible, at the time of the removal of vital organs.

Organ donation opponents on the other hand efficiently dismember their opponents carefully crafted arguments when they point out  that the full terminology includes the words  “legally and clinically” dead. These terms are mere constructs of the law, distractions from the actual condition of the targeted patient and the fact that to perform a successful transplant there is a very short window of opportunity to obtain fresh as compared to decomposing organs, especially hearts.

Dr. Paul Byrne of Life Guardian Foundation will tell you in no uncertain terms that these brain dead declared patients are still alive, their hearts are still beating, other organs are still functioning.

He will point to reports, fashioned by self interested committees, such as a 1967 American Bar Association publication, or the 1968 Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School report on the Definition of Brain Death or the 1981 Presidential Committee report Defining Death. Dr. Byrne will inform you that these definitions are only three of several and that they were concocted not to treat or respect the patient but to protect the Medical Community from charges of criminal conduct in killing the patient while removing his or her beating heart.

The use of terms to be employed to declare someone dead or to promote euthanasia: brain death, irreversible coma, organ transplants, withdrawal of nutrition and hydration (food and water) began to appear in medical journals and publications as merely interesting philosophical subjects to contemplate and write articles about.

They progressed to becoming subjects for the media to report and take sides on  beginning in the 1960’s with the first heart transplant in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard.  In the United States 1976, U. S. Supreme Court decision regarding Karen Ann Quinlan, and  whether a third party had the right to “pull the plug” and discontinue life support. the court found in favor of the parents request.

Karen Ann, age 31, died in a nursing home following court authorized removal of  nutrition, hydration medications  and oxygen died shortly thereafter. Some will always wonder if, given sufficient time, she might have made some recovery, but we will never know what her wishes would have been.

There soon followed  other shocking cases of brain injured people being declared dead. Or the case of Elizabeth Bouvia, 1983, who became a symbol to the Right to Die Movement, went to court to ask for a declaration that, due to her cerebral palsy and severely painful arthritis, be permitted to demand that doctors, in a hospital setting, assist her suicide. She lost her case and was reported as still living in 2008 in an L. A. Times article.

Her case, basically began the discussion of what constitutes quality-of-life and  if it is  possible to make plans for treatment or withdrawal of treatment based on a formula for what constitutes quality of life?  QL =NE x (H+S).  Anthony Shaw, Defining the Quality of Life, Hastings Center Report, 1977.

But the continued interest in this subjec, though not its practice, was sidelined, beginning in 1973 with the advent of the very contentious Roe v Wade Supreme Court Abortion Decision and the so-called rights of women to freedom of choice during pregnancy.

Other, more recent cases have come before the public. In 1993 Robert Wendland, was declared permanently and mentally disabled following a motorcycle accident in the San Jose, California, area. Sixteen months after the accident his wife, Rose, went to court to have him removed from a feeding tube and be allowed (some said required) to die. This court found that, contrary to the Quinlan court,  a third party, even a wife, did not have the right to refuse nutrition and hydration for a patient. The court declared that “patients unable to make a decision for themselves should receive special protection according to their constitutional right to life and right to privacy.

Though Mr. Wendland died from pneumonia shortly after that court finding, it was not until 2001 that the state Supreme Court finally gave a decision in that case. The judges decided that since Rose Wendland did not have a power of attorney or any written document, she lacked authority to request removal of life support.

This case was, I believe, very important to current events in which it is now possible through especially since 2008 legislation, for third parties, such as spouses and medical personnel, through use of a POLST form, to authorize removal of life support or what is now called Palliative Care with or without a signed directive. 

This latest trend in medicine based on economic efficiency and a parallel understanding of what constitutes quality of life for a patient, has changed the whole conversation to one of acceptance of the heretofore unthinkable situations in which the perhaps permanently disabled or comatose patient is better off dead and his or her organs donated to someone with a better potential for an improved quality of life.

An entire new vocabulary has been created to discuss the end-of-life issues. This vocabulary is often crafted to create the appearance of a benevolent and compassionate platform from which to allow third parties to discuss and act upon end of life decisions for others. At times organ donors voluntary or involuntary, are actually treated as heroes for forfeiting their lives through donation of their organs to others who are considered by stakeholders in the organ transplant business, to be more worthy of living.

This is referred to by Barry Bostrom, M.Div.,J.D., in the latest Issue in law and Medicine, as countertransference. This is when the physician attempts to put himself “in the patient’s shoes” in order to make clinical decisions and evaluations of “quality of life” for a highly vulnerable patient.

In other words, the article is saying that ill patients and or their family members are, in a time of medical crisis, vulnerable to the attitude of the physician or medical professional in determining if they, themselves, should continue to want to live.

The more aggressive advocates of public policy changes such as Compassion and Choices, and their local community organizers, speaking to issues of the care and handling of terminally ill patients, will paint dark and dreary scenes of patients dying along in cold and sterile hospital beds, rather than in the comfort and warmth of a family’s loving arms. This is because they did not sign up for palliative-care-only as they progressed in their illness, thereby causing hospitals to expend unnecessary amounts of valuable hospital funds to keep you, the patient, alive. They also point to the amount of money wasted on expensive medications used to preserve the lives of patients who did not sign a POLST form.

I’ve become rather suspicious of obituary notices that state that the family member died at home surrounded by family and loved ones. How planned, exactly, was that?

In truth, according to Dr. Byrne of Life Guardian Foundation, “Hospital costs are down because patients seldom die in hospitals anymore.” They die in residential care facilities after being moved out of the hospital once it is known that they have a POLST or palliative care only signed document.

Here is a good understanding of the current end-of-life picture.

On September 4, 2012, Alamo, California, Highway Patrol officer, Kenyon Youngstrom was “mortally wounded” when shot by a car driver whom he had pulled over to the side of the road in a routine traffic stop. Officer Youngstrom was a registered organ donor. Within 24 hours following the shooting he was removed from a ventilator and his organs donated to 4 recipients.

On April 4, 2014, almost two years later, he was memorialized at the hospital where he died, as a hero for the donation of his organs. He was not honored for his service in guarding the public’s safety. The title of the article that appeared in the Contra Costa Times, 4/5/14, was: “Cop’s widow urges organ donations.” His widow was quoted in the article saying:  “She is thankful to herculean efforts made by civilians, law enforcement and doctors to keep her husband’s heart beating long enough to allow him to donate his organs.” She further talked about the “importance of loved ones sharing their final wishes, because her husband’s clear message made the decision easier.

Officer Youngstrom’s CHP partner was also quoted as saying: “It’s hard having someone lay there when they look perfectly fine, but medically you know they can’t make it, so letting your family know what you want to do in advance makes it so much easier to let go.”

Knowing that he was an organ donor just how hard did the doctors try to save his life?

I give  the widow the benefit of the doubt.  The family no doubt loved their husband and father. The wife, at least, understood that she could lose her husband in the line of service. Did she truly understand that she could lose her husband to the demands of the organ donation lobby?  Maybe they both understood that  by becoming an organ donor there was that  possibility of a double sacrifice of life, once to protect the community which he served and once to extend a chance to live by donating his organs so that others might have the chance to live that he was forfeiting.

Jahi McMath’s parents gazed at their beloved daughter laying in a hospital bed and knew that though declared to be brain dead she was still alive.  They said “no” to the pleadings of the organ donation team that requested release of her body for donation of organs. They would not go along with the hospital’s plan of “treatment” for their daughter.

There was no organ donation card in this case. When Jahi’s mother said “no,” she had to go quickly to court to get a restraining order to prevent the hospital from removing their daughter from a ventilator and IV.  The law said that the hospital could declare Jahi brain dead and that was all the organ donation teams needed to begin pressuring the mother to turn over their daughter’s supposed dead body for her organs.

They have not been honored by the public. They have had to remove their still living daughter from the hospital in the dark of night to an undisclosed place.

So, which is it?  Is the organ donor patient alive or is the patient dead? What does legally brain dead really mean?  What does a heart that continues to beat up until the time of removal from a body imply? From what, exactly, does the patient die, the gunshot wound, the disease, the dehydration resulting from removal of nutrition and hydration or from removal of any one of the vital unpaired organs, especially the heart?

What is illegal and criminal for the ordinary citizen is perfectly okay for the guy in the white coat.

Upon death a body begins to decompose immediately. Organs decompose at varying rates because no blood or air circulates to keep them going. If a patient is truly dead can any of his or her organs be of any use to anyone else?

The organ donor upon being declared brain dead will be placed on a ventilator to insure that vital organs are oxygenated until removed, but a ventilator only works if the patient is alive. The ventilator may push air into the lungs, but it is, according to Dr. Byrne and others, the lungs that expels the air. If the lungs are expeling the air that means the patient is alive and the heart is beating.

And, finally we need to begin asking ourselves, our clergy, our elected officials just whom they think is deserving of life? It is beginning to seem as though no one individual is valued but only how that individual benefits someone else.

Dying has become a big and, to some, a profitable business. A whole new level of medical terminology, training and counseling (persuasion) techniques have entered into the picture along with new secular and religious groups both supporting and opposing this latest version of the disposable life.

Patients who do not go along with the signing of advance directives, federally instigated preventive medicine routines, federally prescribed nutrition programs, mental health counseling, etc, are being looked upon as non-compliant patients.

To avoid misunderstandings between doctors and patients will potential patients be required to interrogate their doctors to determine if they are members of Compassion and Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society?  Will they need to question the doctor minutely on just what is to be expected or required of each patient. The doctor and the hospital, under ObamaCare are at risk of financial punishment if they fail to gain the cooperation of the patient or the patient’s family.  The efficiency and cost containment capabilities of the hospital is called into question.

Has the Affordable Care Act totally destroyed the unique doctor/patient relationship?

What does one do as a patient if your doctor suddenly declares that you have a year to live and you should sign a POLST form and move into a Hospice medical home to receive only palliative care from now on? Why wait for a whole year? Will everyone be required to do as the McMath family had to do…call a lawyer, go to court, go to the media?

If you are an organ donor do you know all the ramifications adherent to that form? Has your new teenage family member been encouraged by a driving class or even by a tv ad to sign on as an organ donor when signing up for a driver’s license? If your sports minded organ donation signed up teenager gets a concussion during a football game, will he be too quickly identified as brain dead and his organs donated to others who will take better care of them then the donor did?

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Presidential Commission, 1981, Defining Death: Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues in the Determination of death, based upon the Uniform Determination of Death Act - UDDA.

Learn How we calculate the Quality of Life index scores. http://internationalliving.com/2010/02/learn-scores-quality/ 1) Cost of Living=15%, 2) Culture and Leisure=10%, 3) Economy=15%, 4) Environment=10%,5) Freedom=10%, 6) Health=10%, 7) Infrastructure=10%, 8) Climate=10%, 9) Safety and Risk=10%.

Karen Ann Quinlan, 31, Dies; Focus of ’76 Right to Die Case, The New York Times, June 12, 1985, Robert D. McFadden. The court held, in a new interpretation of the right of privacy, that Miss Quinlan’s interest in having her life-support systems disconnected exceeded the state’s interest in preserving life, so long as medical authorities saw ‘’no reasonable possibility'’ that she would recover. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/06/12/nyregion/karen-ann-quinlan-31-dies-focus-of-76-right-to-die-case.html

Anthony Shaw, Hastings Law Report, 1977. QL=NE x (H + S)  i.e. nature and endowment, home and society.

Issues in Law and Medicine, March, 2014 Ed. Barry Bostrom, M.Div.,J.D.http://www.nrlc.org/archive/news/2001/NRL05/bostrom.html

Dr. Paul Byrne, Director, Life Guardian Foundation, answered the following questions:

  • Question: How long may a heart be kept fresh and usable from the time it takes to remove that heart from a body?

  • Answer:  At normal body temperature, within 4-5 minutes without oxygen. The heart must be cooled to keep it from deteriorating. The heart is stopped just as it is removed from the donor.

  • The kidney is about 30 minutes, then it must be cooled or there are techniques to pump fluid through the kidney to preserve it. www.lifeguardianfoundation.org.

Elder Life Planning. Part of the “Catch” Program.

http://www.programsforelderly.com/caregiver-elder-life-planning-faith-congregations.php


EMBRACE THE JOURNEY, An 8 week Anglican produced training program for preparing people for the end of their life on a journey to death. Promoted by the Life Issues Institute, Brad Mattes, Executive Director http://www.lifeissues.org/


When the Patient is Non-Compliant, Danielle Ofri, M.D. New York Times,Nov. 15, 2012

STATE OF THINGS LEGISLATIVE

4/9/14
CAMILLE GIGLIO

Dear Friends: I have finally succeeded in getting a (long) list of legislation up on our Callifeadvocates blogsite. They are mostly health care bills which we feel need close observation since they can be gutted and amended or just amended at any point.

We get daily notices about gutted and amended bills and dates for hearings for bills.

Each bill listed on our blogsite has a link, through the bill number, to the full wording of the bill which you are welcome to link to. We have just listed the bare bones information since there are so many bills.

Please go to www.callifeadvocates.org/blog. Then look on the right side about mid-point and you will find the words Legislation: state, federal. So far it is only the state bills that we have listed.

We will begin after Easter Week to write more complete reports on the bills in separate reports.

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LEGISLATION ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES.

The following seven (7) bills all deal with the elderly and/or residential care facilities or end-of-life issues. Of the seven 4 are sponsored by Ca. Advocates for Nursing Home Reform-CANHR. www.canhr.org. This group wrote a worthwhile critique of the POLST form appearing to be neutral on its intended results, but, was, in fact, supportive of patient autonomy in choosing to control their life’s last days.

Our concern in most of these bills is the hidden agenda of further promotion of signature gathering of naive and unsuspecting elderly residents of facilities on POLST forms. Some of these bills appear to be offered as a result of at least two incidences in which care facilities and their elderly residents were abandoned by owners and employees when the money ran out.

Compassion and Choices, the major promoter of the POLST has received several million in federal dollars to stimulate additional training of employees on how to encourage acceptance of the form.

SB 911 by Marty Block, (916)-651-4939. Requires additional training hours for employees of residential care facilities without stipulating to the type of training.

SB1357, Lois Wolk, (D), 916-323-2304. Enacts the state POLST Registry Act which would be a statewide registry and monitoring program of anyone who signs a POLST form. This data could be transferred to any of a number of government entities and emergency services.

AB1523, Toni Adkins, (D-SD) Residential Care Facilities: Liability Insurance.

AB1572, Susan Eggman, (D-SD), Residential Care Facilities: Resident Councils.

Requires establishment of resident councils and amends the rules of developing these councils for already established facilities. Removes family members but adds community stakeholders and tighter rules regarding avenues for submission of complaints or suggestions for changes in accommodating needs of residents.

AB2139, Susan Eggman, (D-SD), 916-319-2013, End-Of-Life Care: Patient Notification.

Mandates establishment of a definition of “terminal Illness.” authorizes a person with power of attorney for a terminally ill (as defined) patient to be notified of this diagnosis and provided with “comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life options.”

It’s interesting that no organization has been identified as a supporter or sponsor as of this date. It must be presumed that Compassion and Choices or other agencies of the death and dying proponents is the sponsor.

SB1322. Ed Hernandez, (D) 916-651-4924, California Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Containment Commission. Authorizes the Governor to establish this commission to regulate and contain costs of delivering medical services. Care facilities will be rated according to their ability to contain costs and accountability while developing innovative cost containment measures.

Cost containment can be understood to be the engine driving restriction of dollars and employee time spent on care of financially burdensome patients.

Members of this commission shall represent the usual stakeholders, labor, business, health care practitioners, hospital industry reps, health insurance, legal community health care economist, the Secy of Ca. Health and Human Services and the Ex. Director of Covered California.

Issues this commission will cover are: assessing California’s health care needs, improving “quality” of care and “efficiency.” disease management, wellness, prevention and “other innovative programs to keep people healthy while reducing costs and improving health outcomes.. and finally. “efficient utilization of prescription drugs and technology.”

This all sounds more like expanding the net profit of this new industry by dropping expensive and innovative treatments to senior citizens.
than it does expanding and improving the lives of the residents elderly and ill as well as healthy.

ACR 125, John Perez, 916-319-2053. Setting aside a date every April to recognize April as Donate Life month and signing up for organ donations through the DMV.

THE PLACE OF PALLIATIVE CARE IN END-OF-LIFE CARE

Camille Giglio

I recently attended a social function to which a representative of a local Hospice Care Facility had been invited as a guest speaker. I was mildly shocked to realize that this woman was an avowed salesman for palliative over curative care especially for ill and dependent senior citizens.

Part of her talk centered on the “Conservation Project” and opportunities for training oneself in how to conduct this discussion about Grandma’s future. As she stated: [one of] the goals of palliative care, she said, is to encourage “patients to forego curative care.”

The palliative care she was talking about is the removal of all curative medical care for ill patients including removal of nutrition and hydration (food and water) provided through a tube which is now considerate artificial since it is not provided by mouth.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF HOSPICE.

Physician Dame Cicely Saunders, London, England, 1967, opens St. Christopher’s Hospice. This facility provided care for terminally ill cancer patients who were diagnosed to be in the final six month of life. This care included both medical and palliative treatment, carefully measuring and balancing medications with pain relieving drugs to avoid negative reactions and to ease pain and discomfort attendant to cancer.

1969, Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross, a Swiss born Psychiatrist working at Billings Hospital, in Chicago, wrote a book entitled “On Death and Dying.” It described five stages of grieving at the end-of-life: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. This helped physicians better understand the emotions patients were experiencing and showed the doctors how they could be more sensitive to these patients needs.

1974, Florence Wald, RN, MN, left her position as Dean of Nursing at Yale University to open the first Hospice in America. She had been trained by Dame Cicely Saunders.

However, Wald departed from the Hospice training and included assisted suicide in her approach to end-of-life care. She stated: “There are cases in which either the pain or the debilitation the patient is experiencing is more than can be borne, whether it be economically, physically, emotionally or socially. For this reason, I feel a range of options should be available to the patient, and this should include assisted suicide.
This statement was taken from “Hospice Care in the United States: A Conversation with Florence S. Wald,” by M.J. Friedrich, JAMA, 1999.

From this point on Hospice, in America anyway, went off in two different directions; the one affirming and respecting the right of everyone to live to the utmost of their ability to the day of their true death, and the other, the Wald way, to hasten death by assisted means.
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Ca. Right to Life Committee, 1920 Monument Blvd #309, Concord, Ca 94520
In the beginning all Hospices were non-profit facilities, but over the years that, too, has changed thanks especially to MediCare and an aging population. The luncheon guest speaker said that 60% of Hospices are now for-profit entities.

In other words death and dying has become a niche industry within the field of medicine, with a net profit at the end of the year. According to a 350 page report entitled: Stealth Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America, CEO’s of some of the major for-profit Hospices are earning upwards of $300,000 annually.

What is now referred to by many as the death and dying industry is focused on encouraging (at this point) everyone to consider using some form of assistance to ending one’s own life should that life become burdensome to the individual or to the state.

This industry has developed a variety of pathways to achieving their goals. They rely heavily on showcasing the benefits of palliative care only. Some, such as the Hospice approach is a soft sell, full of compassion, some are more aggressive such as the lobbying and public policy promoting wing of this movement such as Compassion and Choices. This latter group uses legislation to put the full force and credibility of the state behind their approach. Their website proudly proclaims that their goal is to sign up the entire state of California through promotion of their POLST form, to agree to a pre-planned ending of life when it becomes burdensome. This includes people in their youth, middle years or senior citizens.

California state Senator Lois Wolk. (D-Napa) has a bill in the the legislature, SB 1357, the POLST Registry Act. This will make it mandatory that long term care facilities and hospitals will be required to give everyone seeking entrance to these facilities a POLST form to sign along with instructions in completing the form. It also creates a state wide registry listing all POLST signers. These papers will be handed to all applicants by entities dealing with health care including emergency medical teams (ambulances). In California the EMT people are not required to provide immediate response for requests to resuscitative pleas if someone has a signed POLST form.

The back side of the POLST form, using small print, advises that physicians and other lower echelon health care providers are authorized to complete and sign a POLST form for the patient if that health care person deems it to be beneficial for that patient.

This form with slight variations in the name, and agencies promoting and distributing it are in almost every state. In a few instances agencies have succeeded in signing up entire towns. In California apparently the goal is to sign up the entire state. Right now it is voluntary to accept a POLST or fill one out. Compassion and Choices has a five year plan for achieving 100% compliance.

Palliative care is cost saving to the medical industry and to the government. It is also becoming a very competitive industry with several facilities offering hospice and or palliative care contained in one city. It is a financially profitable industry to those running the programs.
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Ca. Right to Life Committee, 1920 Monument Blvd #309, Concord, Ca 94520
Many hospices have expanded the number of months or years that one may be in a hospice. It is no longer just a diagnosis of an immediately terminal illness, but people are being encouraged to admit themselves in some facilities as much as 5 years in advance of any possible demise.

Currently nurses or hospice representatives have been seen walking the halls of hospitals encouraging people to sign up. I imagine that this is the basis for Wolk’s legislation which will make every hospital and doctor a POLST distributor at the time of admittance.

So, back to the guest speaker at the luncheon. What this woman was subtly telling and encouraging everyone at the event was to sign up. Forego any attempts at curative medicine in the latter years of your life and submit to palliative care only.

Here are the death panels Sarah Palin and others talked about.

Be very careful what you sign my friends. God be with you always.

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Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Inc. the largest nonprofit hospice in the U.S. reports it paid $320,347 in 2009 to its CEO, Mary Labyak. Stealth Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America, page 54, Ron Panzer, Published by Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc. www.hospicepatients.org.

Vitas Hospice was instrumental in adding hospice to the healthcare payment system. MediCare, since 1983, now pays for hospice services.

California Health Care Foundation: Advance Care Planning Community Engagement Initiative Grant Application Instructions - 2-14-2015. “The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) wants to support local efforts to engage the public in advance care planning (ACP). To that end, CHCF has committed $100,000 over the next year to promote ACP at the local level.”

More specifically, CHCF will fund up to five one-year grants of $20,000 to five local coalitions to develop and implement an ACP public engagement initiative in their communities.

In addition, CHCF has funded the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to develop a statewide infrastructure to support local ACP community engagement efforts, including coordination, education, communication, and resources.

“[t]hose physicians who are true believers in the agenda will fill in the POLST forms for all patients under their care and even some who are not even their own patients. We have seen this behavior from physicians all around the country. They don’t care about honoring the patients’ own right to fill in such forms, DNRs or others, and will ignore Advanced directives of all sorts. Fake Advanced directives are often filled out and used, even when valid, attorney-designed living wills or others are being presented to the facilities.

Whether they are "legally" mandatory or not, a large majority of patients, especially in skilled nursing facilities and/or hospice will have POLST forms filled out routinely, without permission in many cases.” A direct quote from Ron Panzer, Director of Patients Right Council in response to questions about the dangers of Wolk’s SB 1357.

 

Ca. Right to LIfe Committee, 1920 Monument Blvd #309, concord, Ca 94520

RE-VISITING END-OF-LIFE ISSUES

Senior Citizens Targeted.
Camille Giglio
February 23, 2014

“The wisdom of this world is foolishness”
1 Corinthians.

Friday, February 21, 2014, was the last day for the California legislature to submit new legislation for year 2 of the 2013/2014 legislative term. Several of the left over bills from year one are still awaiting a final vote, also.

Several of the new health bills are focusing on End-Of-Life issues, senior citizens and more government controls in alignment with the federal Affordable Care Act, and on long term and elder health care facilities..

From the viewpoint of someone who watches health and education legislation it is not a positive picture for either the beginnings of life or the endings of life in California. Planned Parenthood has worked hard and diligently to control who enters this world. Now, the death and dying groups, are emerging as the controllers of who leaves this world, when and how quickly.

The main vehicle to which the EOL’ers have attached achievement of their goals is Palliative Care. Though there is a place within medicine for palliative care (alleviation of pain and suffering at the end of life) groups like Compassion and Choices and organ procurement agencies also use palliative so-called care to advance their goals of organ donation procurement and/or planned, controlled termination of life through POLST (DNR-type form) forms. This form is also referred by other, similar words such as MOLST or MOST, etc.

The tools of their death trade are reliance on Freedom of Speech Rights to access seniors. etc. in public forums. They also heavily promote and legislate for authorized recognition as a state recognized Advanced Directive assistance agency in order for the purpose of signing up patients and potential patients with their version of a health directive called the POLST form. Thirdly, they use intimidation through threat of law suits of elected local officials who refuse to accommodate their demands for access.

Example: On February 28, 2014, the Concord, California, Senior Citizens Center will host a Health Fair, which they have done for a number of years. This year, Compassion and Choices was invited to be a part of the health information Fair. This is the group that promotes their POLST form mandating Palliative Care only.

Put in plainer language, The City of Concord will for the price of an $85,00 application fee allow this group to have access to Concord’s senior citizens.

Large numbers of area residents have registered their opposition to this appearance of the C&C and, to their credit two Concord elected officials, when notified of this egregious move, have expressed their concerns to the City Attorney. The City Attorney, Mr. Mark Coon, has dug in his heels, “strongly” supporting C&C’s freedom of speech rights as well as the fear of a lawsuit if C&C is rejected.

CRLC has also learned that in past Health Fairs Planned Parenthood has been invited to address the Seniors’ with recommendations and directions for enjoying sex longer into their senior years.

Compassion and Choices’ Oregon State www.compassionoforegon.org website carries the notice that they are an advocacy group for the right of citizens to “legal, lethal medications” which will allow the terminally ill to peacefully pass from this life without pain and surrounded by their loved ones, “making aid-in-dying” a choice.

Their California website “Get Involved” section proclaims that they are looking for volunteers to help staff booths at public events, get petitions signed to make California accessible to Aid in Dying” https://www.compassionandchoices.org/what-you-can-do/in-your-state/california/get-involved/.

99% of their various websites focus their information on facilitating dying, not on helping to provide or care for the ill, elderly or disabled or terminally ill, nor even where to obtain that sort of help.

Assisted suicide or self inflicted suicide is not (yet) legal in California. It seems a little shady for a group to be given access rights to voting citizens to promote their cause.

However, the Concord City Attorney claims that because of some teensy weentsy reflections on health care expressed on their website, they qualify as a participant in a health fair!

Concord city officials need to be contacted continuously with citizens notices of outrage at this willingness to accommodate what are basically population control advocates using abortion and some fantasy right to die, as the means of control.

Since this Senior Center resides on City property in a City owned park, the government protected freedom of speech is, according to the City Attorney and other officials, to be recognized even if someone or groups should decide that this is an issue of such importance that the right to protect and preserve one’s life from a human type eminent domain type life denying grab needs to be publicly proclaimed. They just can’t do it inside the senior center.

The Concord City officials need to be so bothered by residents about this that they will pass a resolution or city ordinance, whatever it takes, not to invite them in again. Anyone wishing to express their concerns on this matter to the Concord City Mayor is invited to do so. 925 671-3158. both before and after the February 28, date.
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BILLS TO WATCH THIS TERM. Most bills have to go through their first hearing in order to really attempt to understand what they are trying to slip passed the public. Several of these bills could have direct connection to organ donation, brain-death issues or palliative care.

AB2399, John Perez, Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. 916-319-2053. “Authorizes an organ procurement organization to swipe a driver’s license or identification card to transmit information to the registry for the purpose of allowing an individual to identify himself or herself as a registered organ donor. INTRODUCED. 02/21/2014.”

This bill is, currently, very vague. No mention of what constitutes an organ procurement organization or agency. References are only to businesses which have permission to swipe cards for purchases and identification. Organ donor identity is already on a driver’s license, but not sure who swipes driver’s license cards now?

AB2139, Susan Eggman, End-Of-Life Care: Patient Notification. Relates to legal end-of-life options. Requires a health care provider to notify the patient when the health care provider makes a diagnosis that a patient has a terminal illness, of the patient’s right to comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life care options. INTRODUCED.02/20/2014. This amends the 2008, AB 3000, Lois Wolk End-Of-Life legislation by authorizing a medical worker to become a pitch-man for the death and dying people.

SB 1357, Lois Wolk, Resuscitative Measures. 02/21/2014. Though vague this bill appears to deal mainly with a further promotion of the POLST form. Needs clarification to reference of a “legally recognized health care decision-maker.” Perhaps is expansion of authority of lower-echelon health care workers to make life changing decisions for the patient.

“Makes non-substantive changes (this actually means that this is a spot bill and that people should be alert to whatever amendments they will be attaching as the legislative year goes along) to existing law that defines a request regarding resuscitative measures as a written document, signed by an individual with capacity, or a legally recognized health care decision maker, and the individual’s physician, directing a health care provider regarding resuscitative measures.” INTRODUCED 2/21/2014.

SB1053, Holly Mitchell, Health Care Coverage: Contraceptives. 916-651-4026. 2013 term re-submitted bill. This is an unambiguous supportive move for population control. Aligns California firmly with the federal Affordable Care Act at no cost to the insured. According to author’s office it provides an exception similar to the highly contentious federal regulation, that a religious group may be exempt from paying for the insurance coverage of their employees, but that the insurance company itself cover the cost.

“Requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after a specified date to provide coverage for all federal Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and products in each contraceptive category outlined by the FDA, as well as sterilization procedures and contraceptive education and counseling, and would prohibit a plan or insurer from engaging in unreasonable medical management, in providing that coverage.”
INTRODUCED: 02/18/2014.

SB1055, Carol Liu, Public School Health Center Support Program. Renames the Public School Health Center Support Program as the School-Based Health and Education Partnership Program. provides funding for the expansion and renovation of existing school health centers. Authorizes population health grants. INTRODUCED. 02/18/2014.

"School health center" (as stated in the bill) means a center or program, located at or near a local educational agency, that provides age-appropriate health care services at the program site or through referrals. A school health center may conduct routine physical, mental health, and oral health assessments, and provide referrals for any services not offered onsite. A school health center may serve two or more nonadjacent schools or local educational agencies.”

This is an aggressive “seek and register” program to get students into Covered California, and using the Dept. of Education as a procurer agency, in partnership with the usual suspects. It will be a full-range service provider similar to any community clinic AND, IT WILL BE ON CAMPUSES. Paragraph (6) of Sec. 4 of the bill states: “(6) School health centers can be integral to providing the entire school community with prevention and health integration services by working collaboratively with school staff and administrators to meet the spectrum of health and prevention needs in a school community.

AB2111, Tom Ammiano, Child Development Services; Cal SAFE Program, California School Age Families Education. The bill lists 19 different types of services for pregnant and parenting teens that a School District, including Charter schools will have to provide including for the children of the teen parents, Many of these for which there is little or no reliable or demonstrative results such as: “pupils served and their children will not live their lives in poverty.” Requires that each child have a developmental profile.
INTRODUCED. 02/20/2014.

AB2344, Tom Ammiano, Family Law: Parentage. 916-319-2017. Establishes a statutory parentage form for assisted reproduction that would establish the parental rights of donor and intended parent parties to assisted reproduction that results in a child. Establishes the use of a stipulated stepparent adoption process, under which the child of a marriage or domestic partnership may be adopted by the parties to that marriage or domestic partnership. INTRODUCED 02/21/2014.

In 2013 Ammiano’s bill to allow cross use of bathrooms in schools was passed and an recent initiative attempt to kill the bill failed to gather enough signatures. Also Ammiano got his bill to provide financial and reproductive assistance to homosexual couples passed. This latest bill shows just how same-sex couples will receive reproductive parity and equity through expansion of the definition of who constitutes a parent.

AB2350, Susan Bonilla, Prevention of Pregnancy Discrimination, Education. Expresses various legislative findings and declarations relating to pregnancy discrimination. Adds to the Equity in Higher Education Act a provision specifying that this policy of freedom from discrimination includes freedom from pregnancy discrimination. INTRODUCED 02/21/2014.

Quite possibly Susan Bonilla, (D-Concord) introduced this bill as a favor to Tom Ammiano. He still has a bill pending that would give financial compensation to homosexual couples who are infertile as a result of their social life style choices not their reproductive capabilities under different circumstances.

THE VULNERABLE CITIZEN V THE MEDIC0-LEGAL INDUSTRY

Camille Giglio
January 26, 2014

Those who condemn Jahi’s family appear to have no idea that doctor-decreed "brain death" is
not sufficient as a declaration of death everywhere in the United States. McMath family attorney
Christopher Dolan, January 21, 2014, Facebook, “Keep Jahi McMath on Life Support.”

This week, the forty-first anniversary of Roe v Wade, was marked with the usual well attended Marches and Walks for Life across the country. Many speeches were delivered eloquently and passionately reminding us of the tremendous loss of respect and regard for human life through abortion. Many hopes were expressed and promises made, as well, that the United States would become aware of the victimization of women in this sordid business.

Noticeably lacking will be mention of the latest battle front in this war on humanity - brain death - the upcoming segment in this advancing war on humanity. This is the elephant in the room that no one wants to recognize. There are, basically, two reasons for this. End-of-life issues are harder to comprehend and some of the groups normally on the pro life side in abortion, are now moving to the support of those who would promote a new approach to the issue of when and how life should end, especially for the elderly, disabled and ill. It’s called Palliative care and is a legal definition of death designed to facilitate removal of organs for donation from “still breathing donors.”

End-of-life deals with issues such as: brain death, signing advanced medical directives, palliative care and organ donation.

This issue was brought to the nation’s attention a few years back in the case in Florida of Terri Schindler Schiavo. After several years of being in a comatose condition her husband who by then was in another relationship, sought through the courts to have her removed from life support. Her parents and brother fought persistently to keep her on life support. The husband and parents won. She died following a rather lengthy and distressful period of dehydration and starvation as a consequence of being denied food and fluids. Her former husband was soon remarried and the father of a child.

Previously, in 1993, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert Wendland, as a result of a car accident was in a coma and on life support for 16 months. He awoke but was totally dependent on others. His wife, Rose, filed to have his feeding tube removed and to be allowed to die. His mother intervened to keep him alive. Finally, in 2001, the California Supreme Court determined that the family’s word of mouth reports of claims by Robert that he would never want to be a “vegetable” were insufficient to remove his life support. However, he had died a month earlier from pneumonia.

Marlise MunozLast December the nation, once again, was confronted with a hospital declared brain death in the case of the declaration by Oakland, California Children’s hospital that tonsillectomy patient Jahi McMath was brain dead. The hospital officials said brain death is total and irreversible death. The parents said, wait a minute, her heart is beating, she is moving, her bodily functions are operative, Jahi isn’t dead. Through their attorney they succeeded in getting Jahi released on January 7, 2014, from the firm grasp of the hospital and secreted her away to another facility where she is receiving medical care, according to a statement released on January 25 by the family attorney.

Now we have learned of another case, in the Fort Worth area near Dallas, Texas. Marlise Munoz, age 33, married only 7 months, mother of a year old boy and 22 weeks pregnant with her second child has been declared brain dead.

According to her husband he discovered her unconscious on the floor of their home at 2:00 AM. They are both Emergency Medical team employees. According to the report provided by the husband Erick, he administered CPR and called for an ambulance. However, the hospital declared Marlise to be brain dead and placed her on life support because under Texas law, a pregnant women, even though declared brain dead must be placed on life support to support the life of the child in the womb at least until the child reaches the viability stage outside the womb, or at approximately 24 weeks.

California does not have such a law. In fact, California law on brain death is rather vague leaving the matter wide open for interpretation.

The husband and her parents hired an attorney and filed a lawsuit to require the hospital to take her off of life support because she had stated, verbally, while still in good health, that she would not want to be placed on life support should that possibility occur.

Question: If her husband knew that she didn’t want to be revived why did he initially try to revive her and call for an ambulance? And, why are her parents, as opposed to the parents of Robert Wendland and Jahi McMath, so anxious to have the mother of their child and grandchild declared dead and removed from any possibility of life support? Is it because they don’t want the possibly disabled child in the womb?

Another interesting fact here is the type of law practiced by the woman lawyer hired by Erick Munoz. Heather L. King of the KoonsFuller Law firm of Southlake, Texas, is mainly a divorce lawyer.

Judge R. H. Wallace, Jr.On January 24 it was announced that R. H. Wallace, Jr., Judge of the 96th District Court in Tarrant County, TX. handed down a decision favoring the husband, to remove Marlise from life support by 5:00 PM Monday January 27, 2014. He has apparently interpreted the law narrowly to not include requiring pregnant but brain dead declared patients to be kept on life support in order to to maintain the second life involved, that of the preborn baby. Marlise and the hospital has until Monday, January 27, 5:00 PM. During this time the hospital will decide if it will mount its own court case.

The author of the Texas law referred to in the Munoz case has an interesting background. Senator Ray Farabee, (D), a former Wichita Falls lawyer and Democrat Party activist from 1975 to 1988, was the author of the Texas Natural Death Act, which he was quoted as saying: “provides patients the opportunity to make their own end of life decisions. Texas didn’t have a legal definition of death.” He also supported bills to encourage organ donations.

He included the paragraph about keeping pregnant women on life support perhaps for a personal reason. He was born in 1932, 6 weeks early and not expected to live through the night.

Now Judge Wallace has pretty much neutralized that clause by declaring that Marlise’s declaration of brain death precludes her being identified as a pregnant patient. She is dead.

Her preborn baby “is not viable” according to a statement contained in Court documents and contained in a family press release.

Science believes that at about the 24-26th week of gestational age there is approximately a 7-% chance of survival outside the womb. The Munoz baby is almost 23 weeks. This is why, I believe, that the husband and Marlise’s parents are pushing for a decision. They don’t want baby Munoz.

The hospital wants to adhere to the law as it was written viewing the preborn as the second patient. The husband, Marlise’s parents and the Judge have said that this baby is not worthy of life due to its presumed disabilities and therefore isn’t a patient as well.

During the time that Mrs. Munoz has been in the hospital and receiving life support, the baby has continued to grow and develop. The child is now approximately 22 weeks gestational age. If the life support for the mother stops, the life support for the baby stops as well. The baby would die from starvation.

Will they remove the baby from her womb or let him or her die in the womb? How long will it take for the baby to die inside the womb? It is now 22 weeks old. It is able to move. Will it struggle? Will the doctor remove the baby from the womb? Will it be removed immediately upon cessation of the mother’s life support or will they wait a couple of days while the baby dies. Will the baby’s organs be donated for research? Will this boy or girl be given a death certificate or a burial?

Is the fact of the existence of this child simply to be made to disappear? Isn’t this fetal homicide? Fetal Homicide Laws, http://public.getlegal.com/articles/fetal-homicide-laws.

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Sunday, January 26, 1:21 PM, CBSNews.com announced that Texas Hospital removes brain-dead pregnant woman Marlise Munoz from life support.

“Hospital officials have said they were bound by the Texas Advance Directives Act, which prohibits withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. But in his brief ruling, Wallace said that "Mrs. Munoz is dead," meaning that the hospital was misapplying the law. The ruling did not mention the fetus. The hospital has not pronounced her dead and has continued to treat her over the objections of both Erick Munoz and her parents, who sat together in court Friday.”

The Schiavo and Wendland cases along with Washington v Glucksberg (1997) Vacco v Quill, 1997, have figured prominently in the development of end-of-life legal decisions and legislation in the last 20 or so years. Henceforth the death and dying industry will be moving on to the next step and we will all be drawn into this discussion focusing on palliative care, definitions of brain death and removal of life support.

Little help, it seems, will be coming soon from religion whose spokespersons seem to reflect the same confusion as do the laws. While there are definite and clear standards in the Catholic church regarding the taking of life, organizations representing the church in these matters are not so clear. The publication Catholic Guide to end-of-life decisions have not caught up with the most current developments. They are still siding with the hospitals and legal definitions of brain dead as privacy matters and against parental wishes, at least that is how it appeared recently in the Jahi McMath case.

Everyone will be required to look upon the entry into a hospital with new eyes. The role of the hospital, the courts and religious ethics and morals are being thrust into a new era of life and death decisions and who controls what. Right now we are all in a free fall, unknown and murky area. Who decides when we die and how we die or who is best served by our death?
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Still Breathing Donors. Dr. Robert Gordon, Pittsburg Press - May 12, 1985. Dr. Gordon may have been the first to coin the term, Still breathing donors.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19850512&id=VIhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=U2IEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6156,6850603

CNN Health. Texas judge: Remove brain-dead woman from ventilator, other machines, January 24, 2014. A breakthrough came when the hospital and the Munoz family agreed on crucial facts listed in a court document: that Marlise Munoz, 33, has "met the clinical criteria for brain death since November 28" and that "the fetus gestating inside Mrs. Munoz is not viable."

Plaintiff’s original petition for declaratory judgment and application for unopposed expedited relief. Cause No. 017-270080-14. “Erick immediately began providing cardio pulmonary resuscitation, and subsequently dialed 911.”

ibid. 6. TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE Section 166.049 states that “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.” (Note: There are a couple of typos in this Declaration.)
 

Fetal Death Vs. Infant Death

In order to understand when to file a Certificate of Fetal Death, it is important to recognize the difference between a fetal death, a live birth, and an infant death. A fetal death is a death that occurred before labor or during labor or delivery. An infant death is a death that occurred after delivery, up to one year of age. Texas fetal death handbook, General Information, Chap 1.

Texas law regarding fetal death states: When a pregnant woman dies a fetal death certificate is required only if the fetus is removed from the mother’s body and the fetus weighs 350 grams or more, or if the weight is unknown, a period of gestation of 20 completed weeks or more at the time of the mother’s death.

COMMENTARY: Fetal Homicide Laws & Legal Abortion - The Common Denominator, Benjamin Wolf, July 30, 2009.
In March, a Texas Court of Appeals issued its decision in Sanders v. State of Texas. In that case, Sanders was convicted of killing Angela Alex and her unborn child. He was convicted based on a Texas law that prohibits intentionally causing the death of an “individual,” and defines “individual” as including “an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.”


 
 
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