System of Death: Mentally ill & depressed patients are being euthanized in the Netherlands
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An international independent organization working to secure human rights for all humans, known as the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO) plans on making waves during the Human Rights Council’s upcoming review of the Netherlands. You see, the MCCL GO argues that the Dutch practices of euthanasia and assisted suicide are violations of human rights protected by international treaties.
Scott Fischbach, executive director of MCCL GO contends that thousands of Dutch citizens are intentionally exterminated every year through these practices. Fischbach says, “Some are killed because they have dementia or psychiatric problems, like depression or post-traumatic stress. And some mentally incompetent patients are killed even though they have made no request to die.”
Of course, in countries such as the Netherlands, where healthcare is completely socialized, the appeal of human euthanasia and assisted suicide is easy to understand. Dead people are cheaper, why let someone who may not ever get better continue to drain valuable resources away from other people? This is the ultimate end of totally socialized healthcare: some people get treated, some people die so other people can be treated.
There are many concerns surrounding the Dutch laws in place for euthanasia procedures. One particularly concerning tidbit is that children as young as 12 may request the procedure, even if they don’t have a terminal disease. There is also the Groningen Protocol, which essentially gives doctors the right to end babies’ lives if they don’t seem fit for survival.
Ultimately though, patients do not really get to make the decision to end their lives — their doctors do.
The real problem with all of this, is that this kind of legislation gives medical professionals the chance to play god. It allows doctors to choose whose life is worth saving and whose is not; it allows them to dictate who will get better and who won’t.
Planned Parenthood CEO: It’s an “Exciting Thing” to Hear Women “Tell Their Abortion Stories”
Recently, abortion activists, including Richards and Hillary Clinton, have abandoned their rhetoric that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” The movement, along with the Democratic Party, has become solidly and openly pro-abortion. Through story-telling campaigns and other measures, abortion activists are working hard to convince Americans that aborting an unborn baby is normal, good and necessary for women to succeed.
Richards told the Daily Iowan on Wednesday:
For too many years, certainly for my generation, all issues about sex and sexuality were stigmatized. Abortion was, homosexuality was. And the exciting thing to me now is that young people are telling their stories and they are living out loud. More women are telling their abortion stories, and I told mine. I think once we get out of the shadows, and I think the LGBT movement has led the way in this, it normalizes what should be an open and honest conversation.SIGN THE PETITION! Congress Must De-Fund Planned Parenthood Immediately
Clinton, Richards and other abortion supporters not only want Americans to accept abortion on demand, they also want taxpayers to pay for them. Abortion activists are working hard to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding for abortions in Medicaid. Clinton promised that she would work to repeal Hyde if elected.
Even more important to the Planned Parenthood CEO is the next president’s power to nominate judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. The next person who wins the White House could have the power to nominate up to four judges to the high court and influence its decisions on abortion law for decades. Planned Parenthood does not want to see that power in the hands of Donald Trump, who promised to appoint pro-life judges to the high court.
Richards told the newspaper:
I think one of the biggest things that’s on the line is actually Roe vs. Wade and the Supreme Court. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have said they would appoint justices that would overturn Roe. Mike Pence has a very long career of trying to end safe and legal abortion and Donald Trump has said we should punish women who’ve had abortions, and of course they’ve come out to completely defund Planned Parenthood— which means that millions of folks who count on us for healthcare through public programs could no longer come to Planned Parenthood for preventive care like cancer screenings and family planning. So those issues are certainly on the ballot.In contrast, Clinton promised abortion activists that she would appoint judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up until birth.
New Report Shows 62 Million “Missing” Girls in China Thanks to Sex-Selection Abortions
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) described China’s overall human rights record, detailed in the 2016 Annual Report released today, as “utterly disgraceful.”The report, the gold standard for Chinese human rights activists, concluded that the Chinese government’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights lawyers, and control civil society, religious groups, and the Internet were broader in scope than during any other period since the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Click Here to read the Full Annual Report.
The 2016 Annual Report shows that Chinese government also continued to maintain coercive population control polices, abandoning the “One-Child Policy” for a universal “Two-Child Policy” in October, 2015. According to the CECC’s Report, the vast infrastructure of government officials who implement coercive population control policies remains in place and the revisions of birth limits may never fully address China’s sex-ratio imbalance. As of 2015, there were reportedly 34 million more men than women and there are an estimated 62 million “missing girls,” those aborted due to a cultural preference for sons and exacerbated by decades of enforced birth limitations. The sex ratio imbalance is a significant factor that contributes to human trafficking for forced marriage and commercial sexual exploitation.
“In the long line of the Chinese Communist Party’s mistakes, its population control policies are one of the deadliest and most hated. The Chinese government should not be applauded for change last year, the state still limits the size of Chinese families–-a ‘One-Child Policy’ has become a ‘Two-Child Policy’ while the coercive population control apparatus remains essentially unchanged,” said Smith.
“Families that want a third child will still face the pressure to abort their child or pay exorbitant fines. The sad reality is that policy change will have little effect on China’s shrinking workforce, the social problems of a rapidly aging population, or the human trafficking problems caused by China’s massive sex-ratio imbalance—it is a matter of too little, too late. The United States must continue advocating for the complete elimination of government enforced population control, helping to cosign this horrific policy to the dustbin of history—once and for all.”
Smith warned despite the glaring report on their behavior, the Chinese government may be implementing even more draconian regulations as early as tomorrow, October 7, 2016. A revised “Regulations on Religious Affairs” that has tougher controls on religious education, increasing scrutiny of religious speech online, tighter controls on all religious activities, and emphasis on religion as a national security threat. According to Chinese religious leaders, the new rules are aimed at eliminating independent Protestant worship, suppressing Tibetan Buddhist and Uyghur Muslim who are considered to be ‘separatists,’ and undermining the Vatican’s influence on Chinese Catholics.
“The Chinese government’s human rights record is utterly disgraceful, continuing a downward trend over the past three years. The Chinese government took extraordinary and unprecedented steps last year to decimate the ranks of human rights lawyers, crush independent civil society and religious groups, and expanded controls over the Internet and the press,” said Smith.
“President Xi Jinping runs roughshod over the freedoms of the Chinese people and there are only tepid responses from the U.S. government. Getting China’s help to conclude a failed Iran nuclear deal was more important that standing up for China’s freedom advocates. The next Administration should prioritize human rights and religious freedom and should press Beijing vigorously for more transparency and better adherence to universal standards.”
Smith said it was stunning, but not surprising, that the Chinese government would look to “double-down” on its record of abuse by announcing new “Regulations on Religions Affairs” in the same week as the release of the human rights report.
“Religious practice is exploding in China, particularly among Christians, and the Communist Party is seeking to regain control. Such efforts have failed in the past and will fail spectacularly now—the Party will not be able to mold religion in its image. Religious freedom in China is constantly under assault and the new regulations will increase repression. This will create needless confrontations with hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens whose religious faith is central to their daily lives,” said Smith.
The regulations on religion, which were expected after President Xi Jinping gave a speech in April, 2016 urging the “Sinicization” of religion—meaning religious communities must “interpret religious doctrines in a way that is conducive to modern China’s progress and in line with our excellent traditional culture”—and urged the selection of more politically reliable leaders for religious groups. In February of that year, Smith gave a speech at the Shanghai campus NYU warning about the impact of any “Sinicization” campaign. Click Here to read Smith’s NYU speech.
“If President Xi was serious about creating political stability and fighting terrorism, serious about economic development and fighting corruption he should be embracing religious freedom and not crushing it. We know that in countries where religious freedom takes root, peace and prosperity follow,” said Smith.
Congressman Smith is the author of H.R. 1150, the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, which passed the House in June, 2016 and is waiting Senate action. H.R. 1150 would give the State Department additional tools, resources, and authority to promote and protect religious freedom in China and elsewhere. Click Here to read H.R. 1150.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China was created by Congress in October 2000 to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. Members of the Commission include up to nine Representatives and nine Senators from both parties, along with five senior officials in the Executive Branch, representing the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Commerce.
Smith has Chaired 60 hearings on human rights conditions in China and China’s enforcement of coercive population control policies.
Pregnant Actress Olivia Wilde: I’m Voting Pro-Abortion Because “I’m Literally About to Have a Baby”
This November, Olivia Wilde is casting her vote for “reproductive rights,” something she defines as a “basic human right.”In a YouTube video released Tuesday, the 32-year-old actress encouraged Americans to vote based on the issues they care about. For her, she said, that means voting on “reproductive rights.” (She avoided the word “abortion.”)
“This election cycle I’m thinking a lot about reproductive rights,” she began. “Everyone’s right to plan when they want to have a family.”
The topic, Wilde said, was “on my mind” because “I’m literally about to have a baby.” The star first announced in April that she was expecting her second child, a girl, with fiancé Jason Sudeikis.
For Wilde, “reproductive rights” meant “to be able to decide exactly how and when and why and where I want to have a baby” – choices she also called “a basic human right.”
“What do you care about?” Wilde concluded. “If you care about your future, vote for it.”
For her, that likely means voting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Wilde has expressed her support of Clinton in the past by tweeting campaign ads attached to the hashtag “NeverTrump.”
The video, produced by Anonymous Content, is part of a Vote Your Future campaign to encourage voting. Along with Wilde, nearly 100 celebrities participated to discuss the issues (many with a liberal slant) that they’re voting on – from gun control to climate change.