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Massachusetts: DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo unveiled a proposal Tuesday for the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years, saying that the state cannot wait for federal action to curb gun violence….

Group Pushes to Arm Teachers in Kentucky Schools Just Like Airline Pilots

POST would train teachers to carry weapons like pilots.

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New Orleans Archbishop Pushes Boycott of Companies Building Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

In an open letter published in the Clarion Herald, Archbishop Gregory Aymond cautions New Orleanians and the faith community not to work with or participate in any way with Planned Parenthood’s plans to build a 4.2 million dollar abortion facility on Claiborne Avenue. This letter has made a huge impact on our community! Archbishop Aymond&#8…

Michelle Obama pushes AARP on her 50th birthday; Obamacare opponents say ‘no thanks’ [pic]

AARP continues to pander to the Obamas, and the First Lady has returned the favor. Michelle Obama turned 50 today, and what better way to celebrate than by a nice advertisement for the organization that helped sell Obamacare to their members? This is a high profile payback: Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club […] Twitchy » US Politics

CNN Pushes for Declaring Patients “Brain Dead” Without Second Doctor’s Opinion

This is a good example why people are losing trust in the health care system. Over at CNN, medical producer Stephanie Smith writes a story arguing that we should do away with second opinions in determining brain death. From, “Repeat Exams for Brain Death Bad for Organ Donation:” For brain dead patients, a second examination to declare death …

MSNBC Host Promotes Planned Parenthood, Pushes HHS Abortion Mandate

As we’ve documented the past few years, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell is notorious for her softball interviews with abortion rights absolutists like Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood. Sadly it seems Ms. Mitchell hasn’t made a new year’s resolution to treat those occasions as opportunities for fair and balanced interviews rather th…

Planned Parenthood Pushes Sex Ed on Five-Year-Olds in New Zealand

The New Zealand Family Planning Association is an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]. The Federation is at the forefront of promoting a worldwide culture of death with contraception, sterilisation and abortion. Family Planning is both the enemy of the unborn and women. Family Planning is also the enemy of the family…

NRA pushes back against Illinois proposal to increase gun penalties

The National Rifle Association is stepping up its campaign against a proposed gun control measure in Illinois that supporters argue will help combat and prevent street violence by increasing penalties for gun crimes.The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Mike Zalewski, calls for more time behind bars for possessing illegal weapons. It increases penalties for unlawful use of weapons, including by felons or gang members. It would make probation less likely, imposing minimum prison sentences of three years in many cases. It would also require that offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentences, up from 50 percent.The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a website post that the bill will jeopardize concealed carry in Illinois by imposing tough penalties for individuals who carry a firearm without a concealed-carry permit or firearm owner’s identification card.”This specific provision incorrectly targets otherwise law-abiding citizens, rather than deterring violent criminals with harsher penalties,” the group said in an Oct. 10 statement.

French Panel Votes Against Euthanasia But President Pushes It Anyway

France’s medical ethics advisory council (CNNE) has voted against the legalization of assisted suicide, as found in Swiss clinics such as Dignitas, it was announced on Monday.

But French President François Hollande has promised a law on the issue by the end of 2013.

The committee which had been asked to investigate the issue of euthanasia and come up with recommendations voted against Swiss style assisted suicide.<

However, the CCNE is in favour of ‘passive euthanasia,’ whereby treatment, hydration and nutrients are withdrawn at the request of an individual facing the end of their life.

‘Deep sedation’ is one ‘end of life’ care option the CCNE are in favour of which would see the patient put to sleep until the end of their life, if they have requested it and if they have asked for all treatments to be stopped.

‘With sedation, it is intended to relieve the patient, but in no event bring about their death,’ Vincent Morel, President of the French Society for support and palliative care and a doctor at the University Hospital of Rennes told Europe1 radio.

Later on Monday French president François Hollande announced that ‘at the conclusion of debate,’ his government would introduce legislation on end-of-life care, ‘definitely by the end of the year.’

In February, the ethics council said that out of a ‘duty of humanity’, and where there were ‘persistent, lucid and repeated requests from someone suffering from an ailment for which the treatment has become ineffective,’ it should be legal to withdraw that treatment and allow that individual to die.

But it said at the time that the condition should be verified ‘not by a sole doctor but a medical team’ and did not use the term euthanasia but spoke of ‘assisted death’.

A 2005 law in France already authorises doctors to administer painkilling drugs at levels they know will, as a secondary effect, shorten a patient’s life.

A poll that was released in January 2012 found that 60% of the people in France preferred improvements to palliative care rather than legalizing euthanasia.

I have previously highlighted the rapid escalation of euthanasia and assisted suicide cases in the Netherlands, Oregon, Switzerland and Belgium.

Almost half of Belgium’s euthanasia nurses have admitted to killing without consent, despite the fact that involuntary euthanasia is illegal in Belgium and that nurses are not allowed to perform even voluntary euthanasia.

In addition, nearly half of all cases of Belgian euthanasia are not reported to the Federal Control and Evaluation Committee. Legal requirements were more frequently not met in unreported cases than in reported cases and a written request for euthanasia was absent in 88%.

recent study found that in the Flemish part of Belgium, 66 of 208 cases of ‘euthanasia’ (32%) occurred in the absence of request or consent.

According to a recent report Belgium is now the ‘world leader’ in organ removal after euthanasia with at least nine cases since 2005 but suggestions are that there would have been many more had more euthanasia patients had transplantable organs.

In the Netherlands there has been a 15-20% increase in euthanasia cases per year since 2006 and a  recent Lancet paper reports that 12.3% of all deaths in Holland are now due to ‘terminal sedation’.

More recently both Belgium and the Netherlands have announced their intention to escalate their children’s euthanasia programmes.

We will have to wait until the end of the year to see the exact wording of Hollande’s proposed bill but French citizens, seeing the escalation in surrounding countries would be very wise to reject any further weakening of the law.

LifeNews.com Note: Dr. Peter Saunders is a doctor and the CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a British organization with 4,500 doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This article originally appeared on his blog. He is also associated with the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK.


Jay Carney Downplays New Benghazi Info, Press Pushes Back: ‘All of This Is a Distraction’

Jay Carney Downplays New Benghazi Info During Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May, 10, 2013. Carney responded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, calling on top-to-bottom review of the Obama administration after the IRS admitted that it had targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election. Credit: AP

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday fielded tough questions from reporters relating to new controversial reports on the Benghazi terrorist attacks released the same day.

When asked about reports that indicate the Benghazi talking points used by the administration were altered 12 times and “dramatically edited” to scrub terror references, Carney deflected any blame from the White House. He said the editing process was led by the CIA but involved other agencies. The White House did ask that the U.S. compound be referred to as a “diplomatic post” instead of a consulate, he noted.

Several reporters from various agencies relentlessly pressed Carney and reminded him that the edits made to the talking points were not at all “stylistic” as the White House previously suggested, but rather significant changes. One reporter noted that references to terrorism and threats of terrorist attacks in Benghazi were included in the CIA’s original draft of the talking points only to be taken out later.

“Then the CIA wrote another draft,” Carney replied, adding that there was an interagency process that led to the final version of the points.

There is always a “process” that occurs after an attack like the one that occurred in Benghazi last year, Carney explained. He said the talking points were crafted to provide information to members of Congress and others who might speak publicly about Benghazi. Officials didn’t want to provide any information they couldn’t prove with 100 percent certainty, he added.

Carney said there were no efforts made to downplay the role of terror groups. He went on to accuse Republicans of politicizing the Benghazi attacks and reiterated that the intelligence relating to the attack was fluid and constantly changing.

“The president himself in the Rose Garden said, ‘this is an act of terror,’” Carney said, later adding the administration didn’t want to “jump to conclusions.”

During a hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya during the attack, testified that he was “stunned” and “embarrassed” that the talking points blamed the act of terror on a YouTube video. He suggested that officials knew almost immediately that a terror group was behind the attack.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) also read an email from a top State Department official in which the official fingered the radical terror group Ansar al-Sharia as the perpetrator behind the assault. The email was sent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Carney later accused Republicans of searching for some “hidden mystery” when there isn’t one. “All of this is a distraction from the issues,” he said.

“This is an effort to accuse the administration of hiding something that we did not hide, in fact, we spoke publicly about it,” Carney added.

One reporter called Carney out for saying the administration didn’t want to speculate on motive, when it did, in fact, speculate that the deadly Benghazi attack was caused by a YouTube video. Carney further defended the talking points, saying the only thing that turned out to be inaccurate is the fact that there were no demonstrations outside the U.S. compound on Sept. 11, 2012.

Reporters did not question Carney on a report that Benghazi involved running missiles to Syrian rebels.

An Associated Press reporter also asked about the IRS reportedly targeting Tea Party and patriot groups unfairly during the 2012 election.

Carney said the matter is under investigation. He also stressed the fact that the IRS is an “independent enforcement agency” with only two political appointees, attempting to discredit claims that there was a political motivation behind the “inappropriate” action.

“If this activity took place, it is inappropriate and action needs to be taken,” he added.

This story will be updated with video.

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