LOOKING BACK AT 2020

After hiring two employees and opening our office in January of 2020, we hit the ground running! Listed below are a few of the highlights!

24/7 HALO Helpline launched - The HALO Helpline 1-888-221-4256 (HALO) offers free and confidential information, support, and referrals for patients, their family members, and caregivers who have concerns about the treatment and care a patient is receiving in any healthcare setting, either at home or in a facility.

Making a Difference guide- Making a Difference, A Guide for Defending the Medically Vulnerable was distributed to thousands of prolife organizations, donors, subscribers, friends, pastors, ministers, conference attendees, and more. This well-researched guide arms patients, loved ones, and caregivers with the information they need to make important medical decisions.

This guide was also instrumental in saving a young father’s life!

Huge win in the Texas Supreme Court - HALO co-signed an Amicus Brief to defend “Baby Tinslee,” an ill 20-month-old girl in a Fort Worth hospital. This brief delivered more time for Baby Tinslee to live!

The Health Care Civil Rights Task Force formed – HALO joined other like-minded organizations to form the Health Care Civil Rights Task Force, a voluntary association between HALO, the Christ Medicus Foundation, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network. The objectives of this joint task force are to promote respect for the sanctity of life in medical decisions, and to educate the public about bioethical and health care civil rights issues.
(Visit healthcarecivilrights.org.)

Social media challenge introduced - We invited everyone to review difficult-to-grasp life issues with the children in their life to educate the next generation on the sanctity of every human life.

Print edition of the HALO Herald published - Due to numerous requests, and in an effort to reach new readers, we started issuing a quarterly print newsletter in addition to our monthly e-newsletter.

We are gratified that, over the past year, HALO has touched the lives of many patients, families, and caregivers in a special way. Whether by battling medical futility policies, fighting unjust discrimination, praying with or for patients and Helpline callers, HALO has truly made a difference.

January 2021
By Anne O'Meara


Given that January is Sanctity of Human Life Month, I want to share an excerpt from a timely email sent by Ron Panzer, friend of HALO and former President of Hospice Patients Alliance. 
They tell us that killing the baby just born is a moral thing to do. They celebrate it and danced when it was legalized in some states. They are moving to legalize assisted "suicide" [throughout the United States] which is simply direct medical killing in many cases. They are moving to legalize euthanasia eventually as has been done in Canada.

In Canada, hospices that now refuse to perform euthanasia are defunded, no longer able to be reimbursed for hospice services. They are "deplatformed" in a sense, just like Parler or any person or business that doesn't go along with the socialist, reprehensible lethal agenda.

Those who think politics has no part in pro-life work should think again!  When you are harmed, shut down, put out of business, financially destroyed because of your pro-life beliefs, or pro-America beliefs, you will see that politics affects pro-life work, though pro-life advocacy is not in itself part of any political Party and is not inspired by politics but by our faith in God and reverence for the life He creates.
 
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Ron's words are incredibly powerful and remind us that, even though we live in a turbulent world, God is still in charge. While it’s hard not to feel frightened, we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the threats of censorship, the cancel culture, and extreme media bias. We must continue to use our voices to defend the rights and lives of those who cannot speak for themselves no matter how difficult our path forward becomes. After all, if we don’t speak up for the voiceless now, there might not be anyone to speak for us when we need advocates. 

I am reminded of this poignant poem posted in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
 
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

When I am called from this world, I want to hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” and not “Why did you not speak up for the most vulnerable among you?”

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