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JANUARY IS THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE MONTH
“When people begin to ignore human dignity, it will not be long before they begin to ignore human rights.” – G.K. Chesterton

Take a moment to focus on God’s precious gift of human life. Respect for life calls us to defend and protect life from conception to natural death.

LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL
1963

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why did you become a Patient Advocate?
Very simple. God opened my eyes. He showed me the WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE
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“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”


 


January 2021

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.
 
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?”

SO, HOW CAN YOU USE YOUR VOICE IN 2021?

CHECK OUT HALO'S 2021 SUGGESTED RESOLUTIONS!

Do you make the same New Year’s Resolutions every year and frequently fail to stick with them? Maybe you want to shake things up for 2021! How about assisting HALO in defending the medically vulnerable?  With January being Sanctity of Human Life Month, It's a great time to implement some life-saving or life-altering changes. See HALO’s 2021 Suggested Resolutions and read If Killing is the Solution, What is the Problem?
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UPDATE ON BABY TINSLEE -
HUGE U.S. SUPREME COURT WIN!

January 2021



As we have previously reported, Baby Tinslee’s fight for life started in November 2019 when a Texas hospital moved to end her life against her mother’s wishes under the deadly Texas 10-Day Rule*. Since then, a fierce court battle has been waged, with Baby Tinslee’s mother on one side and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas on the other. Read more.




IF KILLING IS THE SOLUTION,
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

January 2021
By Christopher Rogers

Supporters of abortion long ago argued that the act they championed was not murder because the developing fetus was not yet a human life or a person. Gradually, when this argument became harder to defend, mainly because of ultrasounds, the tactic used to champion abortion morphed into cries of “my body, my choice.” This slogan was used to justify convenience and pocketbook-protecting abortions, and it opened the door for debates about other ethical issues. If killing is acceptable when the youngest of children are not desired, logically, other groups of “undesirable” people can be “justly” removed from existence as well. 
Read more.

MOM WAKES FROM COMA!

January 2021

During these challenging times, we could use an uplifting story. This is that story.
 
The article Mom wakes from coma the day before she was supposed to be removed from ventilator recounts the true story of Lisa Martin. Lisa, a mother of four, was admitted to the hospital in September of 2020 for COVID-related complications. Lisa’s condition deteriorated, and her family was advised to say goodbye to her. The family, however, decided to wait 11 days before deciding whether doctors should remove Lisa’s ventilator. Ten days later, Lisa awakened from her coma, and in December, after being on a ventilator for 59 days, she walked out of the hospital and went home to complete her recovery.
 
Many refer to Lisa’s recovery as miraculous but keep in mind that her story, while amazing and wonderful, is not unique. Lisa’s family chose to give her more time before making a decision about stopping life-sustaining treatment. More time is what many patients need to wake from coma, but some are prematurely deemed “hopeless” and their treatment withdrawn because of “medical futility” decisions made by doctors and hospital ethics committees.
 
Whether Lisa’s recovery was a miracle or the natural result of being given more time to wake up, we thank God that Lisa survived and that her children still have their mother.

LOOKING BACK AT 2020

January 2021
By Anne O'Meara

After hiring two employees and opening our office in January of 2020, we hit the ground running! Click here for a few of the highlights!

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ANGLICANS FOR LIFE - SUMMIT 2021!
Saturdays 1/16 /21 & 1/23/21, 11 am –3 pm (EST)
Anglicans for Life will be hosting a virtual conference encompassing informative speakers and workshops, and opportunities to connect with others who are passionate about protecting life. HALO’s Board President, Julie Grimstad, will be one of the speakers on January 23rd!

For details on registration & costs:
www.AnglicansForLife.org/Summit-2021
BETRAYED BY HOSPICE - TALK RADIO
WITH HOST, MARSHA JOINER

Wednesday, 1/20/21, 7 pm (CST)
Marsha's guest on Betrayed by Hospice will be Sara Buscher, a retired attorney who is very familiar with health care and the atrocities that are levied on our elderly around the country. Sara is also a member of HALO's Advisory Board. Click here for more information. 
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF EUTHANASIA & ASSISTED SUICIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Saturday, 1/23/21, 10 am - 4:30 pm (EST) 
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Physicians for Compassionate Care are offering an informative and free online Zoom conference. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. 

For more information:
alexschadenberg.blogspot.com
When You Became You
– Added January 2021

When You Became You is a colorfully-illustrated, prolife children’s book which is a must read for parents who have young children. In the words of the authors, Brooke Stanton and Christiane West, “Teaching little children when life begins is not only vital to helping them understand the morality of life issues, it’s also fundamental in fighting progressive ideology taught to children in schools.” (Source: Pro-Life Children’s Book “When You Became You” Teaches Kids That Life Begins at Conception)

When You Became You is available directly from the publisher, Mascot Books, here, as well as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Amazon

Reviewed by Anne O'Meara
Image: Mascot Books
O God, 
 make us willing to do your will, 
 come what may. Increase the number of persons
 of good will and moral sensitivity.
 Give us renewed confidence in nonviolence
 and the way of love as taught by Christ.


– Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

HALO MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization is to promote, protect, and advocate for the rights of the medically vulnerable through direct patient and family interactions; through community education and awareness programs; and through promotion and development of concrete *"life-affirming healthcare"* alternatives for those facing the grave consequences of healthcare rationing and unethical practices, especially those at risk of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
*"Life-affirming healthcare" is defined as medical care in which the paramount principle is the sanctity of life, which means that the life and safety of each person come first and each person receives medical care across their lifespan based on their need for care and never with an intention to hasten death, regardless of their abilities or perceived "quality of life."

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