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As we consider God’s handiwork, especially during this season, we are thankful for the beautiful display of vibrantly colored leaves and the blessings of a bountiful harvest, and much, much more.

We are thankful to live in a country that has a national holiday for giving thanks, and we remember the reason for Thanksgiving. Days of thanksgiving, marked by prayer, were part of the Pilgrim’s religion. The original Thanksgiving feast celebrated the Pilgrim colony’s first successful harvest in 1621. These early English settlers came to America seeking religious freedom, claiming America for God. We are grateful for this heritage and for the many blessings He has bestowed on us – especially the non-monetary, valuable treasures which we may neglect to count and for which we may forget to thank God.

You may have heard the saying, “Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a GIFT. That's why it's called the present." (Bill Keane, The Family Circus) Time is a marvelous, intangible treasure. Thank you, Lord, for this “present.”

Veteran’s Day was on the 11th of this month. We are thankful for the dutiful men and women, past and present, serving our country who have fought for our freedom and liberties. One result is our freedom to assemble and form organizations to battle what is wrong, like the culture of death. We are grateful that God has given us the vision to see the beauty and value of each individual human life and to know that life is truly our most precious gift.

HALO is thankful to our readers and those of you who support us in a variety of ways – with prayers, donations, and being “doers” for the sanctity and dignity of human life. These are fruitful ways to show gratitude for the work of the life advocates who have gone before us. We thank God for the strength and determination He gives us to continue this work and not grow weary.

It has been a little more than a year since we took the bold step of founding HALO. We give God thanks for the mysterious ways in which He works when we strive to do His will. Special thanks and gratitude to our believing board members and advisory board members, to our families, and to those who help us in other ways not mentioned, but still greatly appreciated.

Reflecting on the process of forming HALO and the progress made, God’s timing was and continues to be perfect, despite our impatience. We thank Him for teaching us patience and helping us grow in trust.

Many of us will enjoy family and friends this Thanksgiving, some with a bountiful meal.  As we do, let us reflect on what we are thankful for and to whom. We, in this country, have been so blessed by our Creator and Lord of Life. It is my prayer that we all continue to plant seeds (with education and advocacy), grow, and harvest the fruits of our labors. HALO has much more work to do and many goals to reach, but we know to whom we must turn for guidance and the gifts we need.

May you recognize and offer thanksgiving to the Gift-Giver in your life.


By Julie Grimstad, President of HALO
"Our rules can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God." – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
“Our founding fathers . . . believed, as I do, that without freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, all of our other freedoms aren’t worth the paper they are written on. If government can dictate what we may or may not believe, or how we may or may not live out our beliefs, then we are no longer a free people.” – Chuck Colson (1931-2012)
Religious freedom and conscience rights are being challenged as never before in the medical world. The patient’s “right to choose” morally controversial “medical services” (e.g., abortion, assisted suicide, contraception, sterilization, gender-transition surgery) is regularly promoted over the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Those who believe in a law higher than “freedom of choice” are branded “intolerant,” “bigoted,” and “haters” for refusing to participate in actions that are contrary to their deeply held beliefs.
An organizational goal of HALO is to safeguard the conscience rights of healthcare professionals. The freedom to act, both privately and publicly, according to one’s conscience and sincerely held ethical and religious beliefs is essential to preserve patients’ access to those providers who affirm the sanctity and dignity of life.
The “rights” battle rages on.
In May, the “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care” rule was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services and set to go into effect November 22. The intent of this HHS rule was to provide relief for healthcare professionals by assuring them that they could neither be compelled to participate in actions in violation of their consciences nor be forced to abandon their professional careers by declining to provide unethical “medical services.” This rule would have added teeth to enforcement of more than two dozen existing bipartisan laws protecting conscience rights.
We celebrated. However, the celebration was short-lived.
The new rule was immediately challenged in federal court. Naturally, Planned Parenthood (PP), this nation’s leading abortion provider, joined one of the three sets of plaintiffs. On November 6, Judge Paul Engelmayer, Southern District of New York, in a 146-page decision, overturned these protections for conscience rights of health care workers. This activist judge ruled “they do not comply with the U.S. Constitution and Administrative Procedure Act.” PP praised this decision. PP considered the HHS rule “a license to discriminate.” [1]
Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, said:
This decision leaves health care professionals across America vulnerable to being forced to perform, facilitate, or refer for procedures that violate their conscience. The Trump Administration’s HHS protections would ensure that healthcare professionals are free to work consistent with their religious beliefs while providing the best care to their patients. [2]
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized the judge’s decision, calling it “absurd mush.” “In this country, government doesn’t get to tell you that your faith is fine on Sunday at church but not Monday at work.” [3]
HHS is expected to appeal, but the rule will not go into effect on November 22. Meanwhile, healthcare workers who hold to religious and ethical standards once noncontroversial – such as not maiming or killing patients – wait in limbo.



By Marlene Reid, HALO Board Member

Back in the 1970s and 80s, long before the education establishment decided it was their “duty” to enforce the LGBT Agenda and promote the dangerous Gender Identity Theory at every grade level, one of the most popular courses was Death Education. Death Ed classes included students visiting cemeteries to do grave rubbings, writing epitaphs for gravestones, preparing eulogies, and composing their own obituaries and suicide notes. Films and lectures were used to bombard young people with information about death, purportedly from an adolescent’s point of view.

One handout for first grade students depicted nine people – a crying baby, a boy washing his dog, an elderly woman bent over her cane, a mother ironing clothes, a severely injured person in a hospital bed, etc. The students were to draw a circle around all who were unproductive. A similar test told older elementary students, “There is a terrible disease on your island home. The only hope is a new medicine, but there is only enough for three people. Which three should get the medicine?” This “choice” depicted five people, again with a helpless baby and a senior citizen among them. The student’s answer is followed by the question, “Why?” Then further directions are given: “Compare your choices with a classmate’s choices. Discuss your differences. Choose again.”

Of course, these strategies are straight out of the Values Clarification handbook, the Humanists’ “bible” in the classrooms for several decades. Values Clarification techniques and exercises were designed to relieve students of any values they may have learned from home, church, or early schooling. Former values needed to be discarded in favor of their “newfound” principles and beliefs. Each student was to become his/her own “God,” deciding what was right and wrong with no “absolutes” (the Ten Commandments) to stand in the way of making “choices.”

A popular questionnaire with 75 questions, prepared by PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, was entitled You and Death.  This questionnaire was a tool used to indoctrinate junior and senior high school students (at least in Minnesota where my children attended school) with the idea that when and how someone dies is a personal choice. It was “open season” on traditional values with Death Ed in the classroom. Children were probed with privacy invading questions to find out the extent of their belief in life after death, reincarnation, etc. They were instructed to answer questions such as the following.
  • If you could choose, when would you die?
  • If you had a choice, what kind of death would you choose?  (Suicide is one of the options!)
  • Has there been a time in your life when you wanted to die?
  • Based on your present feelings, what is the probability of your taking your own life in the near future?
  • What is your present orientation to your own death? (“Death-seeker” and “Death-hastener” are choices.)
  • Have you ever actually attempted suicide?
  • Suppose you were to commit suicide, what reason would motivate you to do it? (Eight options are listed.)
  • Suppose you were to commit suicide, what method would you be most likely to use?  A) Barbiturates or pills; B) Gunshot; C) Hanging; D) Drowning; E) Jumping; F) Cutting or Stabbing; G) Carbon Monoxide; H) Other
  • How religious do you consider yourself to be?
  • What is your political preference? (Party?)
  • How would you describe your political views? (Liberal or Conservative?)

We were recently reminded by HALO’s President, Julie Grimstad, of a lesson out of history. Hitler saw young people as the vanguard of his movement. His stated philosophy was: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I say calmly, 'Your child belongs to us already. What are you? You will pass on! Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short-time they will know nothing but this new community.'” I remember school papers recovered in Germany after World War II wherein the students were asked to identify the “useless eaters” (read “unproductive” citizens). History has a way of repeating itself. So sad, but true!

An enormously large segment of our U.S. population has been indoctrinated into the pro-death camp. HALO has its job cut out for it if we hope to overcome the years of propaganda which prepared the ground and planted the seeds of the current culture of death. But there is reason for our hope. With God’s help, everything is possible!



On its website, Compassion & Choices, the organization leading the campaign to legalize assisted suicide in every state, promotes Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) as an “option” for people who are struggling with chronic or incurable disorders and for people who are “simply ‘done’ after eight or nine decades of a fully lived life.” C&C ludicrously claims that suicide by starvation and dehydration is “a natural process of dying,” but warns, “Support is necessary, as you cannot safely do this alone.” Seriously?!

Last fall, 94-year-old, socially involved and physically active Rosemary Bowen suffered a spinal compression fracture. With physical therapy and a back brace, doctors predicted she’d probably recover in about three months. Instead, she decided it was time to end her life. She chose VSED because she lived in Maryland, one of the many states where assisted suicide is illegal.

Although Mrs. Bowen did not qualify for hospice because she did not have a terminal illness, a hospice provided pain medication and other support while she “fasted.” On her eighth day without food and water, she died. But that is not the end of her story.

Mrs. Bowen had asked her daughter Mary Beth to film the process of her death by VSED. “She thought more people should take advantage of it,” said Mary Beth, who documented the final week of her mother’s life. The macabre film, designed to promote VSED as “peaceful and even joyful” (Mrs. Bowen’s words), was shown for the first time at the End of Life Expo hosted by Iona Senior Services in Tenleytown, MD.

One woman was upset by the film because her own mother had also died by VSED. “It broke my heart,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to see it. … There’s something in me that rebels against it.”

Every suicide, regardless of the reason, is a dreadful thing, but simply deciding one is “done” is appalling. Yes, something inside “rebels against it.” Could it be our consciences screaming, “This is WRONG!”?

Source for the information about Rosemary Bowen’s death:

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Julie Grimstad, President of HALO
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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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