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"Making a Difference" Has Arrived!


HALO has brought together a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals, who have vast experience in dealing with end-of-life issues, to produce a 16-page resource. Making a Difference—A Guide for Defending the Medically Vulnerable provides advice for medical decision-making as well as crucial information about the areas in which the culture of death has infiltrated our health care system. In order to get this valuable publication into the hands of those who need help, HALO must raise funds and awareness that it exists.
We need your help! Please make a generous donation to assist in this vitally important project and receive as many copies as you need to educate your loved ones, friends, neighbors, and everyone on your mailing list.

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What people are saying about HALO:
"God bless you and your so important work. I am so happy you are there bringing light to the need for and provision of advocacy at such a very difficult time. I believe your timing is providential with the country’s morals and values in such turmoil and conflict. We must win the battle. Life is precious no matter the age or circumstances. A big thank you from me."
– Donor from NY

MEET HALO’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR



It is our great pleasure to introduce HALO’s new Executive Director, Anne O’Meara. In just a few weeks on the job, Anne has proven to be a dynamo brimming with wonderful plans for HALO. Anne is highly qualified to manage HALO and promote its life-affirming mission. She has worked in the business world for 20 years as a human resources manager and a benefits manager, among other positions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College, Dubuque, IA, with a major in English and minor in Business.

Anne is married to Patrick and is the mother of two children, both adopted from Guatemala. Anne states, “They have turned our lives upside down – in a good way of course!”  They are a very busy family with band, orchestra, track, cross country, and Nordic skiing. Anne grew up in a large family on an Iowa farm and maintains close relationships with her many relatives.

Anne’s faith is very important to her. She serves her church community in many capacities and is a sidewalk counselor at an abortion clinic.

The Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization’s Board of Directors welcomes Anne O’Meara with joy, thanking God for the newest member of HALO’s team and for the amazing ways He continually answers our prayers.



I have always been passionately pro-life regarding abortion. However, it was only a few years ago that I became equally passionate about “end-of-life” issues. This new passion largely stems from two different, yet similar events – one very public and the other private.

Many of you remember Brittany Maynard. Brittany was a newly married, beautiful 29-year-old woman who, on New Year’s Day 2014, learned she had brain cancer. Several months later, she and her husband moved from California to Oregon so she could take advantage of Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” (a.k.a. imposed death) law. In early October of 2014, Brittany announced her decision to commit physician-assisted suicide (PAS). On November 1, 2014, Brittany ended her life by taking the lethal dose of drugs prescribed by a physician. At that time, the average age of people who died by PAS in Oregon was 71. Young Brittany didn’t fit the mold. Proponents of physician-assisted suicide were almost giddy. It seemed that Brittany had changed the optics and gotten people of her generation interested in the movement to legalize PAS throughout the United States.

Compassion & Choices set in motion a campaign to take advantage of Brittany’s unique appeal. Her story garnered an incredible amount of coverage from the news media. I repeatedly heard what a "courageous" young woman she was and what a "heroic” decision she was making to "die with dignity." I remember my disbelief and horror at both the number of people who supported Brittany and their passion for her "right to die." I questioned how something like this could be happening so blatantly in a civilized country like the U.S. Even then, I sensed that Brittany would become the poster child for physician-assisted suicide.

Fast forward to 2016. My mom was 87. She had heart issues and dementia. In the months preceding 2016, Mom experienced fainting spells (related to heart arrythmia) and, at least two times, had been rushed by ambulance to the emergency room of a Christian hospital. Each time, it seemed like the hospital staff (different staff members on each occasion) were reluctant to treat her. They repeatedly told us that she was old, had lived a good life, and there was nothing they could do. The message was clear. They simply wanted to send her home to die.

Finally, having heard how helpful hospice was, we found a hospice for Mom. After a couple of weeks there, she was diagnosed with a bladder infection. The hospice refused to treat the infection but said they would give her pain medication to keep her comfortable. My siblings and I were horrified. We removed Mom from that hospice and enrolled her in another one. Shortly after she was admitted to the second hospice, my siblings and I observed that Mom seemed unresponsive or almost in a stupor and unable to talk when we visited. Concerned, we demanded to know what medications had been given to her. We found out that, without telling us, the hospice staff had significantly increased her dosages of morphine and Ativan to “keep her comfortable.” It was not surprising that she could no longer converse with anyone. It’s notable that my mom had not expressed to anyone that she was experiencing pain.

As a result of our discussions with the staff, the hospice promised to notify us before making any medication changes. Once they stopped giving Mom these strong dosages of powerful drugs, she was again able to converse with her family. A few weeks later, while out-of-state on a business trip, I received word that my mom’s death was imminent. I rushed home and was blessed to be holding her hand when she passed away.
 
These two events – the glorification of Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide and Mom’s experience with hospice care – greatly affected me. As a result, I became aware of how extreme our culture’s devaluation of human lives has become. And when I think about the hospice care that my mom received, I also wonder about others who are in similar situations and have no one to advocate for them.

I am glad we were there and able to speak up for my mom and am more determined than ever to fight to protect those whose lives are in danger – whether they are pre-born babies or medically vulnerable due to illness, disability, or age. Therefore, I enthusiastically embrace my new role as Executive Director of HALO. 

Doctors Proven Wrong: 5-Year-Old Girl Recovers after UK Hospital Tries to End Life Support




Doctors Proven Wrong: 5-Year-Old Girl Recovers after UK Hospital Tries to End Life Support


Last February, a blood vessel in five-year old Tafida Raqeeb ‘s brain ruptured leaving her in a coma.  After evaluation, Tafida’s British doctors ultimately determined she would not recover, and it would be in her best interests to let her die. Tafida’s parents appealed this decision to the British courts and received  a ruling from the high court stating Tafida could not be taken off life support against her parents’ wishes. Following this ruling, Tafida was transferred  to the Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa, Italy.

This week Tafida’s Italian doctors  held a press conference and announced that Tafida had been transferred out of intensive care to a private room in a residential unit. The hospital is planning  to support Tafida’s vital functions to the point she will gradually be weaned off her ventilator and will be able to be fed and have mechanical ventilation at home.

What an incredible journey! This story serves as a reminder that doctors can sometimes be wrong. Medical “miracles”  do happen, and we should never stop believing.
Source: www.lifesitenews.com

LIES HAVE NO PLACE IN MEDICINE




LIES HAVE NO PLACE IN MEDICINE














By Mary Kellett
Founder and Executive Director
Prenatal Partners For Life

The doctor and patient relationship is central and indispensable to good quality healthcare. Having trust and confidence in what a doctor is telling a patient is crucial to the well being of that patient. The best care is received when there is a truthful, respectful partnership between doctors and their patients.

There is an area where frequently patients are intimidated, pressured and even outright lied to.  When a woman receives the news that her preborn baby may have health issues or special needs there can be pressure, intimidation and coercion to end the life of her baby or to not pursue treatment after the birth.

Prenatal Partners for Life has helped support thousands of families since it was founded in 2005. The things that I personally have experienced and the families that we have supported have often experienced are shocking and downright heartbreaking.

Hurtful and Negative Medical “Advice”

I was told after it was confirmed my son had trisomy 18 that he would never contribute to society and it was better to let him go. I was also told he would be a horrible burden to our family and our other children would be harmed if we brought our son home.

Families have been told that their child with special needs would ruin their marriage, so it is best to abort. Families have been told that they need to end the life of their child because it is the most compassionate thing to do. Families have been told that valuable resources will be wasted if their child is allowed to live.

Some of the most hurtful comments play on the love a parent has for their child. Comments like, “You don’t want them to live a life of suffering do you?  Or, “Your child will have such a poor quality of life and never know you or be happy, it’s best to end it now.”  

Predicting the future in only a negative light is a common experience for families who receive a diagnosis. Families are told all the things their child will never do.  Families are sometimes made to feel guilty for wanting to embrace the life of their child and help their child reach their full potential.

Once a doctor has been caught in lying, exaggerating, or telling only half-truths, the doctor-patient relationship is often damaged beyond repair. The consequences for the families are devastating, making a hard situation so much harder than it needs to be. The consequences for the medical professionals are negative too, with the loss of integrity that casts a poor light on all doctors.

Gratitude for Honest, Compassionate Doctors

Thankfully there are still doctors that offer clear, accurate and complete information in a compassionate way. To you, truthful and kindhearted doctors, we express profound gratitude. Families never forget you and are eternally grateful. You will forever hold a special place in their hearts! You understand that “Lies have no place in medicine.”
 

HALO Herald -- January 21, 2020

REST IN PEACE
HALO’s Board of Directors and members mourn the death of Arline Lester by forced euthanasia (https://personhood.org/2020/01/17/arline-lester-dies-in-forced-euthanasia-case/). We also mourn every person who has been subjected to a merciless imposed death. May they rest in peace.
We fervently pray that respect for human life will be restored in every nation, throughout every society, healthcare system, and legal system.

FROM “VOLUNTARY” TO FORCED EUTHANASIA
In 1938, the Euthanasia Society of America (ESA) was founded in New York. It was the precursor to the present-day organizations that advocate for assisted suicide and euthanasia.
In 1939, ESA proposed legislation for "voluntary" euthanasia. According to attorney Charles Nixdorff, ESA’s Treasurer, "The society hoped eventually to legalize the putting to death of non-volunteers beyond the help of medical science.” (New York Times, 1/27/1939:21) ESA’s leaders thought society was readier to accept the “right to die” than the “right to kill.”
Fast forward to today. The increasing number of cases of forced euthanasia and coerced assisted suicide is truly alarming. What was the pathway that led from the “right to die” for those who want it to the “right to kill” those who have no choice in the matter?
Do you want to learn more?
Discover the history of the “right to die” movement. Read “Origins and History of the Deadly Living Will and Its Sequel, Assisted Suicide” – a timeline extending from 1938 to 2019 which highlights and briefly describes many of the organizations, individuals, and events that have little by little infused a culture of death into our laws, our attitudes and our healthcare system. It is available at https://www.halovoice.org/pdf/Timeline-Living-Will.pdf.
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Julie Grimstad, President of HALO
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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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