Action Needed to Save Lives




I’m writing this column just a couple of days before the 4th of July, Independence Day, as many Americans are planning how they will celebrate. Amidst the festivities, I pray that we will not forget the cost of our freedom. Thankfully there are people willing to fight for what’s right and to safeguard our human rights despite the many costs, including their lives.
The Declaration of Independence declares that “all men [meaning all human beings] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life.” Respect for this precious right to life, however, is being eroded away as our culture increasingly adopts the mindset that certain lives are burdens or not worth living. In fact, some of us are experiencing subtle pressure to choose to die, which at times intensifies to a sense of obligation to kill oneself. This is evidenced by the “right to die” laws that have been adopted in the United States, Canada, and other countries. In turn, a life-endangering form of “healthcare” has emerged.
“Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death” is a documentary produced by Kevin Dunn in association with The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. (The EPC’s executive director, Alex Schadenberg, is a member of HALO’s Board of Directors.) “Fatal Flaws” relays heartbreaking personal stories that reveal a myriad of problems associated with the legalization and practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide. (Watch a preview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOqAfeJxuZI.) Also, HALO publishes families’ personal stories which illustrate how healthcare, in many places, can no longer be trusted to treat all patients as equally deserving of lifesaving and/or life-sustaining treatment and care. In fact, in many of these cases, healthcare providers have ended patients’ lives by underhanded means.
Reflecting on this grave state of affairs, we urge you to ask yourself, “What can I do to help and give hope to others? How can I get more involved in the movement to restore a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world? What am I willing to sacrifice to protect the right to life of all human beings?”
Recently, I ran across a speech from one of our great patriots, Patrick Henry, given on March 23, 1775. This excerpt reveals a timeless malady and sadly pertains to our current culture of death and, in many cases, our indifference to truth.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
God has opened the eyes and ears of some people to the painful truth of the need to provide life-affirming care for patients who are in danger. This month, we feature an inspiring article by Ed and Nan Weber, who opened Loreto On The Plains Personal Care Home—"an alternative approach to the crisis facing the infirm elderly”—ten years ago. They now have big plans for what they call “A New Pathway of Care” and invite others to find out more about this exciting approach to healthcare in a loving, home-like setting.
In last month’s newsletter, (June), we shared the wonderful news of another response to the need for life-affirming medical care—the planned Casa USA medical center. Such facilities are essential as we strive to provide care for patients whose lives are devalued in our current healthcare system.

We are way past an urgent need for “safe havens” for the most vulnerable patients. Of course, such projects require donations of land, money, skills, and time from many people. Please pray about this and send us your ideas concerning ways to take life-affirming medical facilities and care homes from vision to reality. We extend an invitation to you to be a part of this mission that affirms the right to life of every person. May we count on you?

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