Devout Catholic & patient of Dr Tiller

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Devout Catholic & patient of Dr Tiller
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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 9:37am

The Andersons were devastated to learn their unborn child wouldn't live. Dr. Tiller showed them the compassion they so badly wished they had from their friends.

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Gail would be forced to deliver her child through c-section, as the stress of a traditional birth would be too much for their baby's body to handle. Their baby would need to be on life-support machines for months until able to have the surgeries required that could repair the damage of the child's suffocated heart and remove the masses from the undeveloped lung. As painful was it was for the Andersons to hear that this child they wanted so badly might not live even after the surgeries intended to repair damage, they were forced to make a decision that not only challenged their personal strength, but where they fit into their Catholic faith.

After a frank discussion with their specialist, they decided that not only did the quality of life of their unborn child need to be questioned, but the life expectancy even if surgeries were successful. There were no guarantees and one day, one month or one year could be added to the life of their child, but not much more than that. After discussing every option available to them, the decision to visit Dr. George Tiller's office in Kansas to have a late-term abortion was made. Both Andersons sunk into a depression, feeling as if they were losing both their child and their religion.
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On the wall of their living room, next to a crucifix and a painting of the Virgin Mary and St. Brigid of Ireland, is a plaque that holds on it two tiny footprints.

"They do not just look at this as being abortion mills - the staff," Robert says, looking up at the footprints of their baby Grace.

"She was real. They made her real for us. Those footprints were Dr. Tiller's idea. He wasn't a man with crazed eyes anticipating the kill like some anti-abortion activists would like you to picture. He understood the difficult position we were in. He allowed us to still have a piece of the family we wanted. He even called the baby by her name, by Grace."

http://www.alternet.org/story/144396/what_happened_when_an_anti-choice_catholic_woman_needed_an_abortion_at_dr._tiller%27s_clinic?page=1




Edited 12/7/2009 9:50 am ET by mom_carmina
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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:44am

"Why do you think that the Hyde Amendment was required to allow those perfectly healthy women and girls that weren't interested in sex to "kill their baby?"

I don't know, why don't you tell us all about it?

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 11:05am

"Are you more interested in discussion or incitation?"


I think that question has been answered definitively, in multiple threads.

 

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 11:26am

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 11:29am
I don't just wish- I write my congressmen and women, petition and endorse the legalization of assisted suicide for those who wish to draw up advanced directives that include it. You have nothing to fear if you do not want it. Simply do not include directives for assisted suicide in yours.
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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 11:32am
My personal belief is if you wish to terminate your existance it should be your problem. Assisted suicide is an oxymoron.
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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 12:29pm

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So you should keep that believe in your own "ersonal" life and let others make arrangements for when they may become unable to physically complete the task, that they can be mercifully euthanized under their own advance directives. It is a contract no one has any business prohibiting.

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You know- I can see this. I'll just call it self-authorized euthanasia instead.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 12:36pm

"I'll just call it self-authorized euthanasia instead."


Brilliant. We watched my grandmother die a long, painful death. She never would have wanted to commit suicide so it was a moot point for her. But I can definitely understand why someone who is in the process of dying very painfully would want to just cut it a bit shorter and go with dignity. Yet another issue that should remain between the patient and his or her doctor, IMHO.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 5:56pm

"So you should keep that believe in your own "ersonal" life and let others make arrangements for when they may become unable to physically complete the task, that they can be mercifully euthanized under their own advance directives. It is a contract no one has any business prohibiting."

Well here lies the problem .... you've now changed from suicide to euthanasia. In most states that allow people to kill themselves I believe a doctor must write a prescription for the drugs. Do some methods require a physician to actually do it? Are taxpayers expected to fund it? Too many people want to involve others in what ought to be a solo act.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 7:53pm

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No problem at all. I advocate for advanced directives that allow assistance in euthanasia when a person is left physically or mentally incapable of performing the act. Things like (but not limited to) massive strokes, severe debilitating injuries, advanced multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's , dementia and Alzheimers Disease, etc. If the sate can pay for chemo and prenatal for those unequipped to properly gestate and give birth, you betcher ya yas I advocate it paying for euthanasia.

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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 8:50pm
You do know that both Washington and Oregon states have made it legal for terminal ill people with 6 month to live to have physical assisted suicide.
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