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International grass roots opposition to abortion
International grass roots opposition to abortion

Médecins Sans Frontières performs 35,000 abortions in 33 countries in 202

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has clearly deviated from its charter of ‘providing medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.’ The genesis of providing abortions was in 2003 as seen in minutes from the MSF International Council Meeting, 21-23 November 2003. Read more.

‘On 21 November 2004 the IC adopted the following resolution: The IC states that: 1. The provision of comprehensive reproductive health care is essential in all MSF general medical programs 2. Despite recent improvements and efforts, such care is still poorly accessible to patients in MSF programs 3. The availability of safe abortion should be integrated as a part of reproductive health care in all contexts where it is relevant. 4. MSF’s role in termination of pregnancy must be based on the medical and human needs of our patients 14 in favour - 2 abstentions (UK, Denmark) - 2 absents (Austria, HK)’.

TELEHEALTH DANGER AHEAD

TELEHEALTH DANGER AHEAD

Stop plans to allow telehealth for euthanasia and assisted suicide in Australia

  • Over the past few months we have asked supporters to contact their Federal representatives to ask them NOT to repeal current laws preventing doctors using telehealth for assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Currently, Federal Law in Australia (Criminal Code Act 1995 Subdivision G) prohibits doctors counselling suicide over the phone or internet.
  • Contact between Doctor and patient must be made in person for assessment and approvals.  
  • Our aim is to keep the law as it is. However, there are moves to change the law. Federal Attorneys-General met on 28 April 2023. Participants discussed the interaction between voluntary assisted dying laws and Commonwealth criminal laws but no information about a decision was has been forthcoming so farRead the COMMUNIQUÉ.
China is desperate to raise its birthrate

China is desperate to raise its birthrate

China's fertility rate has sunk to 1.18 children per woman and its population has begun to decline. Deaths outnumbered births for the first time in decades. The government of Xi Jinping has finally grasped that it is facing a slow-motion crisis. Unless more children a born, there will be fewer workers and more elderly. Economic stagnation or worse is on the horizon. Millions of Chinese face the prospect of getting old before they get rich. While experts say it would be nearly impossible for China's population to start growing again, the country could keep its birthrate steady. Read more.

Michael Cook, Editor, January 31, 2023

Men and Abortion Trauma - Forgotten Fathers

Men and Abortion Trauma - Forgotten Fathers

Abortion Trauma Recovery [ATR] (previously Abortion Grief Australia) was founded in 1984 by Registered Nurse Dawn Dureau. It is a not for profit organization providing specialised care and advocacy for those experiencing abortion grief and pregnancy crisis. Since 1990, AGA has operated a National Crisis Line on 1300 139 313 and provides training for volunteers working on the telephone line as well as being a resource for health professionals.

ABORTION TRAUMA RECOVERY HELPLINE

1300 139 313

A Case to Oppose Legalisation of Telehealth Carriage Service Consultations for Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

A Case to Oppose Legalisation of Telehealth Carriage Service Consultations for Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Eugene Ahern 20 January 2023

The legalisation and availability of telehealth carriage service consultations by - for example video link for euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying would open the doors to far more readily available access to euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying.

It is essential those concerned with the protection of the lives of patients oppose all moves by the federal government to legislate to permit doctors to use telehealth consultations for voluntary assisted dying and euthanasia. Both assisted suicide and euthanasia are now legal in all Australia's states - (it became legal in Queensland from 1st January 2023.

When telemedicine can be dangerous - even deadly

When telemedicine can be dangerous - even deadly

Why telehealth should never be used to prescribe lethal drugs for assisted suicide

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to adapt the way we access health care, and telehealth is now widely used to overcome many hurdles related to receiving in-person attention. But there are some contexts in which relying on telemedicine can be dangerous - even deadly. Telemedicine should never be used in the context of assisted suicide because it increases the dangers of a practice already ripe for abuse.

The American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying recently put out guidelines (acamaid.org) for doctors to prescribe lethal drugs remotely. Their reckless recommendations include establishing the diagnosis, prognosis and decision-making capacity of patients to “legally establish the patient’s first verbal request and the start of the waiting period.” Following the waiting period, the required second verbal request for assisted suicide can be made “by telephone without visual contact.”

Oppose Fly in, Fly out Death Regime

Oppose Fly in, Fly out Death Regime

It's a 'death regime' say Queensland bishop opposed to government plan to fly in doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris is a leading voice demanding the Queensland Government rescind a decision to fund doctors flying to regional parts of the state to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

"Let's call it for what it is - it is a death regime and an assault on a civilised society," Bishop Tim Harris said.

Woman with Chemical Sensitivities Chose Medically-Assisted Death After Failed Bid to get Better Housing

Woman with Chemical Sensitivities Chose Medically-Assisted Death After Failed Bid to get Better Housing

A Canadian woman suffering from severe allergies and chemical sensitivities was able to legally end her own life due to the country’s expansive medical aid in dying (MAiD) laws. According to CTV News, the 51-year-old woman known as Sophia chose to die simply because she could afford no better place to live.

Fly in, Fly out Doctors to Help with Euthanasia

Fly in, Fly out Doctors to Help with Euthanasia

UPDATE ON PUSH FOR TELEHEALTH CONSULTATIONS FOR EUTHANASIA. A REMINDER - Don't forget to Oppose Telehealth video-link consultations for euthanasia and assisted dying.

It is essential we oppose the federal government legislating to allow doctors to use telehealth consultations to authorise physician assisted suicide which all states now allow.

Victorian Election Campaign 2022

Victorian Election Campaign 2022

Despite limited resources, time constraints and opposition by suppliers, Right to Life Australia delivered an intensive campaign in October/November 2022 leading up to the 26 November 2022 Victorian election. Although we are disappointed at the overall results of the Victorian election, we believe our work in the electorates of Caulfield and Sandringham influenced the results in these seats.

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