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Join Pro-Life Wisconsin as we travel to the 2016 March for Life of Chicago. It is shaping up to be the largest pro-life event in Illinois, with approximately 10,000 people anticipated! 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsinites and over 700,000 other pro-lifers as we mark the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The annual March for Life will be held Friday, January 22, in Washington D.C. Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Wednesday, January 20, and returning Sunday, January 24.

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Medical Decision Making

ElderlyCouple.jpgIt's a myth that pro-lifers are only concerned about embryos and fetuses. Increasingly, the elderly, frail and handicapped are finding themselves declared "unwanted" or "burdens," just like the preborn.  Our vulnerable brothers and sisters at then end of life need our love and protection just as much they did at the beginning of life.  A unique range of threats to life - living wills, physician-assisted suicide, removal of food and fluids to cause death, and vital organ donation after "brain death" - are confronting us in subtle but dangerous ways.  Please educate yourself and your loved ones before the "right to die" mentality needlessly claims more lives around you.

"A society that treats ‘burdens' as something to be rid of rather than opportunities to deepen the human experience will quickly jettison ‘inconvenient' life if it robs us of our precious time and drains our inheritance." (Cal Thomas, columnist)

Physician Assisted Suicide

For the last 15 years, legislation has been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature that would legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in our state.  Pro-Life Wisconsin strongly opposes this deadly legislation and has sent a strong message to our elected officials that we will not allow the state to sanction the destruction of the vulnerable disabled, elderly, depressed or other marginalized lives around us.

           The latest version of the legislation, 2007 Senate Bill 151, would "permit certain individuals to make written requests for medication for the purpose of ending their lives."  It would legalize assisted suicide for people over the age of 18 who have a "terminal disease" and who make a written request to their attending physician for medication to kill themselves.  A physician who refuses to participate in the assisted suicide must make a good faith attempt to transfer the patient to another physician whom he or she knows will help kill the patient.  If the physician does not make an attempt to transfer, he or she may be charged with "unprofessional conduct."  In a stark denial of reality, the bill states that requesting and taking prescribed medication to end your life does not constitute "suicide."  If this isn't suicide, then what is? 

Assisted suicide, no matter how compassionate it may seem on the surface, is nothing more than a cruel lie.  To the terminally ill, it tells them that there is no meaning to their life and that when they become a "burden" to others suicide is the easiest answer for everyone. It also robs them of something integral to the human spirit - hope. Real compassion takes time and commitment. It means standing by someone and bearing their burden.

In the State of Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal, Kaiser Permanente Northwest HMO has not merely permitted doctors to assist in patient suicides - it has actively solicited its doctors to participate in this deadly practice. In August of 2002, a Kaiser executive e-mailed a memo to more than 800 Kaiser doctors recruiting PAS-doctor volunteers. According to Portland psychiatrist Gregory Hamilton, MD, this email represents the first step down the slippery slope of killing patients to save money.  In an age of soaring healthcare costs and cutbacks, how much longer until the "right to die" becomes the "duty to die?" How much longer until those considered a "burden" on society are systematically denied healthcare and life-saving measures in order to cut costs?

            A 2002 study of the impact of Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act" revealed that ninety percent of Oregon assisted-suicide patients change their minds.  According to Dr. Susan Tolle, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health and Science University and head of the study, most people who ask their doctor about assisted suicide are simply depressed or fearful of pain. If properly counseled and treated, 90% choose to continue living.  "Right to die" forces routinely speak of patients dying in intractable pain. They call killing oneself a "basic human right" that should be constitutionally protected. Yet medical studies show that virtually all pain can be alleviated at the end of life. A study by the World Health Organization found that 95 to 100 percent of the pain experienced by people at the end of life can be adequately controlled.

           Instead of killing the pain, these "right to die" activists focus on killing the patient.  Few of them seem enthusiastic about educating healthcare professionals about the amazing advances in palliative care.  The great state of Wisconsin can do better than assisted suicide.