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In Utero Surgery Successfully Repairs Common Birth Defect

A spina bifida birth defect in an almost 23-week-old baby was successfully performed in the womb by a team of specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in February and the healthy baby girl was delivered nearly full term by C-section June 3.

If the lesion that causes spina bifida is not repaired, the baby will have spinal cord issues, may not be able to walk or run, will have trouble eliminating waste, and may have brain damage.

“By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, who led the team of specialists performing this surgery. Though the fetal surgery didn’t completely cure the baby of the condition, it definitely improved her life even before her birth.

The surgery once again proves the pro-life argument that babies in the womb are living, breathing humans who need our loving care. We pray that incidents like this will help those who support “reproductive rights” to reconsider aborting any babies that have birth defects.

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Maine Legalizes Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill

Terminally ill patients living in Maine who want to end their lives through life-ending medication administered by a doctor can now do so thanks to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signing the Maine Death with Dignity Act. The act passed the state House by one vote and a slim margin in the state Senate.

The new legislation defines “terminal disease” as one that is incurable and will likely end in death within six months. The law requires that the ill patient must be 18, must undergo two waiting periods, and must obtain a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two verbal requests. Physicians would screen patients for issues like depression that could impair judgment. And, finally, the law would make it illegal to force someone into requesting life-ending medication as well as forging a request for lethal medication.

“Assisted suicide is a dangerous public policy that puts the most vulnerable people in society at risk for abuse, coercion, and mistakes. It also provides profit-driven insurance companies perverse incentives to offer a quick death, rather than costly continuing quality care,” Matt Valliere, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, said.

Maine is now the eighth state to make assisted suicide legal, joining California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in legalizing the procedure.

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American Medical Association’s Official Position on Assisted Suicide Is Good News

The American Medical Association (AMA), upon recommendation by its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, voted by a nearly two-thirds margin to maintain its opposition to physician-assisted suicide.

The current AMA-affirmed language states, “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”

This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement, since the AMA is highly influential in shaping public opinion and legislative policy. Said Matt Vallière, the director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, “Patients deserve care and protection, not a prescription for death. We trust that this decision will encourage states considering legislation to continue to reject assisted suicide.”

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, was likewise happy with the decision. “We can only hope that the decision of the AMA will result in an understanding that doctors should never be involved with killing their patients,” said Schadenberg.

The World Medical Association also maintained its opposition to assisted suicide last October.

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Study Shows Cross-Sex Hormones Cause Heart Problems

According to a January study from the Netherlands, administering cross-sex hormones (giving estrogen to gender-confused boys and testosterone to gender-confused girls) is not the safe solution the medical community and trans activists have been touting for those with gender dysphoria.

The long-term effects of using this kind of sex-change therapy can lead to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and deep vein thrombosis. Men transitioning to a female appearance through cross-sex hormones suffered more than twice as many heart attacks as women, and nearly twice as many strokes and 4.5 times as many deep vein clots as men not seeking to transition their appearance. While the researchers found no statistical differences with respect to strokes and deep vein clots for women transitioning to a male appearance, they did find those women suffered almost four times as many heart attacks as did women not “transitioning.”

A 2018 George Washington University study also found a connection between this kind of hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease.

In a related development, Brown University has reposted a virtually unchanged 2018 study by Dr. Lisa Littman that showed rapid onset gender dysphoria was merely a psychological condition triggered by peer pressure rather than biology. Brown University was pressured by trans activists to take the research down as part of a post-publication review.

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