Lifeline Summer 2012

Recap and Update of Current Cases


Abortion Is Health Care (Except When It’s Not)

Katie Short

Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other pro-abortion organizations are currently pushing legislation in California that would allow non-physicians to perform first trimester surgical abortions. The theory is that California, with one of the highest abortion rates in the country, nonetheless suffers from an acute shortage of abortion providers. Current California law making it a crime for non-physicians to perform abortions is thus a “barrier to access” to abortion and must be eliminated. [more]


Dana Cody

One of the joys of being LLDF’s Executive Director is working with pro-life law students who want to use their law degrees to end abortion. I want to introduce you to one law student who intends to do just that; in fact I would say after you read his interview you will agree he is well on his way. His efforts at promoting life demonstrate that one person can make a difference. [more]

Ask The Attorney: An Interview with Royce Hood

My position before law school was that I wanted to encourage women to give life a chance, to think about what could be. But I didn’t feel comfortable being an outspoken advocate because I did not understand all of the issues. I prayed in front of an abortion clinic once or twice, but I wasn’t sure about what I could do to make a difference. [more]

First-Hand Report—Hospital Visit: A Death Sentence?

Nancy De La Zerda

“I’m hungry! Pleeeease, get me out of here,” my mother pleaded.

“They’re trying to kill me!” But Mother was in a hospital, and hospitals don’t kill patients, we thought. Still, my siblings and I desperately consulted staff hospitalists, nurses, dietitians and even a “floor manager” regarding Mother’s complaints of hunger, despite the fact she was being tube fed. They all assured us she was receiving enough nutrition. [more]

When Doctors Give Warning

Wes Smith

There is more than one way to skin a cat, the old politically incorrect saying goes. There is also more than one way to euthanize a patient. In England, there is concern that a legitimate pain controlling treatment—known as palliative sedation—is being used inappropriately under what is known as the Liverpool Care Pathway, to make people dead. [more]

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Nellie Gray and Dot Connelly
“Sometimes you need to go out into deep water for your faith.”

Mark Your Calendars: 2012 LLDF Annual Benefit

This year, the annual Benefit will start with a “mini-conference” at 3:30 p.m. LLDF staff will present an update on active cases and projects. At 5:00 p.m., participants may attend the regularly-scheduled Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $60/person. Reservations may be made with LLDF office (707-224-6675).

[Lifeline Vol. XXI, No. 2 (Summer 2012) is available in PDF format.]