Monday, September 21, 2009

October is Respect Life Month!

October is National Respect Life Month!

Delaware Right to Life celebrates October with several upcoming events.

First, October 4th is Respect Life Sunday. DRTL will sponsor life chains in each county. Life Chains are a national peaceful and prayerful witness of pro-life Americans standing for one or two hours praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity that abortion kills children. DRTL will provide the signs. Please always be respectful and courteous of passers-by.

In New Castle, the event will take place along Concord Pike (Rte. 202) at AstraZeneca, across from the Fairfax Shopping Center from 12-1 p.m. In Kent, people will gather in front of Planned Parenthood on Governor’s Ave. from 12-2 p.m. Sussex will hold two life chains - one along Route 1 and South 9th St. in South Bethany from 2-4 p.m., and another along Route 1 in front of St. Jude's church in Lewes from 2-4 p.m. Last year we had record numbers – let’s break records again and show Delaware we’re pro-life! Please click here for more info.

40 Days for Life's national fall campaign begins this Wednesday, September 23rd! In New Castle Co. we will participate in the 40-day prayerful vigil at the AWMS Clinic at 2809 Baynard Blvd. in Wilmington. In Dover, we will participate at the Dover Planned Parenthood along Governor's Ave. For dates, times, and to register for a time slot, please click here. This is a wonderful opportunity for church, youth, and school groups to get involved and volunteer! Please contact Kathy in New Castle County, or Jim in Kent Co. for more information.

DRTL's Annual Dinner Banquet & First Annual Silent Auction will take place on Wednesday, November 4th! Our featured speaker will be Pam Tebow, mother of Univ. of Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and National Champion, Tim Tebow! Opening for Pam will be Leslie Dean, Eastern Shore Representative for Silent No More. Tickets are $50/person ($55 if postmarked after Oct. 30), and $30/student. All of the information is available here. Reserve your tickets by downloading our web registration form or by contacting Betty at 302-453-8846 or

Saturday, September 19, 2009

National Healthcare Guidelines Allowed Doctors to Let UK Preemie Die Because He Was Born 2 Days "Under Limit"

National Healthcare Guidelines Allowed Doctors to Let UK Preemie Die Because He Was Born 2 Days "Under Limit"
by News Release : Sep 14, 2009 : LifeSiteNews
"Jayden, born at 21 weeks and five days gestation, was refused intensive care because he was two days under the limit set by the British government's National Health Service (NHS) rationing guidelines."
(United Kingdom)รข€”A young British mother has criticized medical guidelines that, she said, resulted in doctors refusing treatment and leaving her newborn premature son to die. 23 year-old Sarah Capewell told media that her son Jayden, born at 21 weeks and five days gestation, was refused intensive care because he was two days under the limit set by the British government's National Health Service (NHS) rationing guidelines.
Capewell said that her son Jayden cried and lived for two hours before dying in her arms. During that time, his mother took photos of him and pleaded with doctors that he be admitted to the special baby unit at James Paget University Hospital (JPH). Staff at the hospital, in Gorleston, Norfolk, told her that had Jayden been born two days later they would have helped him.
Since her son's death, Capewell has launched an internet campaign to change the guidelines and says that she has received messages of support from around the world.
Health care rationing guidelines set down by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 2006 say that intensive care should never be given to babies below 22 weeks gestation, and rarely to those below 23 weeks. In secular bioethics, this is called Futile Care Theory, which holds that in cases where there is no hope for improvement of an incapacitating condition, such as extreme prematurity, no treatment should be offered.
In the case of Sarah Capewell' son, the Nuffeld Council guidance that staff reportedly cited was backed up by advice published by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) last year. The BAPM paper itself, however, does not mandate the refusal of treatment, saying only, "This is not a set of instructions, but a framework to highlight the range of evidence and opinion that needs to be considered by staff and parents."
"The care of the mother, her fetus and the baby, will always need to be individualized and should be led by senior staff in all disciplines. The parents' hopes and expectations need to be explored with honesty and compassion in a realistic way, drawing upon the available evidence."
The BAPM paper says that in cases where children are born before 23 weeks gestation, "it would be considered in the best interests of the baby, and standard practice, for resuscitation not to be carried out." It continues, however, "If the parents wish they should have the opportunity to discuss outcomes with a second senior member of the Perinatal team."
But Capewell reports that her wishes were ignored by hospital staff. "When I asked about my baby's human rights," she said, "the attitude of the doctors seemed to be that he did not have any. They said before 22 weeks he was just a fetus."
Under British criminal law, an unborn child can be killed by abortion up to 24 weeks gestation without any cause being stated and up to the time of full gestation if he is suspected of suffering from some disability.
The British national health care rationing body, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.), has plainly stated that such guidelines are based on financial motives, in consideration of how expensive a treatment will be compared to the "quality of life years" it can provide. This is an expression of a new utilitarian trend in the philosophy of medical care that has replaced classical medical ethics in recent decades.
In traditional medical ethics, the governing principle, according to the ancient Hippocratic Oath, is to "do no harm" to the patient. In modern utilitarian bioethics, the guiding principle is to produce "the greatest good for the greatest number," whether that good benefits the patient or not.
Under this principle, which has swept the medical world in most western countries that have adopted government socialized medical care; it is increasingly common for medical guidelines to allow doctors to decide, against a patient's wishes or those of his family, that further medical treatment is "futile" and can be discontinued. In countries such as Britain and Canada, where the provision of food and water are considered "medical treatment," this can mean that a patient can be legally dehydrated to death, often while being placed in permanent sedation.
Click on the link provided to find link to an interview with British politician Daniel Hannon on British health care rationing.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

DRTL Needs Your Help!

Delaware Right to Life is looking for a volunteer development director to join our board and assist in raising funds for our organization. If you have experience (even just a little!) in fundraising and/or writing grants and are interested in helping us out in this capacity, please contact us!

We also need help soliciting silent auction items for our annual banquet on Nov. 4. If you would like to help with solicitation, or know a business who has an item or service it might like to donate, please contact me. Or, if you would like to donate an item yourself, please click here: and fill out the auction donation form.

Finally, remember to save the date for our banquet on Nov. 4! Univ. of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's mother Pam will be our keynote speaker! Many more details to come SOON, so keep checking back on our facebook page and our website to reserve your tickets!

Thanks for standing up for life!