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Pro-Life Conference March 18 in Rochester NH

The Works of Mercy ministry at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish in Rochester, New Hampshire has put together another program (they’re good at this sort of thing) exploring the life issues. This time, the topic is assisted suicide and euthanasia, which threaten the very nature of end-of-life care.



Two of the five speakers are well-known to me: Nancy Elliott is the director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA, and Kurt Wuelper is a state representative. Nancy is a neighbor of mine, a former state rep, and I don’t think anyone in this neck of the woods knows more than she does about the status of end-of-life legislation nationwide. Kurt has proven adept at one of the harder political jobs: not just getting elected, but getting RE-elected. Kurt is on one of the toughest committees in Concord: House Judiciary, where he is a voice of reason.

This should be a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday. Details as I’ve been advised:

Where: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 189 N. Main Street, Rochester NH

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Schedule: For those who wish, there will be a Mass at 8:00 a.m. All conference participants are welcome to breakfast during registration time beginning at 8:30. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

Cost & Registration: $15, with scholarships available; payment by March 15 is appreciated. Make out checks to OLHR, and mail them with registration form (linked above) to Works of Mercy c/o OLHR, 189 N. Main Street, Rochester NH 03867.

For more information, contact Nancy at worksofmercynh@gmail.com.

Spread the word, especially to your friends on the Seacoast and in Strafford County.

Update: end-of-life study bill fails in N.H. House; 68 “not voting”

The New Hampshire House has killed a bill that would have set up a commission to study end-of-life issues. SB 426 originally called for study of “aid-in-dying.” An amendment removed that language, but did not rule out assisted suicide as a topic to be studied by the proposed commission.

(See earlier posts: a veteran New Hampshire activist calls SB 426 a “Trojan horse” for assisted-suicide advocates; a state rep warns that SB 426 would give a forum to assisted-suicide advocates.)

The House rejected an “ought to pass with amendment” motion, 123-174. The link to the roll call is here. After that motion failed, an inexpedient-to-legislate motion passed on a voice vote.

The votes came late in the day, with House attendance down from the morning session. The roll call on SB 426 shows 32 excused absences (absences reported to the House clerk at the beginning of the session day) and 68 “not voting.”

(Photo of House tally by Jeanine Notter)

A veteran NH prolifer on end-of-life-study bill: “just a Trojan horse”

Nancy Elliott (photo by Ellen Kolb)
Nancy Elliott (photo by Ellen Kolb)

Earlier this year when SB 426 was introduced in the new Hampshire Senate, I asked Nancy Elliott about the bill. Nancy is a team member with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and is a former New Hampshire state representative.

SB 426 is scheduled for a House vote later this week, with a proposed amendment that would remove the words “aid in dying” from the bill but would not rule out assisted suicide as a topic for study. [Update: the House rejected the bill.]

“The bill talks about end of life choices, but singles out ‘aid-in-dying’

Q: What’s wrong with simply studying end-of-life issues? How is that related to assisted suicide legislation?

Elliott: We have studied this topic extensively in New Hampshire. This bill [in its original form, without the proposed House amendment] talks about end of life choices, but singles out “Aid in Dying” – a  euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia.  It is apparent that the “choice” that this bill wants to promote is suicide.  By rolling this into a commission stacked with pro-euthanasia people, this idea can be foisted on the citizens of New Hampshire.  It gives a platform for pro-assisted suicide/euthanasia advocates to have a platform to push this with. Continue reading A veteran NH prolifer on end-of-life-study bill: “just a Trojan horse”

“End of life” study bill up for N.H. House vote May 11

Senate Bill 426, about studying end-of-life choices, will be up for a vote in the New Hampshire House this week. The session is scheduled for May 11 and might carry over to May 12 due to the House’s lengthy agenda. While an amendment to SB 426 has been proposed, the bill remains a gift to assisted-suicide advocates and should be killed by the House. The Senate let it get by with a voice vote. It deserves a roll call in the House.

An amendment offered by Sen. Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Rep. Robert Rowe (R-Amherst) – the latter a firm opponent of euthanasia – would take out the words “aid in dying” from the list of things to be considered by the study commission. I salute the effort while believing that it’s not enough to salvage the bill. The language that’s left says “The commission’s study shall include, but not be limited to…”[Emphasis added.] That’s where any member of the proposed study commission could put assisted suicide on the table as a topic for exploration.  Continue reading “End of life” study bill up for N.H. House vote May 11

He Said It: Rene Girard

Rene Girard (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“The experience of death is going to get more and more painful, contrary to what many people believe. The forthcoming euthanasia will make it more rather than less painful because it will put the emphasis on personal decision in a way which was blissfully alien to the whole problem of dying in former times. It will make death even more subjectively intolerable, for people will feel responsible for their own deaths and morally obligated to rid their relatives of their unwanted presence. Euthanasia will further intensify all the problems its advocates think it will solve.” — René Girard, 1923-2015

(h/t Artur Rosman)