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July 29, 2005
The NY Times and Abortion 
The New York Times has been notoriously pro-abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. On April 24, 2005, David Brooks, op-ed columnist for the paper, wrote in Roe’s Birth and Death, “Justice Harry Blackman did more inadvertent damage to our democracy than any other 20th century American when he and his Supreme Court colleagues issued the Roe v. Wade decision. They set off a cycle of political viciousness and counter-viciousness that has poisoned public life ever since, and now threatens to destroy the U.S. Senate as we know it.” Brooks concludes the editorial, “unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, politics will never get better.” (Virginia Right to Life, Inc. NEWSLETTER, July/August 2005)

Man Emerges from “Vegetative State” 
In 1998, as 14-year-old Renzo Viscardi of Bethlehem, PA lay in a coma after his heart had stopped from an undiagnosed heart ailment, his parents were told his case was hopeless. Later, doctors discovered Renzo had “long QT syndrome, a congenital problem that causes disruption of the heart’s electrical rhythm, a condition that can be triggered by athletic activity.

Doctors told Renzo’s parents, artist Cheryl Dougan and Lehigh University professor of architecture Tony Viscardi, their son had no brain activity, was in a “persistent vegetative state” and they should just accept “reality” and institutionalize him.

Now, seven years later, Renzo, although still disabled, plays his guitar, is attending classes at Northampton Community College, works part time and is dreaming of his ultimate goal—to live in his own home independent of his parents.

“At the beginning doctors told us what was impossible,” his mother said. “This is about looking ahead at what is possible.”

It is a tribute to the couple’s determination that the person who once was written off as “having no mental life” now volunteers at Easter Seals Society and has had poetry published in the NCC newspaper.

Unwilling to write off their son, Dougan and Viscardi played Grateful Dead and Mozart to stimulate Renzo’s brain, and Dougan threw herself into research that turned up alternative treatments, including therapy in a hyperbaric chamber, which she persuaded doctors to try. His improvement was sure but steady and a year later Renzo returned to Moravian Academy, where he attended his prom and graduated with his class.

Renzo’s parents have mortgaged their home in order to pay cash for a house for Renzo, so no one can ever “take it away.” A local blues festival will raise funds to help with renovation of the house to accommodate Renzo’s special needs. (The Morning Call, 7/11/05)

We cannot overemphasize how important it is for families to stand ready to be advocates for their loved ones who may be, as Renzo was, “written off” by doctors. Their story should serve as an inspiration to many and help to ensure that others will not be put through the anguish that Terri Schiavo and her family suffered at the cruel hands of those promoting the culture of death.

Michigan GOP May Thwart McCain’s Ambitions for ’08 
In 2000, John McCain won the Michigan primary against George W. Bush by appealing to Democrats and Independents who were allowed to vote in the presidential primary. Had the primary been restricted to registered Republicans only, it is clear that Bush would have won handily. After all, he won 66% of the Republican vote in the general election that year.

State Republican chairman Saul Anuzis has appointed a commission to come up with a new primary system that will give grassroots activists a greater role in the presidential selection process, perhaps through a caucus or nominating convention process. That looks to us like a healthy and welcome change.

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