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December 4, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: For many weeks, the health care reform debate has dominated conservative news sources. In particular, pro-life organizations across the country have been doing a great job of keeping us informed as the battle to kill the bill, or at the very least, prevent our tax dollars from paying for abortions, rages on. Your active participation in the political process has been very effective — please keep it up. As the health care drama unfolds, there are a couple of recent news stories related to life issues that we wish to share with you.


Comatose Son Heard Everything for 23 Years

The case of Terri Schiavo comes to mind as we learn that a man in Brussels, Belgium, who emerged from what doctors thought was a vegetative state, says he was fully conscious for 23 years but could not respond because he was paralyzed.

Rom Houben, 46, had a car crash in 1983 and doctors thought he had sunk into a coma. His family continued to believe their son was conscious and sought further medical advice.

Professor Steven Laureys of Belgium's Coma Science Group realized that the diagnosis was wrong and taught Houben how to communicate through a special keyboard, said Dr. Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, who is on Laureys' team.

Rom used the device to tell a reporter for the German magazine Der Spiegel that: I screamed but there was nothing to hear.

A breakthrough came when he was able to indicate yes or no by slightly moving his foot to push a computer device placed there by Laureys' team.

The case came to light after Laureys published a study in the journal BMC Neurology this year showing that about four out of ten patients with consciousness disorders are wrongly diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. Houben, although not specifically mentioned, was part of the study. (Associated Press, 11/23/09)


Dems Try to Permanently Stop Mexico City Policy

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has attached an Amendment to S. 1434, the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to permanently amend the Foreign Assistance Act so that no future President may impose the Mexico City Policy. Unlike many pro-life funding limitation amendments (e.g. the Hyde amendment), the Lautenberg amendment would not have to be included in appropriations bills every year. Rather, once passed, the Lautenberg Amendment would become a part of the Foreign Assistance Act and would prohibit any future President from implementing the Mexico City Policy safeguards.

The Mexico City Policy requires foreign non-governmental organizations to certify that they will not promote and perform abortion as a method of family planning. This condition has been attached to international family planning funding by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. President Barack H. Obama rescinded the policy on January 23, 2009, so it is not currently in place.

Senator Lautenberg offered the pro-abortion amendment along with Democrat Senators Pat Leahy of Vermont, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Patty Murray of Washington, and Republican Susan Collins of Maine.

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