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Be sure to read the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. Reporter, Aimee Swartz, has written an outstanding article, shedding a positive light on the Right to Life movement and especially for the medically vulnerable.

At a time when mainstream media so largely focuses on the right to choose abortion and euthanasia, Swartz presents a compelling and thoroughly Pro-Life affirming story about the uncommonly ethical treatment and care received by Maggie Worthen, a college-aged woman who suffered brain trauma, but was successfully rehabilitated to a semi-conscious state by a dedicated team of medical professionals.

Sadly, Worthen’s case is rare. Most brain injured patients who fail to fully recover consciousness after being taken off life support, are often deemed untreatable and therefore do not receive further medical care. While there is evidence that many unconscious patients can and do regain consciousness, if the level of consciousness isn’t deemed significant by medical professionals, insurers, or even the courts of law, that patient is most often denied further medical support. Inevitably, this results in the death of the medically vulnerable patient.

Unfortunately, the same year Worthen was successfully rehabilitated, Teri Schiavo, also brain injured and successfully rehabilitated to a level of semi-consciousness, had a tragic outcome. Despite her responsiveness and positive recovery, her husband won the right in court to stop all medical care and to remove her feeding tube. Schiavo eventually starved to death, though she was healthy and communicating with friends and family.

“Newsweek has done a service to the nation in highlighting the incredible opportunity for patients too regularly deemed to be without hope,” says Bobby Schindler of the Terri Life and Hope Network, a foundation started by Schindler’s family to uphold human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.

“These concrete signs of improvement are exactly the sort of improvement so many contend is impossible for patients marginalized as "vegetables," and why I'm so pleased that Newsweek is highlighting their struggle,” Schindler added.

To access the Newsweek article and read more about what Bobby Schindler has to say about this important issue, please click here: http://christiannewswire.com/news/6643777825.html

A bill to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota, S.F. 1880, has been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. Join the brothers at the hearing for S.F. 1880 at noon on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, by the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing committee. The hearing will be held in Room 1200 of the new Minnesota Senate Building. The address is 95 University Avenue West, directly across from the Capitol. Click on the following link for more information from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1667e99563b8367c5af19c4a6&id=9f5f7ba970&e=5fe51b3e8

 

On October 4th, 2015, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Vatican Office for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, released a document titled, "IDENTITY AND MISSION OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHER IN THE CHURCH."  Please follow the link below to read in full, "And you are all brothers" (Mt 23:8) http://files.ctctcdn.com/8c97a3ce301/1827e765-8669-44f0-aaa5-5040c9dea164.pdf

 

 

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Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil

Join us at the Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil on March 25th, 2016 at the Mega-Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN, from 8:30 to 4:30 PM.  The brothers will be leading music throughout the morning as hundreds gather to carry the cross of abortion.  Area pastors of various denominations will lead those gathered in the reading of Scriptures and prayers throughout the day.  For more information visit: http://www.plam.org/events/ .

 

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