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New euthanasia ruling worrying as M case continues

28 July 2011

A new ruling by a English high court judge allowing euthanasia by omission is worrying, coming at the same time as another high court judge considers the M case, says SPUC's Patients First Network. Mr Justice Charles ruled that food, fluids and heart medication can be withdrawn from a 54-year-old mother-of-four deemed to be in a so-called "permanent vegetative state". This court-case is a separate court-case from the M case, currently before Mr Justice Baker, in which a 51-year-old woman, deemed to be in a so-called "minimally-conscious state", is threatened with the same denial of care. Anthony Ozimic, speaking on behalf of Patients First Network, commented: "The provision of water, food and reasonable medical treatment to patients who are not dying is a human right underpinning the fundamental right to life, yet the English high court has discriminated against disabled people by denying them that right." [SPUC, 28 July]

89 infants and young children rescued from Chinese people traffickers

Police have broken-up two large child-trafficking rings in China. 89 infants and young children, some as young as 10 days' old, were rescued. Such child-trafficking is partly the result of China's one-child policy. [Daily Mail, 27 July]

Other stories:

US abortionist admits that babies sometimes born alive and left "wiggling around in the toilet [, 26 July]

Profile of UK sperm donor who has fathered 16 children [Daily Mail, 28 July]

US judge dismisses suit against Obama embryonic stem cell funding [, 27 July]

50-year-old Australian woman gives birth following natural conception [Made for Mums, 27 July]

Interview with UK girl who changed mind about right-to-die plea [Daily Mail, 27 July]

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