Wickham, Elizabeth
17 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Elizabeth (Bettty) Wickham, Ph.D.
Executive Director, LifeTree, Inc.
919-785-0855
PO Box 17301
Raleigh, NC, 27619

Contact: joyinlife@earthlink.net

Website:http://www.lifetree.org

Articles

Today's 'palliative care' disrespects the natural law

The natural law tells us that, in the context of health care, 1) food and water are basic treatment and care, and should not be withdrawn lightly; 2) morphine must not be used aggressively to hasten death when a patient is not near the time of death; and 3) pain management must be properly titrated to avoid overdose.

Date posted: 2016-11-26

NC's Assisted Suicide Ban is a Trojan Horse

The NC legislature has before it two bills on assisted suicide, one to authorize it and one purporting to criminalize it. It is important to understand that the right-to-die movement contains two distinct groups, each of which supports one of the bills. This fact is important in explaining why BOTH of the bills that have been introduced in the NC General Assembly this spring are BAD bills which should be opposed.

Date posted: 2015-05-03

"Transforming Traditional Care to Palliative Care - Repackaging Death as Life"

Last weekend the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance and Illinois Right to Life sponsored a conference on Stealth Euthanasia. Attendees heard about the many changes in medical care which seek to normalize hastened death. Unfortunately, the "third path" euthanasia movement, although largely under the radar, is very much with us. My presentation (below) gave an overview of the problems with today's palliative medicine and what the future portends. I hope it will help you to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

Date posted: 2013-12-22

Palliative Leaders Want Electronic Health Records to Collect and Record Personal Data on Goals and Core Values

What data will be on your electronic health care records (EHRs) in the future? Your visits to the doctor? Diagnosis of your ailments? Your medications? Think again. Changes are coming to the "standard" content of EHRs, thanks to the "third path" euthanasia movement.

Date posted: 2013-08-24

Comments on Texas SB 303

"The problems relating to the TEXAS SENATE BILL 303 are manifestations of the "third path" euthanasia movement which have been financed by private foundations for nearly three decades - i.e. the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the mid-80s forward and George Soros in the mid-90s forward to now.

Date posted: 2013-05-05

Texas is About to Embark on the "Third Path" to Passive Euthanasia

Response of Dr. Elizabeth Wickham to the comments by Dr. Joe Pojman to her article on SB303

Date posted: 2013-05-05

POLST, Conscience and Bishop Clemens von Galen's Sermon on August 3, 1941

I invite you to read this sermon by Bishop Clemens August Count von Galen delivered exactly seventy-one years and one day ago. He spoke courageously to Germans who, at that time, were witnessing state-sanctioned mercy killings, explaining clearly their obligations of conscience. A more subtle type of state-sanctioned mercy killing is rapidly advancing across the USA called the POLST (Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) paradigm. POLST is changing the definition of what qualifies as physician's orders. The result is that good moral physicians are being forced by law to act against their consciences and permit their patients to die because they must follow the orders given by others on these POLST forms.

Date posted: 2012-10-27

Today's 'palliative care' disrespects the natural law

The natural law tells us that, in the context of health care, 1) food and water are basic treatment and care, and should not be withdrawn lightly; 2) morphine must not be used aggressively to hasten death when a patient is not near the time of death; and 3) pain management must be properly titrated to avoid overdose.

Date posted: 2012-10-14

How the Culture of Death was Brought to America Through Palliative Medicine

Most of us were dismayed at the death imposed on Terri Schiavo by dehydration and starvation over six years ago. We remember the false claims that her death was a natural death. We did not embrace the arguments of those who framed the crime as a "family matter." Terri's death was just one step in a well-orchestrated plan to fundamentally change the national healthcare infrastructure which has been under way for several decades. Its goal is to legalize euthanasia by the backdoor and change America's attitude about the hastening of death.

Date posted: 2012-01-30

Concerns Over Safe Harbor Exceptions in North Dakota Personhood Bill [HB 1450]

North Dakota's HB 1450 has been highly touted for bringing into law a new definition of personhood. It does so by adding a definition of Human Being and incorporating that into the definition of Person in the general definition section of the existing ND Criminal Code. The legislation, however, does not stop with the new definition. It goes on to add a number of curious and problematic provisions to that same Criminal Code. In order to better understand those add-on provisions we should describe the state of that Code before their addition.

Date posted: 2011-02-26

Repackaging Death as Life - The Third Path to Imposed

A major transformation of traditional medical ethics is taking place. What was once unthinkable has become acceptable, and no one really knows why. In the last half of the 20th century a multi-million dollar social engineering and marketing project financed by foundations and directed by bioethics think tanks has normalized the withdrawal of ordinary care.

Date posted: 2010-11-19

Warning: Who's leading palliative care now?

Beware of medicine's newest craze: palliative care. The hype has only just begun. We have seen an article in AARP Magazine, and a column in the New York Times; and like old Doc Kilmer peddling his Swamp Root Remedy, palliative care's promoters are promising everything from no pain to longer life. But palliative care, if not properly understood, can be deadly. The foremost concern is that palliative care will become yet another tool in right-to-die's imposed death toolkit.

Date posted: 2008-02-02

Medical Decisions at the End of Life

Pope John Paul II's 2001 address to the International Congress of the Transplantation Society insists there be moral certainty that death has occurred before the transplantation of any unpaired vital organ. Unfortunately, in medicine today determination of death (brain death and non-heart beating death) set standard which are much less stringent than the Holy Father's guidelines.

Date posted: 2008-02-02

Stem Cell and Cloning Battle in North Carolina

The North Carolina General Assembly began a new biennium two weeks ago. Over the course of the last two years I have watched the North Carolina General Assembly conduct hearings on whether the state of North Carolina should support embryonic stem cell research. There is no doubt that North Carolina has been targeted as a pivotal state. Unfortunately, the media has largely been silent. But we know that controversial legislation is often passed without fanfare on purpose. Once established, statutes are much more difficult to change.

Date posted: 2007-03-05

ALERT: POLST Of Oregon (doctors Orders To Limit Treatment) Moves To NC And Other States

The POST/POLST form is a "glide path" to euthanasia. The POST/POLST form extends the Do Not Resuscitate order into orders about medical treatment, antibiotics, and IV fluids/artificial Nutrition and Hydration (ANH).

Date posted: 2006-07-26

New Information On LifeTree's Timeline And Evidence Of Right-to-die

We concluded that even though the message was cast in terms of "improving how people die" the real message was about changing the "default" in health care to withdrawal of life-saving treatment. In other words, patients and families were counseled to err on the side of death, rather than on the side of life.

Date posted: 2006-07-26

How the Culture of Death Was Brought to American Medicine

Purpose:  Research on right-to-die funding in America indicates that there has been a systematic effort from bioethics centers, foundations, and universities within the country to change the American culture to a more death-accepting society.  The program has resulted in mainstreaming ideas and policies once thought controversial, but which are now commonplace in textbooks, accreditation policies, professional practice, and popular culture.

Date posted: 2005-03-19