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Friday, October 7, 2016

Desmond Tutu Right to Die

Desmond Tutu: I want right to end my life through assisted dying

The Guardian | Harriet Sherwood

Desmond Tutu Right to Die
© AFP/Getty Images Desmond Tutu: ‘For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.’

Desmond Tutu has said he would like the option of ending his life through assisted dying as he called on politicians, lawmakers and religious leaders to take action on the issue.
In an article published on his 85th birthday on Friday, and following several spells in hospital this year for recurring infections, the emeritus archbishop of Cape Town and anti-apartheid activist reiterated his support for assisted dying, first disclosed in the Guardian in 2014.
“With my life closer to its end than its beginning, I wish to help give people dignity in dying,” he wrote in the Washington Post.
“Just as I have argued firmly for compassion and fairness in life, I believe that terminally ill people should be treated with the same compassion and fairness when it comes to their deaths,” he added.
“Dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth. I believe that, alongside the wonderful palliative care that exists, their choices should include a dignified assisted death.”
Tutu had changed his mind over assisted suicide two years ago after a lifelong opposition but had remained ambiguous about whether he personally would choose such a death.
He said: “Today, I myself am even closer to the departures hall than arrivals, so to speak, and my thoughts turn to how I would like to be treated when the time comes. Now more than ever, I feel compelled to lend my voice to this cause.”
He believed in the sanctity of life but also that terminally ill people should not be forced to endure terrible pain and suffering, he wrote. Instead they should have control over the manner and timing of their death.
He added: “I have prepared for my death and have made it clear that I do not wish to be kept alive at all costs. I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice.”
Tutu pointed to laws in California and Canada that permit assisted dying for terminally ill people. But “there are still many thousands of dying people across the world who are denied their right to die with dignity”.
Desmond Tutu: ‘For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.’ Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images
He said: “For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.”
He concluded: “In refusing dying people the right to die with dignity, we fail to demonstrate the compassion that lies at the heart of Christian values. I pray that politicians, lawmakers and religious leaders have the courage to support the choices terminally ill citizens make in departing Mother Earth. The time to act is now.”
Tutu, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1984, has been admitted to hospital several times, most recently in September, for recurring infections as a result of surgery for prostate cancer.
Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Albania, Colombia and Japan as well as Canada. Several US states have enacted measures on assisted dying, including Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont and New Mexico.
In September last year, the UK parliament rejected a bill to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill, with 330 MPs voting against it and 118 backing the measure, despite anopinion poll showing it was supported by 82% of the public. The same poll suggested that 44% of people would break the law to help a loved one to die, risking a jail sentence of up to 14 years.
Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who sits in the House of Lords, urged MPs to reject the bill along with other faith leaders.
Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has argued for assisted dying to be lawful, saying such a move would be “profoundly Christian and moral”. Tutu wrote: “His initiative has my blessing and support – as do similar initiatives in my home country, South Africa, throughout the United States and across the globe.”

Tutu has also been a vocal advocate for women’s rights, a staunch opponent of homophobia, a campaigner on poverty, for people with HIV/Aids and on climate change. He headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa. Nelson Mandela described him as the “voice of the voiceless”.

Monday, August 29, 2016

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Woman Killed for Refusing Abortion

‘She loved being a mother’: Pregnant woman executed for refusing abortion, family says

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Candace Pickens had fallen in love with being a mother to her little boy, Zachaeus.
Her Facebook page is full of photos documenting the bond between mother and child as it strengthened over birthdays, holidays and visits with their extended, close-knit family.
“When she found out she was pregnant, she was scared at first,” the 23-year-old’s aunt, Irene Jenny Pickens, told The Washington Post. “But once she had that baby, it was so natural for her.
“She loved being a mother. And no matter what she was going through, I think he was the one thing that kept her going.”
One of the things Candace Pickens was going through in recent months, relatives said, was a volatile and abusive relationship — one she managed to keep hidden from some of the people who knew her best in and around Asheville, N.C., where she lived.
Her boyfriend, Nathaniel Elijah Dixon, had a violent history that included attempted robbery and allegations of domestic violence against another woman with whom he had a child,according to the Citizen-Times. In addition to Dixon’s extensive criminal history, police think he has possible ties to a Los Angeles street gang.
Nathaniel Elijah Dixon.
© Asheville Police Department Nathaniel Elijah Dixon.
When Pickens recently discovered that she was pregnant with Dixon’s child, abortion was not an option, she told friends and family members.
She would have a second child, she insisted.
Now, relatives think it was that insistence that may have led to her death.
Her body was found early on the morning of May 12 by a jogger in a park in Asheville. She had been shot in the head at point-blank range, police said — executed.
Beside her, investigators said, was Zachaeus, badly injured but clinging to life.
Just one day after his birthday, the 3-year-old had witnessed his mother being shot in the face before he endured the same fate and was left for dead.
Pickens was declared dead at the scene. Her son was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery; he is in stable but critical condition, police said.
Mekia Waters, the child’s grandmother, told The Post that Zachaeus was shot in the head and lost his left eye; but she forcefully denied local reports that his chance of survival is just 50 percent.
“My grandson is in stable condition and doing great and he has the doctors surprised,” Waters said Wednesday. “He’s moving his arms and legs and he’s doing more than what people expected.”
“He’s talking, he asked for juice and he said ‘daddy,'” she added. “He even made his own song up about juice.”
Waters also said her family members have not set up a GoFundMe page and have not been contacted by the creators of several existing pages that claim to be raising money for her grandson.
“My grandson is not a charity fund,” she said. “We’re not asking for a dime — only prayer.”
Dixon, who also lives in Asheville, fled to Columbus, Ohio, where he was arrested last week, authorities said. WLOS reported that Columbus police rescued a 21-year-old female hostage when Dixon was taken into custody.
The 24-year-old is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina, where he has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, authorities said.
To Pickens’s friends and relatives, the motive was clear.
“He found out she was pregnant and he wanted her to abort the baby,” Irene Jenny Pickens told The Post. “She would never do that. It wasn’t an option for her, and that’s what sparked the violence.”
She added: “You could tell things were going on between them based on what she was posting on Facebook — but I don’t think anyone expected anything like this.”
Christina Hallingse, a spokeswoman for the Asheville Police Department, told The Post that authorities can’t confirm whether Pickens’s apparent refusal to undergo an abortion was a motive in her killing, citing the ongoing investigation.
“The Asheville Police Department does not provide comment on an offender’s motive because that information is sensitive to the case itself,” Hallingse said. “Our responsibility at this point in the investigation is to present the best case possible to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution of the suspected offender.”
But the theory that Dixon decided to kill his girlfriend because she wouldn’t have an abortion was echoed on a GoFundMe page set up by one of her close friends.
“Candace was an amazing mother, friend and person,” Vanessa Peterson wrote. “She was always smiling and made the best out of life. She had recently found out she was pregnant and was murdered because she refused an abortion.
“So many loved ones have lost such an amazing person and more importantly an innocent child has not only witnessed his mother’s murder the day after his third birthday.”
A medical examiner confirmed that Pickens was pregnant at the time of her death, police said. The examiner told WLOS that he didn’t know how far along she was in her pregnancy.
Given the medical examiner’s finding, police also charged Dixon with first-degree murder of an unborn child.
Victoria Jayne, an assistant capital defender in Buncombe County, N.C., told The Post that Dixon has not yet been assigned an attorney.
On Facebook, hours before his capture in Columbus, Dixon shared three posts — including two private videos — about Pickens.
Using hashtags including #Ripbabymamaloveu and #candaceuwillbemissed, Dixon’s Facebook page portrays a grieving man shocked by his girlfriend’s sudden death.
“Candace pickens was pregnant with my child…this morning i lost my child too,” he wrote.
Many of his Facebook friends voiced support — although some pointed out that Dixon has been accused of killing the woman and unborn child he claimed to love, and nearly killing her firstborn son, as well.
The horrific double shooting shocked local residents.
“Not only take this young mother’s life, cut down in her prime, cannot raise her son now, but then you turn around and shoot the child in the head,” Keith Ogden, senior pastor of Hill Street Baptist Church, told WLOS. “That’s evil.”
Ogden held a memorial for Pickens at his church Saturday. Hours later, mourners gathered for a vigil at the park where police say Pickens was executed.
“It is time for us to come together to grieve the loss of a special, young mother,” vigil organizers said in a statement. “To support the mothers of our community, especially the single mothers. To stand together in defiance of violence.”
During the ceremony, WLOS reported, Pickens’s father addressed the crowd, “saying he doesn’t have bitterness in his heart, but forgiveness.”
Pickens was killed just as her life appeared to be stabilizing, relatives said.
She was working at a restaurant and studying at a community college. Her dream, they said, was to become a nurse.
She was outgoing, affectionate and quick to laugh, with a maternal streak that she developed taking care of her younger brothers when she was growing up. She loved country music — specifically, Tim McGraw — as well fashion, church and spending time with her son.
Last summer, her aunt remembered, Pickens was thrilled to take Zachaeus to the beach for the first time.
“She was the sweetest, loving girl,” Irene Jenny Pickens told The Post.
Relatives said they’ve been shocked in recent days by the number of friends Candace Pickens had — a broad, diverse group that was unrestricted by age or race.
“She could talk to a homeless man on the street the same way she would talk to the richest man in the world,” one of her cousins, Torre White, told The Post. “Sometimes, what hurts me the most, is that her ability to forgive and to love ultimately is the reason we’re here now. But at the same time, that’s just her. She could get mad, but she was always going to forgive you.”
Pickens’s aunt agreed, noting that her niece’s kind, forgiving nature made her more vulnerable to an allegedly abusive partner.
“Once they’ve got that hold on you — if you have that nurturing mentality — you say, ‘Maybe, he can treat me right this time,’ ” she said.
“But,” the aunt added, “there’s always that next time, and sometimes it’s too late.”
Candace Pickens and her son Zachaeus.
© Courtesy of Torre White Candace Pickens and her son Zachaeus.
Lindsey Bever contributed to this report. 
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Bill Cosby News 2016

After judge orders Bill Cosby trial, what happens next?

By the AP | Associated Press


Bill Cosby News 2016

A judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence to bring Bill Cosby to trial in the lone criminal case brought against him out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women.
Here's what happened Tuesday and what comes next, including the other legal cases he faces.
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WHAT HAPPENED TUESDAY?
District Judge Elizabeth McHugh made her decision after a detective read from a 2005 police statement given by Andrea Constand, who alleges that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers after giving her pills that made her legs "rubbery" and "like jelly."
Cosby's lawyers argued unsuccessfully that reading Constand's statement instead of putting her on the stand would be hearsay and would deprive him of his right to confront his accuser.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Cosby waived his right to be formally arraigned and enter a plea, so the case is now in the hands of lawyers. It could be a year or more before Cosby goes to trial.
Defense lawyers will be battling to keep Cosby's deposition from Constand's civil lawsuit out of the trial. Cosby admits in the deposition that he pursued young models and actresses for extramarital affairs and obtained quaaludes for women he hoped to seduce.
Some of them are among the dozens of women who now accuse him of assaulting them. The defense will also try to keep them from testifying for the prosecution at trial.
But prosecutors will argue that they should be heard to show that Cosby had a pattern of drugging and assaulting women.
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WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER CASES?
Cosby also is contending with two sexual battery lawsuits and a dozen defamation claims brought by women who came forward too late to sue but say they were smeared by Cosby or his representatives.
That includes a lawsuit from Judy Huth, who alleges the comedian forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15. Cosby has denied the allegation and accused Huth and her former lawyer of attempted extortion.
Former model Chloe Goins sued Cosby and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner this month accusing the comedian of drugging her and sexually battering her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in 2008.
Prosecutors rejected filing a criminal case after authorities couldn't corroborate Goins' account of when she was at the mansion. The suit also accuses Hefner of being aware that Cosby had a pattern of drugging and sexually abusing women and did not try to stop it.
Cosby is also dealing with two disputes over whether his insurance policies should cover his legal expenses.
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Associated Press Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney, in Los Angeles, contributed to this story.

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