We’re Still Searching for the Couple Who’s Been Married the Longest

January 30, 2018 | Posted in Marriage | By

In February we plan to hold a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock to honor the couple in Arkansas who has been married the longest. We also will recognize the nine other couples who have been married almost as long.

At this point, all the couples who are in the running for Arkansas’ Longest-Married Couple have been married more than 72 years. That’s truly amazing!

It’s not every day you meet a husband and wife who have been together more than 70 years, but when you do, there is something very special about it.

If you know a couple who has been married more than 72 years, I hope you will nominate them for Arkansas’ Longest-Married Couple by emailing Ken Yang at ken@familycouncil.org or calling the Family Council office at (501) 375-7000.

Photo Credit: By Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. Senate Rejects Pro-Life Legislation

January 30, 2018 | Posted in Abortion | By

Yesterday the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill banning most abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy.

The bill is similar to one passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last fall and a law Arkansas passed in 2013.

Arkansas’ U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton both co-sponsored this good bill and supported it yesterday.

Medical science shows unborn babies feel the pain of abortion, especially after the twentieth week of pregnancy. That’s one reason many states — as well as most countries on earth — have passed laws prohibiting late-term abortions. In fact, the United States is one of just seven countries that allows abortion after the fifth month of pregnancy.

In 2000, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy described the abortion process, writing, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb. . . . The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”

Abortion is a horrific procedure that takes the lives of unborn children.

I hope you will thank Sens. Boozman and Cotton for supporting the senate bill to ban abortion after the twentieth week of pregnancy. Links to their contact information are below.

U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN (R – AR)

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Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Boozman

U.S. SENATOR TOM COTTON (R – AR)

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Click Here to Email U.S. Senator Cotton

In Europe, Euthanasia is Driving Doctors and Nurses to Quit

January 29, 2018 | Posted in Bioethics, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide | By

Author, attorney, and ethicist Wesley J. Smith recently penned a column outlining a serious problem in European countries like Belgium: Doctors and nurses are quitting because of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Smith writes,

You become a doctor or nurse to be a healer palliator of people in serious pain and distress. You have a special place in your heart for the dying, and so you enter the specialized field of palliative care and hospice medicine.

But then, your country decides you should also become killers of the patients you want to succor. If you refuse, you face public criticism, the prospect of being sued, and perhaps one day, professional censure.

What do you do? If you are an ethical professional, rather than be complicit in homicide, you leave the field.

Doctors who specialize in end of life care and pain management — such as palliative care doctors in hospices and long term care facilities — are being forced to choose between their convictions and their careers.

One Belgian doctor said, “palliative care units are . . . at risk of becoming ‘houses of euthanasia’, which is the opposite of what they were meant to be.”

This is a disturbing trend. Palliative care offers terminally-ill people relief from pain and the opportunity to spend quality time with family as they near the end of life. These doctors and nurses provide vital services to people who are dying and to their families. Unlike euthanasia and assisted suicide, palliative care offers actual relief from suffering — without poisoning or killing any patients.

As we have said time and time again, being pro-life is about much more than opposing abortion. We do not eliminate suffering by eliminating people who are suffering. We must respect the sanctity of human life at the end of life as well as at the beginning.