by Rita Diller/LifeNews.com

When Compassion & Choices, formerly The Hemlock Society, convened its June 2012 conference, former Planned Parenthood insider Theresa Connor, now director of government affairs with the assisted suicide group, was a featured speaker. She was public policy director for PP in Washington state for 15 years and instituted the research and strategy behind the 2001 Erickson v. Bartell case “that required employers’ insurance plans to cover prescription birth control under anti-discrimination laws.”

Connor joined Compassion & Choices’ president, Barbara Coombs Lee, author of Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” Act, were co-speakers at the conference on “the strategies for success in affirming and protecting end-of-life liberty, including aid in dying in the states.”

In addition, Connor moderated a panel consisting of Kate Tudor, Health Care Lobbyist from White Tudor, LLC; Elaine Faithful; The South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families; and Sammie Moshenberger, from the National Council of Jewish Women and Coalition for Religious Liberty, in explaining how to counter “conservative political ideology and religious doctrine that have nothing to do with good medical practice or patient needs.”

“Learn how you, as an end-of-life advocate,” the program says, “can work with reproductive justice and LGBT allies to defeat refusal legislation at the state and federal levels.” The topic of the presentation was “Legislating Medicine and Morality.”

Also on the agenda at the conference was “Mastering Your Voice about End-of-Life Choice.” The program says, “Topics, terms, images, and arguments in the end-of life conversation can be complex, unwieldy, painful, and even off-putting. Yet an ability to talk about VSED, POLST, advance directives, and the potential for conflict with Catholic healthcare can turn a skeptic into a convert, a recalcitrant senior into a prepared patient, and an opposing legislator into a supporter.

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