Planned Parenthood Activists Sit on Board of Group That Backed Brittany Maynard Killing Herself

National   |   Carole Novielli   |   Nov 3, 2014   |   4:19PM   |   Washington, DC

The right to die organization which supported Brittany Maynard’s decision to kill herself has ties to abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

brittanymaynard4On New Year’s Day, Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. In April, Doctors told her that she only had six months left to live and she chose to move to Oregon, one of only five states that allow the a person to legally kill themselves with a doctor’s assistance.

In early October, Maynard announced her plans to die on Nov. 1, but then last week she seemed to change her mind on the exact date. In a news video released Wednesday, Maynard said she had not decided what day she would end her life, but she was determined to do it before she became too sick to die with dignity.

Sadly this weekend, 29 year-old Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life at her home in Portland, Oregon.

Maynard’s obituary was posted Sunday on The Brittany Maynard Fund website. The Brittany Maynard Fund, is an initiative of Compassion & Choices, a euthanasia organization and will now be used to advance so-called death with dignity laws nationwide.


Jaren_duckerSitting on the Board of Compassion and Choices is Jaren Ducker who has been board president for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and is currently vice president of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority board. Ducker also received the Margaret Sanger Award for furthering abortion rights.

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Rev.-Dr.-Ignacio-CastueraAnother board member from Planned Parenthood is the Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera. Dr. Castuera became the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America before his retirement. He calls the “right to choose” at any point in a person’s life “sacred,” and is a co-author of Oregon’s first in the nation death-with-dignity law.

David GreenbergDavid Greenberg, Ph.D., sits on the Compassion and Choices advisory board and served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, prior to taking his place on the right to die organization. According to his LinkedIn page, he also served as Board Member of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Board Member of Planned Parenthood Votes Washington and President and CEO Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

In 2013, the the New York affiliate of Compassion and Choices, welcomed Barry Ensminger to join their board. He had served as Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City.

According to researcher, Rita Dillar, when Compassion and Choices, formerly The Hemlock Society, convened its June 2012 conference, former Planned Parenthood insider Theresa Connor was a featured speaker. She was public policy director for Planned Parenthood 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.

I have researched and documented that the original right to die panels were formed by members of Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger‘s American Birth Control League an organization whose agenda was eugenics.

In addition, Sanger herself was open about her belief in Euthanasia. This 1952 letter from the Euthanasia Society of America clearly shows Margret Sanger on the American Advisory Board of the Euthanasia Society of America.

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Euthanasia groups have morphed under many names over the years and Planned Parenthood members remain involved in their promotion of the death ideology:

In 2012 PETER GOODWIN, MD ended his life in accordance with Oregon’s Measure 16 “Death with Dignity Act,” the landmark legislation that he helped craft and champion into law in 1997. Aside from publicly advocating for Measure 16, he served as chairman of the Oregon Death with Dignity Committee. He was also a member of the Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette board.

In 1964, Evelyn Ames co-founded the Planned Parenthood Association of Nashville. She served as the organization’s southeastern representative for nine southern states, and on the executive committee of the national board of directors of Planned Parenthood-World Population. She was also a founder and member of the board of the Nashville chapter of Concern for Dying, an advocacy group for the right to die. Ames Davis died in 1993.

Esther Instebo delivered donations and filled fundraiser tables for Planned Parenthood and Washington politicians. Instebo pulled her friends into Democratic Party politics. Instebo worked with the euthanasia organization Compassion and Choices to qualify for help in dying under the state’s Death with Dignity law. Knowing that she had that option “greatly improved the quality of the last six months of her life because she knew she wouldn’t have to put up with what she was afraid of.”

LifeNews Note: Carole Novielli is the author of the blog Saynsumthn, where this article originally appeared.