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The reality of death must be faced. As a community of faith, we must help those in our community prepare for a death with dignity. Education and preparation can allow us to live faithfully and die faithfully.
Oregon reports that there were “71 known assisted suicide deaths in 2011, up from 65 the year before.” Wesley Smith notes that the reports are based solely on self-reporting by doctors, because there are no mandatory reporting requirements.
A paper about to be published in the Journal of Law and Medicine promoting a model futile care hospital protocol argues that patients and surrogates be made aware that the hospital has ultimate decision making authority.
We should care about a philosophy of life that says that how valuable you are depends on how well you function and a philosophy of medicine that says that if someone is going to die anyway, there’s no benefit in prolonging life.
Acting on the speculation that such chilled air could not be good for the patient, the tube was removed. One month later, the woman came out of the vegetative state and was verbal and able to respond to questions.
Calling up terms such as "compassion," "choice" and "easy landing," pro-euthanasia and mercy-killing advocates have crafted out a rather brilliant advertising campaign that has influenced the general public in a successful and most dangerous way.
Millions of seniors requiring care are attended by their spouses or their own adult children and many caregivers struggle to balance caregiving with other responsibilities, including full-time jobs and raising their children.
Around a quarter of patients in an acute vegetative state when they are first admitted to hospital have a good chance of recovering making it extremely important to use caution when deciding to limit medical care.
Dr. Kevorkian told an audience that he would be violating the terms of his parole to discuss euthanasia in an expanded sense, but did admit to killing about 20 percent of the people who came to him and asked him for his help in taking their lives.
"Seventeen years ago I [Alison Davis] decided I could no longer face life. I wanted to die - a strong wish that lasted over 10 years. If euthanasia were legal then, I would no longer be here to write this. But I have changed my outlook on life."
An Enterprise Marketing and Research Services (EMRS) poll that estimated Tasmanian support for legal euthanasia at 78%. However, opponents of the bill are calling for pause on the part of the Tasmanian government.
Lionel Roosemont told his story at the Second International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, As Canada and several U.S. states mull over legislation to legalize assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Please note: this article has a political bias intoned by the author. NOEL has chosen to post this article because it provides a summary of information about the current actions taken by the US goverment on embryonic stem cell research.
PRAYER FOR LIFE
Lord God, thank You for creating human life in Your image.
Thank You for my life and the lives of those I love.
Thank You for teaching us through Scripture the value You place on life.
Help me to uphold the sanctity of life in my church and community.
Give me the strength to stand up to those forces
that seek to destroy the lives of those most vulnerable,
the unborn, the infirm and the elderly.
Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of respecting life.
I commit myself to protecting and defending the sacredness of life
according to Your will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.Anglicans for Life405 Frederick AvenueSewickley, PA 15143