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by Margaret Somerville
February 24, 2014 (MercatorNet) - Recently, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, published an editorial, “Quebec gets it right on the right to die”, which articulated the strongest case that can be made for supporting legalizing euthanasia and Quebec’s Bill 52 which seeks to do just that.
At the time of publication of the editorial, the Bill was expected to pass within days. As events have unfolded that has not occurred due to an unexpected move by the opposition Liberal party members of the Quebec Legislative Assembly, which delayed the Bill being put to a vote.... Read More
Key Criterion for Ethical Donation Undermined
Washington, D.C., September 11, 2013 (Zenit.org) Denise Hunnell, MD
The small country of Wales found itself the center of attention this past July when it became the first country in the United Kingdom to adopt a “presumed consent” policy for organ donation. Under this new protocol, explicit consent to be an organ donor is no longer required. All patients are considered organ donors unless they actively opt out of the organ donor pool. The Welsh government hopes this policy will increase the availability of organs for transplant by 20% to 30%. With hundreds of... Read More
By: John Stonestreet | Published: September 18, 2013 5:30 AM
If you believe in the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, it’s time to watch and pray for those at the end of life, not just the beginning.
In his novel, “Never Let Me Go,” Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of three young people—Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy—who are repeatedly told, with their classmates at boarding school, that they’re special. But it’s not until they leave school that they learn why: They’re clones whose sole purpose for existence is to serve as organ donors.
Wikipedia describes Ishiguro’s award-winning... Read More
Statement approved at the The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their recent Spring General Assembly.
To live in a manner worthy of our human dignity, and to spend our final days on this earth in
peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones—that is the hope of each of us. In particular,
Christian hope sees these final days as a time to prepare for our eternal destiny.
Today, however, many people fear the dying process. They are afraid of being kept alive
past life’s natural limits by burdensome medical technology. They fear experiencing intolerable
pain and suffering, losing control... Read More
By Gracie Ferrell Published: 2:08 PM 11/15/2011
Mississippi is not alone in the modern debate over the sanctity of life. More than 4,000 miles away, the Netherlands is caught up in its own controversy over a proposal from the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) to expand the definition of who may qualify for assisted suicide — including for the first time such nonmedical factors as loneliness and financial struggles.
“Many older people have various afflictions that are not actually life-threatening but do make them vulnerable,” wrote the KNMG in a ten-year study report published in October.
“Vulnerability stems not only from... Read More
BY MARGARET SOMERVILLE
I have been receiving emails from people, including some with disabilities, who are angry about my opposition to legalizing euthanasia. The people with disabilities are not dying; they just do not want to continue living in the state in which they find themselves. It’s clear they believe they would be able to have access to euthanasia were it to be legalized.
Pro-euthanasia advocates claim, however, that only members of the “end-of-life population” – who they might be is not defined – will have access and that legalized euthanasia will be rarely used. They believe “sensible regulation” (the... Read More
Says He Took on the Cross of Everyone Who Suffers
By Mariaelena Finessi
ROME, MAY 1, 2011 (Zenit.org).- “They called me in the late morning. I hurried because I was afraid that I would not arrive in time. Instead he was waiting for me. ‘Good morning, Holiness, it’s sunny today,’ I said to him immediately because it was what he liked to hear when he was in the hospital.”
This is how Rita Megliorin, former head nurse of the recovery ward at Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic, remembers the morning of April 2 when she was called to the papal apartment, to... Read More
FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, July 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Although framed as compassion, determining end-of-life procedures by evaluating “quality of life” merely discourages vulnerable persons, making them more likely to submit to a hastened death, according to the Catholic bishop of Madison.
“When we start evaluating the quality of somebody else’s life, that means we’re asking them to pull up the hearse. Get the hearse ready,” said Bishop Robert Morlino at a bioethics conference at Christendom College this month.
“So often people want to die because as they see what’s going on around them they see everybody as rather anxious for... Read More
September 30, 2009
Regular BreakPoint listeners have heard me speak about the impact of declining birth rates around the world. One consequence is that older people comprise an increasing percentage of the population in places like Japan and Western Europe.
This increases economic pressures on these countries since an aging population requires more services while having fewer young workers to pay for them.
One doctor has come up with a way to address the imbalance between pensioners and workers—that is, fewer pensioners.
What Dr. Philip Nitschke has in mind isn’t raising the retirement age—his goal is fewer pensioners.
Nitschke is... Read More
September 1, 2009
Sometimes it seems that the smarter and more sophisticated we grow technologically, the less able we are to handle the most fundamental issues of life and death. All too often these days, parents whose unborn child is seriously ill, perhaps even fatally ill, are treated coldly and callously by doctors who think that they should just abort the child and get it over with.
The feelings of the parents—their love and grief for their child, their struggle to discern what’s best for that child and for their family—aren’t always taken into account.
But all of that, I’m... Read More
By: Chuck Colson | Published: November 8, 2011 3:13 PM
As pre-natal technology improves, parents are coming face to face with life and death choices unimaginable just a few years ago. Is the Church ready to help them?
Every day, parents face hard choices big and small: Whether to send their children to private or public school; whether to allow them to watch certain shows or turn off the television.
But the gravity of some choices far exceeds these common decisions — choices that parents were never intended to make.
Every year, 150,000 babies are born with birth defects. Countless more never… Read More
The brothers Grimm - KHM 078
There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards… Read More
By Rob Stein, The Washington Post
Posted Nov. 10, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 11, 2011, at 7:03 a.m.
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All the patients had the same terrible diagnosis: brain damage that marooned them in a “vegetative state” — alive but without any sense of awareness of themselves or the world around them.
But then an international team of scientists tried an ambitious experiment: By measuring electrical activity in the patients’ brains with a relatively simple technique, the researchers attempted to discern whether, in fact, they were actually conscious and able to... Read More
Despair is the capital city of Hell