Invisible Trend: Must we always prolong life?

Dear Friends,   Must we always prolong life?  The answer simply put is NO. There may come a time when a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order is appropriate. There may be a time when disconnecting a respirator declining surgery, or discontinuing treatment is medically appropriate thing to do.

Caregiver-Quote2There is no moral or ethical requirement to provide treatment which is not medically indicated or which is useless, futile or unduly burdensome to the patient.

If a time comes when we can no longer heal or cure, our roles change. We become caregivers, ensuring that someone is with the dying person in their time of need, that their pain and symptoms are compassionately managed, that their life is treated as sacred until its end.

Many make reference to the importance of balancing the burden of treatment to the patient with the benefit to the patient. We must be careful, however, that what we judge to be a “burden” is truly a burden to the patient, not the family insurance company, or misguided mercy.

I+careWe must maintain a clear distinction between allowing a dying person to die naturally and doing or omitting something which is directly intended to cause death. It is the intent which we must keep uppermost in our minds.

Doctors and nurses should not be killers. Euthanasia treats people as disposable objects. We should be concerned and even frightened by the possibilities.

God Bless
Jerry Novotny, OMI

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caregiver_wives2_pm-thumb-270x270The Difference is LIFE – “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it…” – Flannery O’Connor

“A Family’s Prayer for Life”:   O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. — Saint John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (105)

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Websites by Fr. Jerry:

Recent Pro Life Newsletter + Archives

LifeIssues.net Website   (in English)

Japan-lifeissues.net Website    (in Japanese)

Catholic Asia-Pacific Coalition on HIV/AIDS Website

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