Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Life Support

Fr. Tharp at "Catholic Ragemonkey" notes, with regard to the Terry Schiavo case, that Catholic doctrine does not absolutely forbid removal from life support:

Anyone can refuse life support that 1.) is not going to be of benefit for the person, 2.) is going to place an undue burden on the patient, and 3.) will not ultimately address the illness.

(He doesn't think this case meets these criteria.) And he links to this lucid document on the subject; I pass it along because it makes some excellent distinctions that need to be made when reasoning about these cases.

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