Inconsistencies on end-of-life treatment

 

assisted-suicideThe following comes from a Nov. 21 story on the Pew Forum.

At a time of national debate over health care costs and insurance, a Pew Research Center survey on end-of-life decisions finds most Americans say there are some circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die. At the same time, however, a growing minority says that medical professionals should do everything possible to save a patient’s life in all circumstances.

When asked about end-of-life decisions for other people, two-thirds of Americans (66%) say there are at least some situations in which a patient should be allowed to die, while nearly a third (31%) say that medical professionals always should do everything possible to save a patient’s life. Over the last quarter-century, the balance of opinion has moved modestly away from the majority position on this issue. While still a minority, the share of the public that says doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save a patient’s life has gone up 9 percentage points since 2005 and 16 points since 1990.

The uptick comes partly from a modest decline in the share that says there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die and partly from an increase in the share of the public that expresses an opinion; the portion that has no opinion or declines to answer the survey question went down from 12% in 1990 to 8% in 2005 and now stands at 3%….

Religious groups also differ strongly in their beliefs about the morality of suicide. About half of white evangelical Protestants and black Protestants reject the idea that a person has a moral right to suicide in all four circumstances described in the survey. By comparison, the religiously unaffiliated, white mainline Protestants and white Catholics are more likely to say there is a moral right to commit suicide in each of the four situations considered.

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  1. Abeca Christian says:

    End of life treatment? They call that a treatment? Wow…wrong terminology if you ask me.

  2. For CATHOLICS the right to die information is defined in the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition”. See paragraphs 2276 – 2279 for accurate information.

    The CCC should be in every home and makes an excellent Christmas gift.
    Refer to it often.
    Do not accidentally be the source of innacurate information yourself.

    If you currently do not own a CCC, go to: “What Catholics REALLY Believe SOURCE” on the internet and see the answer to question #23 on that site.
    http://whatcatholicsreallybelieve.com/

    • respectlife says:

      thanks for all your helpful information. This article was lacking Catholic Church teachings on the issue of “right to die”..

  3. It would not surprise me if OBAMA-CARE eventually commits euthanasia (murder) to save money by:
    withholding funds for care of the elderly, chronically ill, and mentally ill;
    having government bureaucrats making decisions for patients and their families;
    forcing patients and their families to accept the government’s definitions of socially acceptable behavior;
    and making the elderly, and chronically ill feel guilty if they do not believe in euthanasia for cost containment.

    • its already here. its called government paid and encouraged and soon to be mandated abortion.
      And your comments re: elderly/ill are right on; however some of it is already happening.

  4. There is no inconsistancies on end of life treatment in the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition”.

    Committing a MORTAL SIN at the end of life is indeed grave.

  5. good cause says:

    The Church has long upheld the notion that every Catholic should ease pain while you’re young but when you are to die that it requires the patient’s pain to increase considerably.

    We all recall the horrific case in Ireland earlier this year when a pregnant physician with a serious medical condition died because her unborn fetus had a heartbeat and Irish law, inspired by the Church, prohibited any abortion to save the mother when a heartbeat was defected, even if it could save a mother’s life. Naturally, both the mother and unborn child died. In response to this avoidable tragedy, the Irish Parliament rewrote the law to allow abortion in order to save a mother’s life, and it was signed by the Irish President. The Church’s response to this terrible tragedy in Ireland? Silence. Complete, stony silence. So much for the Church standing up for life at the time of death. The majority of churchgoing Catholics support abortion to save the life of the mother, and Catholics in Ireland probably feel the same way. The Catholic supermajority in the Irish Parliament passed this new law to protect pregnant women who face death, with no help or support from the Church. The Church’s silence speaks volumes about it’s lack of leadership on “life” issues. You don’t lead by running and hiding in a corner.

    We must pray that the Church will give more support for ALL human life, not just those it thinks are entitled to special protection.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      So called “good cause”,

      Once again you portray your complete misunderstanding of the Church’s teacings. Remember one thing, it was a majority that called for the Crucifixion of Our Lord and Savior. When the Church changes it’s moral teachings for the majority, it cease to be the Church!

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
      Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

      • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

        So called “good cause”,

        You also portray your complete contempt for the Church’s teachings as well!

        May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
        Viva Cristo Rey!
        God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
        Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
        Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

    • good cause: I am a woman and a mother, and as a mother there is NO reason under the sun that would ever make me abort my baby. If it meant the death of me, then so be it. It was God’s will. My baby and I would go together and would be buried together. My baby was no less a person with a soul than I was. We both had life in us and we both had a soul in God’s eyes.

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