End of life issues - protecting the disabled
Persons approaching the end of their lives are in a vulnerable state
Just like unborn children, these persons often cannot express their wishes. They need protection from those who may view their lives as no longer valuable.
Although the end of life can come at any age, issues related to end-of-life care are most often associated with elderly persons. These citizens have typically lived long, productive lives prior to the onset of dementia, heart disease or another debilitating condition, causing them to become partially or entirely dependent upon others.
Vulnerability is real
Such dependent persons are truly vulnerable. Their attending physician may decide that they have passed the point of a meaningful and productive life and that medical care should be minimal. Their care givers may view them as consuming limited resources that could be dedicated to other patients with better long-term prospects.
Their insurance companies—including Medicare and Medicaid—may determine that they are not showing enough progress to warrant reimbursement for additional tests or continuing therapy. Finally, their family members may attempt to hasten death because of selfish motives or the influence of euthanasia advocates.
Advance directive essential
The situation becomes more complicated when there is no advance directive, such as a Will to live document. Such an end-of-life document provides the person’s wishes for treatment or withholding of treatment, and assigns a specific person to make sure those wishes are carried out.
Unfortunately, an advance directive is no longer a guarantee that a person’s end of life care wishes will be followed. But most states have no such law, and euthanasia in the form of denial of nutrition and hydration is becoming more and more commonplace.
MSRTL strongly advocates the defense and protection of all
innocent human life from conception to natural death. We
encourage all citizens to follow these principles when
facing end-of-life issues:
MSRTL recognizes that death is a part of life. We do not seek to prolong the dying process, but we strongly oppose efforts to hasten death by those who base the right to life on subjective "quality of life" determinations, the cost of medical care, personal greed and/or other motives that cheapen life.
Mississippi Right to Life
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