U.S. Bishops have just strengthened protection for patients with impaired consciousness in their newly revised ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals and providers. Read more here about their defense of food and water as ordinary care.
With our Titanic- health care economy heading toward the anti-life, anti-disability Obama-care iceberg, this document warns us not to automatically discount certain individuals from qualifying for lifeboats.
Kansas has too many advocates of rationing care based on quality of life, and we will post more about their efforts later. These folks still resent the government interventions about –and grassroots horror of– the situation in which Terri Schindler Schiavo was being starved by a husband already having children with another woman, while her family of origin begged to care for her.
Read more at Wesley Smith’s blog about the truth, not myth, of Schiavo and the impact of patients who are not denied care and regain consciousness after decades of inability to communicate.