March 26, 2005

Prolonging life vs. Prolonging the act of dying (revised)

So, Terri Schiavo is dead; killed due to "diminished brain
capacity." By that reasoning, some would contend that about half the members of congress should be killed.

While I do believe there is Biblical warrant for a right to die, there is no
warrant for a right to be put to death. The difference?

Former Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop, said that
you have to distinguish between prolonging life versus prolonging the act of
dying. With just food and water, Ms. Schiavo could have lived for years--that is
called prolonging life.

My grandfather on the other hand, at 84, was in the hospital with
congestive heart failure. It wasn't the first time. He was spiritually ready, he
was prepared to die, and with congestive heart it means the muscle is just old
and worn out. Stripping away the euphemisms, he was dying. So when I was
asked if a code order should be placed on his chart, I said of course not. That would have been prolonging the act of dying.

That is a far cry from facilitating his death as was the case with Ms. Schiavo.

So for all the hand wringing going on pretending like this is such a hard
case; I tell you while there are hard cases that arise, this is not one of
them! That we killed this woman is an indictment on our nation. This does not bode well for our future.


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