Euthanasia and aggressive medical treatment

When speaking of the sensitive topic of end of life issues, we must remember to make a distinction between euthanasia and accepting “the human condition in the face of death”.

Bl. John Paul II wrote in his 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” (Gospel of Life) that:

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3 thoughts on “Euthanasia and aggressive medical treatment

  1. My mother was hospitalized due to complications from gall stones in 2007. She ended up in a coma with a respirator for a while.

    Long story short, she ended up with a perforated small intestine. Rather than “aggressive medical treatment” which would not necessarily improve her quality of life (or guarentee her survival), she opted to simply “go home”… her words… she was ready to go home…

    …and she did, two weeks later.

    Thanks for sharing, Andrew.

  2. Pingback: Euthanasia and aggressive medical treatment | Menno Nerds

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