Pages tagged "starvation"
Jun 01, 2014
But what about people who can eat and drink by mouth? Assisted suicide advocates argue that it isn't fair that they can't die too. So, activists promote a form of "self-deliverance" that they call "voluntary stopping eating and drinking," (VSED), by which suicidal people declare their wish to starve to death. Bioethicist Paul T. Menzel and physician M. Colette Chandler-Cramer create a sophistic argument to justify their conclusion: People have the right to commit VSED; people also have the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment in an advance medical directive; hence, people have the right to order themselves starved to death (commit VSED via advance medical directive). Continue reading
Mar 08, 2014
The UK Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was originally developed to try to make sure that all patients and their families in the UK received appropriate care and support in the last days of life. For some, perhaps for many, the LCP was applied wrongly - even including deliberate dehydration of patients - a form of killing. Even the best of intentions can be thwarted and distorted. That's why the clear bright line against killing needs to remain lest, as has been observed in countries that practice euthanasia under legal fiat, similar distortions, incremental extensions and abuses occur under the cover of legal medical practice. Continue reading