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John Paul II: Dying with Dignity
A summary of Pope John Paul II's teaching about the respect and care due to elderly and dying persons.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Wrong Approach to End of Life Care
Offers a comprehensive overview of medical and legal developments in physician-assisted suicide and pallative care.
False Freedom and the Culture of Death
Examines the false notions of freedom underlying moves to legalize assisted suicide and fetal research using embryonic stem cells.
Dying Well, Assisted Suicide, and the Law
Explores the pressures to seek assisted suicide that managed care may impose on persons who are terminally ill or disabled.
Killing the Pain, Not the Patient: Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide
Pain control, the principles of double effect and assisted suicide vs. pain control are issues discussed in this article.
Hear My Voice: A Cry for a Truly Compassionate Society
"The current desecration of the word 'compassion' symbolizes a devaluation of the lives of persons with disabilities and serves as societal justification for assisted suicide. Because of this development, persons with disabilities believe quite rightly that their lives are at risk."
Life at Risk: A Closer Look at Assisted Suicide
Acclaimed March 1997 symposium of international experts at The Catholic University of America. Co-sponsored by the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities and The Catholic University of American's Columbus School of Law.
A beautiful and thought-provoking documentary. Examines the spiritual dimensions in the lives of the terminally ill
The Gift of Life...in the Face of Death
Stories of individuals facing death and their supportive families and friends. Includes messages from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin made shortly before his death from cancer.
The Quality of Life: Who's to Judge?
This article explores the perverse "quality of life" argument offered to justify assisted suicide and euthanasia for the elderly and disabled.
Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections
Moral principles on the protection of human life based on the dignity of the human person, and application of the principles to questions frequently asked about medically assisted nutrition and hydration.
Statement on the Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act
Public policy on matters of life and death should be based on a positive attitude toward disabled and terminally ill patients, who have a right to live with dignity and with reasonable care until the moment of death.
Guidelines for Legislation on Life-Sustaining Treatment
Clarifies rights and responsibilities of care givers with regard to life-sustaining treatments.
Care for Suffering and Dying Persons
How does the church interpret the new awareness of death and dying in light of the Gospel? This question is addressed under four headings; 1) the gospel view of suffering and death, 2) the problem of determining death, 3) appropriate care of suffering and dying persons, and 4) the role of law in relation to death and dying.
The Duty to Preserve Life
A concise statement by Father John Connery, S.J., on the legal, medical, moral, theological, and pastoral aspects of death and dying.
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