Class #15


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Class #15

  1. 1. <ul><li>Doctors play God when … </li></ul><ul><li>Life-support may be withdrawn when... </li></ul>{1} They directly kill. {2} They prolong life unnecessarily. {1} Doing so does not directly kill. {2} Burdens of treatment > Benefits of treatment.
  2. 2. Proportionate Beneficial Useful Required Disproportionate Burdensome Useless Optional vs.
  3. 3. Describe your reactions to the video on Nancy Cruzan. Where are you leaning right now on what Catholics should think about the morality of removing her feeding tube? Would this be directly killing or allowing to die?What questions do you have that might affect how you ultimately come down on this issue? vt
  4. 4. <ul><li>try to get clearer on Church teaching about end-of-life decisions </li></ul><ul><li>review the facts of the Cruzan case </li></ul><ul><li>analyze Church teaching on the withdrawal of feeding tubes </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Passive (death from impersonal forces) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive usually designates the removing or withholding of life-supporting treatment (such as antibiotics, transfusions, respirators, dialysis and the like, because no reasonable hope of recovery exists for the dying person) so that the patient ends up dead from something he or she already had (= allowing to die) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Active (death from personal forces) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active is when one person directly aims at the death of himself or herself (if suicide) or another person, using means which directly bring this death about, so that the person ends up dead from something he or she was not originally suffering from (= directly killing) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Details? </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent Vegetative State vs. Coma </li></ul><ul><li>Nightline episode (March 10, 1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Aftermath </li></ul>