Advance Medical Directives

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 2, 2020 /
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“Evil committed for a good cause remains evil.” “Even when it succeeds?” “Above all when it succeeds.” ~Victor Hugo, History of a Crime (1877)1 Introduction An advance medical directive (AMD) is a legal document that allows a person to specify the medical treatment he wants and does not want in case he becomes incapable of…

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The Fractured History of the Hemlock Society

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 18, 2020 /
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A judicial determination should be made when it is necessary to hasten the death of an individual, whether it be a demented parent, a suffering, severely disabled spouse or a child. ~ Former Hemlock Society Executive Director Faye Girsh.1   British journalist Derek Humphry had a bit of a problem on his hands in early…

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Church Teachings on Euthanasia

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 2, 2020 /
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Once any human being becomes worthless or expendable, all are reduced from an absolute to a relative value and no two human beings would be of equal worth, thus demolishing the very foundation of moral order….By devaluing life ― the life of the unborn, the elderly, the comatose patient, the handicapped ― we are, quite…

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Human Suffering Does Have a Purpose

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 8, 2020 /
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In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ― 1 Peter 1:6‑7   The Mystery…

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An Introduction to the Problem of Euthanasia

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 17, 2020 /
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The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. ― Senator Hubert Humphrey.1   Euthanasia: Here We Go Again! Margaret Sanger and…

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Is Euthanasia a Slippery Slope?

By Susan Ciancio / April 24, 2019 /
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“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God. . . . God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church…

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Physician-Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill Patients

By HLI Staff / March 13, 2019 /
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“[T]he value of life can today undergo a kind of “eclipse”, even though conscience does not cease to point to it as a sacred and inviolable value,  as is evident in the tendency to disguise certain crimes against life in its early or final stages by using innocuous medical terms which distract attention from the…

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