Schiavo Case: Living Wills, Autopsy Not the Answer
"In response to the Schiavo case, many think they should draw up a living
will. This, however, is both unnecessary and dangerous. We cannot make treatment
decisions today for circumstances of tomorrow that we cannot predict. Whether a
medical treatment is morally required depends on those circumstances and
therefore cannot be determined in advance. It is always morally required,
moreover, to provide food and water to a patient, because food and water, even
when provided artificially, do not constitute medical treatment but
rather humane care. We are not morally permitted to request starvation and
"In regard to the autopsy of Terri Schiavo, the results -- whatever they may
show -- are irrelevant to the moral judgment that she was murdered. The level of
brain damage that she had can never justify what was done to her. Life does not
lose its value and dignity when it is damaged."
For more information see www.priestsforlife.org.