News of the Day ... in Perspective3/22/2004
Pope reprimands “euthanasia by omission”
Entering into a debate that has sparked court battles in several countries, Pope John Paul II said that the removal of feeding tubes from people in vegetative states was immoral. One such highly publicized case concerns Terri Schindler Schiavo of Florida.
Providing food and water to incapacitated patients was natural, ordinary, and proportional care–not artificial medical intervention, the Pope told members of a conference organized by the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.
Someone else’s evaluation of a person’s quality of life couldn’t justify allowing that person to die of hunger or thirst (Globe and Mail 3/20/04; Associated Press).