April 5, 2005
Living Will--No! Will to Live--Yes!Topics: Legal affairs
As has been noted here and elsewhere, the suicidal "living will" is part of the problem, not part of the solution to epivalothanasia (imposed death).
CURE's Statement of Purpose recalls that two Advisory Board members who lived in coma for decades "taught us volumes about the will to live, infinitely preferable to the living will."
As I observed in "Life...Choose It or Lose It!" (HLI Reports, July 1992):
Those who have signed the misnamed "Living Will" have already chosen death, however unknowingly. "The Will," as the Washington Post's, B.D. Colen (no closet pro-lifer) writes, "would authorize the murder of virtually anyone who filled out a Will, lost consciousness for a period of time, and would in some way be incapacitated on regaining consciousness."
Living Will victims cited by Colen include "a person who suffers a stroke, loses consciousness for a few days, and then regains consciousness and recovers to walk with a limp," "the person who is confined by accident or illness to a wheelchair, although he may be perfectly normal in every other respect," and "the person who suffers a partial loss of sight or vision."
"But are these candidates for what is clearly euthanasia?" he asks. "They may not think they are, but if they have filled out Living Wills," he concludes, "they are completely at the mercy of whomever may be responsible for their health, welfare, or affairs."
Crossposted to Life Matters!
Posted by earl at April 5, 2005 11:04 PM
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