Skip to comments.Artificial nutrition and hydration should normally be withdrawn, says doctor
Posted on 03/02/2012 4:38:35 PM PST by wagglebee
An American doctor argues in the latest issue of the leading journal Bioethics that artificial nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn from all patients in a permanent vegetative state unless there is clear evidence that they want to be kept alive.
Dr Catherine Constable, of New York University School of Medicine, studied bioethics at the Ethox Centre at Oxford University. She argues that the current presumption in favour of maintaining ANH is misguided. It is not in the interests of the patient nor, because of its cost, in the interest of society.
However, her argument is not based upon cost, but upon Peter Singers analysis of what it means to be a person. An individual in a PVS has no consciousness and therefore no interests. In this case, whether or not he or she is alive is irrelevant.
Excluding any known wishes of the patient or family to the contrary, a decision to preserve the life of a patient in a state of permanent unconsciousness based on respect for life itself is morally no more sound than a decision to take that life.
Furthermore, surveys have shown that most people would not like to live as Terri Schiavo did. Therefore, in the absence of a living will, we have arguably committed a worse violation of autonomy by treating the [PVS] patient than if we had not treated him against his wishes.
What about the remote, but real, chance of recovery from a permanent vegetative state? Isnt that hope an reason for keeping people alive? No, says Dr Constable. Even if they recover, it will be all but impossible for them to return to normal life. Instead it will be some state of middle consciousness; a life, quite possibly, worse than non-existence.
She would have done really well in Nazi Germany.
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“She would have done really well in Nazi Germany.”
Probably would have been Dr. Mengele’s mistress, the evil bitch!
Most people wouldn't like to die as Terri Schiavo did - starved and dehydrated to death.
New Terri Dailies Theme
The death mongers now want to make murdering people in Terri's condition the norm.
Ever notice how these monsters make these declarations from a safe distance?
What do you think a living will is/does??
Anytime I see a statement from a "bio-ethicist," it sounds like it could have come straight from Dr. Joseph Mengele.
I suppose that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords should have been allowed to die because keeping her alive was at a cost too much for the predicted results. Of course predictions may never match actual results. It they did, there would be no such thing as a game of chance.
No doubt she is fully prepared to test her hypothesis ~ on herself.
Peter singer to base conclusion on == fail.
How very proud Michael Schiavo must be.
First of all (and I know the culture of death has managed to change this), a living will should ONLY be about life support and extraordinary measures; hydration and nutrition are BASIC NECESSITIES, there's nothing extraordinary about them.
Secondly, this monster wants to make murder the default treatment absent a living will.
“...in the interest of society.”
Murdering an innocent human life is in the interest of society?
How noble of her. /spit
Can we start with her first? Her vital signs are non-existent from my vantage point.
This woman is a psychopath, especially considering this:
An accidental discovery in South Africa, that the OTC sleeping pill Ambien wakes up a goodly percentage of the people this woman wants killed.
“The first report of a zolpidem (Ambien) awakening came from South Africa, in 1999.”
This was 13 YEARS AGO! Get with the program, woman. I know that leftists are on a rampage to kill every helpless person they can, but geez! You people should be put in prison.
She'll do really well in Obamerica. Totalitariancare/Obamacare/Romneycare/Hilarycare will result in a lot of dead Americans, whether they like it or not. That boxcar has already left the station. It's the law of the land. The death panels are just around the corner to implement it. She's an "ethics" pioneer for the neo-totalitarians. It's how socialists roll...over everyone. Witness history.
“She would have done really well in Nazi Germany. “
We are living Nazi Germany Version 2.0 right now.
This people make me sick. I’m going to sign off now because I went to confession tonight and despite that, I’m not feeling too charitable in my thoughts towards these “people”. So it’s best for me to go collect my thoughts/emotions & opine later.