Carol Platt Liebau: A Life Worth Living

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Life Worth Living

Charlotte Allen writes about what seems like a "right to die" agenda behind the constant push to encourage every hospital patient to sign a living will.

Her piece called to mind the experiences pregnant friends have recounted about a similar push to encourage women to have every test in the book -- even those that might endanger a pregnancy -- in order to ensure that one isn't carrying a child with Down's syndrome.

It seems that a relatively secular elite is trying to advance its notion of what constitutes a life worth living.

1 Comments:

Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Coyote here.

The author marshals the wrong evidence to make her point.

She says, "Right now, my husband is my living will....[H]e knows exactly how I feel about such matters."

In some states (like Carol's home state of Missuri), it has not been enough for the husband to "know exaqctly". He has had to prove it by clear and convincing evidence.

Hospitals quite rightly want people to think through the "what-if" scenarios and to make their intentions explicit in documents having legal force. Such a course avoids unwanted treatment and lengthy and potentially ruinous litigation.

8:32 PM  

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