The Dead Shall (Artificially) Rise Again
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has made a decision for everyone at any Catholic run hospital:
Standing in opposition to the preferences stated by millions of Americans, and contradicting the emerging consensus in medical practice and bioethics, the Bishops have declared that artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) is obligatory for anyone in a permanent coma from stroke or trauma, in persistent vegetative state or with advanced dementia, having lost the ability to eat along with other sentient activity.
About 30% of American receive their health-care from Catholics run institutions, so this could affect a lot of people. Of course, this directive contradicts the old pope (on his way to saint) John Paul II’s directive that patients have the right to refuse extraordinary means for sustaining life (made in 1980), but, that shouldn’t stop anyone. It’s not like he was infallible or anything.
So, with the advanced efficiency of these machines that keep blood circulating through a body that just isn’t there anymore, how long will it be until we have millions of “care” facilities filled to the brim with rooms of brain dead people the pope thinks are only sleeping?