Vatican Affirms Obligation of Feeding Tubes -- Terri Schiavo's Family Welcomes Clarification
While I and many others understood JPII's statement, it seems that somt still wanted 'clarification'. Well, they now have it. Wonder how those who 'just don't get it' will try to get around THIS statement?
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TERRI'S NEWS ALERT
September 21, 2007
Vatican Affirms Obligation of Feeding Tubes
Terri Schiavo's Family Welcomes Clarification
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 14, 2007 (Zenit.org) - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith clarified that the administration of nutrition and hydration to people in the so-called vegetative state is, with rare exceptions, morally obligatory.
The document and accompanying note, released today and approved by Benedict XVI, came as an answer to questions presented to the Vatican by the U.S. bishops in 2005.
The questions were sent just months after Florida woman Terri Schiavo, who was living in a vegetative state after having sustained brain-damage, died 13 days after having her feeding tube removed.
Schiavo's estranged husband requested that her feeding tube be removed, but her Catholic parents said this would constitute murder. After years of legal battles, a judge decreed that the tube should be removed.
Edward Furton, ethicist and director of publications for the Philadelphia-based National Catholic Bioethics Center, told ZENIT that the Vatican statement "speaks directly to the Terri Schiavo case, stating flat out that the removal of food and water from her was not the right thing to do."
He added that the statements "are a reaffirmation of John Paul II's 2004 statement which calls Catholics to provide food and water to patients in PVS [persistent vegetative state]. It affirms that food and water are ordinary care and not considered medical treatment."
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