Allowing to Die II

Speaking last month to an international congress of physicians and ethicists in Rome, Pope John Paul II declared that the “administration of food and water, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act.” He added that providing hydration and nutrition is “in principle, ordinary and proportionate, and as such, morally obligatory.” The pope was speaking about patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS...

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