Consider Bishop Robert Barron's words for today:
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A bioethics committee at Houston’s Methodist Hospital has ruled that a patient’s life support treatment should be ended, despite the fact that the patient has consciously expressed the desire to live and continue receiving support. According to Breitbart:
"Dunn is a former sheriff’s deputy and has worked as a Homeland Security officer but had no health insurance when he got sick. He has been in the hospital for eight weeks since a noncancerous mass was found where his small intestine connects to the pancreas."
Dunn’s mother believes that decision was influenced by the fact that Dunn has no health insurance. Texas is one of the few states that allows a panel to determine the life and death of patients when there is disagreement between the patient’s physician and their family or the patients themselves. Under Texas law, if an attending physician refuses to honor a patient’s requests for care or an advance directive, that decision then goes before an ethics or medical committee.
Dunn’s lawer believes that the Texas statute denies a patient all due process rights and is unconstitutional. “A criminal on death row in Texas has more rights than a patient in a Texas hospital" he said.
A Harris County judge has granted two consecutive two-week extensions thus far, but Houston Methodist Hospital has countered these interventions with additional court filings to remove Chris’s mother from the process. His mother, Evelyn, has been vigilant in protecting Chris since he is intermittently sedated.
Questions that have to be asked: Does a Homeland Security Officer not have health insurance? Did the attending physician refuse to attend to him because of this?
Blogger: This is where Christian anthropology must emerge from the penumbra from where it undergirds the entire moral and legal structure of society. This situation is the same as the parable invented by Christ to teach the human-divine story of the Good Samaritan attending to the injured Jew - unknown to him, and to whom he has no natural ties - while passed by by his co-religionists on their way to obey the Mosaic law in the temple.