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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, September 12, 2005

"It came down to giving people the basic human right to die with dignity."

The Culture of Death in New Orleans. Ok. Let me get this straight. It is not permissible to murder terminally ill patients. But in the event of a vis maior (or force majeure), such as a hurricane, it is permissible provided that the end contemplated is the relieving of suffering. Or, perhaps, was it something more sinister--maybe the doctors wanted to abandon their posts and save their own skins as opposed to guarding and protecting their charges as was their duty. But, I guess we can always justify it with an appeal to the "basic" human right to die with dignity.

If I recall, Hippocrates said something different: "...I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect."

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