Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Houston Hospital To Prohibit Andrea Clarke From Living

An ethics committee in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital here in Houston, Texas, has just voted, yes voted, to put to death a patient in their hospital to death. Andrea Clarke's condition is nowhere near the same circumstances of Terry Schiavo's. Physicians at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital decided to increase Andrea's pain medication and anesthetize her into unconsciousness. Prior to this Andrea was able to make her own medical decisions. When Andrea is not medicated into unconsciousness she is aware and cognizant. Andrea has not suffered any brain damage that affects her thought, reason, or speech. Andrea has only lost some motor skills.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital has deemed Andrea's condition as untenable is allowed by law to let her die by turning her life support system off.

'Houston hospitals have a policy in that once the medical treatment of a patient has been deemed "medically futile" no other hospital in the area will accept transfer of that patient to their facility. This means that the patient, who is usually in a very delicate condition anyway, has to be transported over a long distance, in order to receive care.'
This is in direct violation of natural law as well as the law of God. The Fifth commandment states, "You shall not kill." --Exodus 20:13. According to the teachings of Jesus Christ,

"Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, . . ." (CCC 2258)

"Do no slay the innocent and the righteous." (Exodus 23:7)

"The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule, and to the Holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obliges each and everyone, always and everywhere." (CCC 2261)

"Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible." (CCC 2276)

The local media here in Houston is not reporting this at all with the exception of the Right Wing Blog, Lone Star Times, Houston blogosphere, and KHOU-11. (H/T blogHOUSTON.net) For more click here.


CS said...

The medical profession is becoming a sick joke.

We need to separate the sheep from the goats and get an alternative to the AMA set up, made up only of doctors who you know you can trust when you are incapacitated.

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