Thursday, March 3, 2011

Media In The Tank For Euthanasia

Now, the thrust of this piece is OK, but notice how the media dwells on how agonizing end of life decisions are made by families. Geez, really? Next thing we'll have to get the government to take care of these decisions, right?
Families haunted by end-of-life decisions
The burden of making medical decisions for a loved one can cause distress and even post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
When a patient is physically or mentally unable to make medical choices, his or her fate falls into the hands of others, usually family members or friends.  They ultimately choose whether to start dialysis, have a risky surgery or put a person on life support.
The prevailing logic is that family members know the patient best and can make the most appropriate medical decisions. more

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