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4 October 6, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE www.upcatholic.org Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht T hose who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the com- batants in which are aptly called the culture of life and the culture of death, might ponder this June blog post by my summer pastor in rural Qubec, Father Tim Moyle: Tonight I am preparing to cele- brate a funeral for someone (lets call him H to protect his privacy) who, while suffer- ing from cancer, was admitted to hospital with an unrelated problem, a bladder infection. Hs family had him admitted to the hospital earlier in the week under the assumption that the doctors there would treat the infection and then he would be able to return home. To their shock and horror, they discovered that the attending physician had indeed made the decision NOT to treat the infection. When they de- manded that he change his course of (in)action, he refused, stating that it would be better if H died of this infection now rather than let cancer take its course and kill him later. Despite their demands and pleadings, the doctor would not budge from his decision. In fact he deliberately hastened Hs end by ordering large amounts of mor- phine to control pain which re- sulted in him losing consciousness as his lungs filled up with fluid. In less than 24 hours, H was dead. Let me tell you a bit about H. He was 63 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters who are both currently working in univer- sities toward their undergraduate degrees. We are not talking here about someone who was advanced in years and rapidly failing due to the exigencies of old age. We are talking about a man who was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We are talking about a man who still held on to hope that perhaps he might defy the odds long enough to see his daughters graduate. Evidently and tragically, in the eyes of the physician tasked with providing the care needed to beat back the infection, that hope was not worth pursuing. Again, let me make this point abundantly clear: It was the express desire of both the patient and his spouse that the doctor treat the infection. This wish was ignored.... Canadas vulnerability to the cul- ture of death is exacerbated by Can- adas single-payer, i.e., state-funded and state-run, health care system. And the brutal fact is that its more cost effective to euthanize patients than to treat secondary conditions that could turn lethal (like Hs infection) or to provide palliative end-of-life care. Last year, when I asked a leading Canadian Catholic opponent of euthanasia why a rich country like the True North strong and free couldnt provide palliative end-of-life care for all those with terminal illnesses, relieving the fear of agonized and protracted dying thats one incentive for euthanasia, he told me that only 30 percent of Canadians had access to such care. When I asked why the heck that was the case, he replied that, despite assurances from governments both conservative and liberal that theyd address this shameful situation, the inancial calculus always won out from a utilitarian point of view, eu- thanizing H and others like him was the sounder public policy. But in Canada, a mature democ- racy, that utilitarian calculus among government bean-counters wouldnt survive for long if a similar, cold calculus was not at work in the souls of too many citizens. And that is one reason why the Church must engage the culture war, not only in Canada but in the United States and throughout the West: to warm chilled souls and rebuild a civil soci- ety committed to human dignity. Then there is the civic reason. To reduce a human being to an object whose value is measured by utili- ty is to destroy one of the building blocks of the democratic order the moral truth that the American Declaration of Independence calls the inalienable right to life. That right is inalienable which means built-in, which means not a gift of the state - because it reflects some- thing even more fundamental: the dignity of the human person. When we lose sight of that, we are lost as a human community, and democracy is lost. So the culture war must be fought. And a Church that takes social justice seriously must ight it. THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE George Weigel It's a culture war BY ADELAIDE MENA CNA/EWTN NEWS An Ohio bill hopes to stop abortions un- dertaken solely because an unborn child has Down syndrome. Its very concerning to think that some lives would be judged as less valuable than others, said bill sponsor Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, according to the Associated Press. Ohio Senate Bill 164 and House Bill 214 both aim to stop doctors from performing abortions if the person has knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The bill would not punish any mothers who seek an abortion after a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. Doctors who violate the restriction would be charged with a fourth-degree felony, and the state medical board will be required to revoke their license. In June 2016, Pope Francis said that those who seek to eliminate disabled people fail to understand the real meaning of life, which also has to do with accepting suffer- ing and limitations. Ohio bill hopes to curb Down syndrome abortions A girl with Down syndrome smiles. A i l i h D d il

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