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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Friday, June 17, 2005
A Sad Story About Hope
Yesterday's USA Today story about a husband's efforts to keep his brain-dead wife alive long enough to deliver their baby is heartbreaking. It contains enough emotional drama to make the strongest among us weep. Jason Torres and his wife, Susan, are both just 26 years old, with a 2-year-old child now staying with grandparents while Jason maintains a hospital vigil with his unconscious wife. The young husband wrestled with his decision when the doctors offered to disconnect his wife's life-support machines.
"I hate seeing her on those darned machines,” Torres says, “and I hate using her as a husk, a carrying case, because she herself is worth so much more. But Susan really wanted this baby. And she's a very — how should I put this? — a willful lady. That's probably why she's made it this far.”
Jason also realized his decision to try to help the baby reach 30 weeks would be expensive. Hospital costs are rising at an estimated $7500 a day. If you want to help with those expenses, go here.
Predictably, the Right has co-opted this story and turned it into an advertisement for Pro-Life. See here also.
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Fight!
Bush the hypocrite
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