An Overview of the Supreme Court This Session.
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an evangelical is a Christian Protestant for whom the central ideas are the leading authority of Scripture, the necessity of personal conversion, the centrality of the death of Christ on the cross as a substitutionary atonement, and the importance of a life of active following Jesus, seen in such things as Bible reading, prayer, church attendance, and deeds of compassion and justice.I've added italics around what I consider the most curious phrase. I get every other point, but does one really need to submit to an Anselmic interpretation of the crucifixion event to be an evangelical? That seems odd to me, since I know lots of Weslyans and Anabaptists who are fiercely evangelical, but think of the atonement through other lenses.
Such is the nightmare of the time and culture in which we live — a financial system built on and collapsed by the greed of those who cared little for the consequence, and an insurance/illness industry pregnant by the profits of sick people. In such a system, good people can work hard, have medical insurance, get sick, and lose their homes. It is no wonder that Jesus said, “…for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” It was not meant as a compliment.
The home has been in our family for about a century. My mother grew up in the home. I spent my early childhood years there. My grandparents and great-grandparents lived there. Its walls have contained almost every important event of our family’s life for the last 100 years. And now, on October 16, if we are unable to slow this process through legal action, it will go to auction. Even if we get a few months reprieve, it still seems certain that my folks will lose their home.
Doctors in the case said it would have been considered assault if they had treated her against her wishes.
The case has prompted Andy Burnham, Health Secretary, to signal that the law may need to be changed because living wills or advance directives were not intended for this purpose. He said it made him ‘uncomfortable’.
Dr Luk Ho, a consultant psychiatrist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, wrote in response to a British Medical Journal blog: "My biggest concern with this case is that it could lead to ‘assisted suicide by the backdoor.
"I am well aware of the euthanasia debate about whether it is ethical to use the distinction between ‘act and omission’ to justify withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment in incapacitated terminally ill patients.
"Could professionals be legally permitted in the future to allow patients to commit suicide ‘in their best interests’, because it is the patient who commits the ‘act’ and the professionals merely ‘omit’ treatment?"
Dr Luk also questioned whether Ms Wooltorton’s advice directive was applicable because her history of mental illness and previous suicide attempts raised issues over her mental ability to refuse treatment.
"Is is ever possible for a person wishing to commit suicide to have full capacity?"
Emphasis mine. We don't know what counseling Wooltorton received after each of her previous suicide attempts, what extent her doctors went to to address her depression, or what fertility options she was informed of.
Those who oppose assisted suicide, however the laws are constructed to protect the mentally infirm, determine that the desire to end one's life is a sign of depression. Kerrie Wooltorton's sad death helps to make their case for them.