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End-of Life Care: Options for Medical, Spiritual Needs Are Abundant

on . End of Life (Policy)

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"Dying is one of the most important moments in our lives. Like all important moments, it deserves thoughtful preparation.” (Fr. Lawrence Reilly, Ethicist and Theologian)

The end of life can be a time of spiritual and emotional growth. But with the onset of technological advances, patients and family may find themselves dealing with complicated treatments plans instead of addressing those spiritual questions.

Fortunately, new options on the care and comfort of people near the end of life have paralleled the emergence of technical advances.

Today, the conversation is emerging over how we can “die well.” What can the medical community do to make sure a patient has the best possible care without becoming intrusive at the end of life? Proper care is complex and will vary among patients and physicians.

As physician-ethicist, Daniel Sulmasy points out in a recent article in Christian Century, the medical profession “can accept (your) death but we do not have to cause it.”

Fathers – How Involved Are They in their Children’s Lives – and Why It Matters

on . Marriage: Public Policy

dadLess than half, or 46 percent, of U.S. children younger than 18 are living in a home with two married parents in their first marriage, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of government data – a sharp decline from 73 percent in 1960.

This decline is troubling in light of many studies that demonstrate a strong correlation between at-home dads and positive outcomes for children, including increased academic success and less crime, delinquency, and substance abuse and poverty than for kids with no father in the home.

But today there are many family arrangements besides the traditional family. What is the current status of fathers’ involvement with their children in these alternative family arrangements?

Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill Introduced in California

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caas-link(En Español) California lawmakers are being asked to create a right to die in new legislation proposed this week. SB 128, by Senators Monning (D-Monterey) and Wolk (D-Napa), attempts to legalize doctor-prescribed suicidein the Golden State.

In a press conference playing heavily on emotion, the two Senators and their co-authors contended that everyone has a right to a lethal dose of drugs to end their life when faced with a terminal illness. Advocates for the disabled and the elderly objected vehemently. Marilyn Goldman, a spokesperson for the group Not Dead Yet, called the practice a “deadly mix” in our cost driven health care system and a danger to a great many vulnerable people

SB 128 will face severe opposition in the California legislature – similar proposals have lost before here and in other states. The California Catholic Conference is part of a broad coalition – Californians Against Assisted Suicide (CAAS) – that opposes the bill.

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