by Wesley Smith, LifeNews.com
Palliative care is about ameliorating suffering and respecting the lives of each patient. It isn’t a synonym for assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Or to put it another way, hospice and palliative care are about living. Euthanasia/assisted suicide are about killing.
Indeed, when I interviewed the great medical humanitarian, Dame Cecily Saunders–founder of the modern hospice movement–she told me that assisted suicide was wholly incompatible with hospice because it denies the intrinsic equal dignity of every patient.
Amen to that.
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