Saturday, June 23, 2007

The elderly need better care

Pro-life Americans, who have set up a network of crisis pregnancy centers across the country, must come together to set up a similar network to ensure that our elderly are accorded appropriate medical care and dignity and respect in their final days. Senior support networks that assist elderly residents and their families should exist in every community. The church must find its voice and speak out against the injuries and indignities suffered by our frail elderly. If the character of a culture is measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable members, what does the epidemic of abuse and neglect of our elders say about our society? A culture of life should extend dignity, compassion and care to those who are at the end of their lives, no less so than to those who are at the beginning. Until we do, we cannot be said to have embraced a consistent life ethic.


The editorialist makes some good points. My main beef with the "Consistent Life Ethic" crowd is not that they want a consistent life ethic, but that they often denote a wide range of evils to be as bad as the killing of unborn children.

The issue of state-sanctioned killing of our most vulnerable members of society should be of the highest urgency.

Notwithstanding this urgency, I do agree that we need to make sure that the elderly are taken care of. I also agree with the writer that there should be a wide range of options, not just institutionalization.

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