(RNS) — A failure to appreciate the historical context of the ‘sanctity of life’ has led some to distort its meaning.
(RNS) — In the 15 years since Terri Schiavo died, changes in medical research and technology give us reason to totally rethink fundamental questions about patients thought to be 'vegetative.'
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia's refusal to insist on the uniform application of church law reflects the approach to complex issues that has taken hold under Francis.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (RNS) — As they face dying, some older Americans are turning to death doulas, trained caregivers who guide the dying through the spiritual and logistical challenges they face at the end of life.
(RNS) — I want an afterlife like my life has been: one like Revelation 7:9, a great multitude of diverse people existing together in love of each other and their Creator. It’s not up to me to say who qualifies.
(RNS) — As younger physicians appear to abandon a longtime code of medical ethics, the trend is toward acceptance of a practice that raises questions about the very meaning of health care.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of family members, friends and other mourners filed into a Northern California church for the funeral of a teenage girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Belgian religious congregation is defying Pope Francis' order to stop allowing euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals, saying that its decision to do so is fully consistent with Catholic doctrine.
(Crux) If Charlie had the right kind of mental capacities, he would not be being discarded in this way, writes Charlie Camosy.
LONDON (AP) The life support 11-month-old Charlie Gard is receiving at a London hospital soon will be turned off over the objections of his parents, who want to take him to the United States for experimental therapy they believe could prolong his life.
(RNS) Congregations that have participated in The Conversation Project say they've been given permission to discuss a topic few want to talk about.
(RNS) California's law expands access to aid in dying to 1 in 6 terminally ill Americans, cheering advocates and horrifying opponents who see danger ahead for the elderly and vulnerable.
(RNS) It is the common impulse of people of goodwill everywhere to prevent or at least mitigate all forms of gratuitous suffering.
(RNS) If the religious groups win on blocking contraception coverage, some attorneys argue the ruling could easily apply to decisions about care at the end of life.
(RNS) "Religion is most prevalent around the deathbed in our country," says Ann Neumann. "That is where it is resoundingly proven that we are not a secular nation."
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