Religion: Death Without Dignity

For several years now Americans have been hearing a somber new slogan: "Death with dignity." Meaning: the American way of death has become too technological, often condemning a patient to a lingering and painful end in which he is kept artificially alive by a maze of tubes and life-support machines. To prevent such dehumanizing procedures, the advocates of death with dignity recommend that doctors be allowed to cease extraordinary lifesaving efforts when it is clear that the patient is beyond further help. The living are counseled to ease the dying person's final agony...

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