Medical Decision Making
Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care
Pro-Life Wisconsin has been steadfast in opposing euthanasia, whether masquerading as “death with dignity” or the so-called “right to die.” Because it permits euthanasia by omission, we are adamant in opposing the Wisconsin Living Will (Directive to Physicians). The Living Will has many internal flaws, including its ambiguous and confusing language which may be interpreted by physicians in a way you did not intend. Furthermore, it is impossible to make sound medical decisions based on guesswork about the future.
It seems more prudent to appoint an individual (agent) you have carefully chosen to make your health care decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. The Wisconsin Power of Attorney for Health Care, while less flawed than the Living Will, may also be used to permit euthanasia by omission. We, therefore, are unable to endorse this document. To meet this problem, we offer you a life-protective document, the “Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care”.
You may download PLW’s pro-life PPAHC by clicking here, or get a hard copy mailed to your home by emailing the state office, or call toll-free 1-877-463-7945 ext. 10 to obtain it and our set of Medical Decisions Making brochures.
Fully aware that in an ideal world such a document would be unnecessary, we endorse this specific form, realizing that there is no substitute for a competent physician, faithful to the Hippocratic ethic and tradition, as the prime protector of the rights of incompetent persons who are terminally ill or disabled.
Of course, anyone who uses this document to designate an agent(s) may add specific personal instructions. However, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s endorsement is for the document as presented.
Learn more about POLST.