Medical Decision Making

Making ethical medical decisions can be tough. We're here to help.

Overview


It's a myth that pro-lifers are only concerned about embryos and fetuses. Increasingly, the elderly, frail and handicapped are finding themselves declared "unwanted" or "burdens," just like the preborn. Our vulnerable brothers and sisters at then end of life need our love and protection just as much they did at the beginning of life. A unique range of threats to life - living wills, physician-assisted suicide, removal of food and fluids to cause death, and vital organ donation after "brain death" - are confronting us in subtle but dangerous ways. Please educate yourself and your loved ones before the "right to die" mentality needlessly claims more lives around you.

 

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End of Life Brochures

Julie Grimstad, executive director of Life is Worth Living, Inc., has developed a set of End of Life Decisions series of brochures to help educate end of life issues. You may download these, email Pro-Life Wisconsin, or call Pro-Life Wisconsin (262-796-1111) to get a…


Catholic Principles for Medical Decision-Making

By Julie Grimstad

1. No matter what life-sustaining procedure/medical treatment is in question, when in doubt, err on the side of life. [Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 2280] A medical intervention can be tried with the option of stopping it if it proves ineffective or excessively burdensome…


Wisconsin Catholic Bishops warn against POLST

July 26, 2012

Pro-Life Wisconsin commends Wisconsin Catholic Bishops for warning against use of Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Madison, WI – Yesterday the Wisconsin Catholic Bishops released a pastoral statement on Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Entitled “Upholding the Dignity of Human…


Your Life or Death - Who Decides?

by attorney Sarah Buscher

Physician's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST): Your Life or Death - Who Decides?

The POLST movement "is a national effort to manage and control death under the guise of compassion."
- Lisa Gasbarre Black, J.D., General Counsel to Catholic Charities Health and…


Euthanasia FAQ's

1. What is euthanasia?

Answer:
Formerly called "mercy killing," euthanasia means intentionally making someone die, rather than allowing that person to die naturally. Put bluntly, euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion.

2. What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?

Answer:
In euthanasia, one person does something that…


Resources

Advance Directive/Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care (PPAHC)
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Informed: A Guide for Critical Medical Decisions
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