The decision of whether to maintain marginal life or to accept death is one made many thousands of times each year in hospitals. Ask any of the many ministers who are hospital chaplains, who help families and doctors to make that decision.
This kind of decision is also made with the fully conscious, for example, patients on organ transplant waiting lists. Not everyone on the list will get an organ … doctors and chaplains make the determination of who will, based on current health and lifestyle. (No use giving a new liver to an active alcoholic).
These decisions are made with … and without … the consent of patients and their family members.
Given this, I don’t understand the actions of a segment of the Christian population in interfering with the Shiavos. Why doesn’t one … just one … of the many hospital chaplains in this country step forward and say something?