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09/28/2014

Festering Mistrust over Brain Death

I was disappointed to see this newsletter article from the Life Issues Institute and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network titled “The Market for Brain Death.”  


The primary focus seems to be on aid in dying, particularly involuntary or non-voluntary aid in dying.  But both the title and the article go on to suggest that unilateral judgments regarding life-sustaining treatment or aid in dying, “may lie behind what seems to be an increase in the ‘brain death’ diagnosis.”


As I recently noted, treatment disputes after diagnosis of brain death do seem to be on the rise.  Unfortunately, messages like this sow the seeds of mistrust and distrust that will spawn even more disputes.  

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