What's considered "extraordinary means of maintaining a person's life?


#1

I was wondering what the Church’s position was as to what is considered extrordinary means of maintaining a person’s life and what is deemed acceptable. Is a feeding tube considered extraordinary? What about breathing tubes or I.V’s for fluids only? This is a very confusing issue and I would like to know how to follow church teaching in this matter.


#2

The Church’s position as to what is considered extrordinary means of maintaining a person’s life is explained at the following sites:

Recent statement from Pope John Paul II on Care for the Sick: Nutrition/hydration for ill/aged:
righttoliferoch.org/weuthpope.htm

Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care Part 1:
catholicculture.org/docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=598

Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care Part 2:
catholicculture.org/docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=599

National Catholic Bioethics Center
ncbcenter.org/home.html


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