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Andrea Clark: Safe for Now

— Posted by John (May 2, 2006 at 3:33 pm)

White lab coatPro-Life Blogs is reporting on the dramatic turn of events in the case of Andrea Clark, now that one Dr. Matthew Lenz has agreed to take her into his care.

Andrea’s condition is still quite fragile, and is still very much in need of prayers, but it appears that a bullet has been dodged. Pro-life Texans now will have to set their sights on dismantling the Texas Futile Care Law — which, as many have pointed out, was signed into law in 1999 by then Governor George W. Bush.

Its major flaw is that it gives entirely too much power to doctors and hospital ethics committees, who can make the decision to discontinue life support even if a patient wants to continue living. Such was almost the case with Andrea Clark.

The Texas Futile Care Law also brings up another much larger issue that I’ve wondered about for some time: What is it about a white coat and the letters “M.D.” after someone’s name that causes so many people to think that doctors should be treated with such fawning obeisance?

I’ll admit that I’m shooting from the hip on this one, but it seems to me that the general decline in the practice of religion over the past two generations has coincided with an increased — and in many cases, nearly unquestioning — deference shown toward the medical profession.

It seems to me that we all have a subconscious need to acknowledge an authority outside of (and greater than) ourselves. Those who have cast off the spiritual authority of God, the Church, Scripture, etc., must therefore find someone or something else to place their “faith” in.

For those who believe physical health is the highest good, the practice of medicine is the logical choice to become their object of faith, so to speak.

In the meantime, let’s be grateful that good physicians — witness Dr. Lenz — still exist.

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10 Comments on “Andrea Clark: Safe for Now”

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  1. Lauren says:

    If you oppose ending what you see as life, why do you not oppose unnaturally prolonging it?

    This is always something I found confusing.

    Comment posted May 2nd, 2006 at 3:47 pm
  2. KaraLynn says:

    Obviously Lauren has not been following the story. Until a few weeks ago Andrea was responsive and alert. She as been very heavily sedated by the doctors so that she seems “lifeless” now. She is not being unnaturally kept alive, she is being actively euthanized against her wishes, which she has made clear. Again, who has the right to determine who is “alive” and who isn’t. Certainly not Lauren and certainly not so called medical doctors.

    Comment posted May 2nd, 2006 at 6:15 pm
  3. lauren says:

    I haven’t been following the story you are right. The terri schiavo case was none of our business.

    “Essentially, futile care policies provide that a physician may overrule a patient or their authorized decision-maker in denying wanted life-sustaining treatment. Futile care policies do not generally require that the treatment be objectively futile, but allow doctors to use subjective criteria such as quality of life judgments and even economic factors as grounds for denying treatment. ”

    That’s wrong. I agree. I send you to Democratic Underground for its view on it..


    Comment posted May 2nd, 2006 at 10:28 pm
  4. lauren says:

    Btw, you can blame your supposedly “pro-life” president for that statute…

    Comment posted May 2nd, 2006 at 10:28 pm
  5. Phil says:

    On Sunday, at a symposium in Philly, Michael Schiavo did say that Terri was his property (I think the exact phrase was, in reponse to “Terri was not your property to do with as you wished, Michael,” “No, Terri was my property”). Brandi Swindell from Generation Life made it inside the symposium and confronted him after his talk.

    Comment posted May 3rd, 2006 at 8:37 am
  6. joe says:

    “If you oppose ending what you see as life, why do you not oppose unnaturally prolonging it?”

    Unnaturally prolonging life could have many definitions. I have an aunt that does not believe in blood transfusions. She says, “When your time is up… Your time is up.”

    Comment posted May 3rd, 2006 at 5:23 pm
  7. Lauren says:

    joe.. your aunt appears to be a real genius.

    Comment posted May 8th, 2006 at 11:20 am
  8. rosie says:

    compared to who? you? Now we’re getting personal huh? How sad.

    Comment posted May 8th, 2006 at 1:44 pm
  9. Lauren says:

    come on rosie dont be such a nerd.. she refuses blood transfusions.. you really think that is a sane thing to do ?

    Comment posted May 11th, 2006 at 11:19 pm
  10. rosie says:

    O gosh don’t get me started on what is or isn’t sane we’ll just disagree.

    Comment posted May 12th, 2006 at 4:48 pm