Wednesday, 29 March 2017

20 Answers End of Life Issues - Jason Negri - 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers

20 Answers End of Life Issues
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers
Jason Negri
Catholic Answers Press
ISBN 9781938983962
eISBN 9781938983986

Out of the 10 books in the 20 Answers series that I have read, this might be the hardest to date. I made a commitment to do the 20 Answers Challenge from Catholic Answers Series, a commitment to read the 20 books in the series over lent. During lent this year you can get all 20 books for 50% off, an amazing deal, and you still have time to get them! This book was hard to read for many reasons, staying atop of the news in Europe, and in Canada, and the changes in attitudes to medical care and saving money by encouraging exit strategies for people, just made this book a very hard read. But one that was really worth taking the time and effort to work through.

Jason is a lawyer by day and that clear concise, and direct approach that you would expect from a lawyer is clearly evident in his writing. In this book he tackles End of Life Issues and the specific 20 questions that he answers are:

1. What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?
2. Since suicide isn't against the law anymore, why should it be illegal to help someone commit suicide?
3. What about freedom of choice? If someone finds life intolerable, why shouldn't he be allowed to kill himself-even if it means getting someone to help?
4. Be reasonable! Some people are just lying there in a completely vegetative state. Shouldn't we just put them out of their misery?
5. What are some of the reasons that conscious and competent people give for wanting doctor-prescribed suicide?
6. But what if a person is in unbearable pain?
7. What if someone is already dying? What's the problem with just speeding up the inevitable?
8. Isn't your opposition to physician-assisted suicide based just on your religious beliefs?
9. PAS and euthanasia are already happening. So why not legalize them?
10. The cost of medical care for the very old and ill can be a tremendous burden. Isn't PAS a solution?
11. At what point should medical treatment be removed from a patient? Do I have to be kept alive by machines?
12. What about a feeding tube? Is there a different standard for deciding to withdraw that treatment?
13. I've heard the term "palliative care" in the context of end-of-life issues. What is it?
14. What is "elder abuse," and how does it factor into this debate?
15. Is there anything I can do now to make sure rights and wishes are respected in end-of-life situations?
16. I have heard about a new type of advance directive called a POLST. Is this a good idea?
17. What are the best arguments against PAS that both religious and non-religious people can agree on?
18. What is the legal status of assisted suicide in the United States right now?
19. What about euthanasia?
20. What practical things should I be doing to prepare for my own death?

In the introduction Jason states: "And yet death is the only certainty. Regardless of the worldly distractions with which we surround ourselves, regardless of our health, wealth, connections, or beliefs, regardless of whether we are ready for it, all of us will someday pass from this life. However unpleasant it may be, we ought to give this ultimate topic some attention-particularly at this moment in time, when controversies over euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and the rights of the sick and disabled have reached a crossroads." And that this booklet is just a starting point. All of these questions cannot be answered in 60 pages. But the conversation can begin. Jason begins by defining the terms, "Euthanasia means intentionally, knowingly, and directly acting to cause the death of another person-for example, giving him a lethal injection. Assisted suicide is defined as intentionally, knowingly, and directly providing the means by which another person commits suicide-such as giving him a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs. In both cases, the act is done ostensibly to relieve a patient's suffering."  But from some of the stories in this book and from the news in Europe it is important to add that euthanasia can further be broken down into two types, with the patients consent and without, or as Jason puts in voluntary and involuntary. 

There have been recent news stories about forced euthanasia, by doctors at the family's request to save on medical costs. Reading this book brings home a very bleak reality in the world we live in today. But it also offers hope in the Catholic's value on life, and all life; and also in finding that balance between valuing life, and accepting death as a part of the process. 

So far this was the hardest book in the 20 Answers Series to read, and because of that maybe one of the most important for us to read. Now some of the legal ramifications and precautions Jason writes about are geared to Americans, but as a Canadian it was easy to do some quick searches and find our relevant or similar information. This is a great series and this is a very relevant book in this day and age.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Note 2: Lent 2017 this is an amazing series of books is being offered at a 50% discount through the end of Lent 2017. But the challenge is to read the 20 books in the 20 Answers series over Lent. That is right you can get all 20 physical books or all 20 eBooks for just $34.95! If you want a way to go deeper this Lent give this series a try! #20AnswersChallenge

20 Answers Series:
20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn
20 Answers Angels & Demons - Fr. Mike Driscoll
20 Answers Atheism - Matt Fradd
20 Answers Death & Judgement - Trent Horn
20 Answers Divorce & Remarriage - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers End of Life - Jason Negri
20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn
20 Answers God - Trent Horn
20 Answers Islam - Andrew Blezad
20 Answers Jehovah's Witnesses - Trent Horn
20 Answers Mary - Tim Staples
20 Answers Miracles - Karlo Broussard
20 Answers Mormonism - Trent Horn
20 Answers Salvation - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Scripture and Tradition - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Bible - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Eucharist - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Papacy - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Real Jesus - Trent Horn

20 Answers The Church - Trent Horn
20 Answers Witchcraft & the Occult - Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Apparitions & Revelations - Michael O'Neill
20 Answers Bible Prophecy - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Homosexuality - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Reformation - Steve Weidenkopf
20 Answers The Sacraments - Fr. Mike Driscoll

20 Answers Bioethics - Stacy A. Trasancos
20 Answers Conversion - Shaun McAfee
20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin

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A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day - Jimmy Akin
The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church - Rod Bennett
Answering Atheism - How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity - Trent Horn
Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue - Trent Horn and Fr Frank Pavone
The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism - Devin Rose
Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines - Tim Staples
Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians - James L. Papandrea
Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World - Fr. Mike Driscoll
Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith - Devin Rose
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura - Dave Armstrong
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life - Jimmy Akin
The Truth is Out There (Brendan and Erc in Exile Book 1 - Brother Amadeus and Amadeus
...Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory - Kevin Vost
Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan for Converting the World to Christ - Dan McGuire

The Fathers Know Best - Jimmy Akin
Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love - Trent Horn
The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did - Eric Sammons

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