The bishops sought guidance during the Terri Schiavo controversy on whether or not the provision of artificial nutrition and hydration
(ANH) is morally obligatory for a patient in a permanent vegetative state (PVS).
If the court's order to terminate artificial nutrition and hydration
was indeed a fulfillment of Ms.
Position statement on foregoing artificial nutrition and hydration
. Washington, DC: American Nurses Association.
For many families, the toughest decision is whether to use artificial nutrition and hydration
(tube feeding) when someone is dying.
The Bill does not change this position; The Alzheimer's Society believes that it is inappropriate for a person with advanced dementia to be given artificial hydration and nutrition for the sole purpose of prolonging life and people should be able to refuse this treatment in advance; Artificial nutrition and hydration
should not be given to people in the final stages of dementia who are dying.
Medical guidelines in that country currently permit doctors to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration
from terminally ill patients.
They lead the reader through the thickets of Catholic moral tradition and teaching on the matter of artificial nutrition and hydration
and say that some conclusions drawn from the recent papal statement "appear to represent a major reversal of the moral tradition of the Catholic church."
To understand the current state of the law relating to providing artificial nutrition and hydration
and how it developed, it is necessary to have some familiarity with the structure of the United States' legal system.
If Louise regrets the decision and would rather that Sal be allowed to die, then Sal becomes, despite being treated with artificial nutrition and hydration
, an appropriate hospice candidate.
The allocution made its way almost immediately into the Schiavo case where it served as yet another basis for an appeal to have artificial nutrition and hydration
Mr Burke was granted six declarations, the first of which was that: 'Any decision by the claimant (Mr Burke) while competent, or contained in a valid advance directive, that he requires to be provided with artificial nutrition and hydration
, is determinative that such provision is in the best interests of the claimant, at least in circumstances where death is not imminent and the claimant is not comatose.'
As if in anticipation of the Rome gathering, the Catholic Health Association organized a March 10 members' audio conference on Schiavo and artificial nutrition and hydration
in Catholic hospitals.