Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Muslim doctors oppose euthanasia


From SPUC: Muslim doctors in Britain are protesting over proposals to cause patients
to die according to so-called living wills. Under the new Mental Capacity
Act, patients with life-threatening diseases will be allowed to refuse
life-saving treatment and give their friends and relatives the power to
stop their food and drink. A spokesman for the Islamic Medical Association
said: "We oppose strongly any court decision or power of attorney used to
justify participation in starving or dehydrating anyone to death. All
Muslim doctors, nurses and patients, expressing our Islamic beliefs,
should oppose this inhumane Act." [Daily Mail, 24 September] British
lawyers are working on the new powers of attorney that would give
relatives of mentally incapacitated patients unprecedented control over
their affairs. [Guardian, 24 September]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen