Wednesday, November 1, 2017

10 Ways Physician-Assisted Suicide Targets Women

This is an issue that stirs me up with resigned depression more than passionate advocacy. 

I'm not saying that like it's a good thing. What can I say that hasn't already been said? Healthcare that values profits over people is a problem. Failure to listen to women's voices in healthcare is a problem. Lack of care and respect for the sick and elderly among us is a problem. 

If I were navigating our nation's healthcare minefield with a terminal illness, I might opt for physician-assisted suicide as my best choice too. 

We need to advocate for initiatives that give patients options and support: re-frame sickness as a natural part of life, better communicate palliative care and hospice options, mandate insurance companies cover medical treatment for any condition that's covered by physician-assisted suicide, build intergenerational communities, incorporate quality mental treatment into standard healthcare, better regulate nursing home and hospice standards, improve conditions for elderly in poverty, revise standards of feminine beauty to include aging and illness, properly frame self-sacrifice as a healthy virtue, not a death sentence, and challenge medical professionals to listen and respond to women's healthcare concerns. 

Without addressing these related issues of physician-assisted suicide, our society will unduly pressure those most sick among us, those with statistically less advocacy and fewer resources -- women in particular -- to accept expedited death as the only option in their most difficult hour.

Read the rest over at FemCatholic

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