St. Luke's Hospital - Killing Andrea Clark via Futile-Care Theory

Wesley J. Smith exposes the actions of hospitals around the country — "nobody knows how many" — that have been quietly promulgating internal rules to permit patients to be denied wanted treatment to maintain their lives.

The bioethics committee at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas has decreed that Andrea Clarke should die. Indeed, after a closed-door hearing, it ordered all further medical efforts to sustain her life while at St. Luke's to cease. As a consequence, Clarke's life support, required because of a heart condition and bleeding on the brain, is to be removed unilaterally even though she is not unconscious and her family wants treatment to continue.

[snip]

Clarke's case involves value judgments rather than medical determinations. In such "qualitative futility" cases, treatment is stopped in spite of a patient's or family's objections — the intervention is necessary not because the treatment doesn't work, but because it does. In essence then, it is the patient's life that is deemed futile and, hence, not worthy of being preserved.

We should also note that the Clarke controversy isn't anything like the Terri Schiavo case. Schiavo's tube-supplied food and fluids were ordered withdrawn (supposedly) to carry out her wishes. But Clarke apparently wants to live and her family all agree that she should continue to be sustained. In other words, it is as if Michael Schiavo and Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, agreed to maintain Terri's feeding tube but a hospital ethics committee overruled their decisions and doctors removed the tube anyway.

Smith also notes the game the hospital is playing to get Andrea Clark out of their facility:

Illustrating the level of hardball some hospitals play against patients and families, the Clarke family's lawyer Jerri Ward told me that St. Luke's agreed to pay the $14,806 transportation costs to transfer Clarke to a hospital in Illinois — more than 1,000 miles away — if the decision to transfer is made on Thursday (4/27). If the family doesn't decide until Friday, the hospital will pay only one-half of the cost of transportation. Thereafter, it would pay nothing.
Read the rest here. But before you do, give St. Luke's a call and politely express your opinion:
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, 6720 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX 77030
Main hospital telephone number - 832-355-1000
Email: click here




button02b.gif

Categories

Archives

Pro-Life Articles

add your site
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 24, 2017, 6:20 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 5:15 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 5:26 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 4:42 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 4:51 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 4:59 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 5:07 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 4:17 pm
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 24, 2017, 4:13 pm
March For Life Feb 24, 2017, 4:12 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 3:32 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 4:00 pm
Americans United for Life Blog Feb 24, 2017, 3:55 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 2:24 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 2:47 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 2:15 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 2:15 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 2:15 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 2:18 pm
Rose and Her Lily Feb 24, 2017, 12:44 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 12:39 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 12:57 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 12:14 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 12:14 pm
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 24, 2017, 12:23 pm
NoisyRoom.net Feb 24, 2017, 12:24 pm
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 11:17 am
Happy Catholic Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Happy Catholic Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 24, 2017, 12:08 pm
Rose and Her Lily Feb 24, 2017, 11:17 am
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 10:28 am
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 10:56 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 11:13 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 11:15 am
Operation Rescue Feb 24, 2017, 10:17 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 9:12 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 9:12 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 24, 2017, 11:36 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 24, 2017, 11:59 am
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 5:00 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 5:00 pm
March For Life Feb 24, 2017, 9:18 am
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 8:52 am
LifeNews Feb 24, 2017, 8:26 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:55 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:51 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:57 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:54 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 9:02 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:48 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:43 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 8:46 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 9:04 am
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 24, 2017, 9:07 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 24, 2017, 11:09 am
A Follower of Francis Feb 24, 2017, 7:43 am
Reclaiming Our Children Jan 1, 1970, 2:00 am
Les Femmes - The Truth Feb 24, 2017, 7:02 am
Rebelution Feb 24, 2017, 5:00 am
Papa Mike's Blog Feb 24, 2017, 4:13 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 3:06 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 24, 2017, 3:06 am
Aardvark Alley Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
The Ohio Anglican.blog Feb 23, 2017, 11:35 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 23, 2017, 11:08 pm
A Catholic Life Feb 23, 2017, 9:25 pm
DEACON FOR LIFE Feb 23, 2017, 9:15 pm
cultureshift Feb 23, 2017, 8:04 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 6:23 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 6:44 pm
cultureshift Feb 23, 2017, 6:42 pm
cultureshift Feb 23, 2017, 6:58 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 6:55 pm
SUNLIT UPLANDS Feb 23, 2017, 6:35 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 5:14 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 5:20 pm
Fletcher's Blog Feb 23, 2017, 5:30 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 5:54 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 4:30 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 4:50 pm
March For Life Feb 23, 2017, 4:02 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 3:23 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 3:43 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 5:27 pm
Abort73 Blog Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Abort73.com || Director's Blog Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Rose and Her Lily Feb 23, 2017, 3:22 pm
EmpowerShop Prolife Feb 23, 2017, 3:17 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 1:50 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 2:33 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 1:50 pm
Alex Schadenberg Feb 23, 2017, 2:47 pm
Rose and Her Lily Feb 23, 2017, 10:47 am
Rose and Her Lily Feb 23, 2017, 1:44 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 3:07 pm
Rose and Her Lily Feb 23, 2017, 1:30 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 12:02 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 12:49 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 12:49 pm
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 23, 2017, 12:40 pm
Aardvark Alley Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 5:00 pm
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 11:35 am
LifeNews Feb 23, 2017, 11:55 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 11:48 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 12:10 pm
Alex Schadenberg Feb 23, 2017, 11:40 am
RealChoice Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Conservative Political Cartoons Feb 23, 2017, 11:15 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 12:42 pm
Alex Schadenberg Feb 23, 2017, 10:16 am
NoisyRoom.net Feb 23, 2017, 9:29 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 11:07 am
NoisyRoom.net Feb 23, 2017, 8:34 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Bound4LIFE Feb 23, 2017, 8:30 am
Pro-Life Unity Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
My Domestic Church Feb 23, 2017, 8:25 am
Reclaiming Our Children Jan 1, 1970, 2:00 am
NoisyRoom.net Feb 23, 2017, 6:23 am
Leaven for the Loaf Feb 23, 2017, 6:00 am
FREEDOM EDEN Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 3:40 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 3:40 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Feb 23, 2017, 3:40 am
The Ohio Anglican.blog Feb 22, 2017, 11:35 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:01 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:02 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:02 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:04 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:05 pm
The Aquila Report Feb 22, 2017, 11:06 pm
Dakota Voice (Blog) Feb 22, 2017, 9:31 pm
Dakota Voice (Blog) Feb 22, 2017, 9:36 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 5:00 pm
DEACON FOR LIFE Feb 22, 2017, 9:15 pm
cultureshift Feb 22, 2017, 8:24 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 22, 2017, 10:57 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Feb 22, 2017, 10:37 pm
cultureshift Feb 22, 2017, 7:43 pm
Colossians Three Sixteen Feb 22, 2017, 7:29 pm
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 22, 2017, 6:21 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 5:00 pm
RealChoice Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
RealChoice Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
LTI Blog Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 5:38 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 5:43 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 6:02 pm
cultureshift Feb 22, 2017, 5:28 pm
cultureshift Feb 22, 2017, 5:57 pm
BIG C CATHOLICS Feb 22, 2017, 5:18 pm
A Voice For Moms© Feb 22, 2017, 5:34 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 4:22 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 4:39 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 4:31 pm
LifeNews Feb 22, 2017, 3:32 pm
FRC.org - Web Log Feb 22, 2017, 3:27 pm
Catholic in Brooklyn Feb 22, 2017, 3:40 pm