More on Brittnay Maynard:
*Intent is everything from the Christian perspective.
As I continue to consider the Maynard issue, the idea is argued from two perspectives. One is from the Christian perspective and the other from a world view. God’s law is a reflection of His character, which is immutable. The worldview is mutable.
Intent is everything; in considering Hospice services, the intent is different. The goal of Hospice is to make the patient comfortable, i.e. removing pain. In the process of removing pain, many times, respiratory failure ensues in the pursuit and the patient dies much quicker than if he was without the IV pain relief.
As I have read, in the case of Maynard, she was beginning to have violent headache pain and onset of seizure activity.
“suffered increasingly frequent and longer seizures, severe head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms. As symptoms grew more severe, she chose to abbreviate the dying process by taking the aid-in-dying medication she had received months ago.”
The lines, for myself as a believer, seem to blur a bit in relation to the valid use of Hospice services and what Oregon provided her. The only caveat I can render at this point is intent. It was Maynard’s ‘intent’ to end her life. With Hospice, the goal is to remove the pain and suffering by snowing the patient with pain relievers. In my estimation, this is at the crux of the argument.