The bar has moved lower again. We always seem to be saying, “I told you so.” Fr. Rob Johansen reports that an elderly woman in Georgia is being starved to death. However, unlike Terri Schiavo, Mae Magouirk is lucid and not terminally ill. She is not comatose or vegetative and she has a living will that says that she should continue to receive medical care. But her granddaughter has determined that her 85-year-old grandmother shouldn’t live like this; “Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus,” she said. So, Grandmama is being deprived of food and water at a judge’s order, in direct violation of the law. As Fr. Rob says, “If a relative decides your life is no longer worth living, and a judge is willing to overrule your living will and make him or her guardian, you too could end up dying over 10-14 days, starving and dehydrating to death.”
What a slippery slope that is. It appears the civil liberties no longer exist for the old or disabled. Welcome to the brave, new world where your worth to society will be determined and if you don’t measure up, it’s curtains for you.