Eluana Englaro Died of Cardiac Arrest--The Young Support her Dehydration
Posted Feb 11 2009 4:21pm
The autopsy of Eluana Englaro shows she died of cardiac arrest. From the story:
An autopsy performed on the controversial 'right to die' woman, Eluana Englaro, who died in Italy on Monday has shown she died of cardiac arrest, provoked by dehydration after her feeding tubes were removed last week. The fate of 38-year-old Englaro, who had been in a vegetative state since 1992, provoked a euthanasia debate that has divided Italy and caused a constitutional crisis.
The life of Eluana is over, but the controversy has just begun in Italy:
"It is wrong to insult others and it is equally wrong to accuse Catholics of fundamentalism when they fight for life," said Fisichella in an interview with Italian daily, La Repubblica. "There is a great reversal of values. Freedom is good, but there should also be freedom to decide against death and not in favour of death. "Analysing the latest polls, we can see that the 18-25 age bracket asked for the death of Eluana, while the older the age, the more people were in favour of allowing her to live. This should ring some alarm bells."
Recent opinion polls showed Italians were clearly divided over the issue with 47 percent of those surveyed in favour of Englaro's right to die and 47 percent opposed to it. Six percent were undecided.
People who are my age (nearly 60) and above should be very afraid. The majority of the young seem to have rejected the sanctity/equality of human life. That bodes ill for us when we become dependent upon others for care and support.