Right to Life and Right
to Die with Christian Dignity
Although there are many
denominations of Christianity, there are several fundamental values
intrinsic to all Christians. Unfortunately, some parents
may not be able to communicate inherit Christian beliefs during a time of
distress and to others, they may be still learning what it means to live out
their faith (faith in action is a learning process).
If you are a physician or
a person working with a Christian family and do not understand the families
Christian beliefs, ask them to tell you about them.
Beyond understanding their belief system, each citizen of the
has the right to communicate directives for their child's care within their
rights as parents and their rights to practice religion freedoms.
In relation to those who
are sick, handicapped or disabled, the Christian beliefs are promulgated in
Catholic Catechism 2276-2279,
and further elaborated on in the
Declaration on Euthanasia (1980), Prepared
by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
I encourage all healthcare workers look into these sources (as links
to these sites have been provided for your convenience).
Further information is available for you to peruse in
The Charter For Health Care Workers
written by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care
Workers in Vatican City
children must be given the means requisite for its normal
development, both materially and spiritually under the
first right of
the Rights of a Child
according to the Geneva Declaration endorsed by
the League of Nations and further expanded by the General Assembly of the
With my child's
Trisomy 13 diagnosis, the medical literature did not show favorable
survivability statistics. I ask you to look
beyond the Failure to Thrive issues and treat my child as sick child who
needs constant and chronic care. For that, we will need
the physician’s documentation for specified care.
Christian parents are
seeking a community of persons to be supportive of special needs children as
well as compassionate to underlying spiritual beliefs.
If you are a physician, therapist, educator or other community member called
to put into practice these beliefs, feel free to offer your support services
to these families. Links to your business, website or
services will be added to our website upon request.
Peace and Blessings to you
for your support,
© Janina E. Arritola 2006
(used with permission from