As Wesley J. Smith says, for shame. Forced exit goes to a new level in the United States: An ostensibly Catholic hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, is presently dehydrating Rachel Nyirahabiyambere to death against the unified wishes of her family and without even the legal fig leaf of claiming that this is what she "would have wanted." The reason given is naked cost rationing. The court refused to appoint an attorney for Rachel herself and instead appointed an unrelated guardian for her who had been selected by an attorney paid by the hospital. This faux "guardian" expressly justifies her unilateral decision to dehydrate Rachel on cost grounds:
Hospitals cannot afford to allow families the time to work through their grieving process by allowing the relatives to remain hospitalized until the family reaches the acceptance stage, if that ever happens,” Ms. Sloan said in an e-mail. “Generically speaking, what gives any one family or person the right to control so many scarce health care resources in a situation where the prognosis is poor, and to the detriment of others who may actually benefit from them?”
That's a guardian? No, a guardian is supposed to be concerned for the best interests of the ward! This is utterly horrible and scandalous. May God judge those who are doing so. Rachel is still alive at this time. We can pray that the family will somehow obtain legal help allowing some sort of emergency stay of the death sentence. And the local bishop should revoke the hospital's "Catholic" status.