Living Will and Advanced Directive

The making of a “Living Will” presupposes that we know what kind of medical treatments we will want to use or avoid in the future. It speaks about treatments before we even know the disease; it turns a future option into a present decision.
Not every medical treatment is always obligatory. But to figure out which treatments are obligatory, morally speaking, and which are only optional, one must know the medical facts of the case. These facts are then examined in the light of the moral principles involved. But to try to make that decision in advance is to act without all the necessary information. Moreover, to make that decision legally binding by means of a formal document is really putting the cart before the horse. It is not morally justified. Living Wills are both unnecessary and dangerous.” -Father Frank Pavone

*These forms were created by the St. Thomas More Society of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas (the Catholic lawyer’s guild) at the request of Bishop Farrell. They are designed for Texas Catholics.
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