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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities

Beliefs of few shouldn’t govern treatment of many

Thanks to Dr. Tom Preston for clarifying some implications of the impending Catholic takeover of half of the hospitals and major medical systems in Washington state, a state which is less than 12 percent Catholic. [“Guest column: Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept. 2.]

In this piece, Preston discusses end-of-life issues. Strict Catholic doctrine precludes many measures chosen by patients and protected by law in this state and the U.S., including death with dignity, elective termination, in-vitro fertilization, and even contraception.

Should the nearly 90 percent of non-Catholics in Washington state be medically governed by the Roman Catholic Church?

Ann Horwitt, Seattle

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