The news media this past year covered little Charlie Gard and his heroic parents, Chris and Connie, who wanted to bring their son from London to America for treatment of a rare disease. The UK medical team, hospital and courts insisted he be taken off the ventilator despite the willingness of medical teams in the U.S. and Rome to provide treatment. And so plump, pink and growing, Charlie died.

Charlie's death was a victory in one respect because it forced the mainstream media to show how common it has become to impose death on patients rather than care for them regardless of their physical condition. Our society is waking up to "death panels" who decide who will live and who will die in our healthcare system.

The parents of Jahi McGrath have been battling to save to their daughter's life for several years. This teenage girl was pronounced brain dead, but Jahi continues to grow and has begun to get her menstrual periods.

It is already legal in every state to deny food and water by means of a feeding tube to patients not actively dying and not facing any active "end of life" issue. In other words, it is legal in every state to deliberately bring about the end of a patient's life by denying them food and water.

We must be ever vigilant in our families, community and country to see that every individual has the right to life.

Deanne Sczepanski,



Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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