Deborah Sturm is a registered nurse, bioethics writer and public speaker. She is a former board member of the National Association of Pro-LIfe Nurses. She resides in Friendly, West Virginia.
March 31, 2017 marks the twelfth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo. Her forced starvation and dehydration despite public opposition showed the power of the Culture of Death. And now our capitol, Washington, DC, has legalized physician assisted suicide (PAS). What is driving public acceptance of PAS? What is it that the Culture of Death exploits? Are persons who are debilitated as unhappy as many believe? A recent experiment on persons with Lou Gehrig's Disease suggests otherwise.
Date posted: 2017-04-08
The SCOTUS has legalized homosexual "marriage." We will all, no doubt, be told that this decision will not infringe on the rights of persons who hold to Biblical beliefs regarding marriage. This will not be the case. Good and evil cannot peacefully coexist.
Date posted: 2015-07-01
Our country is on the verge of creating a "right" to homosexual "marriage." Homosexual acts, like other disorders, can be overcome, even if difficult. Twelve-step programs, when honestly worked, have aided millions of people around the world in overcoming a variety of addictions and disorders. But homosexuality is being singled out by homosexual advocates as a disorder to be celebrated. Sturm explores this issue offering insight about her own struggle with an eating disorder.
Date posted: 2015-05-02
Dr. Shea reminds us that the general public has not been properly informed about what really happens when organs are transplanted. Catholic healthcare providers and bioethicists should educate themselves - as well as their patients and students, respectively - thoroughly on these issues, particularly "donation after cardiac death." A thorough reading of Rady's, Verheijde's, and McGregor's critical analysis in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine is a good place to start. The website physiciansforlife.org, also has several links to articles explaining organ donation. As Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz once said, "No respectable, learned, and accepted Catholic moral theologian has said that the words of Jesus regarding laying down one's life for one's friend (John 15:13) is a command or even a license for suicidal consent for the benefit of another's continuation of earthly life."
Date posted: 2010-03-02
"The conflict between social pressure and the demands of conscience can lead to the dilemma either of abandoning the medical profession or of compromising one's convictions. . . . There is a middle path . . . It is the path of conscientious objection, which ought to be respected by all, especially legislators." -Pope John Paul II
Date posted: 2009-01-10