While reading about the case of Cigna Insurance and the death of 17 year-old Nataline Sarkisyan, a question popped into my mind. Let me give the background, and then I will get to my question. Nataline suffered from leukemia. After receiving a bone-marrow transplant, her liver failed requiring a transplant. Cigna Insurance denied her case. Calls to the company began pouring in, and finally they reversed their decision 10 days later. The day they reversed there decision, Nataline died before the transplant could be done.
Now here’s the question. In light of a pro-life ethic, and the stance on the dignity of human life made in the imago Dei (image of God), should Christians fight against such instances of Insurance denial?
What about in light of Christians who called for the continued life support of Terri Schiavo? Can one call for the prolonging of life based on human dignity for someone who is brain-dead, yet be silent while a girl who wants to fight and live dies at the hands of an insurance company? Finally, what about those who do not have insurance? Do they have less dignity than those who have it/are made more in the imago Dei than those who aren’t?
I just wanted to throw those things out for my readers to consider. What does it mean to be consistently pro-life?What should the Christian response be?