Pro-Life and Healthcare

24 12 2007

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?

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3 responses

24 12 2007
Rhett

Wow… Those are some good questions to chew on and I’m not sure I have the answers.

It’s a tragic to hear of things like this happening. In my past experiences with my insurance provider, it seemed like they would deny a claim once just for fun and then pay it if you challenged them on it. Honestly, I have very little faith in insurance companies on things like this, however, I’m not sure that “Hillary Care” is better option either. (Listening to old veterans talk about the V.A. is enough to convince me of that!)

24 12 2007
brotherhank

Shoud Christians fight against such cases of insurance denial? Absolutely.
In light of the Terria Schiavo case? Allowing someone to “die with dignity” is just a humanistic way of saying assisted suicide. The outcry should be just as loud.
Finially, pocessing insurance (of course) has no bearing on the presence of the imageo Dei in a human being. That being said, what this does not mean is that every human being is entitled to government sponsored socialized medicine. Speaking in secular terms, if you are insured, you have the right to expect to be covered by said insurance. If you are not, you have no right to expect any government just to pick up the tab. Being pro-life (i.e. – valuing the diginity of all life because it is made in the image of God)does not require one to buy into socialized medicine. In fact, it should scare us away from it. Are we really expecting the very same government that legalizes abortion to provide us with adequate government run health-care? If so, we’ve lost our minds…

24 12 2007
Bryan

I agree.

The question still remains, what do we do then? If we truly value the dignity of human life, and socialized medicine/healthcare will not work. What do we do?

It’s the lack of outcry for this case that got me thinking. I wasn’t criticizing the outcry of the Schiavo case, I was using that as an example of how Christians pick and choose their application of pro-life. Where is the outcry for Nataline?

It’s one thing to say we are pro-life, it’s another thing to act on it. But… how?

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