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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 28, 1991 PAGE 9 California bishops tto Withdraw opposition the ,.d to will expansion n a Sacramento, CA (CNS) -- The Cafifor- say ~ Catholic Conference has withdrawn its est. Opposition to a bill that would extend the ~eIl- , rate s living will legislation to indude those do- i~ a persistent vegetative state. In announdng the decision to withdraw ~pposition to Senate Bill 980, Jesuit Rev. V, w, iIliam J. ood, executive director, said that although the conference did not sup- Port the legislation, it "contains nothing Contrary to Catholic doctrine." The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 249, after the conference position was an- flounced, and was sent to the state Assem- bly for action, expected later this year. Wood said the conference, which repre- sents the state's Catholic bishops on legisla- te matters, succeeded in convincing state Sen. Barry Keene to make several amend- ~ents to his legislation which eased Catho- lic concerns about the bill. The amendments lessen the danger of abuse or fraud, provide potential living will declarants with clear infonnation that life- Stastaining treatlnent includes artificially administered food and water, and invali- date the Ewing will declaration for a woman Who is pregnant, he .said. As passed by the Senate, the legislation Permits adults to execute a document in- UPVCNS St~cting caregrvers to withdraw or withhold to" ..... life-sustmnmg treatment if the person is m COOLING OFF - A youngster gets a shower while taking a drink from a t)y a terminal or. "permanent unconsdous fountain at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, OH. ~sts, COndition. The current law, approved in the no- ~aid-1970s, appfies only to those in terminal participating in the dialogue and assuring he COndition. this kind of legal protection of a certain )lic Wood said the conference remains con- legitimate autonomy in decisions about aad Vinced that livingwill legislation ks "not good medical care is the best way to encourage PUblic policy" in general, people not to move toward the legalization on... Fie also expressed concern about "the ofeuthanaslaorassistedsuidde,"Woodsaid. ten Virtual impossibility of truly informed con- )en sent when a person in perfecdy good health Legislation similar to Senate Bill 980 =rJakes a decision about the kind of treat- passed the Legislature in 1988 and 1990. The Lta ~ent he or she would want to receive in 1988 measure induded amendments by the ~e. the event of some unknown future illness conference and so was not opposed, while aid or accident that leaves one still alive but the conference opposed the 1990 measure. mrl Unconsdous and incompetenL" Former Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed ,e's But he said the conference has 'sought both bills. ,wa- to work with Keene on the bill out of a aad belief that such efforts work against moves ,ur- to legalize euthanasia through voter refer- Wood said the legislation passed by the endure, as has been attempted in Oregon Senate this year is likely to also pass the arm Washington. . _ assembly and to be signed into law by Gov. ~' ~)ur experience has demonstrated that Pete Wilson. !!!! xoung sCleaners 917 Main Street ill ili lll Pine Bluff 535-0623 :::ii: iiii ii::ii:::#:::i :;::::::::::::::::::::: :iii: i :i * Dry Cleaning iil C :i::::5 210 or iii::i!i:i If * Laundering in Pine Bluff ........ If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the appress If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Bishop Desmond Tutu ]]]7~%i~] ~) i i!i !i if!,I ........ For dessert, try our new ~Deli &Gourmet Carrot Cake. mCoffee House Green Mountain Plaza ~11715 Rainwood, LR I;;;228-9900 Guaranteed income after retirement is an issue we all need to consider. A Life Income Plan through St. Vincent Infirmary Medi- cal Center is a way to ensure monthly or annual income for life. Learn how your charitable contributions can work for you while helping to provide quality healthcare for future generations of Arkansans. Return the coupon below (with no obligation) or call 660-2380 to talk about the giving plan that is best for you. (rFOR e25 SEE THE GREAT PASSION PLAY & I STAY AT KELLER'S COUNTRY DORM RESORT I / .GROUPS 12.1S0, Ark. l /Air- C, bn :i Lodgi , Swin , $ 9 tickas, / / / I Clipandretumt0theSt.VincentDeveloP-mentF0undati0n,5520W.Markham, Little 1 NCLUDED! Ca1501/253-8418 t0dayl ") i ' , Rock, AR 72205-3300. I I Co. ] Please send me more information on:] Giving How Your Will Can Last Forever Through [] Life Income Plans I [2801KavanaughBlvd. LittleRock [ I[] [] Your Estate Planning Guide ! 3-4131.FreeDeliveryyllNamelll ( (W [dq4l'ut*t'-OPtge-a[ II AddresS city._ : l 568-0021 H. R01f l [Attend the weekly Rosary at 6 PM on J ! Zip.__ ~ Wednesday in Christ the Kin~ " s Chapel. ,/ I ( r IiPhne ll / / ', ST. VINCENT " ' / 5114 Kavanaugh 663-4115 I o~r~o,~FOe,%=~o~ I