Maurer’s commentary is right on track with the issue of end-of-life decisions. Medical technology has taken us to
the point where we can sustain life almost indefinitely, but not maintain the quality of that life, nor the dignity of the
person. As a society, we have always taken the moral position to put an animal out of its misery, yet when it comes to a person,
we balk at that same moral situation.
Indiana should join Oregon in this freedom. What’s more, every Hoosier needs to not only have a living will, but make their wishes known with their families, health care providers and legal representatives. Taking the pro-active step of letting your loved ones know of your wishes lessens the painful burden on them should that situation arise.