Alaska News

Providence disputes the Alaska Health Care Decisions Act: Maintains that physician value judgments on life are superior to a patient’s own values

In a recent meeting with the Providence Executive Leadership Team, I was told that the doctor always has the last word on a DNR order, regardless of patient consent. Providence maintained this was true even if the patient had full capacity to make all their own health care decisions and understood the risks and benefits of an attempt at CPR. The law states otherwise. I was more than a little surprised at Providence position on this issue because they declare in their mission and core values statement that all people are created in the image of God and that life is a gift from God.

By Editorial Staff, ago
Alaska News

Alaska Legislature passes bill allowing pro-life message on license plates

Legislation allowing Alaskans to purchase specialty plates with either pro-life or pro-abortion messages was passed by the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 24 and now awaits Governor Sean Parnell’s signature to become law. House Bill 19 merged a number of originally separate bills to give Alaskans the option to purchase specialty plates that also could include messages supporting breast cancer awareness, the National Rifle Association and a license plate stating “In God We Trust.” The two most controversial messages, however, are “Choose Life” and “Pro-Family, Pro-Choice.”

By Editorial Staff, ago
Alaska News

Are Catholics “effectively disqualified” as viable political candidates?

Must a Catholic politician refrain from supporting the health care coverage of contraception? Not in the way that the HHS Mandate requires, but in general? In other words if a Catholic is elected, must their stance be: that no federal funding can go to contraceptive services, especially "The Pill" (due to its abortive nature)? Mark Shea makes this argument... and while I agree with him, there is something vexing about the whole issue.

By Editorial Staff, ago