"As a way of responding to our new situation, the following materials are presented as a guide through a difficult time of decision, possibly one of the most difficult and painful decisions we may have to make in our entire life; the decision to remove a life support system. The material is offered, first, as a way to think through what we are doing. The following questions and discussions are offered as a way of examining our options, to clarify what we are doing, to help us get a sense of our responsibilities and our limits. Second, we offer a Family Prayer Service which can be used before the life support system is withdrawn." -- Intro., p. 3.
Contents: Introduction -- What Should I Do ? -- Conclusion -- The Family Prayer Service -- Readings.
Contents: Preface -- A Review of Artificial Reproduction -- Sexuality, Marriage, and Parenthood: The Catholic Tradition -- An Overview of the Instruction -- A Comparative Analysis -- The Instruction as Roman Catholic Moral Teaching -- Conclusions -- Appendix: Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation dated 22 February 1987 -- Notes.
"The authors are leading Catholic lay ethicists". -- dust jacket blurb.