Do You Have a Duty to Perform CPR?

An 87-year-old woman drops to the floor. An ambulance is called but no one performs CPR while they wait for it. She dies. Is it a crime? A tragedy? Did she have a civil right to receive CPR? Did onlookers have a moral obligation to give it to her? Did her assisted living facility’s policy of not providing medical care go too far?

These are the questions being debated after Lorraine Bayless died. To me, the better question is: “What would she have wanted?”

See Do You Have a Duty to Perform CPR?@ Huffington Post (blog)


About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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