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Article 3 — Family Government

Section 4: Care Of Parents

Both husband and wife and their children of majority are endowed with the original right to care for their spouse or parents respectively, provided both families are willing. Such adults are free to secure one or more agents of their choice to exercise this right. No law shall control, regulate or alienate this right, including any law relative to when, where, by whom or in what manner such adults are to be cared for. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit civil government to act as an agent in the exercise of such a right. Nothing herein, however, shall be construed to permit or compel euthanasia.

Adults may exercise the right of caring for their respective parents and families and so repay their parents and grandparents (I Timothy 5:3-4). As this right of care is like all other rights voluntary in its exercise, it may not be compelled by the state.

Though such adults are free to contract with third parties at the law (excluding civil government) to carry out this duty, such adult children are nevertheless responsible to God for its faithful execution.

Civil government is barred as a matter of jurisdiction from serving as a provider of such care. The church may act as agent according to I Timothy 5:1-16.

The state's jurisdiction fully extends to punishing spouses or children for euthanasia. Conspiring to com­mit murder is likewise punishable. No exception exists which would permit withholding of water or food or taking any active measure to terminate life whatsoever. Simple failure to seek medical help is not euthanasia, but interfering with the will of the parent either to seek or not to seek such help is criminal.

The duty of each adult person is to preserve their life. The duty of an adult child to his or her parent, or of a spouse, is to preserve the life of that adult. These are moral duties not enforceable at law. They are, how­ever, to be protected at law by the civil government as rights.

Where the adult in question is ill, he or she has the duty to preserve their life and do so in a way calculated to that end. No employment of a means calculated to destroy life is permitted. The means are not subject to review by the civil government for their adequacy, but only for their presence.

Furthermore, if a doctor or medical assistance is chosen as a means calculated to preserve life, it must be remembered that the doctor is simply the agent and not the principal. As agent, he is not to be the judge of the degree of treatment, but he is to rather carry out the treatment calculated to preserve life, for which the princi­ple contracts.

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