The mission of the Life Guardian Foundation is to educate that the life of the human person is a gift. Respect is owed to every human person throughout their entire lifespan from conception until death. Life is the substantial fact of the unity of the soul (spiritual) and body (physical). The beginning of life on earth is manifest at conception, which is the manifestation of our earthly existence of the body and soul unity. At conception, the person is known at the one cell stage as a zygote. All hereditary characteristics and what is needed for growth and development until implantation are in the zygote. The new person is unique and unrepeatable. The life of each and every person needs to be protected and preserved regardless of their health or state of mind. Therefore, it is irreverent to address a human person with terms such as “brain dead,” “vegetative state” or “zombie.” Such designations may be used for the purpose of demeaning and shortening life, and hastening the death of a human person.
Today’s secular society is attacking human life at the time of its greatest frailty. Most often, these attacks are being carried out in the very heart and with complicity of professionals who are expected to protect, defend and heal human life and not to destroy members of the human family. Medicine is a profession, which by its very nature ought to promote the goods of life and health, not disease and death, and is called to uphold the sanctity of life. Shamefully, “brain death” was invented to get healthy vital organs from babies, children and adult persons who are not dead.
Terms, like “NHBD” (non-heart beating donor) and “DCD” (death by cardiac/circulatory death) have been coined to expand death under false pretenses to meet the same result: a proclamation of death when the person is in fact alive. No matter what “name” is used, no matter how death is achieved through the various deceptive means, our organization denounces any such forms of dehumanizing terms or conditions in which an individual is labeled to impose death. When physicians excise a vital organ from a “living donor,” they are not only committing a crime against humanity, but are also forcing the premature departure of the soul of the donor, against his will and the will of God.
To remove an unpaired organ, e.g., a heart or whole liver from a living person causes death; to remove one of two kidneys or a part of a liver or lung can possibly weaken and decrease the normal function of that person. These procedures are legal in the USA and other countries in the world.
The Life Guardian Foundation leadership and its members are opposed to any declaration of “brain death.” Persons with head injuries need to have their life protected, preserved, and defended.
The soul is the form or unifying life principle of the body. No one is dead unless there is separation of the soul from the body. As long as any one or more of the faculties of the soul are present (nutritive, appetitive, augmentative, locomotive, intellective) the soul is present even though, we cannot directly see the soul, which is immaterial. When the soul has separated and the soul-body unity is no longer, what is left on earth is the remains, a corpse, an empty body.
The Life Guardian Foundation is opposed to imposing death by abortion, infanticide, physician assisted suicide (actually, physician-imposed death) and unpaired vital organ procurements for transplantation. The minimal legal and medical requirement recommended for the protection of the life of the unconscious, unresponsive patient is:
“No one shall be declared dead unless circulatory and respiratory systems and the entire brain have been destroyed. Such destruction shall be determined in accord with universally accepted standards.” (Gonzaga Law Review 18/3, 429-516, 82/83 at 515)