means of sustaining life

See: sustenance
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In 1980, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the papal office overseeing Catholic doctrine) adopted a "Declaration on Euthanasia" that noted that due to technological advancement, the delineation between ordinary and extraordinary means of sustaining life had grown muddled.
9) One is not obligated to use any means of sustaining life that, in one's own judgment, either do not offer a reasonable hope of benefit or entail excessive--that is, disproportionate--burdens.
The Vatican's 1980 Declaration on Euthanasia reaffirms these principles and the nature of the moral obligation to use particular means of sustaining life.