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PRESERVATION OF LIFE

The duty that every person has to use at least ordinary means like food, sleep, shelter, and available medication to sustain bodily life. If one's life is specially important for one's family, the Church or society, that person may be obliged to use proportionally extraordinary means to remain alive.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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