Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 23, 2020
4:00 – Lessons from Italy
Italy has surpassed China as the country with the most Coronavirus deaths and, as we heard from Joan Lewis, remains on a strict lockdown. Several US states have issued shelter-in-place orders or stay-at-home, with Michigan joining the list this morning. Some may think these measures are extreme, but they are necessary. Mattia Ferraresi joins us from Italy to explain.
4:20 – The Challenges for Christians in Iran
We spoke a few weeks ago with two Christians who had survived imprisonment in Iran. They are by no means the only ones, and Christians still jailed there face ordeals no “maximum pressure” from the US can reach. Mindy Belz joins us and also takes a look at how the region is responding to the Coronavirus.
4:40 – Surviving COVID as a Family
Several states have issued stay-at-home orders. Most of us aren’t used to working from home, especially when the rest of the family is home as well. How can you help your family adjust to the uncertainty of the times and to spending so much extra time together? Dr Ray Guarendi joins us.
5:00 – What to do when there aren’t enough beds
For days now, doctors in Italy have been faced with their ultimate nightmare: what to do when the number of critically ill patients exceeds the number of available hospital beds and equipment. The safety measures being enacted in the US are an effort to stop doctors here from facing those same decisions. Is there an ethical response when this situation does arise? Wes Smith joins us.
5:20 – Is abortion an “essential service?”
In order to free up resources for hospitals treating COVID patients, several US states have temporarily stopped non-essential medical services such as dental appointments. Abortion providers have insisted they provide an “essential” service and intend to continue doing so. Monica Miller
5:40 – Joan Lewis Live Update from Rome