“Assisted suicide is a reversal of the proper role of a doctor as a healer, comforter and consoler to an improper role of the physician causing a patient’s death.”  --Kenneth R. Stevens Jr.  MD, FACR

 

“Death is part of the process of living, and I think society is afraid to talk about death and to talk about suffering...death and suffering are not … the most evil things that could happen, but intentionally killing another person or oneself as a solution to that suffering is barbaric.” --Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council


 View this video made by a student for a class project about euthanasia.

Euthanasia
...is the act of deliberately ending a person's life to relieve suffering.  A doctor who gives a patient who has terminal cancer an overdose of muscle relaxants to end their life would be considered to have carried out euthanasia.
Assisted suicide
...is the act of deliberately assisting or encouraging another person who commits, or attempts to commit, suicide.  If a relative of a person with a terminal illness were to obtain powerful sedatives, knowing that the person intended to take an overdose of sedatives to kill themselves, they would be assisting suicide.

 

No matter how ill a patient is, we never have a right to put that person to death. Rather, we have a duty to care for and preserve life. But to what length are we required to go to preserve life? No religion or state holds that we are obliged to use every possible means to prolong life. The means we use have traditionally been classified as either "ordinary" or "extraordinary." "Ordinary" means must always be used. This is any treatment or procedure which provides some benefit to the patient without excessive burden or hardship. "Extraordinary" means are optional. These are measures which do present an excessive burden.”     Priests for Life

 

There are many alternatives to euthanasia and assisted suicide, such as palliative care.  This is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

While the above issues are the main concerns of those of us who understand that life is a gift from
God and needs to be protected, there will certainly be others that are thrown in our way to create roadblocks in our fight to restore a culture of life. 

 

Click on the title to read the article "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in the United States"

 

Helpful Links:

Information About Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

How to Argue Against Euthanasia

Nine Arguments for Why Euthanasia is Always Wrong

Care, Not Killing

Original Christians Against Euthanasia

Brief Reflections on Euthanasia - Priests for Life

Why Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalized

Doctors Speak Out Against Assisted Suicide

Website:  Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Website:  Patient's Rights Council

Website:  Not Dead Yet


Website:  Patients Rights Council

 

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