Monday, June 11, 2012

The "Death with Dignity" Act in Massachusetts

Sadly, the "Death with Dignity" act, which would legalize doctor-assisted suicide, has made it onto the November ballot in Massachusetts and current polling shows a majority of people supporting it.

In a recent interview in the Massachusetts Citizens for Life News, Robin Loughman, R.N., Chair of the Mass. Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, was interviewed. She states:

Offering to help someone kill themselves is an odd way to show you care. The thing that struck me the most about the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide petition was that it uses the phrase "to end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner" seventeen times. Why seventeen times? Could it possibly be because if you repeat a lie often enough people will start to believe it?

I am a registered nurse. I have taken care of many terminally ill patients. I have seen a hundred bedside vigils where a family is gathered around a dying patient saying their goodbyes. I've been there helping to care for the person. I've participated in a few myself as a family member. This is humane and dignified. A death pill is not . . . 

Our goal is not so-called "death with dignity," but helping a person live with dignity until they die.

Another take on this issue came in Sons of Cain -   a novel I read recently. "What hell wanted from legalized euthanasia was mass suicide. There could be no greater diabolical triumph than to convince humanity that taking one's own life was not only selfless, it was smart."

God is the author of life. We are not called to extend that life with extraordinary measures, but we are called to accept that God knows what He is doing. The hour of our death is in His hands, not ours. 

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