Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

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                                Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide


1.)        The elderly and terminally ill people oppose assisted suicide more than other Americans.
2.)        Catholics are standing with those who are vulnerable and marginalized, those who often lack a voice in our nation's policies.
And are at a serious risk of having some demeaning and lethal "values" imposed on them from the outside.

3.)        The term marginalized means to exclude or ignore.

4.)        The humane approach to dying patients is to eliminate their physical suffering and other problems, not to eliminate the patient.

5.)        Pope John Paul II has said, "True compassion leads to sharing another's pain, it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear."

6.)        No court, no legislature, no human being has the right to say that any human life is worthless, or that any human being is of less value than another.


1.)        To sanction the taking of innocent human life.

2.)        Such policy would corrupt the medical profession whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill.

3.)        The voiceless or marginalized in our society- the poor, the frail elderly, racial minorities, millions of people who lack health insurance- would be the first to feel pressure to die.

4.)        When their pain, depression and other problems are addressed there is generally no more talk of suicide.

5.)        In an era of cost control and managed care, patients with lingering illnesses may be branded an economic liability and decisions to encourage death can be driven by cost.

6.)        The American Medical Association holds that "physician- assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physicians role as healer."

7.)         As responsible stewards of life, we must never directly intend to cause our own death or that of anyone else.

8.)         Also a terminally ill patient can refuse treatment, when its burdens outweigh its benefits for that patient.

9.)         As Pope John Paul II has said pain management and other supportive care is "the way of love and true mercy" that we should often to all dying patients, instead of offering to assist their suicides.

10.)        In a few years however, Dutch policy and practice have expanded to allow the killing of people with disabilities or even physically healthy people with psychological distress, thousands of patients have been killed by their doctors without their request.

My opinion about Euthanasia and assisted suicide is that it's morally wrong and shouldn't be practiced. Because no matter the situation even if it's the patient's decision then there's a way for the patient to live there's no reason for Euthanasia. But if there is no possible way of saving the patients life then that's a different story.

I think they [The doctors who practice Euthanasia and assisted suicide] are wrong for the most part. Because it's not their choice whether someone lives or dies. They don't have the power of God to perform something of that nature. Its pretty much murder in the 2nd degree. Life is a gift from God that should not be taken lightly. Dr.Kevorkian participated in assisted suicide 11 times, which means 11 deaths. What I thought Dr.Kevorkian did was wrong, but in someway he was right. Because if someone came to you asking to take away the most worst pain, you can think of. And if the doctors couldn't do anything about went to someone to die peaceful. So they wouldn't have to put up with the pain anymore. Is practically all Dr.Kevorkian performed, he did in what he thought in his mind was the right thing to do. He did not seek out these people and purposely kill them, they sought help from him. But in a sense what he done was commit murder. It's still wrong, but in another sense he was partially right, and also how I agree with the situation.

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