Loading
Assisted Suicide
Assisted suicide has nothing to do with medicine, NCBC says

.- Physician assisted suicide is contrary to the medical profession and, if legalized, would lead to more deaths among the most vulnerable members of society, warned the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in a statement released last week.

The NCBC noted that since 1994, when Oregon passed the Death with Dignity Act legalizing physician assisted-suicide, several state legislatures have entertained similar legislative proposals. Legislative initiatives to decriminalize physician assisted-suicide are currently underway in California and Vermont.

“If such proposals become law, there will be a dramatic reversal of the healing role of medicine in society,” the organization said. “[A] medical professional has an obligation always to act in the best interest of the patient, even when the patient's own requests contradict that aim.”
 
The NCBC also warned against ageism and the tendency in society to equate personal dignity with the potential to contribute to society.

They warned against the risk of subtle coercion that could occur if assisted suicide were legalized. The elderly and the infirm could decide to opt for assisted suicide in order to relieve their families from the burden of care. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized these risks as well.

The group pointed to a 1996 study published by Duke University demonstrated that while the frail elderly are strongly opposed to assisted-suicide (only 39.9% supported assisted-suicide), 59.3% of their younger relatives favored it.

The NCBC also pointed to recent events in the Netherlands, where assisted-suicide was legalized and where non-voluntary euthanasia is now performed widely, even on neonates.
 
Citing Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, the organization stated that “the truly humane method of caring for such members of our society is not to help them eliminate themselves, but to do all in our power to eliminate their suffering, while affirming their innate dignity and worth through the manner in which we care for them.”

In addition, the NCBC countered the argument that assisted suicide is favorable to extreme pain among the sick. “Today, there is no reason for a patient to seek death as a method to control pain,” the group said in a statement. “In fact, most persons who request physician-assisted-suicide withdraw that request if their depression and pain are treated.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
25

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14

Gospel
Date
04/25/14
04/24/14
04/23/14

Daily Readings


Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »

Saint
Date
04/24/14

Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14

Homily
Date
04/25/14
04/24/14
04/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: