Link Collection: Responses to Physician-Assisted Suicide

From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Secretariat, a collection of articles on physician-assisted suicide:

As you might be aware, the euthanasia advocacy group “Compassion & Choices” (formerly the Hemlock Society) has a new spokeswoman in Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer patient who has moved to Oregon so she can avail herself of that state’s law allowing physician-assisted suicide.  Ms. Maynard has appeared in People magazine and many other media outlets promoting C&C’s cause.  Originally she said she planned to take her life November 1, but more recently has said this may change.

We should all pray for Ms. Maynard and her family, and hope that she finds meaning in continuing to live. But C&C’s campaign, using her situation to promote legalization of assisted suicide for patients facing terminal illness, threatens to undermine respect for the dignity of all these patients’ lives.

Many compelling and thought-provoking responses have come forward in response to this campaign:

Choice is an Illusion
What Will Happen to Brittany Maynard?
Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA
Oct. 10, 2014

An attorney explains that organizations such as Compassion & Choices use the vulnerable to promote their cause

A Holy Experience
Why We Don’t Have to be So Afraid of Dying & Suffering That We Choose Suicide
Kara Tippets
Oct. 8, 2014

A woman with terminal breast cancer appeals to Maynard by discussing the beauty of life even when it involves suffering

New York Times
Why America is Moving Slowly on Assisted Suicide
Ross Douthat
Oct. 11, 2014

Douthat discusses reasons for the surprisingly slow movement toward assisted suicide in the US

Catholic News Agency
Can Death Be Beautiful?  A Response to Brittany Maynard
Mary Rezac
Oct. 10, 2014

A third-person perspective on Tippet’s response to Maynard

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Commentary: Why Brittany Maynard’s Choice to Die is Not Personal or Private
Joni Eareckson Tada
Oct. 16, 2014

A disability rights advocate explains that a “right to privacy” does not help the common good but alienates people from each other

The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws
Marilyn Golden
Oct. 14, 2014

A disability rights expert discusses the social and financial pressures behind physician-assisted suicide and why it should not be legalized.

The Daily Gazette
Guest Column: Terminally ill don’t have to die in pain, give up autonomy
Kathleen M. Gallagher
Oct. 22, 2014

A Catholic public policy expert discusses the tragedy of Maynard’s decision

WFLA-TV (Tampa)
Tampa Cancer Fighter reacts to death with dignity
Adrienne Pederson
Oct. 22, 2014

A Florida resident who is also battling cancer, Michelle DeJong, gives her response to Ms. Maynard.

Diocese of Raleigh
Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer
Philip G. Johnson
Oct. 22, 2014

A Raleigh seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

Millennial Journal
On Love and Dignity and Dying
Jason Welle, S.J.
Oct. 22, 2014

Jason Welle gives a testimony about the loss of his brother and father to cancer as a response to Brittany Maynard.

The Public Discourse
I Lost My Daughter to Suicide: A Nurse’s Response to Brittany Maynard’s Campaign for Assisted Suicide
Nancy Valko, R.N.
Oct. 24, 2014

A nurse with long experience dealing with terminal illness and suicide explains that assisted suicide campaigns are dangerous for the terminally ill, the elderly, those suffering from depression, and the medical profession

Don’t rob them of hope, Brittany
Dennis Strangman
Oct. 24, 2014

The founder of an international network of support groups for families facing brain cancer, who lost his own wife to the kind of tumor Ms. Maynard has, warns about the broader impact of her campaign on patients and families who need hope

Courage for the Fight: A Life Worth Living
Father Mike Schmitz
Oct. 28, 2014

With the conviction that each life is worth living, a priest in youth ministry reflects on how “dignity is not found in taking one’s own life, but in facing the challenge well.”


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