There’s a program called Mary Kills People and it’s on the Lifetime channel. So irony isn’t dead? They show assisted suicide in the best possible light. All of the people who Mary kills are terminal (notwithstanding those pesky remissions, miracles and mistakes) and their death is shown as quiet, peaceful, often in the presence of loved ones. What is the alternative for people who are terminal, and in tremendous pain, or severely depressed due to “the end is near?” Well, an alternative is palliative care, that is, pain management in a hospice setting. Which might even be at home. So why would somebody choose kill themselves or to have someone assist them in killing themselves if the issue is pain?
Maybe it’s really about “choice” because choice is god in the Western world. Most “death-now” choosers may want to control how and when they go. The biggest problem with that is their inability to choose where they go. What lies on the other side when this life is over? I will come back to that question, but I hasten to point out that the Mary in question has certain standards, since she is an E.R. physician: She assists the patients to kill themselves by mixing the death cocktail–champagne and pentobarbitol–but the patient must lift the glass and drink it! Therefore it isn’t euthanasia (or youth in Africa–pardon the joke), it’s assisted suicide! If she injected the pento directly, THEN it would be euthanasia!
As of March 2018, human euthanasia is legal in:
Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Luxembourg, Canada and India. Assisted suicide is legal in: Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Vermont, Montana, Washington DC, and California. Euthanasia is the intentional termination of life by somebody other than the person concerned at his or her request. Assisted suicide means intentionally helping a patient to terminate his or her life at his or her request. Then there is the additional distinction between “active euthanasia” and “passive euthanasia”. The latter is either refusing or withdrawing artificial life support, and is legal, or at least not illegal, in too many places to list. “Legal or not illegal?” What kind of distinction is that?
Not much: In Denmark, Parliament has assigned ethics panels over the years that have advised against legalisation (of euthanasia) each time however it is still not specifically outlawed and a study published in 2003 showed 41% of deaths under medical supervision involved doctors taking “end-of-life” decisions to help ease their patients’ suffering before death (about 1% of which were via prescription drugs). Did I read that blurb from Wikipedia right? Yes, you can find the original article here. ending life In most of the cases cited in 20,000 deaths in Europe, doctors made the decision to withhold or withdraw life support, and half the
victims patients were under age 80. It’s probably just coincidental that all those countries had “universal health care.”
I am not terminal by any means, but I am in considerable and frequent pain from a variety of things. While I would not mind terribly at this point if the Lord ended my life, I would never consider ending it myself or ask for an assist. The reason is, I don’t want to face God after having claimed His prerogative of deciding when my life ends. While it’s in my power to take my own life, I rest assured that God will determine what is best for me.