Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Assisted suicide: why now? Wesley J Smith

I have often thought this way myself over the forty + years I have worked in the health care field, nearly forty as a nurse....

A question amidst all of this Sturm und Drang naturally arises: Why now? After all, 100 years ago when people did die in agony from such illnesses as a burst appendix, there was little talk of legalizing euthanasia. But now, when pain and other forms of suffering are readily alleviated and the hospice movement has created truly compassionate methods to care for the dying, suddenly we hear the battle cry “death with dignity” as “the ultimate civil liberty.”

Today, I watch out for the Hospice, also.... but that is for another day.

Read the rest of Wesley J Smith's column:

Assisted suicide: why now? | Legatus Magazine


Blogger JP said...

I think it's all about control. 100 years ago, people knew better Who was in control and let it go at that.

Now, the hour of death is just one more thing for us to take charge of; to be 'responsible'.

Same thing with environmentalism. We have the hubris to think we control the future of the world!

I don't know how much 'pain' really has to do with assisted suicide.

Passivity is frowned upon

Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM CDT  
Blogger WI Catholic said...

I tend to agree, JP. We think that we must control everything, and that includes God Himself in human feeble thinking... Pain can be controlled, and I also do not think it has anything to do with assisted suicide. We fear 'losing control' more than anything, and it is a way to 'take charge, maintain control, and do it ... as the old song says.. MY way.....'

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 7:42:00 PM CDT  

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