what is the view on assisted suicide when someone isn't sick, but suffering and quality of life is zero?
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
As Christians, we believe that human life is a sacred gift from God to be cherished and respected because every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).
In heeding God’s command, "Thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13), we recognize that we cannot end of our lives or the lives of others as we please. We must respect and protect the dignity of human from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
Euthanasia occurs when a doctor or medical staff person administers a lethal dose of medication with the intention of killing the patient.
Assisted suicide occurs when a doctor or medical staff person prescribes a lethal amount of medication with the intent of helping a person commit suicide. The patient then takes the dose or turns the switch.
We also recognize the need for the proper management of pain. Modern medicine provides effective treatments for pain that guarantees that no one will suffer a painful death. No one needs to escape pain by seeking death.
Suicidal wishes among the terminally ill are due to treatable depression similar to that of other suicidal people. If we address their pain, depression and other problems, then there is generally no more talk of suicide.
Repercussions of Assisted Suicide
+ The patient seriously, possibly completely, damages his or her relationship with God.
+ Anyone assisting a suicide gravely endangers his or her spiritual, psychological, and emotional well-being.
+ Corruption of the medical profession: whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill. The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and dozens of other medical groups argue that the power to assist in taking patients’ lives is "a power that most health-care professionals do not want and could not control.”
+ Society will more and more disregards the dignity of human life.
+ Exploitation of the marginalized: The poor, the elderly, minorities, those who lack health insurance would be the first to feel pressure to die.
+ Cost control: Patients with long term or expensive illnesses and considered economic liabilities would be encouraged die.
+ Rebirth of historical prejudices: Many able-bodied people, including some physicians, say they would "rather be dead than disabled." Such prejudices could easily lead families, physicians, and society to encourage death for people who are depressed and emotionally vulnerable as they adjust to life with a serious illness or disability.
Jesus uttered the words of faith that continue to inspire and to guide the Church’s teaching in this mystery of Christian death: "This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again" (John 10:17).
With love in Christ.Source(s): For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2270 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt2a... http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0...
- 1 decade ago
Well my view on assisted suicide is that if you want to commit suicide because your life stinks well i think you need to take a look around because so does a lot of other people's lives but they are making it another day. But assisted suicide doesn't really make sense to me as to why you would need someone to help you for i think you should do it yourself.(Not saying it's right to kill yourself) The person that assisted will end up getting into so much trouble. At the same time if they are willing to help you commit suicide they certainly couldn't be a great friend for i feel that they should be helping you get through your hard times. I know mine have. Also they have program that can help you.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Quality of life can be measured by only that individual. Are they in torment mentally each and every day? If so they should get mental help. Even the slightest change of scenery or a good friend or glimpse of hope could change their quality of life in an instant. Things change so quickly and if someone reaches out to that person in need at just the right time their whole life could be changed around. Please seek help for them by getting a pet companion, seeking out like minded community groups or church support. Life is lonely sometimes but life is never hopeless. Finding passion for life is key. Everyone has a passion for something and should engage in that passion. Good Luck.
- noonecanneLv 71 decade ago
Yes, more info is needed on this question. Speaking generally though, I would suggest that the person needs to find another way to improve the quality of life to stop the suffering. I know that it may be difficult to discuss their situation, but they do need to at least talk to a medical professional about this. There is someone out there who can help to overcome this suffering.
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- Anne HatzakisLv 61 decade ago
I treasure the example of Sophocles, who drank the poison in accordance with the sentence handed down by the Athenian Jury only because he felt that by doing so he was obeying a higher law.
BUT, that being said, assisted suicide in the modern form is, as a rule, simple cowardice and is not something that should be allowed in civilized society.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Taking ones life away is for non of us to deside. when the time is right and the person is ready they will leave.
I dont htink we should assist anyone to end their lives. God has a time for everything. a time to live a time to die. and that time in his hands not in ours.
its hard to see people suffering. we feel we have to do something for that person. but it is not our desision to take a life. even if the quality of life is 0 there is a reason that that person is still aound. though we may not see it and understnad it. there is alwyas a higher calling.l
- baghmomLv 41 decade ago
I dont believe in any kind of suicide. If the person can think, then they can contribute to society. "Zero" quality of life is up to the person to improve once they get off the pity pot.
Anyone talking about quadripeligics should use this phrase "potentially me" in reference to themselves. I dont recall reading from the point of view of a quadripeligic. Until then, since "potential I" hasnt been heard from, you havent a complete answer.
If the person can think, it would be suicide.
Otherwise it would be homicide.
- U-98Lv 61 decade ago
Not sure, is the suicide victim willing or not.
It is hard to justify an assisted suicide if the person you are helping is screaming and struggling against your generous help.
- Holiday MagicLv 71 decade ago
A person who is not sick, but has a zero quality of life, should be taken to a doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist/therapist/counselor--or any other name of one who helps people to sort out their lives, and sometimes make a new start.
There is hope for one with a zero quality of life--in some illnesses there is no hope.
- 1 decade ago
I'd need to know more about the situation.
I'm not opposed to assisted suicide at all, but you don't provide enough details.