Candy asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 1 decade ago

Do you think California should pass a law allowing assisted suicide?

Do you think California should pass a law allowing assisted suicide?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No.

    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.

    Possible Corruptions

    + 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

    Yup. Nobody has the right to ask a person to suffer through a life with no quality and no hope of recovery. It is inhumane to make a person or any animal suffer because we are trying to preserve life. That's how people end up on artificial life support. I think everyone should have a plan for medical procedures that outlines their wishes. We all signed up for a social security number. This is so much more important.

  • 5 years ago

    The one who fairly bothers me proper now could be the California Air Resources Board (CARB) not too long ago they enacted laws which are forcing each industry within the state to both retrofit of substitute diesel engines at a minimal rate of $20000 consistent with engine, this rule used to be enacted founded upon a document written by way of a man who admitted falsifying the understanding as good as his PhD. CARB is also given that a rule so they can make it unlawful to force your car with underneath inflated tires, and so they penalty they're given that for that is 6months in prison and a $a thousand first-class. So yeah I have an challenge with them proper now

  • 1 decade ago

    if you are talking about euthanasia, definitely not. I personally don't agree with the practice, as I don't think people should have the power to decide when to take their own lives or others. In my perspective, assisted suicide is just as unethical as hiring a hitman to kill someone else.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm pretty indifferent, with one huge exception. I'm absolutely opposed to having physicians involved in euthanasia. It changes the character of the profession. We're in the information age, so dragging doctors into the process is certainly not necessary, though enabling legislation might have to provide some alternative method of access to drugs.

  • 5 years ago

    As a woman has the right to terminate the birth of a fetus, a person has a right to terminate his/her life with assistance of a physician.

  • 1 decade ago

    Certainly not. Nobody has the right to assist someone that wants to die. It is the same as being asked to commit murder, in my opinion.

  • 6 years ago

    Absolutely not as we are not God even though some doctors think thek are.

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