The other day, my husband and I were going through the channels to find something to watch on T.V. We came across a documentary called “How to Die in Oregon”. We had no idea what we were in for!
People get sick and die everyday. Doctor Kevorkian aka Dr. Death, back in the 1990’s, was assisting people who were terminally ill, with their suicides (He said he assisted in more than 130 suicides). Believing he was doing the right thing, he pissed off a lot of people and made a lot of enemies. He recently died at the age of 83 years old, but left behind a legacy .
“Assisted Suicide” – these words together cause a lot of controversy. Some believe it is a good thing, others are repelled by it. People who are terminally ill and don’t have much time left on this Earth, have a choice now. The choices are to die in the hospital, connected to tubes, breathing machines, some in a medically induced coma due to pain or they can go home, understand the choices they have and die with dignity with their loved ones and family by their side.
I somewhat agree with assisted suicide. I put myself in the shoes of a sick person and I can understand what they feel, the sadness, the fear, the dependency on their loved ones. They don’t want to be a burden on anyone, they don’t want the people they love to watch them die so “ugly”, they want to keep their self-respect and their dignity. They want to be able to say, “I can’t take it anymore. While I still have control, let me make my decision on when.”
On the other hand, while in the hospital, you can be watched and the doctors can be alerted of any changes, pains and problems and be there to help you. Your family can still be around your bedside holding your hand. Is it as personal? No. Is it as respectable? No. Is it as comfortable as in your own home? No.
Then there’s the religious part of assisted suicide. If you commit suicide, are you condemned to hell?
Mark 3:28-29 KJV) “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation”
There is no real answer to this question except that suicide is basically committing murder against yourself! And once you pull that trigger or load that needle, there is no way to ask God for forgiveness – your dead.
I am split in both directions when it comes to assisted suicide. I hope that everyone reading this blog, and myself and family, never have to make this choice – but we all DO have a choice now. (Although, only Oregon and Washington recognize Death with Dignity)
Death with Dignity is an organization based in Oregon, who assists people who are terminally ill. From what I got from the documentary, you fill the prescription and put it in your drawer for your “due date” with death. When the time comes and you are ready to do the deed, you sign a release form, have an aide there with you, take your pills, drink your drink, say your goodbyes and go to sleep.
What’s YOUR opinion on Assisted Suicide? Do you agree with it? Would you do it?
Please comment below with your opinions
- U.s. Bishops to Issue Document on Assisted Suicide (onecatholicorg.wordpress.com)
- The dangerous legacy of Dr. Kevorkian (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Kevorkian helped states pass assisted-suicide laws (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Assisted Suicide Advocated, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Dies at Age 83 (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Kevorkian helped Washington and Oregon pass assisted-suicide laws (thenewstribune.com)