Euthanasia Essay - Assisted Suicide

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Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia

Remarkably, few have noticed that frail, elderly and terminally ill people oppose assisted suicide more than other Americans. The assisted-suicide agenda is moving forward chiefly with vocal support from the young, the able-bodied and the affluent, who may even think that their parents and grandparents share their enthusiasm. They are wrong.

Thus the assisted suicide agenda appears as a victory not for freedom, but for discrimination. At its heart lie demeaning attitudes and prejudices about the value of life with an illness or disability. All who believe in the dignity of human beings should reject such attitudes.

When people raise their voices against this injustice, let no one
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They join efforts against assisted suicide in state and federal legislatures, and work to educate to the dire threat posed by this agenda. Also they join wherever possible with other religious, medical, disability rights, and public interest groups to call our nation to true compassion for the seriously ill -- a compassion based on respect for their lives.

In 1973, the highest court in our land made a tragic error by declaring a constitutional "right" to take the life of unborn children. That decision, too, was defended as a victory for freedom. In reality it has led to 40 million deaths, physical and emotional suffering for countless women, and a coarsening of our society's attitudes toward human life. It has led to the legalized killing of children even in the very process of being born. The degradation of human life it has produced must not be allowed to expand through assisted suicide.

No court, no legislature, no human being has the right to say that any human life is worthless, or that any human being is of less value than another. We pray that our Supreme Court and all our fellow Americans will realize this truth, and take the path that leads to life.

Numerous studies have established that the Americans most directly affected by the issue of physician-assisted suicide -- those who are frail, elderly and suffering from terminal illness -- are also more opposed to legalizing the practice than others are:
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