I am deeply concerned that our country and province are moving towards Euthanasia. We have to consider the dangers of allowing people to choose death.
It could become easy to dispose of individuals that are becoming a burden. Medical euthanasia is quick and cheap. Consider an elderly person who does not want to be a burden on others. Or family and medical systems who do not want the extra emotional and financial strain of caring for the sick and aged.
Allowing people the option to end their life is alarming. A mentally and/or physically ill patient may not be thinking clearly when he or she decides to end their life.
Do we allow a young depressed man whose girlfriend just broke up with him to end his life? The law wants to allow individuals the choice to end their life. Some people who would be scared to commit suicide might choose to go have a doctor end their life. Do we want to live in a culture that allows for this?
Decisions about life are complex. A patient and his/her family may feel no hope for a recovery or a pain-free life but there are lots of stories of miraculous recoveries. How do we decide when it is time to end life?
On a moral and ethical level, many world religions believe that suffering is necessary to achieve purification. Suffering causes the soul to advance. In today's society, we seem to have lost the notion that suffering has redeptative value. We want everything to be quick and easy. Will euthanasia cause more individuals to face a darker after-life?
Consider these quotes on the purpose of suffering:
If we knew the value of suffering, we would ask for it on our knees with joined hands. - St. Andre
All sacrifice and suffering is redemptive. It is used either to teach the individual or to help others. Nothing is by chance. - Hussein Nishah
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” ― Viktor E. Frankl
Vicktor wrote a book called, Man's Search for Meaning about his experiences as a concentration camp inmate. As a psychiatrist he believes that man can find meaning in the most horrible of conditions.
Christianinity and Judaism follow the Ten Commandments, including "Thou shalt not kill". Do we want to ignore the moral laws that have been the cornerstone of civilized societies for centuries?
Is it out of fashion in our modern hedonistic society to speak of God? Would He want us to end life when we decide? Please pray about the issue of euthanasia in our country and ask for guidance.
In Saskatchewan, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) have proposed a policy that would require doctors to refer for, or in some cases provide, services to which they are morally opposed. This law would force doctors to act against their conscience and help patients assisted suicide.
Do we want our healing professionals to work in a climate where death can be chosen as easily as life? If you are concerned about this, please write letters to your MP, your MLA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons.