Euthanasia

There is a certain irony to the fact that Rev Richard chose euthanasia as the topic for our final Lent Course session a couple of weeks ago, as now the Terry Schiavo case actually brings the whole issue into a sharper focus.

At the session I wasn’t sure what I would do, and although I have thought about the issues more since then, I’m still not sure. At the session, Richard went over the Church of England position against euthanasia which has been consistently presented in parliament whenever the topic has been discussed, and most recently united with the Catholic Church in the UK in a joint statement against the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill.

Father Jake presents the Anglican Communion Lambeth resolution from 1998 which expresses the same sentiments in this posting.

Jake asks the question “Why must she die?” – she is in no pain, she has people who are willing to look after her. In some ways her condition sounds like my cousin Katie, who was brain damaged from birth, and who has been cared for her entire life. However, on the other side of the coin, her husband has stated that to die was her wish, and that he is trying to act on that wish.

To some extent I can see both sides of the argument, and I am still no more sure which way is the right way. I just hope that I am never in a position where I have to make the choice!

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