The Catholic Spirit: Physician-assisted suicide part of ‘throwaway culture’

(April 9, 2015, The Catholic Spirit, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt)

It was a terrible shock to learn that the reason behind the crash of Germanwings Airbus A320 airliner on March 30, 2015, in the southeastern French Alps may have been the intentional decision of the co-pilot to kill himself and all 149 passengers as well.

Much speculation has taken place about Andreas Lubitz’s psychological state that motivated him to do what he did. Unfortunately, there are always ripple effects when a person takes his or her own life. Many are not as dramatic as the point in question, yet those repercussions are just as real.

That is why I call your attention to Senate File 1880 introduced in the Minnesota Senate last month that would legalize assisted suicide. Hearings have yet to be scheduled, but surely the forces behind this bill will push to have it succeed. It is important, then, that those of us who cherish the gift of life push back on this initiative.


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