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Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, is transmitted by the Church's Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium...
To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so-called 'assisted suicide' means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice which can never be excused, even if it is requested...
Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual...
Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize."
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Freedom Award, International Republican Institute, 2005 (posthumous)
264th Pope of the Catholic Apostolic Roman Church, 1978-2005
Nominee, Nobel Peace Prize, 2004
International Charlemagne Prize, 2004
Doctorate, "Honoris Causa," Jurisprudence, La Sapienza University, Rome, 2003
Honorary Citizenship of Rome, 2002
Honorary Harlem Globetrotter, 2000
Doctorate, "Honoris Causa," Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz, 1977