Last updated on: 9/8/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Family Research Council (FRC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Disabling diseases and injuries, including those for which there is a terminal diagnosis, are tragic. However, there is no such thing as a life not worth living. Every life holds promise, even if disadvantaged by developmental disability, injury, disease, or advanced aging. FRC believes that every human life has inherent dignity, and that it is unethical to deliberately end the life of a suffering person (euthanasia), or assist or enable another person to end their life (assisted suicide). While extraordinary means of life support, such as assistance with respiration and heart function, may be withdrawn from a terminally ill person if that is the person’s expressed wish, nutrition and hydration are normal and not extraordinary means of maintaining life, and severe disability is not the same as terminal illness. True compassion means finding ways to ease suffering and provide care for each person, while maintaining the individual’s life and dignity.”

“Human Life and Bioethics: Euthanasia and End of Life Issues,” www.frc.org (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Family Research Council (FRC) was founded in 1983 as an organization dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy.

Through books, pamphlets, media appearances, public events, debates and testimony, FRC’s team of experienced policy experts review data and analyze proposals that impact family law and policy in Congress and the executive branch.

FRC also strives to assure that the unique attributes of the family are recognized and respected through the decisions of the courts and regulatory bodies.”

“About FRC,” www.frc.org (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Mission:

“Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.”

“Mission Statement,” www.frc.org (accessed Aug. 21, 2009)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?