Last updated on: 10/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) Biography

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

“Human life is an inviolable gift from God. Our love of God and His creation should cause us to shun any thought of violating this great gift through suicide or euthanasia. We read in Wisdom:

‘God did not make death, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living.’ WISDOM 1:13

When formulating any Advance Directive and discussing end-of-life issues we should avoid using the expression ‘quality of life’ because it is used by advocates of euthanasia to suggest that some lives are not worth living…

Supporters of euthanasia often justify it or physician-assisted suicide on the grounds that the pain of terminal illness is too great for the average person to bear. They hold that it is more merciful to kill the suffering patient. [Euthanasia] is a fundamentally unreasonable act.”

“A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions: An Explanation of Church Teaching on Advance Directives, Euthanasia, and Physician Assisted Suicide,” www.ncbcenter.org (accessed Oct. 14, 2009)

Description:

“The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

“Welcome,” www.ncbcenter.org (accessed Oct. 19, 2009)

Mission:

“The Mission of The National Catholic Bioethics Center is to promote and safeguard the dignity of the human person, thereby sharing in the ministry of Jesus Christ and his Church. This is accomplished through research, education, consultation and publication in the health and life sciences.”

“About,” www.ncbcenter.org (accessed Oct. 19, 2009)

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