On June 9, California becomes the fifth state in the nation to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications for patients who ask for them.
With the new “End of Life Options” law we are crossing a line — from being a society that cares for those who are aging and sick, to a society that kills those whose suffering we can no longer tolerate.
Our government leaders tell us that granting the right to choose a doctor-prescribed death is compassionate and will comfort the elderly and persons facing terminal and chronic illness.
But killing is not caring. True compassion means walking with those who are suffering, sharing their pain, helping them bear their burdens. Loving your neighbor as yourself is not a duty we fulfill by giving our neighbor a lethal dose of pills.
Assisted suicide represents a failure of solidarity and will only increase the sense of isolation and loneliness that many people already feel in our society. With this new law, we are abandoning our most vulnerable and frail neighbors — dismissing them as “not worthy” of our care and as a “drain” on our limited social resources.
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