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- Suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated
- Was on life support
- Husband argued that Terri wouldn’t want to live in “vegetative state”
- Parents fought to keep her feeding tube in
- Ultimately, the husband won the battle and Terri was starved to death
Doctor euthanized patient against their will - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/euthanasia-patient-fought-back-doctor-9707709
- Patient with dementia had said she wanted to be euthanized when the time was right
- Doctor euthanized her without her permission, with resistance from the patient, had her restrained by nurses so she could be injected
- Patient had been saying for days “I don’t want to die”
- Brain cancer diagnosis, after treatment, cancer returned and she was given 6 months to live
- She was given a “death pill” from her doctor and when she felt the time was right, she took her own life
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Terminal Illness isn’t the only reason people want to partake in assisted suicide. Some other reasons I’ve found:
- Mental health (depression, mental anguish from abuse, mental retardation)
- Spouse is ill, seeking to “check out” together
- Illnesses that reduce “quality of life” - being wheelchair bound, loss of eyesight
- Guilty conscience over some past evil committed
- People deemed a burden
Is euthanizing someone the same as murder?
Is it okay to help another person take their own life, with their permission?
Is it ever okay to forcibly take another person’s life if the motive is to ease their suffering? If so, what standard should be in place, if any?
Are we playing God by keeping people alive who should perhaps have died naturally if we hadn’t intervened
What about euthanizing pets? Is that okay?
Do we see any examples of euthanasia in Scripture?
- Saul- 1 Samuel 31, Saul killed himself to save himself from being killed by the enemy
- Jonah - Jonah 4, Jonah was upset that God showed mercy to the Ninevites
Is it biblical to euthanize someone? Is it truly the merciful, loving act that the world portrays it to be?
God is the author of life. Our lives and deaths are in His hands. He alone should be the taker of life.
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