Why euthanasia should not be legalised

An excellently balanced piece by Sandra Lee on the News Limited website – she rightly states that there is too much uncertainty that needs to be dealt with and in the end, advocates of euthanasia are taking matters in their own hands that they really have no right to decide upon, regardless of the state of the ill person. In light of the recent case in the NSW Supreme Court regarding the assisted suicide of Graeme Wylie, it is well worth reading.

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French woman pleads “Let me die”

A tragic story appears on the News Limited website, where 52 year old Chantal Sebire has appealed to the French government to let her end her own life. Horrible disfigurement and pain characterises her struggle with esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), an uncommon malignant neoplasm of the nasal vault. In layman’s terms, it’s a cancer that has robbed her of all of her senses.

The euthanasia debate is most certainly a sensitive matter, where cases such as this are brought forward as an argument for the legalisation of the practice in those countries where it is outlawed. Being a person who by virtue of my Christian faith upholds the value and preciousness of life, it’s very difficult to reconcile that with seeing what is most evidently a cruel disease cause this woman prolonged suffering. It may be well and good to say that she should be given the choice to end her life and the prolonged suffering, but would God permit such a response?

I’d particularly like to hear what fellow believers think about the issue and why. It may help me respond in a compassionate, yet faithful manner with regards to the topic in general.