Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Christian Response
Jesus Christ, in his loving and sacrificial compassion, came alongside human-kind—all of whom are afflicted with a terminal condition and death sentence—not to affirm or dignify death, but to defeat it and restore true and everlasting life to all who are in him.
Late last year, Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law the Death with Dignity Act of 2016. It permits D.C. residents who suffer from a terminal disease with a life expectancy of less than six months (and who do not have a psychiatric diagnosis of depression) to request and receive a prescription of lethal medicine from their physician, which will cause death within three hours.
The Death with Dignity Act is a Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) law patterned after a similar measure that became law in Oregon two decades ago. Within the past few years, a ...