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Vatican criticizes Brittany Maynard suicide

Nov 4, 2014

Arizona Republic

Another good reason NOT to mix government and religion!!!!

Sadly many state governments illegally mix religion and government and have laws on the books making suicide illegal.

If a person is terminally ill, and has an illness that causes them unbearable pain I think it's insane to forbid them from committing suicide.


Vatican criticizes Brittany Maynard suicide

Terminally ill woman in Oregon ends her life with doctors assistance.

Associated Press 12:59 p.m. MST November 4, 2014

The Vatican's top bioethics official calls "reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who stated she wanted to die with dignity.

Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told the ANSA news agency on Tuesday that "dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life."

Brittany Maynard's suicide in Oregon on Saturday, following a public declaration of her motives aimed at sparking political action on the issue, has stirred debate over assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Carrasco de Paula said "Brittany Maynard's act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know."

He cautioned that he was not judging individuals "but the gesture in and of itself should be condemned."