(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – The same “bodily autonomy” justification that pro-abortion advocates use to persuade Democratic politicians to support legislation is used by activists who want more states to legalize assisted suicide for terminally sick patients.
The Washington Post refers to these activists as “aid-in-dying advocates.” They argue that if lawmakers support a woman’s “right” to control her own body in terms of pregnancy, then “the same logic should apply to a terminally ill patient’s right to end his or her own suffering,” according to the Tuesday Post report.
An 83-year-old activist participating in a demonstration outside the Maryland Senate office building with three companions remarked, “It’s a choice issue. My body, my life, my demise, and my decision.
Activists in Maryland are concentrating on state legislators who supported abortion rights expansion in 2018 but opposed a bill that would have authorized medical professionals to give terminally sick patients a fatal dose of medication in 2019.
Maryland’s Compassion & Choices Action Network’s campaign director, Donna Smith, stated:
“If you are in support of abortion because of bodily autonomy issues, I don’t see how you could not be in support of this. All these people at the end of life have to go through a number of hoops to ensure that this is their choice and they’re making this independent decision, and that’s not required of women getting abortions.”
Nine additional states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws permitting assisted suicide since Oregon did it in 1997.
The Daily Mail reported in February that New York and six other states are debating whether to enact laws allowing doctor-assisted suicide in the upcoming months.
Why Christians should be vigilant about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide:
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— Curtis Chang (@curtischangRB) March 6, 2023
According to the study,
“[s]ome of the 10 states that currently permit medical aid-in-dying (MAiD) are lowering existing laws by cutting wait times, allowing nurses to provide lethal medications alongside doctors, and by enabling out-of-staters to visit to end their lives.”
The relaxing of the laws governing assisted suicide, according to a campaigner with the organization Not Dead Yet, is “frightening.”
As it becomes more commonplace in law, advocates predict we will see more instances of people using assisted death because they were poor or disabled, as well as increased pressure and coercion.
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