USA (MNN) — Last week on October 6, California became the fifth state to legalize euthanasia. Now with assisted suicide legal in 10% of the U.S., will more states follow on the heels of California? Maryland is already pushing for it to become law in the upcoming year.
“There are probably proponents of assisted suicide in most of the states. So they’re going to keep pushing to see that these become laws in their particular state,” says Tom Lothamer of Life Matters Worldwide.
“The struggle we face is in our culture. We’re increasingly becoming more and more a culture of death. In other words, ‘It’s my right to do with my body what I want to, and that includes even suicide.’”
Assisted suicide is usually aimed toward the disabled, terminally ill, or those in irreversible comas. Many will choose the option because they don’t feel like they’re contributing to anything, like they’re worthless or holding others back. They may even view themselves as a burden on their family and like it is their duty to die.
“A lot of people who are proponents of assisted suicide, or euthanasia: they don’t want to talk about suicide–the term suicide. In fact, Brittany Maynard, a year ago, talked about ‘self-determination.’ They’ll use those terms when in reality, it’s suicide.”
Now with another state that has joined the “right to die with dignity” movement, Lothamer notes, “This whole thing–not only here, but internationally–is a huge slippery slope from what they call ‘assisted suicide’ or ‘euthanasia’ into other forms of suicide…. Authors and people in this field are saying that it will increase other suicides.”
This would, again, be playing off the idea that people want to do whatever they want with their body. It also has to do with rising depression, where individuals see their only option, their only escape, is death.
But Life Matters wants to put an end to that view by showing people just how valuable and important they are.
“What we want to teach is about the sanctity of human life and how we as a people in the churches can actually minister to those people so that will not be one of their ‘choices,’ but their choice will be to live because they are cared for and ministered to.”
Life Matters invites you to reach out in your own community and let people know how they are important and loved, even when they don’t feel like it. Give them a sense of purpose, meaning, and much-needed encouragement.