Montana has become the third state to approve physician-assisted suicide, after a divided State Supreme Court voted in a 5-3 ruling that said physician assisted suicide violates no laws . Read it here in the Christian Science Monitor.
As curtjester noted on a post below, once again it’s the courts doing the dirty work.
Death is sweetly seductive. We can so easily solve our most intractable problems by recourse to it. It requires no imagination, no imperative for scientific discovery, no advance in technology. It short-circuits the imperative to advance the science and art of palliative care. Excruciating suffering is not necessary at the end, execution even less so.
It’s the surrender of the smallest minds among us, and reminds us that all groups of humans will descend to the operational level of its smallest minds without vigilant leadership. It takes courage and vision, fortitude and skill to advance a civilization.
This ruling reminds us that the life issues will never be secured permanently. The mendacity of the cowardly is boundless.
As with all pro-death boilerplate, the label betrays the ignominious reality. Death with dignity isn’t. There is nothing dignified in the perversion of science and medicine, in physicians pulling double-duty as healer and executioner.
It isn’t enough to protest physician assisted suicide. We must demand that NIH fund research into pain management, that the government and medical schools fund departments and establish chairs of pain management, that graduate schools of Nursing do the same.
We must read Seduced By Death, by Herbert Hendin, a psychiatrist in favor of physician assisted suicide until he traveled to the Netherlands and saw their experiment in full throttle.
Above all, we must be prayerful warriors, relying on God’s grace to strengthen and empower us.