Alaska, tell lawmakers to reject doctor-prescribed suicide!
Recently, the Alaska House Health & Social Services Committee listened to arguments regarding House Bill 54, which would legalize doctor-prescribed and assisted suicide. As we know, life is precious at all stages and we must fight to protect it.
The role of the doctor is to heal – thus it is completely incompatible for doctors to be involved in prescribing lethal medications to vulnerable patients. Please sign this petition and urge the House Health & Social Services Committee to vote against House Bill 54 and doctor-prescribed suicide.
The earliest versions of the Hippocratic oath state: “The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of my patients … and not for their hurt or for any wrong. I will give no deadly drug to any, though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such.”
Some will argue that a doctor’s role is to show compassion and that assisted suicide is “death with dignity.” However, this is simply wrong. A doctor’s role is to preserve life, not take it. There is nothing dignified or compassionate about a doctor killing a patient.
And don’t be mistaken. Physician-assisted and prescribed suicide will not be rare. It will become commonplace and less than voluntary.
Our elderly and our sick deserve to be loved, cherished, and respected. Assisted and prescribed suicide disposes of the weak in our society. It will lead to insurance providers refusing to provide terminal care because suicide would save money. It will pressure the elderly to “choose” suicide when asked so that they don’t become economic burdens on their families. But life is worth the cost! Let’s tell the legislature not to send us down this road.
As Archbishop Paul Etienne, Alaska’s highest ranking Catholic prelate, has said: health care providers should strive for the “elimination of as much suffering as we possibly can through moral practices that respect that dignity and sanctity of human life, but to help people to take their own life is a violation of principles of good medicine.”
Our society, and especially our doctors, should not favor death! Let’s fight against the culture of death that makes this bill seem acceptable. We must affirm the dignity of the elderly and vulnerable and fight to prevent the legalization of physician assisted and prescribed suicide.
Please sign this petition to the House Health & Social Services Committee and urge them to vote no on House Bill 54.
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No to assisted suicide