Defend Dignity: Oppose Assisted Suicide in Indiana
"The devil's last frontier is his assault on human dignity. And his most fierce battleground is on aging and disability." These powerful words were spoken by disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada last week at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington DC. Her words are true. There is a deadly narrative taking place in America that only the beautiful, the strong, and the able have lives worth living. This lethal mindset is leading many state lawmakers down the road to legalizing assisted-suicide and euthanasia.
Such is the case in Indiana. Lawmakers are now considering legalizing assisted suicide through House Bill 1157. This bill would make it legal for physicians to take the lives of their patients who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. As seen in the way this law is applied in Oregon, terminal illness is a loosely held definition. This kind of law targets depressed, disabled and highly marginalized people.
All people are made in the image of God and reflect his glory –regardless of age, illness, or disability. It is for this reason that we must defend the fundamental human dignity of all people.
Please sign this petition to the Indiana Committee on Courts and Criminal Code asking them to reject this poisonous legislation.
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. Individuals who are difficult to care for will increasingly be offered the option to take their own lives.
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 burdens on their families.
Disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada recently stated, commenting on the Oregon assisted suicide law, “People are not “better off dead than disabled,” and life is worth living until God decides it is time. Christians can provide life-encouraging alternatives to assisted suicide by providing hands-on support to persons with disabilities who are despairing of their lives. Christians can ascribe positive meaning to a person’s affliction, prevent social isolation, help them deal with depression, provide spiritual community, and, in short, be a friend. This is compassionate care; not the administration of lethal drugs.
Our society, and especially our doctors, should not be allowed to favor death! Let’s fight against the culture of death that makes this bill necessary. We must affirm the dignity of the elderly and vulnerable and fight to prevent the legalization of physician assisted and prescribed suicide.
Please use your voice to defend the dignity of the elderly, sick and disabled by opposing assisted suicide.
Sign this petition now!
House Bill 1157