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10 October 6, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE www.upcatholic.org Reverend Timothy Ferguson Father Tim, Your Staff, Friends and Patrons wish you a very happy and blessed 50th Birthday! P. S., At this age you really should know better! Attention Retailers! The U.P. Catholic Newspaper's Gift Giving Guides reach over 17,700 homes! For more information contact Deacon Steve at: upc@new.rr.com 1-866-452-5112 Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Contact Dennis, Don or Michael for all your Vestment needs. sales@ dewittchurchgoods.com 1-866-950-3378 BY ELISE HARRIS CNA/EWTN NEWS A leading opponent of assisted suicide says that while the movement supporting euthanasia seems strong, the reality is that, at least in the United States, it has had few political victories. The difficulty in this issue is that the media sells us this as a tidal wave thats coming; its inevitable, this is peoples rights, its going to happen anyway, and in fact none of this is true, according to Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in Canada. While a handful of states in the U.S. have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, over and over and over again [euthanasia] bills have been defeated. Assisted suicide became legal in the U.S.3 when Oregon approved the prac- tice in 1998. Washington State legal- ized it in 2009, Vermont in 2013, and Colorado, California, and Washington, D.C. in 2016. In Montana, the practice was permitted by the state Supreme Court in 2009. However, while the legalization of euthanasia in these states has been tragic, the losses for the euthanasia movement far outweigh their victories, Schadenberg said, explaining that thus far in 2017, assisted suicide bills were introduced in dozens of states, and all of them were defeated. The euthanasia mentality is built on a lie, he said, because while those supportive of legalization argue that euthanasia supports freedom and autonomy, though actual laws are focused on protecting doctors rights instead. In Canada, which legalized euthana- sia in 2016, laws protect doctors and nurse practitioners who assist in eutha- nasia from nearly any liability or error, so long as it is reasonable error. By law, then, theres essentially no way (for) a doctor who intentionally does something, (that) you can prose- cute them. The law is so tightly pro- tecting of them, Schadenberg said. He noted that the American Col- lege of Physicians reiterated their stance against euthanasia and assisted suicide in a recent position-paper on topic, published Sept. 19. In the papers abstract, the college said they remain unsupportive of euthanasia because it is problematic given the nature of the patientphy- sician relationship, affects trust in the relationship and in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical professions role in society. Furthermore, the principles at stake in this debate also underlie medicines responsibilities regarding other issues and the physicians duties to pro- vide care based on clinical judgment, evidence, and ethics, the abstract read, and stressed the need to focus on palliative care. There is no tidal wave in the U.S... the doctors dont even want this, Schadenberg said. What actually hap- pens in the states and countries where euthanasia has been legalized, he said, is terribly sad, because lives are being lost and vulnerable people are being abandoned. The reality is when you legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide, there is money thats saved because you are ending the lives of people who are not always terminally ill...but might have a significant health condition, which means they are expensive, Schaden- berg said. He condemned the eugenics men- tality that he said drives the push for euthanasia, saying its a part of our culture whether we like it or not. Schadenberg said that euthanasia supporters look at certain lives as not worth living, they would look at certain conditions and, coupled with the fact that euthanasia is money-sav- ing and makes healthy organs avail- able, would be in favor of it for those reasons, they would say thats actually a good thing. However, the average person who supports the euthanasia cause wouldnt argue on these points, but rather on the prospect of eliminating suffering, Schadenberg said. People are afraid to suffer, and thats a normal human reality, he said, explaining that weve got to break down the issue and talk about our normal human experience, and my experience as a human being is that when Im going through a terrible situation, I become very emotionally upset, and thats because thats how we are as humans. This is how we were made to be, whether you believe in God or not, were wired this way, he said, adding that throwing in the idea of euthanasia when one is emotionally and physi- cally distraught makes the situation worse. Rather than freedom and autonomy, euthanasia and assisted suicide are about abandonment, he said. Its about abandoning people in a time of need, its not about freedom. Expert finds euthanasia movement weaker than it seems CNA PHOTO Proponents of euthanasia claim to alleviate suffering rather than abandoning people in a time of need.

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