Ethics & Medics

Volume 44, Issue 6, June 2019

Julie Grimstad, LPN
Pages 1-3

The Abandonment of Suicidal Patients

Proponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide suggest that animals are treated better than humans because we can “put down” animals when they become lame, sick, or old. Veterinary practice includes euthanasia as a kindness to dumb animals who are suffering. Why do we not do this to humans? Christianity has the definitive answer. God created human beings in his image, bestowing dignity on us that is not based on our abilities or competence. The founding fathers of our great nation recognized the self-evident truth that all human beings “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life.” Suffering and dependency on others, therefore, does not cause human beings to lose their inherent dignity, nor does it justify taking another human life or forfeiting our own.