Suicide statistics in the US.
- Children ages 10 to 14 — 1.3 per 100,000
- Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 8.2 per 100,000
- Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.5 per 100,000
As in the general population, young people were much more likely to use firearms, suffocation, and poisoning than other methods of suicide, overall. However, while adolescents and young adults were more likely to use firearms than suffocation, children were dramatically more likely to use suffocation.1
WHAT IS ASSISTED SUICIDE?
Assisted suicide – is the process by which an individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with the means (drugs or equipment) to commit suicide. In some cases, the terms aid in dying or death with dignity are preferred. These terms are often used to draw a distinction from suicide; in some legal jurisdictions, “suicide” (whether assisted or not) remains illegal, however “aid in dying” is permitted.
WHAT IS EUTHANASIA?
The term euthanasia refers to an act that ends a life in a painless manner, performed by someone other than the patient. This may include withholding common treatments resulting in death, removal of the patient from life support, or the use of lethal substances or forces to end the life of the patient.
IS PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE LEGAL?
Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in every state except Oregon. In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings on physician-assisted suicide and sent the issue back to the states to decide. The Court decided that it could not identify a right to request a physican’s help in dying. Therefore, the merits of state laws that bar physician-assisted suicide are appropriate for the states to decide.
MY LIFE AS A CHILD
As a child, I was brought up in a very close knit family. We may have lived a life of less privilege, but I have seen the love of my father to my mother, and that love is extended to us their children.
I cannot think of any instance even in the most frustrating moments of our lives that the word suicide crossed my mind. I am pretty sure this goes with my family too.
AS A CHRISTIAN ELEVEN YEARS TODAY
For after understanding the doctrines, I fell I am more stronger and steadfast in the belief, that if I am with God, who can be against me?
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Believe in the power of prayer! Pray and you will find peace and solutions to your problems — whatever it is.
(Philippians 4:6-7) “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” RSV
Suicide Is Never a Solution, Period.
Assisted suicide can be very sad:
Here is one story:
“My father in law had just been told he had esophagus cancer. They told him he had three weeks to a year. Later that evening he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. We knew he had been in a lot of pain prior to being told what kind of cancer it was: He was not able to stand up, he was bent over in pain. He left a note telling his family he was sorry; he was worried that if he ended up in a convalescent home it would eat up their life savings, leaving his wife with nothing. “
PRESERVATION OF LIFE –
It is only God, and God alone, who has the unquestionable power to take life.
(Deuteronomy 32:39) “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”
Suicide Is Never a Solution, Period.
Consider this comment of the blog on Pregnancy on incest”
The pro-life view on incestuous pregnancy is that to have an abortion is unjustifiable. Why? Because killing a baby is killing a baby.
If a rape or incest occurs, do we advocate killing the rapist or the relative who impregnated the woman? No. If it is not allowable to kill the offender, why would it be acceptable to kill the innocent child?
I would like you to redirect to this site:
WHY ASSISTED SUICIDE MUST NOT BE LEGALIZED
excerpts from the blog: “While an extremely small number of people may benefit, they will tend to be at the upper end of the income scale, white, and have good health insurance coverage. At the same time, large numbers of people, particularly among those less privileged in society, would be at significant risk of substantial harm. We must separate our private wishes for what we each may hope to have available for ourselves some day and, rather, focus on the significant dangers of legalizing assisted suicide as public policy in this society as it is today. Assisted suicide would have many unintended consequences.”
MONTANA BECOMES THIRD STATE TO LEGALIZE PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE:
In November 2008, voters in Washington State approved a ballot initiative allowing terminally ill, legally competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions without exposing themselves or their doctors to criminal prosecution. The Washington measure was modeled on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act enacted in 1997 following voter approval and upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2006. This makes the Washington State the second state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
Overview of the Physician-assisted suicide in North America:
Throughout North America, committing suicide or attempting to commit suicide is no longer a criminal offense. However, helping another person commit suicide is generally a criminal act. Three exceptions are the states of:
|Oregon which, since 1997, has allowed people who are terminally ill and in intractable pain to obtain a lethal prescription from their physician and end their chronic suffering. This is called “Physician Assisted Suicide” or PAS.|
|Washington whose voters passed Initiative 1000 in 2008-NOV. Supporters call it a “Death with Dignity bill;” opponents call it an “Assisted Suicide” measure.|
|Montana where the Montana Supreme Court legalized PAS in a decision handed down on 2009-DEC-31.|
To summarize, suicide may be painless, but is not the means to end one’s life.
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