Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Statement on Disability and Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

Ever since the 1990s when Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act, I’ve been working to de-grease its slippery slope. Under the law, physicians may give lethal drugs to patients with terminal illnesses who want to end their lives. The law’s proponents have insisted it could only be offered to those who had 6 months or less to live, and was a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. But not so anymore.

The Oregon Health Authority (which studies and keeps records on the Death with Dignity Act) now says, “the law is best seen as a permissive law… it does not compel patients to have exhausted all treatment options, or to continue current treatment.… If the patient decides they don’t want treatment, that is their choice.” In an eerie tone, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said the law is “silent on whether the patient must exhaust all treatment options.”

This spells bad news for people with chronic conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or even diabetes. Many people with chronic conditions rely on medication or other supports to enable them to live for decades. But what if people with disabilities begin to despair of their condition? What if insurance runs out? Citing an example, the OHA said that if you are a diabetic in Oregon and decide to forgo insulin injections, you could qualify for a lethal prescription under the state’s physician-assisted suicide law.

It is true that no one with diabetes has yet taken advantage of this new interpretation of the law, but the door is now open, inviting any Oregonian despairing of his disabling condition to test the law’s new interpretation and request assisted suicide. Such cases are already successful in Canada and in Western Europe, showing how slick the slope is in Western industrialized nations.

This is one reason why I recently revised my book When Is It Right to Die? I wanted to give Christ-followers a keen understanding of the arguments surrounding physician-assisted suicide, as well as give them language for articulating a biblical worldview on life, no matter how disabled or elderly one’s life might be. 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.

In 1997 the US Supreme Court ruled that there was no inherent ‘right to die’ in the U.S. Constitution. But that did not stop states from creating legislation based on people’s perception of a “right” to die. Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent people with terminal illnesses. California, Colorado, Vermont and Washington also have enacted similar laws based on the Oregon model (Montana’s Supreme Court ruled that nothing in state law prevents physicians from helping terminally ill patients end their lives).

People who feel overwhelmed by their chronic medical conditions do not need assisted-suicide; they need treatment for depression, good pain management, social community, support, help, hope, and a purpose for living. Christians have the message that gives life meaning, and helps people grasp that life is worth living. I pray Christians will do all they can to expose the dangers behind this new and chilling interpretation of a terminal illness.

 

Taken from Joni’s Blog here.

Free Church Growth Conference: Thursday, October 4 at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church

Free to All

The Bridge Leadership Conference

Thursday, October 4 at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church

4392 Virginia Beach Blvd. 23462

 

 

Dinner: 6pm ($6, pay at door) Large Group: 6:30pm Sessions begin: 6:50pm Deadline to Register: Tuesday, October 2

This Conference is open to everyone. You do not have to be a partnering church to attend this Conference

If you had signed up for the Conference on its original date, please contact the office (admin@thebridgenet.org or 757-938-9793) to confirm you will be attending the October 4 Conference.
Thank you!

Session Topics: (choose two)

How to Lead Change When Change is Hard; led by Lynn Hardaway

Building a Multi-cultural Church; led by Charlie Brown
Getting People in the Door; led by David Foote
Owning Your Gospel Story; led by Ken Pruitt

Small Group Leadership (2nd session only); led by Nate Hogan Family Systems; led by William Colvin

Spiritual Health of the Church and Its Men; led by LeRoy Hill, Jr.

Creating a Ministry for those with Special Needs; led by Jason Hutcheson
Discipline with Special Needs Students; led by Vince Kornegay

Crucial Conversa9ons (1st session only); led by Kim Jessie

Teaching the ‘Google’ Genera9on; Vicky Faircloth

How to Welcome Your Church Guests Better

"16 Quick Adjustments for Reaching More People Seminar"

The Bridge Network of Churches invites you and your leaders to this FREE event
Thom Rainer is the President of Lifeway Resources and is recognized as one of the top influencers in the nation regarding church health and growth.
Tuesday, May 15 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
The Bridge Network Offices
Chesapeake, VA 23320
THESE SMALL, SIMPLE ADJUSTMENTS CAN LEAD TO MORE PEOPLE ATTENDING YOUR CHURCH
This video training course includes:
  • Nearly two hours of step-by-step training & instruction
  • Notebook, practical examples, audio files, and related bonus content
  • 7 PDF adjustment papers
  • 4 MP3 adjustment audio downloads
  • Simple and immediate steps you can take to see more guests connect with your church
Here are some of the bonus materials you will receive for attending:
·      BONUS: Church signage checklist
·      BONUS: Secret guest survey
·      BONUS: Guest readiness checklist
·      BONUS: Church website checklist
·      BONUS: Church social media checklist
·      BONUS: Church health inventory
·      BONUS: Outreach and evangelism inventory
·      BONUS: Church community involvement checklist
PLUS: Pastors will receive a copy of Dr. Rainer’s two newest books: “Becoming a Welcoming Church” and “You Are Welcome Here.”
Your church does not have to be a partner church of The Bridge Network of Churches for you and your leaders to participate!

Register here. 

Volunteer Group to Help Repair Homes for Virginia Beach Neighbors in Need: Free labor & Materials!

Apply Today! March 1 Deadline

Free Home Repair to Qualifying Virginia Beach Residents – Please Share with Neighbors in Need of Assistance

Providence Presbyterian Church is accepting applications for a “WorkCamp” program coming to our community in June of 2018.

There are over 500 volunteers coming from all over the United States to work on Virginia Beach homes in disrepair. The week of “Work Camp” is Jun 24 to Jun 30, 2018. The group is looking for 70-75 homes to assist in Virginia Beach.

Applications are due by March 1st. Both labor and materials are free to qualifying households. To learn how your home might be included, please complete this confidential application (attached) and return to: PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5497 Providence Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23464 

Office: (757) 420-6159   or email to them here