Right to Life of Southwest Indiana opposes all legislation to permit or condone euthanasia. Euthanasia is the intentional killing, by act or omission, of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. The following specific categories of euthanasia are included in this definition:
- Voluntary Euthanasia:When the person who is killed has requested to be killed.
- Non-voluntary Euthanasia:When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent.
- Involuntary Euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary.
- Assisted Suicide: Someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill himself or herself it is called “physician assisted suicide.”
- Euthanasia by Action:Intentionally causing a person’s death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection.
- Euthanasia by Omission:Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water.
There is true human dignity in dying. Real compassion for the dying comes through meeting all their needs, physical, emotional and spiritual. The goal must be to eliminate suffering, not the person who suffers.