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Large majorities of west Europeans favor the legalization of assisted suicide, according to a new survey from the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association. Assisted suicide is only legal in four countries on the continent. Reuters reports:
“In almost all the 12 countries polled, three-quarters or more of those responding to questions posed by the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association (SMLA) said people should be able to decide when and how they die. Two-thirds to three-quarters of them said they could imagine opting for assisted suicide themselves if they suffered from an incurable illness, serious disability or uncontrollable pain.
“In both Germany and France, the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches oppose legalizing euthanasia and argue for better palliative care to ease pain for dying patients. Germans were most open to letting people decide when and how they die, with 87 percent supporting the idea, and results slowly descended to Denmark's 71 percent in 11th place. Greece was the only exception to this strong support, with only 52 percent backing the idea of allowing assisted suicide.”
Can you imagine giving free reign to the would be Dr. Kevorkians? What is God’s view of assisted suicide? What is your view?
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