With 18 percent of its 11 million people over the age of 60, Cuba is the country in Latin America with the second largest concentration of elderly people. For more than 20 years, Caritas Cubana has made it a priority to help care for Cuba’s elderly, who tend to be poor and marginalized. Some 7,000 volunteers throughout the country’s 11 dioceses work together to make life a little easier for older people, many of whom live alone and struggle to make ends meet on the small pensions they receive.
As Catholics we have the responsibility to defend the principle that each of us has the right to live each day until we are called to eternal life. Assisted-suicide breaches this basic principle of human dignity! A caring community should devote more attention, not less, to members facing the most vulnerable times in their lives. When people are tempted to see their own lives as diminished in value or meaning, they most need the love and assistance of others to assure them of their inherent worth.
Euthanasia has become a leading issue in the French presidential election: President Nicolas Sarkozy opposes its legalization, while François Hollande, a Socialist, supports it.
The Council of Europe has ruled that euthanasia and assisted suicide should be banned in every country across the Continent. In a declaration that will have huge implications on human rights laws in its 47 member countries the Strasbourg-based organisation announced that such practices “must always be prohibited”.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution sayinig that euthanasia should always be prohibited. It is being hailed as a major pro-life victory and will have an impact on future decisions by the European Court.
A media frenzy has erupted in the UK over a hopelessly biased report on assisted suicide. Visit this article by David Alton to read about the incredible bias that is sweeping through the UK, as the pro-euthanasia lobby attempts to grow in power in 2012.
If euthanasia is legalised in Australia either by individual states or the Federal government itself it would be against the bedrock of everything it means to be a doctor, says University of Notre Dame's honours graduate Samuel Birch.
Chronic pain is a major problem for many and some pain does not respond to traditional pain medications or some people cannot tolerate the side effects. The culture of death has their solution for those suffering from chronic intractable pain:assisted suicide.
The Royal Society of Canada has recommended that the Criminal Code of Canada be amended so that people in poor health would have the right to physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. Is Canada going to be the next country to head down the slippery-slope? Barbara Kay examines the euthanasia debate in Canada in this article.
Euthanasia advocates claim they want to "die with dignity". What they don't realise, is that real dignity comes with palliative care and respect during one's dying moments - and not through assisted suicide! We enter the world entirely dependent upon other people. Most of us will also live our final months, weeks or days in this world requiring the care and support of others to sustain us. While dying is an intensely personal experience, it is also a journey which we should not have to undertake alone.
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