If you had an incurable condition or disease, if you were in severe pain, would you tell the doctors to back away and let you die?
Is your life your own or God’s?
What does it mean to let go of hope in this world, even it you still have hopes for the next?
If you asked a doctor for a lethal prescription, is that morally okay?
Okay, I’m up to five questions and counting. (Faith & Reason followers know that’s typical for me.)
Today’s cascade of questions is prompted by the Pew Research Center survey on nearly 2,000 American’s views of End of Life treatments, released today. It looks at decisions people would make for themselves or for family, at suicide and physician assisted dying and more. A major finding is that race, religion and ethnicity play a big role in how people answer.
But none of the questions address why people make the choices they make. There’s no way to determine from the data if ideas about the roles of faith, family or God or miracles make a difference.
One source told me that the people who have made use of the physician-assisted dying law in Oregon were “upper income, highly educated, fiercely independent individuals who are accustomed to having things their way.”
Is that you?
Tell me what you would do – and why.