Assisted suicide law will erode the moral fabric

Concerned at euthanasia law

Sr Nuala Kenny - medical doctor, renown ethicist, professor, and Sister of Charity of Halifax, Canada - is deeply concerned with the new law allowing euthanasia and doctor-assisted death in Canada.

The new law will have serious effects not only on Canadian Catholics but on the medical profession, and people of all faiths. In this edition of Witness, Sr Nuala discusses her concerns with Fr Thomas Rosica CSB.

"When life is not respected, should we be surprised that other rights will sooner or later be threatened? Aging populations, especially in the west, and resulting smaller workforces are now creating a market push towards euthanasia," she says.

Sr Nuala believes death has been professionalised, technologised, depersonalised and dehumanised. Facing those realities makes euthanasia seem an attractive option and easier to introduce and accept. The moral dimension is absent.

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