Desmond Tutu champions doctor-assisted suicide
The world-renowned archbishop from South Africa, Desmond Tutu, has recently spoken out as an advocate of doctor-assisted suicide – a lethal process that he would like to see offered not only in his native country, but ultimately around the world … including in the United States.
Just recently in the United Kingdom, the prominent Anglican endorsed doctor-assisted suicide in a video that promoted the controversial practice.
“I hope that when the time comes, I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice,” the 85-year-old Tutu expressed in the video promoting the culture of death.
Georgette Forney, who serves with the pro-life organization Anglicans for Life believes that Tutu’s activism for doctor-assisted suicide is irresponsible – insisting that he has become out of touch with his biblical roots.
“I think that it’s tragic that a man of his stature would choose to use his influence in making this kind of statement on behalf of Compassion and Choices,” Forney told OneNewsNow.
As one of the leading organizations behind the push for assisted suicide, Compassion and Choices is now working hand-in-hand with Tutu to normalize the highly controversial killings.
Forney also points out that when suffering people are placed on palliative care – also known as better pain management – their desire for ending their lives largely diminishes. She asserts that this desire to die often disappears completely – leading to a natural death, which is the way God intended.
“I think that while the archbishop was trying to say something affirming, I think he’s very shortsighted … and very uninformed about the reality of how it’s actually being used,” the pro-life advocate expressed.
Examples of those who consider doctor-assisted suicide include: a woman afraid of growing old, patients suffering depression who could be treated, an aging couple not wanting to be separated by the death of the other, and so on. None of these predicaments deal with unbearable physical pain.
Anglicans for Life has put together a curriculum that churches our now using – an eight-week program called Embrace the Journey. It is designed to provide knowledge and comfort to those who are experiencing – or know someone who is experiencing – physical or emotional trauma in their lives.