Debating Assisted Suicide

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Moral Theology

KPBSsuicide2Recently, I appeared on the local PBS radio and television affiliate (KPBS) to discuss a new assisted suicide bill that has been introduced in the California legislature.

Although the station representatives weren’t initially aware of it, both I and the gentleman taking the opposing view were widowers who lost our wives to cancer.

They were surprised and supportive when this turned out to be the case, and it helped balance the discussion since we both had very moving personal stories.

We first did a 15-minute radio debate, which can be listened to through a specialized audio player at this link:

ttp://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jan/21/brittany-maynard-family-pushing-california-right-d/

Look for the “KBPS Midday Edition” player, about half way down the page (just under the YouTube video).

They also had us discuss the subject on their “KPBS Evening Edition” television program, the video for which is here:

This was the first time that I met John La Grange, and we had very cordial discussions off the air. I gave him my condolences for his loss, and I told him that I would be praying for him and his late wife, which he appreciated. I’d ask others to do so as well. Thank you in advance!

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{ 15 comments }

Jarrod January 22, 2015 at 1:16 am

Good job Jimmy. It’s not an easy issue; no one really wants to die and I’d like to think that those who actually champion euthansia believe they are being merciful. You kept it secular and even managed to get that last cogent point about how surveys are conducted in!

Sean L. Tobin January 22, 2015 at 6:09 am

Only one Being has the power to give life and only that same Being has the power to take life when, and only when, He decides.

Assisted suicide, under any circumstances whatsoever, is just another name for murder.

If we ever saw the public display of dying in old age, suffering the ravages of the dreaded Parkinson’s disease, we saw the dignity and the, dare I say, beauty of the process performed before the eyes of the world by the late St. John Paul II the Great.

Sadly, many throughout the world have lost the sight of God. They think they are greater that He. But the surprise will come when each of us, in however way is destined, meet Him face to face.

Kathy January 22, 2015 at 7:27 am

I couldn’t get the radio link to work :(

brian kundinger January 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

Is there a difference between assisted suicide and abortion / birth control ? is a blind eye policy in place ?

brian kundinger January 22, 2015 at 9:38 am

is the pope setting himself up to be the leader of the ONE WORLD CHURCH ?

Bill912 January 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Attempted thread hi-jack.

Les Record January 22, 2015 at 9:46 am

Thanks Jimmy for your work here. I felt like this was a great segment, calm and reasoned on both sides. I hope you get more opportunities to make the case in this type of venue.

Jennifer January 22, 2015 at 10:26 am

Dear Jimmy,

The Holy Spirit spoke through you! Well done.
I appreciate the good work that you are doing for the Kingdom of God.

Thank you.

Jennifer Rader

felix servidad January 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

In my opinion those who are in favor of assisted suicide, think it would be better for the patient to die now than to wait without hope to end up the suffering of the patient. See if your will to live faded your hope die away. If we believe in God there’s hope and that hope will not fail us because it is from God who gave us the reason to hope.

Irish Thomist January 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I never knew this detail of your personal life/background before. It’s hard, very sorry Jimmy.

Daniel Marcum January 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm
Jimmy Akin January 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Awesome! Thanks, Daniel!

BillyHW February 1, 2015 at 1:07 am

That is one impressive beard.

Jimmy Akin February 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

I like how you can’t see it all because the lower third graphic partly blocks it.

PeterJohn February 2, 2015 at 6:06 am

Thank you Jimmy,
This proposed law is just another instance that adds to the snowball effect of the culture of death and the attempt to sway public opinion. In 1999, I had a failed dual organ transplant that left me with many medical complications. A friend of my wife called me and stated that if I loved my wife, I should kill myself. I’m glad she was not one of my doctors.

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