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The Right to Die?: Caring Alternatives to Euthanasia [Paperback]

By Mark Blocher (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Moody Publishers
ISBN  0802477399  
EAN  9780802477392  

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Mark Blocher Journalists have dubbed it the "Death with Dignity" movement-but what does the Bible have to say about euthanasia or physician-assisted euthanasia, tracing the movement's history from the legalization of abortion to the present debate. He presents alternatives and shows readers how they can help protect the sanctity of life. His thought-provoking words will help all believers lovingly respond to this problem. What Do We Owe the Dying? Is Hastening Death the Only Solution to Terminal Illness? Who Controls the Exit Gates of Life? Mark B. Blocher articulately answers the questions and more, explaining how we can differentiate ourselves from those who support the "death with dignity" movement. "Killing is not caring," says the author. "It may look compassionate even merciful, but it is not caring." As a pastor and bioethicist, Mark has stood beside many deathbeds trying to give sound biblical, moral, and practical counsel as friends and families struggle to make difficult treatment decisions near the end of a loved one's life. The Right to Die: challenges us to accept that there is no disgrace in human mortality, that human dignity can be cared for and respected in the midst of life's worst experiences. Mark suggests that Christians must become proactive in providing alternatives to assisted suicide and euthanasia while offering at least three promises to the terminally ill person: 1. To the best of our ability, we will not allow you to die in pain. 2. We will not allow you to die alone. 3. You will not be a burden to anyone. Caring for the dying requires commitment, sacrifice, and personal involvement. After reading The Right to Die? you will be able to determine what kind of care and compassion you can provide to the terminally ill person in your life.

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Easing human suffering without euthanasia  Jan 28, 2010
I came across this book when my church bookstore (sadly) closed down. I guess it had been on the shelves quite a while! But I wanted to hear what someone had to say about euthanasia, because at first blush the concept seems humane and therefore valid. Who could argue about ending the pain of suffering people?

Mark Blocher's arguments go beyond the surface, though, and reveal deep flaws in the reasoning behind assisted suicide and indeed, suicide itself. Looked at morally and Biblically, even practically, the concept that euthanasia is the only caring alternative to suffering falls apart. The author believes there are more humane alternatives, such as hospice, church and community assistance and pain management.

Much of the book delves into academic and philosophical arguments, but the author personalizes these dense trails of thought with examples that bring them home emotionally. I, too, have seen the value and beauty of hospice care. And, I was struck by his concept that one person's freedom -- the right to die -- is illusory because it impinges on another person's freedom (the right not to kill or assist in killing). A friend of mine who is a pharmacist changed jobs and accepted a lower salary and terrible hours because at his pharmacy he was going to be required to dispense abortion pills. A woman's right to abort impinged on his right not to assist in an abortion. His family life has suffered. I respect this man immensely.

Younger readers may not be interested in this topic, but those who are "of a certain age" might find it reassuring. Elderly people in this country are too often considered burdens on the health care system, the pension system, government security nets and the family. It is refreshing to be reminded by Mark Blocher that God does not view anyone's life as having no value.

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