I am stunned. I have been reading a book by an author I really like. This is maybe the fifth of her books I’ve read. This one, like two others, is about her life of faith in Jesus. I don’t agree with her about everything, but I like her honesty and humor and what appears to be a life re-arranged by God.
Last night I read a chapter where this author describes assisting in a friend’s suicide. The friend was dying of cancer. The author offers to help the friend end his life on his terms. She does so by purchasing the barbituates, grinding them up, and feeding them to her friend, who dies shortly thereafter.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this. I did some research online only to discover that this chapter had previously been published in a major newspaper as an op ed piece two years ago.
This author basically confesses to helping someone die and it does not appear that she was arrested. Isn’t this an illegal act? I mean, really illegal? In fact, the only consequence I could see was that someone cancelled one of her speaking engagements.
I’m not trying to land this person in jail (I even had a dream she accused me of doing so by writing this post), but even a very liberally-oriented friend asked if this woman had been arrested when I told her the story. I mean, Kevorkian was put in jail for this, right?
I understand that we — people in general and Christians in particular — don’t agree about everything. I can even get why people think such a death in such circumstances is ok.
But somehow it feels really wrong.
And I really thought this act broke the law. If so, why did nothing happen? Why no fuss?
I’m still feeling uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. So I thought I would blog about it. And see what you all say.