Article by: Angelo Manaloto
A multitude of moral issues garner much polarization in the world today, but probably none as much as those of euthanasia, abortion, in vitro fertilization, and stem cell research – all of which were denounced by the head of the Catholic Church during a meeting with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors last Sunday. The Catholic Church has always been outspoken in its absolute scorn of the constituent acts of the manifest Right to Die Movement, and Pope Francis did not disappoint. The Pope, last Sunday, condemned these issues of moral debate as “sins against God and creation,” making numerous other statements fortifying the Church’s indomitable moral stance and intransigence on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
In contrast to this, however, our ISM community seems to espouse opinions that would otherwise be inimical to those of the Catholic Church. Robbi Sy, a Senior, holds the belief that nothing should be able to take away a person’s “control over his or her life”, as it is a person’s “inalienable right” to be able to decide what what happens to him or her as he or she sees fit. Sophomore Neha Nagpal – though not having convictions on the issue as strong as Robbi’s – says that she permits euthanasia and assisted suicide solely because it “requires the consent of the individual”. In addition to this, Junior Daniel Jachim, gives more incisive arguments opposing the Pope’s declaration, arguing that it is much better to oblige an individual’s wishes as compared to them “resorting to extremely unorthodox methods of suicide” that may come as a result of feeling more “alone in their situation than they already are”.
It is evident that arguments for and against euthanasia are, like most arguments, classified under reason and emotion. It is a debate that has yet to end, and one is just made to wonder whether a consensus will ever be reached in such sensitive deliberations where digression is unwarranted.