Date
11 December 2017
The Vatican has condemned the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill American woman, as a 'reprehensible' act. Credit: Reuters
The Vatican has condemned the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill American woman, as a 'reprehensible' act. Credit: Reuters

Vatican official denounces US assisted suicide

The Vatican’s top bioethics official has condemned the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old American who ended her life over the weekend, as an “absurdity”.

“This woman (took her own life) thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error,” Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told the Italian news agency Ansa.

“Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and towards those around us,” Carrasco de Paula said, according to Reuters.

Maynard, who was diagnosed in January with a brain tumor and had announced plans to take medication to die when her pain became unbearable, had become the face of the right-to-die movement ahead of her death over the weekend.

Compassion & Choices, an Oregon-based nonprofit that assisted the young woman through her end of life, said on Sunday that she had passed away surrounded by friends and family.

The Roman Catholic Church opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, saying that life starts at the moment of conception and should end at the moment of natural death.

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