Nearly 4/10 Evangelical Christians Say This is Morally Acceptable

Nearly 4/10 Evangelical Christians Say This is Morally Acceptable

Nearly 4 out of 10 evangelicals say assisted suicide is okay to avoid excessive pain and suffering, according to new research by Lifeway Research. 

In the poll specifically Christians agreed with this statement, 

When a person is facing a painful terminal disease, it is morally acceptable to ask for a physician’s aid in taking his or her own life.
— Lifeway Research

Eric Metaxas in today's Breakpoint writes, "In other words, physician-assisted suicide is okay—at least in some circumstances. So how in the world is that “pro-life”?"

Metaxas makes the case that if 75% of evangelicals are saying abortion is wrong according to Pew Research, why are nearly 40% saying it is okay to kill at the end of life? 

“Traditional Christian teaching says God holds the keys to life and death,” says Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “Those who go to church or hold more traditional beliefs are less likely to see assisted suicide as morally acceptable. Still, a surprising number do.”

He continues, “If they are facing a slow, painful death, Americans want options,” according to McConnell. “Many believe that asking for help in dying is a moral option. They don’t believe that suffering until they die of natural causes is the only way out.”

Physician-assisted suicide  became legal in the U.S. when Oregon passed the “Death with Dignity” law in 1997. Since 1997, almost 1,000 (991) people have ended their lives with legal, doctor prescribed medication. 

5 other states have followed Oregon, making physican-assisted suicide legal, including Colorado who just passed legislation making it legal for a doctor to give a terminally ill patient a fatal dose of sleep medicine. Washington, California, Vermont, and Montana also allow physician-assisted suicide. The city council in the District of Columbia recently approved a measure allowing the practice—a decision that must be reviewed by Congress.

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