The following comes from an October 16 Creative Minority Report blog post by Rebecca Taylor:
The University of San Francisco (USF) is my alma mater. My name is on a plaque in the chemistry office for my academic exploits while I was there. Along with a degree in chemistry, I also got a whopping student loan debt that may never get paid off, but that is another topic for another time.
When people ask me if they should send their children there, I answer with an unequivocal “No!”
Case in point this op-ed piece by the staff of the student paper the Foghorn on assisted suicide. I won’t bore you with the whole thing.
Here is an excerpt:
The Foghorn staff has reached the consensus that any legislation which directly affects the length of someone’s life is a unique issue because there is nothing as private as an individual’s decisions about the quality of their life. To choose to live in pain or to die quickly when faced with terminal illness is a decision that is so intensely personal that allowing the government (on a state or federal level) to prevent assisted suicide is a serious overreach of their power. For most issues, having government involvement regarding societal improvement and personal health is appropriate, even necessary, for a healthy society. Examples include the recent SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and the implementation of universal healthcare. However, the government should not be able to restrict you or punish you for making decisions about the quality of your life.
All of our staff members believe that assisted suicide should be legalized for terminally ill people who truly believe that it is the only option they have left.
All of the staff at the Foghorn support assisted suicide. Not one could even play devil’s advocate and bother to articulate the Church’s position.
If USF was truly a good Jesuit school, you would expect at least one student at the Foghorn could think their way out of a paper bag. Or at least delve a little deeper by talking to real terminally ill patients.
Patients like Jeanette Hall who, with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, was determined to end her own life. Dr. Stevens held out his hand to her and offered her hope. She took his hand and is alive today because Dr. Stevens did not abandon her at her most vulnerable.