Celebrating the Maine Death with Dignity Act that went into effect 19.9.2019
“It’s a blessing”
The Reverend Marvin Ellison, PhD, a Presbyterian minister and former Willard S. Bass professor of Christian ethics at the Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, Maine, said his Christian beliefs inform his support for Maine’s law.
“As a Christian theologian, I can state unequivocally that Maine’s Death with Dignity law is a blessing.”
— Reverend Marvin Ellison, PhD
“It’s a blessing to those at the end of life who are ready to die, but for a variety of reasons are not able to die,” Marvin shared with us. “It’s a blessing to their family and friends, who pray that their loved one will not be forced, against their will, to experience a meaningless and protracted death but rather will have the means, when and if they so wish, to exit more gracefully.“
“It takes spiritual maturity to discern when death is no longer the enemy to resist, but rather has become the friend to welcome,” he added. “I thank God for the gift of our moral freedom to make these very tender, very principled decisions for ourselves. We honor God and each other when we adopt a “hands on” rather than “hands off” response to dying, especially when we act with care, compassion, and respect for one another at our ending no less than at our beginning.”
“I pray that our Members of Parliament will enact a law to permit us to access this blessing in every state and territory of Australia,” says Ian Wood, Spokesperson and Co-founder of Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Assisted Dying. If you ‘Like’, ‘Love’ or ‘Care’ for this post, and have not already joined us, please add your name today – https://christiansforvad.org.au/add-your-name/