Right-to-Die Movement is a Stain of Violence on our Society


Date: October 30, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana this week published a column for the National Catholic Register about a young woman with terminal brain cancer who publicly announced plans to kill herself Nov. 1 using lethal drugs obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. The column can be read here:


Mrs. Morana released a new statement today regarding the young woman’s public statement that Nov. 1 might not be the right time:

“In a video recorded two weeks ago and released over the last day, Oregon resident Brittany Maynard says Nov. 1 might not be the right time to take her own life. That’s wonderful news, and I hope she never takes those lethal drugs. But the damage has already been done. She is still actively promoting the right to die, when we have no such right. It’s a lie and a stain of violence on our society. I pray to God she decides not to kill herself and instead goes to a hospice program and leaves this earth when God wants to call her home. But the point is not whether and when she decides to end her life. Oregon’s law helped this woman to despair, and will help other families push inconvenient people out of the way. That damage won’t be undone even if she decides not to end her own life.

“If you think gay marriage hit this country like grassfire, then stand back and watch how this illegitimate right-to-die movement snowballs. We need prayer, right now.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

5 Responses to “Right-to-Die Movement is a Stain of Violence on our Society”

  1. Darlene Jones says:

    You need to realize that there are so many of us out here that do not agree with your control over people. You need to stop. You are not here by God to control anyone. If there is a God then let him/her do the job. You are just another politician that thinks they can control our lives. We the people of the World will not allow you to take control of our physical, mental, and spiritual entity. This is the primary reason I STOPPED seeking any religion. I wish you luck with God. I can not imagine how you can live with yourselves even thinking for a moment that you should make decisions for someone else. God bless you when it comes to the end of you life as we know it on earth.

  2. John says:

    Your certainty about what your God wants for someone with a terminal illness is thoughtless and uncaring. Look in the mirror!

  3. Jose Barrera says:

    Greetings and Salutations, may the Grace of God be with you.
    My name is Jose Barrera, I am a Christian living in Seward AK. I truly try to live by the examples left behind in the scriptures of Jesus Christ as he walked among us. But as a human I am imperfect and full of sin, as we all are.
    My question to you and I wish it could be answered by Janet Morana as well. Primarily by her.
    Why criticize or speak negatively of a woman who suffering in physical agony decides to end her own life?
    Should you not instead offer support and prayers for her soul and for her family who is still on earth?
    I am refering to Brittany Maynard, may God have Mercy on her soul!

    Why be so quick to condemn the Right to Die Movement?

    I know what the Holy Bible says about suicide, but I also know that books are written to suit the writers purpose. And interpretations of the Holy Bible are different from person to person.

    I will give you an extreme example of this.
    David Koresh used prophecy in scripture to justify and rally people to his cause. I lived in Waco, TX when the FBI raided their cmpound. At that time I worked at the Olive Garden, a female coworker was attending Koresh’s sermons to see if that was her God wanted her to be. According to her, and this only her say so, He was not only using the Holy Bible to prove that he was a prophet of the Lord, he used the Bible to prove that he was Jesus Christ! That is why she did not return.

    In conclusion, as Christians we need to ask ourselves before we speak or act, what would Jesus do? Christ did not condemn Mary Magdalene for being a prostitute! She was lost, and a sinner! He forgave her, accepted her, and welcomed her into the fold!

    Peace be with you
    Shalom Aleichem
    As-salamu alaykum

    Jose Barrera

  4. Alveda King says:

    Dear Jose,

    First, let me address your question on “what would Jesus do?” We know what He would do because he did it. As he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane He knew of the suffering he would have to endure for our salvation and He prayed, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

    Jesus knew of the suffering and yet He did not end His life. Suffering, when offered up for others, can save souls; those of the sufferer and of those they love. Where would we be if Jesus had not chosen to suffer and endure death for our salvation?

    When Jesus offered love instead of condemnation to Mary Magdalene, He also said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11) Yes, Jesus loved Mary but he did not love the sin of adultery. We should pray for the soul of Brittney Maynard but we cannot condone the sin of suicide. No one is speaking ill of Ms. Maynard but of her action which is not to be misunderstood.

    To the point of the Holy Bible, I believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God. Yes, it was written by man but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the third person of God. God only offers one Truth. Some Truths are clearer than others perhaps but with regards to suicide, suicide is not justified by suffering; and Jesus gave us an example by his suffering and death on the cross.

    Your example of David Koresh is also written about in the Bible. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

    We must always love everyone as Jesus did but we must also speak out against sin. We must not condone or support sin. We can support people through the difficult struggles and decisions they are going through but we cannot cooperate with sin. The Bible says that we should not be partakers of another person’s sin. That’s why assisted suicide and assisted abortion are both wrong. God is the author of life and of death. Life is His, and His only, to give and to take. When we take our own lives, or assist others in the taking of life, theirs or another’s, we are trying to “play God.”

    Be blessed!

  5. Alveda King says:


    We already “control” people every day: with laws against speeding; laws against murder; laws against robbery; laws to register your vehicle.

    I am a civil rights activist and a pro-life activists. I am not a politician and I am not trying to control anyone. I only offer a loving suggestion that everyone should love God and live their lives by Him commandments.

    Be blessed!

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