As a lot of you already know, I did wrote a report on Euthanasia from a Christian Perspective for my Ethics class. My prof broght something very important to my attention: the Case of Robert Latimer.
For those of you who don't know his story, he's a man who watched his 12-year old daughter choke on carbon monoxide gas from the exhaust of his truck. But he didn't do that because he was crazy or psychotic... he did it out of love. His daughter was born with cerebral palsy and at 12 years old she functioned as a 3 month old baby. Throughout her life, she had numerous surgeries and was in such immense pain. The only analgesic drug that would not make her situation worse was Tylenol, which considering the intensity of pain, was not very effective. Her father couldn't bear see his daughter like this any longer so he ended her life. More info: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/latimer/
I completely understand that the Church is against the taking of a life no matter what, but this story makes me think that there should be some cases where exceptions should be made. Reading the longer version of this story actually made me cry because that little girl had to suffer so much at such a young age and she didn't even get to experience a pain-free life!
I know that some might argue the "slippery slope", that once we start making exceptions, more and more exceptions will be made but what about such extreme cases? Surely no human will have more mercy than God but I just don't understand it!
Anyone have any thoughts?