Unfortunately, we can’t say we’re surprised by this backlash.
Though many people expressed their love and support after Brittany Maynard chose to end her life on November 1st, there are some people who were NOT happy with her decision, like Vatican official, Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula.
Brittany, who became a death with dignity advocate after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, was recently condemned by the official in an interview with an Italian news agency. He called the decision an “absurdity.”
Monsignor Ignacio explained:
“This woman took her own life thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error. Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us.”
While Maynard is no longer here to defend herself, Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera, a board member of Compassion & Choices has stood up on her behalf:
“Brittany Maynard was not Catholic. People of faith are free to follow their own beliefs and consciences. But it is wrong to use the police power of government to impose a set of religious beliefs on people who do not share them. It is not the American way.”
We think Rev Castuera brings up some great points, especially his position that people should be free to follow their own beliefs and consciences.
Though it’s clear there will always be disagreements over his hot-button issue, one thing is clear: Brittany was a lovely person who deserves to rest in peace.