The Minnesota South District parish nurses enjoyed another meeting at the end of April. The topic for the meeting was physician-assisted suicide—a rousing discussion was led by Minnesota South and North Districts Public Policy Advocate Rev. Fred Hinz.
Should doctors be allowed to intentionally kill their patients? Shocking as that is, it is a question that many State legislatures are being asked to address these days. And that includes the Minnesota State legislature. This practice is now legal in at least six states.
Needless to say, it is a disturbing proposal and one which we in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod stand adamantly opposed to on both theological and practical grounds. It is also a topic which congregations should be addressing because it will directly affect each and every family, should it become law in the future.
Judging from the robust conversation exchanged during the parish nurses meeting, it’s likely this will be a topic discussed again at future meetings of the group.
If you have an interest in exploring the role congregations can play in informing and safeguarding their members and communities, you’re welcome to attend the next meeting—on October 31, from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.