The Sanctity of Life in the Sunset Years

By Dr. Tim Shepherd - Posted at Bound 4 Life:

As a physician, my calling is to promote life. I have pledged to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human life as part of the Hippocratic Oath.

It is unethical to have quickening death as an option. Yet this year alone, half of our nation’s state legislatures have proposed legalizing the practice of a person taking deadly drugs to end their life prematurely. A new Gallup poll shows that 56 percent of Americans now find euthanasia “morally acceptable.”

These trends concern me. In taking a life, you are grasping the keys out of God’s hands. That is not my place as a doctor, one who has given my life to help heal people.

Photo Courtesy of Shepherd Healthcare

Life is very precious, and every day is a gift. I have a patient in a nursing home whom I have been seeing for 20 years, who has severe multiple sclerosis. He is quadriplegic, completely paralyzed from the neck down, though he can interact with others – including his seven daughters, who visit him ever so often.

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