If murder is indeed the intentional killing of a human being, then suicide seems to fit that description. With the well-publicized suicides of Robin Williams and Oregon's Brittany Maynard, we need to take a close look at the minefield before us. If we accept that suicide is a legitimate answer in only some situations--e.g. terminal illness--then we are, in effect, placing the pain of one group of people on a pedestal, discounting the pain of others as inferior. This only makes it that much more abundantly clear that suicide is never the answer.
In other words, if you support a terminally ill patent's attempt to kill herself, why don't you also support the depressed teen or the mentally ill person who has a similar desire? How about a disabled person who is tired of living with the pain of a severe disability? You see, don't you, where this leads? There is, frankly, no end to the people you might encourage in their planned suicide. We all experience pain, after all. If you pick and choose...you're placing the pain of one group of people above the pain of the other. Your logic crumbles, and it exposes a black heart.
As an aside, I'll offer a brief suggestion here. Learn the histories and backgrounds of those organizations who fight for death. Don't mistakenly assume they have society's best interest in mind, because they most assuredly do not.
Suicide, euthanasia, and abortion are all manifestations of a devaluation of life around us. Life is not a commodity; it is a sacred gift. We didn't create ourselves, and we didn't set our own hearts to beating. Ending this life in suicide is throwing away the greatest gift we have. Perseverance, hope, and prayer don't offer an immediate release, but, of course, neither does suicide. Death is just the beginning of what's to come.
So, I ask you to stop glorifying and praising suicide as a "personal choice." It's the wrong choice; it's a selfish choice, and it's murder. For once, let's call it for what it is. Instead, embrace life with thankfulness and endeavor to offer up the pain.
Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said “dignity is something other than putting an end to one’s own life,” when asked about Maynard’s decision to kill herself. Carrasco de Paula said “Brittany Maynard’s act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide: Finding Hope
List of Organizations
The Catechism of the Catholic Church