After brain cancer-stricken Brittany Maynard killed herself by taking a massive dose of sedatives, surrounded by her family members in Oregon, the Vatican denounced the action as something “to be condemned” and stressed that there is no “dignity” in suicide.
“Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, told the Italian news service ANSA on Nov. 4. “Dignity is something different than putting an end to your own life.”
“Brittany Maynard’s gesture is in itself to be condemned, but what happened in her conscience is not for us to know,” said Msgr. Carrasco de Paula, whose office was established by St. Pope John Paul II to study and teach about the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death, and help foster a culture of life.
Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed in January with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and by mid-spring had been given six months to live. Maynard had married in 2012. She moved from California to Portland, Oregon to utilize the state’s Death With Dignity Law, which is how she obtained the sedatives, reportedly 100 capsules of secobarbital.