What is the value of life? Is it right to say, ‘You should live, but you shouldn’t?”In a culture that is hyper-focused on control and independence, the argument today is that people want to ‘die with dignity,’ rather than admit to and accept the help to continue living. In this week’s episode, we are joined by Stephanie Gray to continue to conversation on life. Rather than discuss new life, like last week, we take a look at end-of-life and the issue of medically assisted suicide. Stephanie and Ryan unpack and examine the fine line that is drawn when deciding who gets suicide assistance and who gets suicide prevention. We look at some important perspectives and get answers to questions like, when a person’s health is deteriorating and they’re suffering, what then? and, is one life more important than another? indoubt wants to make you think and question this subject, but ultimately, to recognize that life is a beautiful gift and that we have the freedom to choose how we respond in our suffering.
Who’s Our Guest?
Stephanie Gray is a seasoned and international speaker who speaks on assisted suicide and her pro-life stance. She has given over 800 pro-life presentations across North America as well as in the United Kingdom, Austria, Latvia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. In 2017, Stephanie was a presenter for the series “Talks at Google,” speaking on abortion at Google headquarters in California. Stephanie is author of Love Unleashes Life: Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth and currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Stephanie regularly writes on her blog, Love Unleashes Life, where you can not only find more resources and posts, but also more information on the ministry of Love Unleashes Life. In June 2018, Stephanie wrote specifically on this issue, titled, Suicide: To Assist or Not? That is the Question, by Stephanie Gray.
In the episode and the blog post included, Stephanie also mentioned the book, ‘A Guide to Discussing Assisted Suicide‘ written by Blaise Alleyne & Jonathon Van Maren. It’s a short, easy-to-read book and it also comes from a non-sectarian perspective.
If you would like to listen to Stephanie Gray go into greater detail, you can watch her presentation at Westside Church, done in Jan 2017, where she speaks on many of the same things we’ve only scratched the surface of in this conversation: Love Unleashes Life // Stephanie Gray // Session 2: Assisted Suicide.