Assisted Suicide Makes a Dismal Debut in Hawaii

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Forcing the culture of death onto the general population remains an unpopular choice for politicians. In the same week that Ireland’s new law legalizing abortion got off to a rough start, the state of Hawaii discovered the same problem when it tried to kick off its new assisted suicide law – there just aren’t enough doctors interested in ending lives.

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Honolulu Bishop Pleads for Prayer

Scene of burning fissure coursing through the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano. (US Geological Survey).

After the recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii and a series of small earthquakes, Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva is asking for prayers for those who have lost everything.

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Hawaii Bishop Speaks Truth to Power

                                            Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu wrote a hard-hitting editorial about the new law legalizing assisted suicide in his state and raises serious questions about how it requires people to lie on death certificates and to insurance companies, how it disregards the eternal consequences of this choice and the guilt it imposes on families, and how it sends a dangerous message to youth that sometimes killing yourself is better than living.

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