Learn more about the dangers of legalizing physician-assisted suicide in this special issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest with Dr. David Stevens as he interviews Kara Tippets, a Colorado mother of four living with stage-four cancer who believes it is possible to die with dignity. Dr. Stevens and Kara discuss the recent profile story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who supports assisted suicide and plans to end her life on November 1, 2014. In response to Maynard’s plans, Kara challenges the medical community to consider whether or not they are walking away from the Hippocratic Oath by participating in assisted suicide.
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Excerpt from: The Washington Post, March 22, 2015, By Sarah Pulliam Bailey:
Kara Tippetts, 38, a Colorado Springs wife of a pastor and a mother of four who received a stage-four breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, has become the poster face of an opposite view. Her story was picked up and popularized by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, blogger Rod Dreher and World magazine, among other outlets. Her story went viral in many Christian circles, notes Bronwyn Lea in a piece for Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics.
“Her story of her own mundane faithfulness and Jesus’ abundant faithfulness to her in the midst of cancer drew hundreds of thousands in: readers choosing her words of reflection in tragedy over the entertainment of click-bait,” Lea wrote. “We are better off for it. We love more deeply. We are that much more aware, and grateful. We are, for a moment, aware that our opportunities to live and love are, as Ecclesiastes teaches us, short-lived. The merest breath.”
Tippetts wrote an open letter to Maynard on Ann Voskamp’s popular blog urging Maynard not to end her life. “Dear heart, we simply disagree,” Tippetts wrote. “Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known. In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with the such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths.”
Tippetts was admitted into hospice care in December 2014, and died in March of 2015.