Grades 10 - 12 / Wednesday / Assisted Suicide


    Lesson Plans for Assisted Suicide

    Grades 10-12 Student Handout

    The international movement to legalize assisted suicide teaches that some lives are worth living while others have no value. Students will learn about interdependence and what life-affirming options are available for people at the end of life that are in keeping with human dignity.


    Questions for Discussion

    • How is being a burden part of the human condition? What happens if someone tried to live completely independently?

    • What is the responsibility of individuals toward the sick or dying? What is the responsibility of a community?

    • What groups of people would be most negatively affected by legalized assisted suicide? Why?

    • What is the value of palliative care? Does this sound like an option in keeping with human dignity?

    • Does a person’s desire for personal autonomy at the time of death matter more than other considerations? What about the conscience of the doctor, nurse or pharmacist who might have to assist? What about the community who recognizes suicide contagion and the possibility that others (teens especially) might choose suicide because it is legal for the dying?

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Death with Dignity - Link

3 minute video from Chris Stefanick of a woman fighting cancer while raising her four young children. She looks to the end of her life as designed by God without wishing to control her own death.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Assisted Suicide - Link

3 minute video sharing the economic and social effects of assisted suicide on a community.

Stephanie's Story - Link

5 minute video of Stephanie Packer, an Orange County woman fighting a terminal disease with her husband and four young children. Stephanie chooses to live, even when difficult, for the sake of her children, rather than opt for assisted suicide.

Jeanette's Story - Link

3 minute video of a woman who, 15 years after beating cancer, is so glad that she chose to live and did not take advantage of assisted suicide.

Man of Steel - Link

5 minute video about J.J., a former Marine fighting brain cancer, whose desire to live for his family, even through his disease, is a great inspiration.

The Scooter - Link

5 minute video about Bill, who suffered from paralyzing depression while fighting his end-stage disease. Bill sought drugs for assisted suicide, but then his doctor realized that all he needed was increased mobility. A scooter was all it took to change Bill from looking to die to loving life.

Luke's Story - Link

3 minute video. Luke, 19 years old, who survived a suicide attempt, explains that every suicide is tragic.

Physician Assisted Suicide: The Real Effects - Link

1 min video. Dr. Brian Callister explains how legalizing physician assisted suicide has dangerous consequences, like the unwillingness of insurance companies to pay for life-saving procedures and treatments.

Sarah's Story - Link

2 min video. Sarah shares the story of her grandmother, who was pressured to receive assisted suicide despite the lack of a terminal disease.

Hope in the Face of Suicide - Link

7.5 min video. Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how important it is that we treat all life as sacred, even when people feel that life is not worth living.

The Meaning of Suffering - Link

6 min video. Fr. Mike Schmitz gives us a counter-cultural perspective on suffering and finding meaning in Christ.

Assisted Suicide is Not About Autonomy. It's a Tragedy we Shouldn't Allow - Link

USA Today article claims assisted suicide devalues life.

Addressing the American Suicide Contagion - Link

Article explores the link between suicide, overdose and assisted suicide.

We're Told We Are a Burden. No Wonder Disabled People Fear Assisted Suicide - Link

Guardian article claims there are no safeguards to prevent people being pressured into ending their lives.

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