St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church

CI08 Church and Euthanasia

The church opposes Euthanasia. It is a Biblical teaching that God is the only one who “brings both death and life” (Dt 32:39). God is the creator of man “who gives to everyone life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25). We have no right to take our own life through suicide nor other people’s live through Euthanasia. People are servants of God who entrusted them on their soles, not owners of their soles. That is why the church also opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

Nevertheless, avoiding aggressive dangerous medical procedures can be legitimate when the intention is not to cause death, but rather to accept the inability to impede it.   

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