“Compassion and Choices”: Trying to turn Thanksgiving into a mope-fest

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving. We’re running an article on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday to remind us of what Thanksgiving means for us as pro-lifers. This first ran in 2014. Happy Thanksgiving in advance to you and yours!

Compassion-and-ChoicesWhat are your plans for Thanksgiving? Trip to Grandma’s? A cooking marathon? A touch football game?

Leave it to the hope-killers of the suicide movement to take one of the great things in life and turn it into a mope-fest.

The Hemlock Society — now deceptively called “Compassion and Choices” — wants you to spend Thanksgiving Day talking about assisted suicide with your family and friends.

I have a better idea. Spend the holiday enjoying life. Express your thanks for all of your many gifts. Treasure your loved ones and tell them how much you love them. Celebrate all that’s good in your life and in the lives of those you care about. Take a deep breath and, as you exhale, remember how good — no, make that great — life can be.

The best antidote to the physician-prescribed suicide scourge is an enthusiastic “yes” to life. It’s a hope-filled declaration that, despite the detours along our individual journeys, each of our lives have meaning and merit — from the moment of conception to the instant of natural death.

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re dining with masses or having an intimate dinner with only a few, raise your glass and toast to life. It’s the one great gift no one has a right to take away.

Editor’s note. This appeared at paprolife.us