Without Mercy: An Introduction to Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Other Threats to the Medically Vulnerable (Download)
Four days of cutting-edge, eye-opening, and conversation-starting information on a topic that impacts our culture every single day. Help equip and inspire this generation with the truth!
Without Mercy: An Introduction to Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Other Threats to the Medically Vulnerable examines the complex topics of euthanasia and assisted suicide and teaches students the reality behind what the culture of death advocates regarding end-of-life issues.
Using Church documents, the Catechism, and subject-matter experts, this four-class supplement provides students with a basic understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings on euthanasia and gives students the tools they need to defend those teachings against current cultural attitudes and pro-euthanasia arguments.
Through discussion questions, case studies, real-life scenarios, essay questions, and small-group work, students will gain an understanding of euthanasia and assisted suicide and will learn how to articulate their beliefs so that they can stand up for those who are vulnerable or nearing the end of their lives.
They will learn the true meaning of terms such as “quality of life,” “death with dignity,” and “brain death” so that when they encounter them as they grow, they will be well equipped to combat pro-death arguments. In addition, they will learn the redemptive value of suffering and why we should use our suffering to unite with Christ on the cross. Without Mercy concludes with a case-study discussion that examines the sufferings of Brittany Maynard, Lauren Hill, Martin Pistorius, and Terri Schiavo.
Developed with the help of euthanasia experts:
Dr. Paul A. Byrne, neonatologist, clinical professor of pediatrics, and past president of the Catholic Medical Association
William Beckman, retired executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee in Chicago
Julie Grimstad, president of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization and executive director of Life Is Worth Living, Inc.
Bobby Schindler, president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
Jo Tolck, vice president of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization
- 82-page Instructor Guide
- Comprehensive lecture notes
- Ready-to-print student handouts
- Quiz and answer key
- Discussion questions
- Essay assignment
- Case studies
- Challenge activity
- The Catholic Church’s teaching on euthanasia and assisted suicide
- The language of euthanasia
- Euthanasia and animals
- The redemptive value of suffering
- Living with a disability
- Case studies of Brittany Maynard, Lauren Hill, Terri Schiavo, and Martin Pistorius
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