NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — The issue of physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity has surfaced in Tennessee. In May well-known Tennessee lawyer and politician John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging state law that makes it a felony to assist in a suicide, according to a report in The Tennessean. The Associate Press reported that the 84-year-old former candidate for governor of Tennessee has terminal cancer.
Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy heard arguments on the issue from both sides July 10.
Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, said, “Between abortion and a push to see assisted suicide legalized across our country, I’m extremely alarmed at the trend of devaluing of life in our culture. The inception and termination of life is not ours to determine. God has determined both an individual’s birth and death — He specifically says so in His Word — and it is not our place under any circumstance to usurp His authority.”
On July 23 the Family Action Council of Tennessee reported the Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a “friend of the court” brief on the Family Action Council’s behalf and for other organizations in Tennessee that support life.
Forty-five states currently prohibit assisted suicide.
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