Christine Nagel, an 81-year-old woman in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has gotten a tattoo on her arm that says: "Don’t euthanize me" as a reminder to her family and others (video below).
"He knows when I should die," Nagel told Global News. "And He's waiting for me in heaven."
"I was speechless," Nagel's oldest daughter Juliana said of her mother's tattoo.
"It's drastic, but this very plainly says I'm gonna live until God says he's ready for me," Nagel added.
Nagel opposes Bill C-14, a law that states, patients suffering from incurable disease whose natural death is "reasonably foreseeable" are able to pursue a medically assisted death, noted the Toronto Star.
The Canadian Medical Association said the law is "robust federal legislation [that ensures] access is not impeded, protects vulnerable patients and respects the personal convictions of health-care providers."
Nagel told Global News: "How would you feel if you turned up at the gates of heaven, and St. Peter got out the book and said, 'Just a minute, just a minute, we weren’t expecting you for another 18 months? We don't have a place for you yet.'"
Juliana plans on honoring her mom's choice to be kept alive, the only legal option under Canadian law.
"She made this decision when her mind was clear, " Juliana recalled. "I would respect it. I would have to. I couldn't go against her wishes because one day we'll meet again, and I don't want to get heck for that."
Back in the states, Christian activist John Stonestreet recently warned on his BreakPoint radio show that doctor-assisted suicide laws "lead to the deaths of non-terminally ill patients" and "threaten the lives of the disabled and the most vulnerable among us."
Stonestreet added that Americans should persuade friends and family members to tell others to oppose physician-assisted suicide laws, which allow people to decide whether or not they want to continue suffering with a terminal illness or peacefully end their lives on their own terms.
Stonestreet noted that Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute said that Colorado's Proposition 106 "does not require psychiatric evaluation for patients requesting suicide," and it "does not provide for a health-care professional of any kind to be on hand to ensure the drugs are administered competently."
According to Ballotpedia:
Proposition 106 was designed to permit terminally ill patients with under six months to live, as determined by two physicians, to self-administer aid-in-dying drugs to voluntarily die. To be eligible, the patient must be at least 18 years old, determined mentally capable by two physicians, and able to communicate an informed decision.
Receiving aid-in-dying drugs would require one written request, witnessed by at least two other persons, and two oral requests. The measure would also allow a physician to prescribe the lethal drug to a terminally ill patient under certain conditions. Health providers and facilities would not be required to prescribe or dispense aid-in-dying medication. In addition, Proposition 106 would criminalize coercing a patient with a terminal illness to request the drug.