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Vatican on Brittany Maynard's death: 'Dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life'

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who planned to die under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives. The Vatican's top bioethics official calls "reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who stated she wanted to die with dignity. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, reportedly said Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 that "dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life." Brittany Maynard's suicide in Oregon on Saturday, following a public declaration of her motives aimed at sparking political action on the issue, has stirred debate over assisted suicide for the terminally ill. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who planned to die under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives. The Vatican's top bioethics official calls "reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who stated she wanted to die with dignity. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, reportedly said Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 that "dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life." Brittany Maynard's suicide in Oregon on Saturday, following a public declaration of her motives aimed at sparking political action on the issue, has stirred debate over assisted suicide for the terminally ill. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)

The Vatican's top bioethics official on Tuesday called "reprehensible" the assisted suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who stated she wanted to die with dignity.

Dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life

- Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula

Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told the ANSA news agency that "dignity is something other than putting an end to one's own life."

Brittany Maynard's death in Oregon on Saturday, following a public declaration of her motives aimed at sparking political action on the issue, has stirred debate over assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Maynard moved to Oregon from California so she could use Oregon's law to end her life on her own terms.

Carrasco de Paula said "Brittany Maynard's act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know."

He cautioned that he was not judging individuals "but the gesture in and of itself should be condemned."

A board member of the Oregon-based advocacy group Compassion & Choices, Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera, responded that Maynard was not Catholic and it would be wrong to impose a set of religious beliefs on people who do not share them.

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