“Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” Vatican official speaks out against Brittany Maynard’s death

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VATICAN CITY – Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the right-to-die movement, hoped to get America talking about the controversial issue.

Her story has received global attention and her death is being condemned by a Vatican official

Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor earlier this year.

After she was told about the suffering she would undergo and the lack of treatment available, Maynard moved to Oregon so she had access to deadly prescription medication under the Death with Dignity law.

On Nov. 1, Maynard took the lethal prescription drug and died in her home after leaving family and friends a farewell message.

“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

The Roman Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide, believing that life begins at conception and should end a natural way.

“Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” he told ANSA. “Dignity is something different than putting an end to your own life.”