(CNS News) – During a 700 Club broadcast on Wednesday, evangelical host Pat Robertson discussed Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminal brain cancer patient who said she would end her life in Oregon on Nov. 1 through assisted suicide, an action Robertson deemed indicative of liberalism’s “culture of death,” and he and his co-host expressed hope that Maynard would change her mind and choose life.
Later that same day, Oct. 29, Maynard announced she had changed her mind for the time being, saying “that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now.”
On the 700 Club (Christian Broadcasting Network), Maynard’s story was told, including that she was married in 2013 and had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in April 2014 and was given 6 months to live. As reported, Maynard had publicly disclosed her plan to travel to Oregon and take 100 capsules of a strong sedative, never to wake up, surrounded by her husband, mother, stepfather and her best friend.
While reporting on Maynard’s case, the 700 Club reporter spoke with two women – one a quadriplegic and one with terminal cancer – who, though suffering physically in ways not unlike Maynard, had chosen to carry on, spend as much time as possible with family, and strive to enjoy their lives.
Each woman expressed hope that Maynard would change her mind and not kill herself under Oregon’s assisted-suicide law.
After the news report, Pat Robertson commented, “It’s amazing that the so-called liberals are a culture of death. They want to kill babies. They want to kill the terminally ill. They don’t seem to honor life, and what we should do is honor life and not hasten death.”
“It is so easy once it starts,” said Robertson. “You have somebody that is hurting very much and you stand around their bed and they say, really, ‘Would you like to take this pill and end your life?’ And the person says, ‘Ah, I think so.’ Okay, a consent form. That one is gone.”
He continued, “You want to pressure somebody and say to them, would you like to run up huge bills and burden your loved ones? Wouldn’t it just be easier to leave this world? And, of course, they say yes, I don’t want to be a burden.”
“We should fight for life,” he said. “It is a slippery slope. I’m sorry, when you see what’s being done in Europe, in Holland, where it is so bad – the culture of death is so pervasive, and the pressure to end the life of these people, it is really tough. I really believe we ought to leave some of these things in God’s hands. He knows what to do with them.”
The 700 Club co-host then said, “You know, Pat, if you’re alive, there’s still hope. There’s always hope. And she’s still young and we don’t know what God could do,” to which Robertson said, “She has brain cancer but brain cancer can get healed. God can heal anything.”
“I have a good friend that recovered from brain cancer when they didn’t think she would recover from. So, if she’s listening, I hope she will choose life,” said the co-host.
In concluding, Pat Robertson said, “She’s a beautiful girl and not too long married and to say, okay, I want to go to Oregon and get them to give me an injection, a lethal injection – they put Dr. Death, Dr. Kevorkian away in prison for the stuff he was doing. I think, again, the Hippocratic Oath is very strong. The idea is to do no harm. I think that is a very important thing.”
A Facebook page, Pray for Brittany Maynard, was started on Oct. 9.
In a video released to CNN in the evening of Oct. 29, Maynard explained she was not sure when or if she would take her life, and said, “I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now. … But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.”