Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2019 / 12:24 pm
Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities.
"Every suicide is a human tragedy, regardless of the age, incapacity, or social/economic status of the individual," said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida.
Naumann is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Dewane heads the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
"The legalization of doctor-assisted suicide separates people into two groups: those whose lives we want to protect and those whose deaths we encourage," the bishops said. "This is completely unjust and seriously undermines equal protection under the law."