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Insurance denied her chemo treatment. But it covered drugs for suicide.

Jun 6, 2017

Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her... Read more

Priests in green vestments celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilic a on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Apr 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  Read more

Race against time for Congress to block DC's assisted suicide law

Jan 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Congress took its first step toward blocking D.C.’s doctor-prescribed suicide law on Thursday, but the action will need the support... Read more

This 81-year-old woman got a 'Don’t Euthanize Me' tattoo

Dec 31, 2016

An 81-year-old walking into a tattoo shop may sound like the start of a joke, but to Christine Nagel, her... Read more

Assisted Suicide the Musical. Courtesy of Unity Theatre Liverpool.

In new musical, disability rights activist tackles assisted suicide

Nov 27, 2016

Physician-assisted suicide has been a subject of controversy for several years, but Liz Carr is taking the issue somewhere it... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr CC BY ND 2.0.

Cardinal Dolan calls for new energy in fight against assisted suicide

Nov 23, 2016

As the push for physician-assisted suicide continues throughout the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is asking the faithful... Read more

Don't shift on assisted suicide, Catholics urge US medical group

Nov 5, 2016

For years, the American Medical Association has held a strong stance against measures promoting physician-assisted suicide. But that could change.  Read more

Assisted suicide approved by Washington DC city council

Nov 2, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Representatives of the nation’s capital voted Tuesday to approve physician-assisted suicide, despite strong opposition from religious, legal and medical leaders.  Read more

Vermont law blasted for pushing doctors to discuss 'benefits' of suicide

Oct 3, 2016

A medical ethics group and a Christian doctors’ group have challenged Vermont regulators who say that doctors must tell patients... Read more


Suicide of bullied student raises questions for Catholic school

Aug 19, 2016

The suicide of a seventh grade Catholic school student prompted outpourings of grief and prayers, amid disputed claims from his... Read more


Here's what could delay Canada's controversial assisted suicide bill

Jun 4, 2016

Days before Canada’s assisted suicide bill was originally supposed to take effect, lawmakers’ stark disagreements on religious freedom protections and... Read more

US bishops urge anti-suicide provisions in proposal for end-of-life counseling

Sep 9, 2015

A federal proposal focusing on health care counseling for end-of-life decision making needs further additions, including strong exclusions of assisted... Read more

Robin Williams.

Robin Williams' death renews call for mental health attention

Aug 13, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The death of iconic comedy star Robin Williams highlights the need for greater education, understanding and support surrounding those struggling... Read more

Robin Williams.

Vatican newspaper remembers Robin Williams

Aug 12, 2014

L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published a brief Aug. 12 article on the death of Robin Williams, calling the comedian... Read more