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Belgium and the Netherlands see rapid rise in euthanasia and assisted suicide cases

Feb 16, 2021

Euthanasia and assisted suicide cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalized in 2002,... Read more

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Raft of assisted suicide laws introduced in states

Feb 9, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Not two months into 2021, seven states are considering bills that would legalize assisted suicide, and two other states are looking... Read more

Terminally ill patient and assisting family member.

Canadian bishops condemn new medical suicide measures

Feb 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning parliament’s efforts to further expand medically assisted suicide to... Read more

Zurich Airport Prison.

Swiss inmate demands right to euthanasia

Jan 9, 2020

A Swiss prisoner is challenging the country’s policy to bar inmates from receiving assisted suicide after his request to die... Read more

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Euthanasia increases organ donations in Canada amid ethical concerns

Jan 7, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Canadians who choose medical suicide are being actively solicited for their organs in a practice one Member of Parliament said raises... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

Analysis: Has Archbishop Paglia opened a new fight over 'accompaniment'?

Dec 16, 2019

By Ed Condon

Catholics hoping for a swift correction to Paglia’s insistence on the need to “accompany” someone committing assisted suicide may be... Read more

Representatives of the Abrahamic religions sign a declaration on end-of-life issues at the Vatican Oct. 28, 2019.

Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim leaders sign declaration against euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide

Oct 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia... Read more

UK court clears 80-year-old accused of ‘mercy killing’ her husband 

Sep 19, 2019

Family members of an 80-year-old woman in England are advocating for legalized assisted suicide after the woman was found not... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

UK bishop says rejection of assisted suicide in Guernsey is an answer to prayer

May 18, 2018

After debate this week, the Guernsey legislature has moved to reject a proposed legalization of physician assisted suicide on the... Read more

New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group

Apr 24, 2018

Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide.  Read more

In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Aug 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with... 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

Canada is already looking at expanding assisted suicide

Jun 20, 2016

Canada’s controversial assisted suicide measure had barely passed Parliament when national leaders discussed the possibility of expanding it to allow... 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

Canada's 'commit life' campaign fights suicide with message of hope

Mar 23, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

A new campaign in Canada aims to reach those who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide by telling the stories... Read more

A deadly mistake – Disability rights groups oppose Colo. assisted suicide bill

Feb 5, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Disability advocates and medical professionals came out in opposition to a proposal in the Colorado legislature that would legalize assisted... Read more


Solidarity is the solution to assisted suicide, California bishops say

Jan 7, 2016

California’s Catholic bishops rallied opponents of the state’s assisted suicide law on Tuesday to continue their efforts to correct lawmakers’... Read more


Killing people is not compassion – religious leaders unite against assisted suicide

Nov 3, 2015

As Canada moves toward legalizing assisted suicide, Catholic bishops and a large Protestant coalition – along with Jewish and Muslim... Read more

Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

Oct 5, 2015

After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling... Read more

Killing sick people is not compassionate, New Mexico bishops affirm

Aug 17, 2015

It is in Christ that true compassion for the dying is found – not in assisted suicide, said the Catholic... Read more