Assisted Suicide

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Pro-life advocates fight against euthanasia expansions across Canada, Australia

Feb 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In Canada, euthanasia and assisted suicide have been legal for nearly a decade and in Australia all six of the... Read more

Father Patrick Pullicino, an English Catholic priest and neurologist, has been vindicated after being investigated by a UK medical regulation agency for giving his expert opinion in an emergency end-of-life case.

UPDATE: English Catholic priest vindicated for ‘pro-life’ opinion in end-of-life case

Feb 16, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

Father Patrick Pullicino, an English Catholic priest and neurologist, has been vindicated after being investigated by a U.K. medical regulation... Read more

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal, Canada.

Archdiocese of Montreal sues Quebec government over MAID forced upon hospice

Feb 9, 2024

By Anna Farrow

Montreal’s Archbishop Christian Lépine is taking on the attorney general of Quebec. Read more

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Canada postpones assisted suicide for mentally ill: Country ‘not ready’ for it

Feb 2, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Canadians suffering from mental illnesses were expected to be able to apply for assisted suicide by mid-March 2024.  Read more

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at the USCCB's fall meeting Nov. 15, 2023.

Maryland bishops denounce assisted-suicide bill

Jan 31, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

“We are deeply disappointed to learn that once again the Maryland General Assembly will debate whether to legalize physician-assisted suicide,”... Read more

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Assisted suicide will bring about ‘reduction in health care spending,’ report claims

Jan 25, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The implementation of assisted suicide will “save” the Canadian health care system between $34.7 and $136.8 million, a new report... Read more

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Catholics in Massachusetts, New York urged to oppose assisted suicide bills

Jan 24, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

In both states efforts are underway to legalize assisted suicide. Read more

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Irish Medical Council strips directive banning ‘deliberate killing’ of patients

Jan 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The council changed its directive on end-of-life care to remove a line that said doctors should “not participate in the... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to EWTN's Colm Flynn about evangelizing the culture today in October 2023.

Bishop Barron: Assisted suicide can never be morally sanctioned

Jan 8, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron is urging Catholics to oppose an effort to make assisted suicide legal in Minnesota. Read more

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Critics: Death stats in Canada, some U.S. states hide euthanasia, assisted suicide numbers

Dec 12, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Euthanasia and assisted suicide do not appear in the top 10 list of causes of death in Canada despite comprising... Read more

The "Mass of a Lifetime," celebrated by Father Nathan Siray of the Diocese of Calgary, took place at Evanston Summit Retirement Residence in Calgary, Alberta, on Oct. 15, 2023.

‘Mass of a Lifetime’ reminds elderly ‘their community has not forgotten them’

Nov 19, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The special Mass was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at a retirement home, to “intentionally affirm, involve, and inspire” the... Read more

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American Medical Association retains opposition to assisted suicide

Nov 14, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Catholic Medical Association praised the AMA for maintaining its stance on physician-assisted suicide. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops.

‘You don’t play with life’: Pope Francis condemns euthanasia, abortion on papal plane

Sep 23, 2023

By CNA Staff

“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from... Read more

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Poll: Two-thirds of Britons favor legalizing assisted suicide ahead of possible law change

Aug 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

As the British Parliament considers the possible legalization of assisted suicide, activists are pushing for a law change. Read more

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British man just convicted of killing ailing wife is released from custody 

Jul 31, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

David Hunter told the court that his wife had blood cancer and that she was “begging” him to help her... Read more

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UK Catholic bishops join other faith leaders to oppose assisted suicide bills

May 24, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The Catholic bishops of England, Wales, and Scotland issued statements recently opposing assisted suicide for terminally ill people. Read more

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Leading Catholics and rabbis agree: Help terminally ill, reject assisted suicide

May 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The joint statement said the presentation reaffirmed “the dignity of every human being.”   Read more

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Vermont rewrites law to offer assisted suicide to non-residents

May 3, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont signed a bill Tuesday allowing non-residents to avail themselves of the state’s assisted suicide... Read more

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Assisted suicide in the United States: Where is it legal?

Apr 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

While euthanasia is still illegal in the U.S., 10 states now allow assisted suicide, and at least a dozen are... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II, speaks at a press conference.

Pontifical Academy for Life president calls medically assisted suicide ‘feasible’

Apr 23, 2023

By Shannon Mullen, Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia’s remarks on legalizing assisted suicide contradict the clear teachings of the Catholic Church. Read more