Assisted Suicide

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Scotland should be ‘caring for people, not killing them,’ Catholic Church urges

Sep 14, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

The Catholic Church in Scotland has spoken out about the dangers of current proposals to legalize assisted suicide for terminally-ill... Read more

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Study challenges claim that legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide could ‘save lives’

Feb 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

The peer-reviewed paper analyzed suicide rates in Europe. Read more

The Constitutional Court of the Italian Republic in Rome.

Italy’s constitutional court blocks physician-assisted suicide referendum

Feb 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Italian bishops welcomed the court’s decision. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022.

Pope Francis: The dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide

Feb 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

He said that the ethical principle ‘applies to everyone, not just Christians or believers.’ Read more

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Jesuit journal criticized for article supporting assisted suicide bill in Italy

Jan 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The article was published in La Civiltà Cattolica last week. Read more

Lady Justice atop the Old Bailey in London.

English prosecutors consider guidelines advising against charges for those who assist in 'mercy killings'

Jan 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Crown Prosecution Service, which brings criminal charges in England and Wales, is considering a proposal to examine “mercy killings”... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, pictured on May 21, 2015.

Catholic bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by Jersey vote for assisted suicide ‘in principle’

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said the vote showed ‘a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.’ Read more

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Ethics committee authorizes first assisted suicide in Italy

Nov 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Nobody can be called to be the bearer of the death of others,’ a spokesman for Italy's Catholic bishops said. Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attend a vigil in London, England, March 24, 2017.

Catholic, Anglican, and Jewish leaders urge UK Parliament to reject assisted suicide bill

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

They called for ‘high-quality palliative care’ to be made available to all. Read more

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Assisted suicide counseling via Zoom an even worse idea, foes tell Scottish lawmakers

Oct 19, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Videophone evaluations are no way to assess someone for assisted suicide, critics have said, also warning that cost-based analyses which... Read more

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California rolls back assisted suicide safeguards

Oct 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 380, a law that loosens several safeguarding requirements surrounding assisted suicide.... Read more

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Assisted suicide undermines medicine, targets the vulnerable, panel warns

Oct 6, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Assisted suicide undermines the practice of medicine and endangers persons with disabilities, a panel of experts argued in an online... Read more

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Massachusetts advocates: Assisted suicide disproportionately threatens the poor, disabled, minorities

Sep 30, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Legalized assisted suicide in Massachusetts would disproportionately impact the poor, disabled, and communities of color, said a group of physicians... Read more

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Dutch assisted suicide campaigner arrested, accused of assisting with a suicide

Sep 30, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A campaigner for assisted suicide in the Netherlands, who is not a physician, has been detained on suspicion of involvement... Read more

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Queensland parliament legalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide

Sep 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Australian state of Queensland has voted to become the fifth state in the country to legalize assisted suicide and... Read more

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British doctors’ union drops opposition to assisted suicide

Sep 14, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the... Read more

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (left) at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Former Archbishop of Canterbury opposes proposed UK assisted suicide law

Sep 13, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the... Read more

Bishop Patrick McKinney of Nottingham, England.

English Catholic bishop: Assisted suicide bill sends message ‘some lives are not worth fighting for’

Sep 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bill is the latest in a long line of attempts to legalize assisted suicide in the U.K. Read more

Cherish Life Queensland Rally for Life, October 2018

Australian pro-lifers to march against proposed assisted suicide law

Aug 30, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Pro-life advocates in Queensland, Australia will hold a public March for Life ahead of parliamentary debate on a proposed assisted... Read more

Fr. David Palmer, a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham serving in the Diocese of Nottingham, England.

UK university refuses to recognize Catholic priest as chaplain over social media posts

Aug 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The university highlighted the priest’s posts on assisted suicide and abortion. Read more