Assisted Suicide

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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

Bill proposing to legalize assisted suicide in Scotland draws criticism

Jun 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The content of the bill is expected to be discussed later this year. Read more

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Spanish youth launch prayer campaign ahead of euthanasia law taking effect

Jun 16, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

A group of young Catholics have launched "1 Week for Life", a campaign of prayer and fasting for the end... Read more

Deaths by euthanasia soared last year in Canada

Jun 9, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The number of Canadians who ended their lives by euthanasia and assisted suicide increased by 17% in 2020, the country’s... Read more

Austria’s Catholic bishops: Provide ‘assistance to live,’ not assistance to suicide

Jun 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishops spoke out after the country’s top court ruled that assisted suicide should no longer be a criminal offense. Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury

Legal assisted suicide bill would mean killing, not caring, UK bishop warns

May 24, 2021

A true culture of caring protects the sick, the vulnerable, and the elderly, said one English Catholic bishop in response... Read more

As UK lawmakers revisit assisted suicide, palliative care prof says ‘aid in dying’ advocacy misleads

May 21, 2021

A peer in the House of Lords has put forward a proposal to revisit the legalization of assisted suicide in... Read more