Assisted Suicide

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Canada’s assisted suicide guidance for docs: ‘virtual’ assessments, and don’t tell patient’s family 

Apr 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Canadian government released new guidance for doctors that critics say will do more harm than good. Read more

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition speaks with listeners at a March 2023 presentation at St. Nicholas Church in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. “Most people ask for euthanasia because they are going through a difficult time of life,” Schadenberg said.

Culture of loneliness meets culture of death in Canada’s MAiD epidemic, speaker says

“The question is not why are they being approved for euthanasia, the question is why are they asking for it?” Read more

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Canadian government moves to delay expanding assisted suicide to include the mentally ill 

Feb 15, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Legislation would delay by one year plans to include mental illness among the list of eligible conditions under the country’s... Read more

Christine Gauthier spoke before she competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Para canoe.

Canadian veteran offered assisted suicide after asking for wheelchair help

Dec 5, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The veteran testified last week that she was shocked when the Veterans Affairs employee offered her assisted suicide as a... Read more

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A ‘citizens convention’ will decide whether France legalizes assisted suicide

Oct 27, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A panel of 150 randomly selected French citizens will take part in a six-month debate over whether to allow legal... Read more

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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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As Canada normalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide for mentally ill, doctors voice concerns

Apr 12, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Last year, Canadian lawmakers approved legislation that expanded the eligibility for euthanasia and assisted suicide to the mentally ill, and... 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