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Cardinal Willem Eijk attends a press conference in Rome Oct. 23, 2015.

‘Respect for life is eroded ever more’: Dutch Cardinal Eijk on euthanasia’s ‘slippery slope’

Sep 24, 2020

By Luke Coppen

A Dutch cardinal has said that the Netherlands shows that once euthanasia is legalized safeguards are slowly but inevitably abandoned. Read more

Spanish cardinal: Passage of euthanasia bill would be 'historic defeat' for society

Sep 17, 2020

The Archbishop of Valencia said Sunday that if Spain’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill is passed, it would be a... Read more

Spanish bishops call for palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide

Sep 15, 2020

In response to an assisted suicide bill that could soon be passed in Spain, the Spanish bishops’ conference called Monday... Read more

Canadian appeal court to hear case of hospice refusing to offer euthanasia

Aug 28, 2020

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has agreed to hear a case of a hospice trying to preserve its historical... Read more

Controversial Dutch bill would allow assisted suicide for healthy people over 75

Jul 28, 2020

A proposal in the Netherlands to allow assisted suicide for healthy individuals over the age of 75 has drawn criticism... Read more

Catholic bishops of Uruguay oppose assisted suicide bill

Jun 26, 2020

The Catholic bishops of Uruguay have spoken out against a bill that would allow for assisted suicide, calling it “homicide... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto at the Vatican, 2013.

Cardinal Collins blasts Canadian assisted dying laws

Mar 2, 2020

Canada is embracing “death on demand” in its healthcare laws, according to Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Archbishop of Toronto issued... Read more

Interior of the Senate Chamber in the Canadian Parliament.

Canadian bill to allow medical suicide even if death not 'reasonably foreseeable'

Feb 25, 2020

The bill will introduce “new and modified safeguards” for people eligible for euthanasia but who are not predicted to die in the immediate... Read more

Doctors, bishops oppose decriminalization of euthanasia in Portugal

Feb 20, 2020

Lawmakers in Portugal debated five pieces of legislation Thursday to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, and doctors in the country... Read more

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Experts warn Canadian medical suicide law is 'most permissive in the world'

Feb 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A new report has warned against expanding access to euthanasia in Canada to those with mental illnesses.  Read more

Spain moves forward on euthanasia bill

Feb 12, 2020

After Spain’s socialist party tried and failed twice last year to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, the lower house of... Read more

New York state capitol, Albany.

NY doctors 'refuse to abandon patients' at rally against assisted suicide

Feb 5, 2020

A group of doctors and advocates against suicide gathered at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Federal Chanclery in Berlin. February 2017.

Canadian archbishop warns Trudeau over new 'assisted dying' laws

Feb 3, 2020

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decrying the effort to... Read more

Maryland Capitol.

Effort to legalize assisted suicide resurfaces in Maryland

Jan 30, 2020

Lawmakers in Maryland are again seeking to introduce a bill to legalize assisted suicide, after similar efforts have failed four... Read more

US bishops support Congressional resolution against assisted suicide

Dec 20, 2019

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging members of Congress to support a continuing resolution criticizing assisted suicide... Read more

Cardinal Willelm Eijk is interviewed in Rome.

Dutch cardinal: Priests should 'speak clearly' on assisted suicide

Dec 16, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a... Read more

The Vatican City flag flies near St. Peter's Basilica.

Pontifical Academy for Life hosts interreligious discussion on palliative care

Dec 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life held an international symposium this week on medical ethics and palliative care, hosted together... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia speaks at a press conference.

Archbishop Paglia says priests can be present at assisted suicide

Dec 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said Tuesday that he would be willing to hold the... Read more

Don’t use ’tragic case’ to legalize assisted suicide, UK group says

Nov 8, 2019

An anti-euthanasia group in the UK is calling for the continuation of laws against assisted suicide, as the family of... Read more

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Legal assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk, report finds

Oct 16, 2019

Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the... Read more