Assisted Suicide

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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

Italy's bishops: Society loses 'light of reason' with legalization of euthanasia

Sep 27, 2019

Pro-life advocates are decrying the ruling of an Italian court this week that decriminalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in the... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2019.

Pope Francis to doctors: Assisted suicide is 'false compassion'

Sep 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told a group of Italian doctors Friday they must resist the temptation to participate in assisted suicide or... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine at the 2019 USCCB General Assembly in June.

Maine bishop laments failed challenge to assisted suicide and abortion laws

Sep 18, 2019

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of efforts to force a public vote... Read more

St. Therese Parish, Seattle.  Photo: Archdiocese of Seattle

Dupont: I was 'absolutely' unaware Seattle man was planning suicide

Aug 30, 2019

A priest who was photographed blessing a man planning to commit medically assisted suicide said Friday that he was unaware... Read more

Robert Fuller receives a blessing at St. Therese Catholic church May 5 in Seattle. He died five days later. Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press. (Not licensed for reproduction)

UPDATED: Facebook posts contradict Seattle archdiocese claims on parishioner’s planned suicide

Aug 28, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Social media posts made by Robert Fuller suggest that he scheduled his funeral with his parish days before his suicide, and... Read more

New Jersey appeals court overturns injunction on assisted suicide law

Aug 28, 2019

A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that the state’s law permitting assisted suicide may take effect while a legal... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Seattle bishops to 'review' blessing of assisted suicide advocate

Aug 27, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of Seattle is facing questions after a local man received a formal Catholic blessing at Mass shortly before... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Canadian man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care

Aug 16, 2019

The family of a Canadian man with ALS is urging the country’s government to change the way it treats patients after he received a... Read more

New Jersey judge temporarily blocks assisted suicide law

Aug 16, 2019

A judge in New Jersey has temporarily halted a law allowing physician assisted suicide, which had gone into effect August... Read more

At watershed moment, assisted suicide could expand in Australia

Aug 6, 2019

Legal assisted suicide could expand in Australia, as the Western Australian government has introduced legislation to allow people deemed terminally... Read more

Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen.

Bishop calls assisted suicide ‘affront to the dignity of life’ on eve of legalization

Jul 30, 2019

Bishop James E. Checchio of Metuchen described assisted suicide as “a grievous affront to the dignity of human life” that... Read more

Where hospices are at their worst, Christians have a mission

Jul 12, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

In the wake of terrible conditions of negligence and abuse reported at some U.S. hospice facilities, several Catholic doctors are... Read more

Blaine House, the official residence of the Governor of Maine. Via Shutterstock

Maine advances assisted suicide law

Jun 5, 2019

A bill legalizing assisted suicide in Maine moved to the governor’s desk on Tuesday after both houses of the state’s... Read more