Assisted Suicide

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A participant at the LA Mass kicking off a novena for the elderly and terminally ill. Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Dima Otvertchenko.

LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Jun 7, 2016

California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back... Read more

How to put lipstick on assisted suicide

Jun 3, 2016

By now, everyone's probably seen the ads on YouTube touting the “romantic comedy of the year.” A young, shapely woman... Read more

A young woman chose to be euthanized, and the reason why is awful

May 15, 2016

By Mary Farrow

A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized after her mental health condition was declared “insufferable” by a team of... Read more

Push to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland is over – for now

Mar 7, 2016

By Hillary Mast

The latest push to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill has failed in Maryland, but opponents are well aware... Read more

You can't get last rites if you plan to kill yourself, says Canadian archbishop

Feb 27, 2016

Legal assisted suicide will soon arrive in Canada, prompting a Catholic archbishop to reflect on what the last rites mean... Read more

It's back - Colorado faces another push for assisted suicide

Jan 20, 2016

One year after a similar effort was defeated, the Colorado legislature will revisit proposals to legalize assisted suicide, with opponents... Read more

For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Jun 15, 2015

People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles... Read more

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Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Apr 16, 2015

Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops.  Read more

Euthanasia supporters in Chile accused of exploiting sick teen

Mar 7, 2015

Proponents of a euthanasia bill in Chile are exploiting a sick young girl for political purposes, the girl’s father has... Read more

A heated debate: Is killing an acceptable end to human suffering?

Feb 5, 2015

Two worlds collided when scholars with opposite viewpoints met in Boulder, Colorado to debate the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.  Read more

Colorado's 'death with dignity' bill is a lie, bishop warns

Feb 2, 2015

While the notion of 'death with dignity' may seem appealing on the surface, the push to legalize assisted suicide in... Read more

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Brittany Maynard's suicide: A free choice or an expectation?

Nov 7, 2014

By Mary Farrow

By now, the world recognizes Brittany Maynard as the media darling of right-to-die advocacy.  Read more

Brittany Maynard screen capture.

Assisted suicide only serves to abandon, Vatican says of Maynard's death

Nov 5, 2014

In comments about Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient who took her own life, one Vatican official clarified that... Read more

 Brittany Maynard screen capture.

What now? Grief over Brittany's suicide prompts Christian response

Nov 3, 2014

By Mary Farrow

After typing a final Facebook message, Brittany Maynard ended her own life at home in Oregon surrounded by family.  Read more

Judges of the European Court of Human Rights.

Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff's secret suicide

Oct 1, 2014

A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had... Read more

National Assembly of Quebec.

Life is not ours to end, Canadians say against suicide bill

Jun 27, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The Quebec National Assembly on Thursday passed legislation creating a right to assisted suicide in some circumstances, drawing criticism from... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches in Shrewsbury Cathedral March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

English bishop: assisted suicide bill threatens vulnerable

Apr 22, 2014

Catholic Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has warned that a British proposal to legalize assisted suicide would change “long-established... Read more

Church in New Mexico criticizes assisted suicide ruling

Jan 24, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

A New Mexico judge was wrong to rule that there is a “right” to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients,... Read more

Belgium's House of Parliament.

Belgium considers legalizing euthanasia for minors

Dec 30, 2013

Despite religious opposition, the Belgian Senate voted Dec. 13 in favor of a bill which would expand legal euthanasia to... Read more

CNA

Quebec euthanasia bill blasted for enshrining 'power to kill'

Jun 17, 2013

A Quebec bill to allow lethal drug prescriptions for patients in pain would give doctors “the power to kill” and... Read more