Euthanasia

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Bishops from USCCB Region XIII pray before the tomb of St. Paul after offering Mass Feb. 12, 2020.

US bishops: Pope Francis talks Fr. James Martin, euthanasia, at private meeting

Feb 20, 2020

By JD Flynn

During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr.... Read more

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Assisted suicide applications higher than expected under new Australian law

Feb 20, 2020

A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first... 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

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018.

Pope Francis: Civilized society recognizes the value of human life

Jan 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Warning of the modern tendency to judge human life on the basis of utility rather than dignity, Pope Francis Thursday... Read more

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Perform euthanasia or lose government funding, Canadian hospice told

Jan 22, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Canadian hospice is at risk of losing its government funding over its refusal to euthanize patients who request an... Read more

Law Courts in Ghent, Belgium.

Catholics excluded from unlawful euthanasia trial in Belgium

Jan 14, 2020

A Belgian lawyer has admitted to searching the social media profiles of potential jurors to weed out “devout Catholics” for... Read more

Zurich Airport Prison.

Swiss inmate demands right to euthanasia

Jan 9, 2020

A Swiss prisoner is challenging the country’s policy to bar inmates from receiving assisted suicide after his request to die... Read more

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Euthanasia increases organ donations in Canada amid ethical concerns

Jan 7, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Canadians who choose medical suicide are being actively solicited for their organs in a practice one Member of Parliament said raises... 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

Representatives of the Abrahamic religions sign a declaration on end-of-life issues at the Vatican Oct. 28, 2019.

Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim leaders sign declaration against euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide

Oct 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia... 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

Pope Francis speaks to Italian Association of Medical Oncology Sept. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis condemns euthanasia as utilitarianism, not freedom

Sep 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Euthanasia is a way of treating the human person as an object; while it may appear to give freedom, it... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Vincent Lambert dies after removal of food and water

Jul 11, 2019

Vincent Lambert, a 42 year-old quadriplegic man, died in a French hospital Thursday morning, more than one week after doctors... Read more

Bishops decry introduction of assisted suicide, euthanasia in Australian state

Jun 19, 2019

The four Latin rite ordinaries in Victoria have written a pastoral letter denouncing the state's “new, and deeply troubling chapter... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Severely disabled French man taken off, returned to life support

May 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A severely disabled French man, who has been artificially fed and hydrated in a hospital in northeastern France for over... Read more

The 2019 Canadian March for Life in Ottawa, May 9.

Canadians march for life

May 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Pro-life campaigners from across Canada gathered on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Thursday for the country’s annual National March for Life.  Read more

Patient in a hospital bed. Via Shutterstock

More than 1% of deaths in Canada caused by euthanasia

Apr 29, 2019

The Fourth Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, released this month by Health Canada, showed that from... Read more

Maryland state capital building, Annapolis. Via Shutterstock.

States debate life and death laws

Mar 7, 2019

Legislators in Maryland are considering a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide. At the same time, Georgia lawmakers have advanced... Read more

European Court.

Human rights court to hear case of Belgian euthanasia for depression

Jan 9, 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has announced that it will take up a case considering whether Belgium wrongly allowed... Read more