Euthanasia

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Cardinal explains how to persuade society that euthanasia is 'toxic'

May 17, 2017

Legalized euthanasia must still be fought – and that fight requires a broad argument that can persuade people of all... Read more

Religious brothers push back on euthanasia directive for Catholic hospitals

May 2, 2017

Following a decision by the board of several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals to start performing euthanasia, the religious brothers who... Read more

An Oregon bill could allow mentally ill patients to be starved

Feb 13, 2017

An Oregon bill on advanced medical directive rules could allow patients who suffer from dementia or mental illness to be... Read more

Mexican flag in front of the Mexican cathedral.

Mexico City constitution blasted for excluding right to life

Feb 8, 2017

The Catholic weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico City criticized the city’s new constitution, saying that “it does not recognize... Read more

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Doctor cleared after having family 'hold down' patient during euthanasia

Feb 2, 2017

A Dutch doctor who drugged an elderly woman and had her restrained as she fought lethal injection has been cleared... Read more

This 81-year-old woman got a 'Don’t Euthanize Me' tattoo

Dec 31, 2016

An 81-year-old walking into a tattoo shop may sound like the start of a joke, but to Christine Nagel, her... Read more

Too many people misunderstand the 'vegetative state'

Dec 17, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Martin Pistorius was a healthy 12-year-old boy living in South Africa with his family in the late 1980s when he... Read more

Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends 'dangerous' message

Dec 2, 2016

By Mary Farrow

A doctor in the Netherlands performed euthanasia on a 41 year-old father of two who claimed his alcoholism had made... Read more

For this disability advocate, Colo. assisted suicide measure still not safe

Oct 1, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Voters in Colorado will decide whether to legalize assisted suicide in their state in November, after a campaign gathered enough... Read more

The problem with killing coma patients for their organs

Sep 8, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

There are severe ethical shortcomings in a British doctor's proposal to help unconscious patients die so their organs can be... Read more

Doctor Death? A sinister one-stop-shop opens in California

Jul 14, 2016

By Mary Farrow

You can’t put a price on most things in life. But you can, apparently, put a price on death -... Read more

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'Don’t go there' – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

May 10, 2016

The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia... Read more

Abp. Jose Gomez at the Pontifical North American College on May 2, 2015.

Archbishop Gomez: social justice needs a pro-life foundation

Feb 4, 2016

Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los... Read more

This man has been in a coma for 33 years – and his wife has stayed by his side

Jan 20, 2016

After sustaining a damaged leg tendon in 1982, 34-year old international footballer Jean-Pierre Adams thought that a routine knee surgery... Read more

Sick and elderly persons at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes.

After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

Sep 11, 2015

A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a... Read more

US bishops urge anti-suicide provisions in proposal for end-of-life counseling

Sep 9, 2015

A federal proposal focusing on health care counseling for end-of-life decision making needs further additions, including strong exclusions of assisted... Read more

In UK, assisted suicide vote looms as a key moment for disabled

Aug 14, 2015

Amid strong Christian opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide in the U.K., former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles at the North American College, May 2, 2015.

Think the human person is nothing special? Think again, says archbishop

Aug 5, 2015

Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

French bishops: Don't euthanize paralyzed man

Jul 21, 2015

Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital... Read more

Pope Francis blesses people with disabilities at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on May 27, 2015.

Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are 'attacks against humanity'

May 30, 2015

By Ann Schneible

A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to... Read more