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Assisted Suicide - Latest News
Dec 12, 2019 - 04:56 pm .- The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life held an international symposium this week on medical ethics and palliative care, hosted together with the WISH initiative, a part of the Qatar Foundation.
Dec 11, 2019 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said Tuesday that he would be willing to hold the hand of someone dying from assisted suicide, and that he does not see this as lending implicit support to the practice.
Nov 8, 2019 - 12:09 am .- An anti-euthanasia group in the UK is calling for the continuation of laws against assisted suicide, as the family of an elderly woman acquitted of murdering her husband wants the laws relaxed.
Oct 16, 2019 - 01:24 pm .- Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities.
Sep 27, 2019 - 03:41 pm .- Pro-life advocates are decrying the ruling of an Italian court this week that decriminalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in the cases of patients who have an “irreversible” condition and are experiencing “intolerable suffering.”
Sep 20, 2019 - 08:02 am .- Pope Francis told a group of Italian doctors Friday they must resist the temptation to participate in assisted suicide or euthanasia, which trades the dignity of the patient for a “false compassion.”
Sep 18, 2019 - 03:30 pm .- Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of efforts to force a public vote on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and taxpayer-funded abortion in the state.
Aug 30, 2019 - 11:44 am .- A priest who was photographed blessing a man planning to commit medically assisted suicide said Friday that he was unaware of the man’s intentions, and that if he had known what the man was planning, he would have acted differently.
Aug 28, 2019 - 11:36 am .- Social media posts made by Robert Fuller suggest that he scheduled his funeral with his parish days before his suicide, and that a priest had “given his blessings” to the suicide plan. 
Aug 28, 2019 - 09:59 am .- A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that the state’s law permitting assisted suicide may take effect while a legal challenge against it is heard in court.
Aug 27, 2019 - 04:45 pm .- The Archdiocese of Seattle is facing questions after a local man received a formal Catholic blessing at Mass shortly before committing medically assisted suicide.
Aug 16, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- 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 “medically-assisted death” following years of struggle to find adequate care. 
Aug 16, 2019 - 02:31 pm .- A judge in New Jersey has temporarily halted a law allowing physician assisted suicide, which had gone into effect August 1.
Aug 6, 2019 - 05:26 pm .- Legal assisted suicide could expand in Australia, as the Western Australian government has introduced legislation to allow people deemed terminally ill to request it.
Jul 30, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Bishop James E. Checchio of Metuchen described assisted suicide as “a grievous affront to the dignity of human life” that “can never be morally justified” in a letter to his diocese on July 30.
Jul 12, 2019 - 03:09 am .- In the wake of terrible conditions of negligence and abuse reported at some U.S. hospice facilities, several Catholic doctors are emphasizing the need for Christians to embrace a ministry of aiding hospice patients and their families.
Jun 5, 2019 - 10:00 am .- A bill legalizing assisted suicide in Maine moved to the governor’s desk on Tuesday after both houses of the state’s legislature narrowly passed the legislation.
Apr 24, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The founder of a Catholic health-share group has said that battling loneliness is crucial to opposing the growing acceptance of assisted suicide in popular culture.
Apr 15, 2019 - 03:45 pm .- Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into law on April 15, as one New Jersey bishop pledged to continue to oppose the "dangerous" new law.
Mar 26, 2019 - 04:12 pm .- New Jersey is set to become the latest state to legalize assisted suicide, as both chambers of the state legislature have passed a bill allowing the practice, which Governor Phil Murphy (D) says he will sign.