Opponents of the law have charged that it was rushed through the special session and lacks safeguards against abuse.
Concerns abound that such assisted-suicide laws have negative impacts on mental-health care, palliative care and protections for the elderly and disabled.
Newt Gingrich tells the Register prospects are good for the move, under the new administration and Congress.
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Some Canadian bishops have adopted differing approaches, as they grapple collectively with their nation’s recent legalization of euthanasia and doctor-assisted death.
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‘An alarming trend must be stopped for the sake of human dignity and the sacredness of life,’ says New York shepherd.
Assisted suicide, pro-death penalty and legalized marijuana ballot measures were approved, but pro-life candidates performed well overall.
COMMENTARY: At a personal level, neutrality means indifference to an individual human life.
The new legislation, which allows adults to refuse ‘ordinary means’ of end-of-life medical treatment in living wills, also contains no clause for conscientious objection.
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ANALYSIS: A government-appointed panel is reviewing the country’s 17-month-old law on medically assisted death, assessing whether it should be extended to teens and the mentally ill.
Avoiding a culture-war narrative and providing positive alternatives are part of the strategy to keep physician-assisted suicide at bay.
COMMENTARY: Humanity’s increased preoccupation with ‘dying with dignity’ is a worrisome sign for our future.
New law aims to ensure doctors and nurses aren’t fired for their beliefs if assisted suicide is ever legalized in the state.
It is a race against time to pass through Congress and be signed by President Donald Trump by Friday.
The “Death With Dignity” bill has one more council vote ahead, and veto-proof support despite objections surrounding concern for the city’s poor and elderly.
Proposal is expected to go into effect in the Netherlands by the end of 2017.
The lawsuit’s plaintiffs, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, object to state officials’ requirements that could force physicians to refer for assisted suicide under the 2013 assisted-suicide law.
A doctor has returned to medicine in California to prescribe lethal drugs to people seeking suicide.
NEWS ANALYSIS: After the national parliament failed to meet a court-ordered deadline this month, doctor-directed death is no longer a crime anywhere in Canada.
Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell said, ‘This is a challenge to all of us, especially to all of us who have faith, to teach always about the infinite value of each human life.’
The new video campaign sponsored by the Archdiocese of Edmonton comes as Canada’s government prepares to legalize assisted suicide.
NEWS ANALYSIS: These are among the horrifying recommendations of the parliamentary committee charged with coming up with a new federal law.
‘It is a relief that this very dangerous legislation is not moving forward,’ said Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference.
Assisted-suicide proponents are targeting New York, but a broad-based alliance seeks to expose how assisted suicide is a moral, medical and social betrayal.
Priests should work to dissuade people who request assisted suicide, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa said. Priests should pray with these people and their families.
The Holy Father encouraged members of Italy’s pro-life movement to ‘continue your important work in favor of life from conception until its natural end.’
Representatives of various religious groups joined with Canada’s Catholic bishops in responding to the nation’s recent Supreme Court decision.
The Golden State’s former seminarian/governor signed the End of Life Option Act into law on Oct. 5, to the dismay of pro-life groups and organizations for the disabled.
‘This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,’ said Californians Against Assisted Suicide.
The End of Life Option Act, now in the state senate, would allow physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who have requested it.
NEWS ANALYSIS: After opponents raised concerns about the California bill's impact on vulnerable patients, including poor immigrants, it stalled in the state assembly.