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Euthanasia

 
Visit the To Live Each Day with Dignity page, featuring the the U.S. Bishops' Policy Statement on Assisted Suicide, as well as other resources!

Church Documents and Teachings


Fact Sheets

Articles and Publications

Columns and Commentary

  • Cardinal O'Malley's Remarks on the Defeated Massachusetts Ballot Initiative - USCCB General Assembly, November 2012
  • Hospice for Pets—Suicide for People?, by Mary McClusky, May 13, 2011 (En Español)
  • Hope: A Vital Force More Powerful Than Death, by Kimberly Baker, Life Issues Forum, October 29, 2010
  • Health Care Reform and a Dispute About Dying, by Richard Doerflinger, August 21, 2009 (En Español)
  • The Price of Life, by Mary J, McClusky, Life Issues Forum, August 8, 2008
  • Using "States' Rights" to Do Wrong, by Richard Doerflinger, Life Issues Forum, October 7, 2005
  • Terri Schiavo and the Echoes of Abortion, by Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Life Issues Forum, March 31, 2005
  • Pope's Speech is About Human Dignity, by Richard Doerflinger, Life Issues Forum, April 8, 2004
  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own, by Susan E. Wills, Life Issues Forum, February 22, 2008
  • Caring for Grandma Helen, by Mary E. Jaminet, Life Issues Forum, February 8, 2008
  • Seeing People as God sees Them, by Tom Grenchik, Life Issues Forum, October 5, 2007

Legal Briefs

Testimony and Letters

  • On the Pain Relief Promotion Act, Letter to Senate, Richard M. Doerflinger, November 3, 2000
  • Pain Relief Promotion Act, Letter to Senate, Gail Quinn, October 4, 2000
  • On Pain Relief Promotion Act of 2000, Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee, April 25, 2000
  • Urgently Needed Legislation on the Pain Relief Promotion Act, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee, Cardinal Keeler, April 5, 2000
  • Urging Senate Support of the Pain Relief Promotion Act, Letter to Senate, Cardinal Keeler, November 5, 1999
  • On the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, Statement of USCCB, Cardinal Keeler, June 17, 1999
  • On Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act, Letter to Congress, Rev. Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr, June 12, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Assisted Suicide, Statement of USCCB, Cardinal Bernard Law, June 26, 1997
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Assisted Suicide, Testimony to House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Cardinal Bernard Law, March 6, 1997
  • The Treatment of Infants Born with Handicapping Conditions, Statement to the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Select Education, Rev. Edward Bryce, October 1982

News Releases and Statements

  • Cardinal O’Malley: New Vermont Assisted Suicide Law Reveals
    Slippery Slope, May 21, 2013
  • Bishops Approve Items on Marriage, Reproductive Technologies, Medically Assisted Nutrition And Hydration, November 18, 2009
  • Cardinal Keeler Mourns Tragic Death of Terri Schiavo, March 31, 2005
  • In Newsday Op-Ed, Bishops' Official Says Terri Schiavo Deserves Nourishment and Care, March 24, 2005
  • Cardinal Keeler Says Terri Schiavo Deserves Basic Care, March 24, 2005
  • Bishops' Official Thanks Congress And The President For Giving Terri Schiavo A Chance To Live, March 21, 2005
  • Bishops' Official Applauds Justice Department Appeal of Oregon Assisted Suicide Case, November 10, 2004
  • Bishps' Official Criticizes 9th Circuit Approval of Assisted Suicide in Oregon, May, 27, 2004
  • Comments on Oregon's Third Year of Physician-Assisted Suicide, February 21, 2001
  • Statement on Attorney General's Decision on the use of Federally Regulated Drugs for Assisted Suicide, June 5, 1998
  • Statement on Oregon's First Physician-Assisted Suicide (1998),
    March 27, 1998
  • Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Rulings on Assisted Suicide,
    June 26, 1997
  • Pro-Life Committee Backs New Rule on Treating Handicapped,
    April 7, 1983
  • Archived News Releases on Assisted Suicide, 1997-2002


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