WASHINGTON –This week, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged the House of Representatives to support H. Con. Res. 79, a resolution introduced this week describing assisted suicide as a “deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice.”
The bishops shared the following statement:
“Assisted suicide fractures the human family by targeting its most vulnerable members, including the elderly and persons with disabilities, suggesting that their lives are not worth living. We must do what we can to uphold the dignity of life, cherish the lives of all human beings, and work to prevent all suicides. We urge the U.S. Congress to do all it can to protect Americans from this cruel practice, and to ensure those who are ill, disabled, or facing the end of life receive comprehensive medical and palliative care instead of a facilitated suicide.”
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, assisted suicide.
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