- May 11, 2021
New Mexico has become the latest state to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
Canada’s Catholic bishops said the possible pressures the country’s new assisted suicide law will place on Canadians with mental illness or disabilities are “all too real, perilous and potentially destructive.”
The New Mexico state Senate has passed a law that would remove criminal and civil liability for medical professionals who assist in the death of terminally ill patients who have chosen to end their life.
Ireland’s bishops say that a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the country is “fundamentally flawed,” and are calling on Catholics to ask their elected representatives to “reject it entirely.”
Ireland’s bishops say proposed “Dying with Dignity” legislation would “not only encourage the acceptance of assisted suicide but significantly weaken the protections against the non-consensual killing of particularly vulnerable classes of persons.”
Bishops in Portugal criticized legislation that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide and said their “sadness and indignation” were compounded “by a form of death being legalized during the great aggravation of a deadly pandemic, when we are all striving to save the greatest number of lives.”
Canada’s Catholic bishops said it is “not too late to reconsider” and stop the expansion of legally assisted suicide in Canada.
A proposal to loosen regulations on euthanasia in Canada is “deeply flawed, unjust, and morally pernicious,” according to the nation’s bishops.