- Mar 4, 2021
Peru’s Catholic bishops weighed in on the newest issue roiling Peru’s upcoming presidential elections — euthanasia.
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.”
Progress in passing a bill that would legalize euthanasia in Spain signals a failure of morality and of the government’s mandate to protect the life of its citizens, the country’s bishops said.
A proposal to loosen regulations on euthanasia in Canada is “deeply flawed, unjust, and morally pernicious,” according to the nation’s bishops.
Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow assisted suicide — a physician-aided agreement to end a patient’s life based solely on the patient qualifying for death under state law — determined to be terminally ill or otherwise incapacitated in the state’s view.
New Zealand’s decision to legalize euthanasia puts the country on a “dangerous path” and brings “a new and unwelcome dynamic” into the lives of those facing terminal illnesses, according to says the ethics expert for the country’s Catholic bishops.
Proposals to amend Dutch law to allow the euthanasia of children represent the latest descent down the “slippery slope” of the killing of patients by doctors, a cardinal said.