- Sep 25, 2020
Euthanasia takes center stage in Italy’s political debate following the decision of a blind and tetraplegic man to go to Switzerland in order to receive physician assisted suicide. The Pontifical Academy for Life took a stand, pointing to the value of life in today’s “throw-away society.”
The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have allowed physician-assisted suicide, days after the state’s Catholic bishops accused some Catholic legislators who supported the bill of misrepresenting church teaching and creating a public scandal for the faithful. The statement was issued by the public policy arm of the New Mexico bishops’ conference.
The Hawaii Senate gave its support of an assisted suicide bill but Church leaders feel that the bill will undermine the nature of medicine and put people at risk. The bill ignores the effort made to care for those with terminal illnesses according to the executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Public Affairs Committee is scheduled Friday to debate a bill opposed by the Catholic Church and Gov. Susana Martinez. The measure would prevent New Mexico doctors from facing prosecution for helping terminally ill patients end their lives.
Professor Antonio Gioacchino Spagnolo, director of the Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, spoke to journalists at the Feb. 6 presentation of a new charter regarding advances in science and how they should be applied alongside the Church’s Magisterium.
What can the U.S. Church do faced with the drive to assisted suicide in so many states? The first thing is to look north of the border, where the experience in Quebec holds important lessons. Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, shares some of them with Crux contributor Chris White.