Archive for the ‘Death and dying’ Category

Cardinal Dolan on assisted suicide

Courtesy of LifeNews, here is a good piece from Cardinal Dolan, the Chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities,  on the importance of renewing the battle against assisted suicide. http://www.lifenews.com/2016/11/21/cardinal-dolan-calls-for-renewed-fight-against-doctor-assisted-suicide/

“Assisted Suicide in D.C.”

Here’s a link to a very good commentary by Elyse Smith on a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in DC. http://www.cultureoflife.org/2016/09/29/assisted-suicide-d-c/ Here’s Smith’s conclusion: “Once a society buys into the lie that our dignity and value are expendable at will, determined by a utilitarian ethic, measured in terms of our economic productivity and ability to […]

New Mexico Supreme Court upholds state ban on physician assisted suicide

Here is a link to the June 30, 2016 decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court upholding the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A trial court judge in New Mexico  had found the law unconstitutional. By a divided vote, the court of appeals reversed and the New Mexico Supreme Court has now also rejected the trial judge’s decision. […]

Ryan Anderson on assisted suicide

Here is a link to an excellent paper on assisted suicide by Ryan Anderson.  The title explains his basic message: “Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality.”    

Brain Death pro and con

Not all members of UFL agree on every aspect of the pro-life cause. This was evident at one of the sessions during the UFL Life and Learning Conference in June. There were two presentations, one against brain death as a criterion for allowing the removal of organs for transplant and the other for. The first talk, […]

American College of Pediatrics responds to Belgium’s child euthanasia

Lifenews.com reports, in “American College of Pediatricians Blasts Belgium for Legalizing Child Euthanasia,” on and posts the statement by the ACP critical of Belgium’s new euthanasia law which puts no lower limit on the age of euthanasia. The Netherland’s law allowing infant euthanasia is also considered. Physicians are healers not killers. An individual’s future quality of […]