U.S. Bishops’ Policy Statement on Assisted Suicide

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To Live Each Day with Dignity Bishops Call on Catholics to Support the Dying,  Ensure Their Legal Protection 

On Thursday, June 16, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a policy statement on physician-assisted suicide  The statement, To Live Each Day with Dignity, speaks of the hardships and fears of patients facing terminal illness and the importance of life-affirming palliative care. It cites the Church’s concern for those who are tempted to commit suicide, its opposition to physician-assisted suicide, and the consistency of this stance with the principle of equal and inherent human rights and the ethical principles of the medical profession.       

The statement is available online at www.usccb.org/toliveeachday, along with fact sheets and articles on the issue, relevant Church documents, and prayers for use with those who are ill.