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We Were Wrong, Says Former Regulator of Dutch Euthanasia
Last edited 18th July 2014

Theo Boer is a Dutch medical ethicist who has changed his mind on euthanasia. This is an article he wrote for the UK's Daily Mail warning the House of Lords not to pass an "assisted dying" bill.


Bishop Calls for United Prayer to Stop UK Euthanasia Bill
Last edited 15th July 2014

Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the “catastrophic collapse” of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it. Bishop Egan asked Catholics to pray a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, July 17, the day before the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.

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How Do I Explain the Catholic Church's Teaching on Euthanasia?
Last edited 14th July 2014

The push to legalise euthanasia in Australia has sparked debate on both sides of the argument. Archbishop Mark Coleridge from Australia's Brisbane Archdiocese explains the Church's teaching on euthanasia, and how it does not reflect the dignity of the human person.


Cardinal Expresses Dismay as Quebec Opens Door to Euthanasia
Last edited 11th June 2014

Quebec’s cardinal has expressed dismay at a newly passed “dying with dignity” law that brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province. The new law, Bill 52, passed by a 94-22 vote. It outlines the conditions under which terminally ill people can request medical aid in dying.

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Only Half of Australians Able to Access Palliative Care in Their Final Days of Life
Last edited 9th June 2014

Australia is one of the world leaders in palliative care services with the nation's Catholic hospitals and allied health care services caring for up to half of all those in palliative care. However many people who would benefit from specialist palliative care are unable to access these services.

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Botched Executions and Euthanasia
Last edited 4th May 2014

It is false that “medical aid in dying” always provides a quiet death. No, euthanasia is a violent gesture, for the person killed as well as for the physician. Those who wish to legalise “medical aid in dying” state that we must give an easier death for those at end of life. They say that euthanasia is the way to do it. However, there are clear indications that euthanasia often is a rather violent death.


Until Death Do Us Part
Last edited 30th April 2014

"When Stephen Fletcher tabled his Private Member’s Bills in the Canadian House of Representatives, I started to think about how people die and how utterly important it had been for me to be with my late husband Fred in that process. And I also thought about how much it would have meant to me were our roles to have been reversed."

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Pontifical Academy for Life: Child Euthanasia is Not the Answer
Last edited 21st March 2014

"The lack of health, and disability are not good reasons to exclude, or worse, do away with a person." That is the message the Pope sent members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which gathered in Rome in February for its 20th anniversary.


Pope Francis' Message to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Last edited 19th March 2014

"A society is truly open to life when it recognizes that life is precious even in the elderly population, in the disabled, and even in those who are gravely ill or in the process of dying. " - Pope Francis

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A Society Open to Life
Last edited 6th March 2014

The recent approval of euthanasia for children in Belgium confirmed there is indeed a slippery slope. Euthanasia lobbyists argue that euthanasia is only for very limited cases, but experience shows that once it is approved it will inevitably expand to more and more cases. Just last year a Belgian was euthanized after a sex change operation went awry. Nancy Verhelst underwent surgery to become a man, but was put to death on the grounds of "unbearable psychological suffering," the London Telegraph reported, Oct. 1.

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