Assisted Suicide

The right to life, from conception to its natural end, is the condition for the exercise of all other rights and, in particular, implies the illicitness of every form of procured abortion and of euthanasia.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, #155


For years, proponents of physician-assisted suicide (euphemistically known as Medical Aid in Dying or MAID) have been pushing to legalize this deadly practice in New York State. Similar bills in other states lack important safeguards and make coercion or misapplication of the law a serious threat. They send a dangerous message to society that when someone is considered a “burden” to someone else, his or her life is no longer worth living.

While New York rightly spends millions of dollars a year to combat suicide, it is considering undermining these efforts significantly by declaring that oftentimes, suicide is “death with dignity.” The not-so-subtle implication is that those who choose to fight for their lives or to simply allow themselves to die a natural death are somehow undignified.

The New York State Catholic Conference has joined other opponents as part of the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, made up of patients-rights advocates, disabilities-rights advocates, health care, civil rights, and faith-based advocacy organizations. Together we support increased access to palliative care (comfort care) and a rejection of the dangerous national movement toward physician assisted suicide.