Physician Assisted Suicide is Wrong for Delaware and Maryland

 

Statement from the Diocese of Wilmington regarding the State Senate passing HB 140

Yesterday, we were disheartened to learn that the Delaware State Senate, in an 11-10 vote, passed HB 140. This bill legalizes suicide in Delaware by drug overdose prescribed by doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners for people who are deemed to be in the last months of life. The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has consistently opposed assisted suicide and every attempt to legalize it.  We condemn these efforts because of our religious belief that all life is sacred and should be protected from conception to natural death. But all people of good will should recognize that this bill encourages the most vulnerable (e.g., the aged, the dependent, those with disabilities) and those who need our care the most to see themselves as merely a burden for their loved ones and unduly influence a decision to end their life. Often those “deemed” to be in his/her last months of life are suffering from depression or a treatable disease, and this becomes a permanent solution to a temporary problem. In reality, this “solution” is never acceptable; there is no justification to take an innocent life. Furthermore, it is a violation of a central principle in the medical profession that one is called to heal and preserve life and “do no harm” and turns those who should care for society’s health into agents of death.

The bill now goes to Governor John Carney who can veto the bill, sign it into law, or let it become law without his signature.  We ask Delaware Catholics and all people of good will to contact Governor Carney and ask him to stand up for the elderly, sick and disabled, by vetoing this dangerous and immoral legislation.  We ask all Christians and those of other faith traditions to join the Catholic community in prayer for our Governor, that he will not allow Delaware to be the latest state to allow government sanctioned suicide.

Hon. John C. Carney, Jr.
Governor
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150 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Dover, DE 19901
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Email: https://governor.delaware.gov/email-governor-carney/

Hon. John C. Carney, Jr.
Governor
820 French Street, 12th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302)577-3210
Email: https://governor.delaware.gov/email-governor-carney/

or click here to send a message to Delaware’s Governor.

Sen. Kyra Hoffner comes out in favor of physician-assisted suicide; Delaware senate reverses itself, passes HB140 by one vote. Read about it in The Dialog.

Bishop Koenig speaks out against physician-assisted suicide:
‘It’s wrong for society to say this is something we condone’  Click here for the story.

This could be our last chance to help preserve the sanctity of life and the dignity of all people in Delaware!

“We urge all people of good will to demand that our lawmakers reject suicide as an end-of-life option and to choose the better, safer path that involves radical solidarity with those facing the end of their earthly journey. Let us choose the path that models true compassion and dignity to those facing end of life decisions and protects the most vulnerable from the deadly proposition of physician assisted suicide.”  ~Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington and Most Reverend William Koenig, Bishop of Wilmington. A Better Way Forward, January 2024 (see below)

In addition to our faith-based opposition to physician-assisted suicide, click here for Eight Important Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide from the Patience Rights Action Fund.

Click here to download the message.

 

Click here to help the fight against physician-assisted suicide in Maryland.

 

Physician-assisted suicide? Controlling timing and manner of death is outside scope of medical practice.

By Dr. Michael T. Vest

CARDINAL O’MALLEY ON ASSISTED SUICIDE
As the Massachusetts legislature considers physician-assisted suicide, Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston, responded in the Boston Globe.

 


LAWSUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court against California’s assisted suicide law for discrimination against people with disabilities. More information can be found on the plaintiffs’ website.


Join the Maryland Healthcare Coalition Healthcare professionals throughout Maryland know the dangers of legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Join the many medical, behavioral, hospice and other healthcare providers in Maryland who are standing against PAS. Click here.

Every Life is Worth Living

Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life. Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering. Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living. Grant us the humility to accept help when we are in need, and teach us to be merciful to all. Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Every Life is Worth Living, © 2015, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

Some of the national organizations who have released statements in opposition to the practice of physician-assisted suicide: 

American Medical Association

National Council on Disability

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

Click here to read, “To Live Each Day With Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide” from the USCCB.

Click here for more from the USCCB.

In 2020, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released the letter
Samaritanus bonus, “on the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life.”
The letter reaffirms the Church’s teaching on care for those who are critically ill or dying
and offers additional pastoral guidance for increasingly complex situations at the end of
life. For a brief overview of key points from this important document
with a specific focus on what it says about palliative care and hospice, click here.