Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. "It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death — there's even a sense of helplessness," said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur.
The District of Columbia City Council Nov. 15 approved a bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
Euthanasia in Quebec: Obtaining accurate statistics on medically assisted deaths across Canada is almost impossible and could lead to abuse, according to opponents of the practice.
Round up of down-ballott issues and how faith groups are responding
Washington, D.C.: City council passed measure that would allow terminally ill people a medically assisted death
Assisted Suicide: measures on ballots for D.C. and Colorado; bill passed in New Jersey senate.
Just Catholic: Canada is the latest country to push for legislation that ends life.
The specter of assisted suicide is leading people to "fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear -- a hospital," said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith.
As legislative proposals for doctor-prescribed suicide become more prevalent, the Catholic bishops of Iowa have organized a statewide effort to promote an awareness about end-of-life care aligned with Catholic teaching.
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