Cardinal Dolan urges stronger effort to stop physician-assisted suicide
The chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has called for increased efforts and “renewed vigour” to stop legalised physician-assisted suicide after the practice was approved by voters in Colorado and the District of Columbia City Council.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged Catholics to join medical professionals, disability rights groups and others “in fighting for the authentic care” of people facing terminal illness in a statement released on Monday.
“The act of prescribing a fatal, poisonous dose, moreover, undermines the very heart of medicine,” Cardinal Dolan said. “Doctors vow to do no harm, and yet assisted suicide is the ultimate abandonment of their patients.”
He said physician-assisted suicide creates two classes of people including one whose suicides are to be prevented at any cost, and those whose suicides are deemed a positive good. “We remove weapons and drugs that can cause harm to one group, while handing deadly drugs to the other, setting up yet another kind of life-threatening discrimination,” he continued.
“This is completely unjust. Our inherent human dignity does not wane with the onset of illness or incapacity, and so all are worthy of protection.”Tags: Assisted suicide, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, USA