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Vermont legalizes assisted suicide

Catholic World News - May 22, 2013

Following votes of 75-65 in the state house and 17-13 in the state senate, Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize assisted suicide. Oregon and Washington legalized the practice by ballot initiative, while Montana did so by court order.

“Under the guise of offering patients ‘choice’ and ‘autonomy’ at the end of life, this new law asks those in the medical profession, which is a vocation dedicated to the service of life, to destroy the very lives they have pledged to save and to comfort at life’s most critical moments,” said Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington, the diocese that covers the entire state. “It is a heavy and unjust burden which has been placed on the shoulders of others when attention and resources should be devoted to palliative care and human compassion.”

“The new Vermont law goes beyond that in place in Oregon and allows the state in the coming years to drop even the so-called ‘safeguards’ against abuse,” added Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In the name of autonomy and empowerment, seriously ill patients in Vermont who cannot speak for themselves are at risk of becoming victims of this law. The ‘slippery slope’ that critics of the euthanasia agenda have long warned against is in full view here.”

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  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - May. 22, 2013 11:34 PM ET USA

    It is unfair and unwise to accuse proponents of assisted suicide of being greedy. Their compassion, though misguided, is real. We must always assume the best of those we disagree with. Most who support abortion, euthanasia, communism, socialism and the like are not inherently evil. They are good people who desire to do good, but our misguided. If we do not make an effort to see the good in every person, we will be incapable of sharing the truth.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 22, 2013 7:29 PM ET USA

    Let's remember the objective here. Follow the money. I think every state has laws prohibiting any heir from receiving estate or insurance money from someone they have killed. By corrupting the medical profession and making them into assassins, they circumvent these laws and keep their grubby hands "clean." God save us.

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