Every suicide is a tragedy—whether the person is young or old, healthy or sick. But legalizing doctor-assisted suicide creates two classes of people: those whose lives are protected, and those whose deaths are encouraged.
This is why Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Paul Coakley, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, just asked the House of Representatives to support H. Con. Res. 79, a resolution expressing that assisted suicide is a “deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice.”
Please join your voice to theirs and tell your Representative to support the resolution, which urges the Federal Government to reject assisted suicide. The Resolution explains that every person facing death should have access to quality medical and palliative health care—instead of drugs to help them end their own lives.
It is a bi-partisan resolution (introduced by CA Democrat Rep. Lou Correa), that both sides of the political aisle can support. As the resolution makes clear, “assisted suicide…puts everyone, including the most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm.” The elderly and persons with disabilities are especially at risk.
How you can help:
- Use the form on the right to send a message today to your Representative in the House urging support for H.Con.Res. 79.
- Share this alert with your friends and family. Send this alert in an email encouraging everyone you know to urge the Federal Government to reject assisted suicide.
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Federal law and policy has long rejected the dangerous notion that assisted suicide is healthcare. For example, The Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997 was passed with nearly unanimous bi-partisan support and signed by then President Bill Clinton. It prohibits the use of federal dollars for assisted suicide. Moreover, the Supreme Court has twice ruled that there is no right to assisted suicide in the Constitution. See: Washington v. Glucksberg (521 U.S. 702 (1997)) and Vacco v. Quill (521 U.S. 793(1991)). H. Con. Res 79 would clarify that Congress finds that “the Federal Government should ensure that every person facing the end of their life has access to the best quality…medical care…and that the Federal Government should not adopt or endorse policies or practices that support, encourage or facilitate suicide or assisted suicide, whether by physicians or others.”
The National Council on Disabilities (NCD) recently released a federal study revealing that assisted suicide laws are rife with dangers to people with disabilities.
A “Sense of Congress” resolution is a type of bill whereby Congress can express a strong opinion or send a message regarding a timely topic of national import and interest. While it does not prohibit assisted suicide, it does put Congress on record opposing it and can prepare the way for substantive legislation against assisted suicide.