Catholics rail against NJ’s legalisation of assisted suicide

Catholics rail against NJ’s legalisation of assisted suicide March 29, 2019

BOTH chambers of New Jersey’s state Legislature have passed a bill allowing assisted suicide – much to the dismay of the Catholic Church.

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The state’s Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, above, who had a “strict Catholic upbringing”, said he will sign the bill.

Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.

This, despite NJ Catholic leaders who have been standing in firm opposition to the bill. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Newark said:

Assisted suicide promotes neither free choice nor compassion. Every gift of human life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. Catholics should be leaders in the effort to defend and uphold the principle that each of us has a right to live with dignity through every day of our lives.

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The bill will allow adults to receive life-ending drugs if they have been told by a doctor that they have less than six months to live. The bill was written by Assemblyman John Burzichelli, above, who has been attempting to pass the legislation for nearly seven years. He is also a staunch supporter of gay and transgender rights.

The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed with bipartisan support. The New Jersey Assembly voted 41 to 33 to pass the bill, with the Senate passing the measure 21 to 16.

Critics of the legislation argue that it opens the door for abuse and does not require psychiatric evaluation of patients who may be struggling with depression that is leading to suicidal inclinations.

Although the bill has been passed and the Governor has issued his intent to sign it into law, Cheryl Riley, director of the Archdiocese of Newark’s Respect Life Office, said that her office will not be backing down.

We’re still not going to stop fighting. Every life deserves to be protected.

The Church’s opposition to assisted suicide is longstanding. In 1980, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a “Declaration on Euthanasia” that fully explained that the Church is opposed to the practice.

It is necessary to state firmly once more that nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person, or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying.

Furthermore, no one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for himself or herself or for another person entrusted to his or her care, nor can he or she consent to it, either explicitly or implicitly. Nor can any authority legitimately recommend or permit such an action.

Once the law is signed, New Jersey will join a handful of other states that allow medical professionals to prescribe lethal drugs. Currently, assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Washington, California, Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, as well as in Montana through a state Supreme Court ruling.

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  • Jim Jones

    Eventually, the RCC will claim credit for the bill.

  • ClanSutherland

    Christians who want to force birth and prevent a serene death because “their God.”

    Selfish, self-centered @ssholes.

  • helenwheels74

    dear catholics, etal: the united states is not a theocracy. your religion has no place in our lawmaking. now write it on the chalkboard 500 times!

  • Kay Reid

    Teddy boy Mc Carrick and his ilk didn’t think too much of human life, did they? How dare the Archdiocese of Newark’s Respect Life Office even comment, much less fight! Disgusting and disgraceful. Kudos to NJ legislature.

  • WallofSleep

    “We’re still not going to stop fighting. Every life deserves to be protected.”

    Pedo protector sez wut?

  • Michael Neville

    Yet another bit of evidence of how the Catholic Church is anti-humanistic. A non-Catholic cancer victim who wants assisted suicide does not affect the Archbishop of Newark in the least. But he feels the need to impose his beliefs on someone who doesn’t hold them.

  • Dear anti-choice Catholics, to you life isn’t a gift, as you love repeating – it’s a lease.

  • John Thunderer

    On a rational basis, have any of the NJ protestors bothered to examine those US states where similar schemes are in effect?
    If they do, they will find that most persons in those states choose not to die earlier but to die later than they otherwise might.
    As a secularist, I believe that religion should stay out of government.
    As a humanist, I believe people like me attach far greater value to the value of all human life than any religionists have ever done.
    Our humanity extends beyond our own species too, as we realise that all elements of the rich tapestry of life on our planet are inter-connected.
    We take no lessons on ethics or morality from organisations employing serial abusers.
    The people we respect are the intelligent legislators and Governor of New Jersey.

  • Dave Enslow

    Liars whose consciences are seared.– God will not; has never been mocked. The Scriptures tell us these things will happen. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared…” (1 Tim 4)

  • larry parker

    Your god is imaginary. It has been mocked since it was invented. The scriptures are badly written fiction.
    ETA: Spirits and demons are imaginary too.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    In today’s skeptics bible study, I learned that Dave Enslow’s serving of copypasta has nothing to do with the article’s topic of death with dignity laws. It specifically condemns opposition to marriage (AKA following Paul’s advice in 1 Cor 7:27) and vegetarianism.

    Sometimes, a glance at their source in context will help assess whether a comment is even making an attempt at dialogue, or is merely exploiting an opportunity to preach. And you might learn the occasional bit of trivia about the bible’s internal contradictions while you’re at it.

  • Michael Newsham

    For a a bunch of people who profess belief in Heaven they are not particularly anxious to actually go there.

  • Murigen

    Boils down to the same thing all over again. If Catholics don’t believe in being able to choose how/when they die when they ARE dying then don’t. They’re belief that any suicide is a mortal sin shouldn’t affect someone who isn’t Catholic.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    they would probably write it in latin

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    God as never been mocked you say try looking at some of the atheist and non religious groups around the net. God is mocked ridiculed and generally despised. and as you will be if you post nonsense. So unless you have a construstive comment say like proof of your gods existence go away and read some proper history and science. there are plenty of books around that wont confuse someone who thinks an ancient book of bronze age myths and thinking is a guide to life.Oh proof does not mean quoting the bible or links to some other preacher.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    Another corner of the world as taken a step forward good. Its made the world a tiny bit more compassionate despite opposition from the religious nut jobs.All you have to do if you think that your version of god wont like it then do not avail yourself of this compassionate service and keep you religious nose out of the life of others

  • Vanity Unfair

    Governor Phil Murphy:
    Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions … is the right thing to do.

    A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Newark:
    Assisted suicide promotes neither free choice nor compassion…..and the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition.

    So close and yet, so far. I suppose it depends on what you mean by “dignity”.

  • Vanity Unfair
    Albert King: Everybody wants to go go to Heaven but nobody wants to die.
    Vocals a bit muted mostly decipherable.

  • I will pray Ehlonna, Goddess of the Forests for you.

  • helenwheels74

    thus accidentally summoning a demon!

  • Robert Conner

    What has the Catholic Church been doing for the past three generations (that we know of) but “assisting” suicide by hiding child molesters?

  • Robert Conner

    If Catholics had an iota of self-awareness they’d STFD and STFU.

  • Richard Darsie

    Life with dignity, but no death with dignity for you. It’s all part of their worship of pain.

  • persephone

    It got Mother Teresa a sainthood. Well, that, and millions she donated to the Vatican.

  • Winston Jen

    I always end up saying this in any discussion on assisted dying, so I’ll save time here:

    Why is Al Qaeda more compassionate than pro-lifers?

    The 9/11 hijackers got to die instantly.

  • Winston Jen

    If I was raped at age 12, I’d want either a memory wipe or death.

  • Lark62

    God’s mother wears army boots.

    It’s official. God has now been mocked.