2017 Diocesan NYS Public Policy Campaign
Recently Legislators reintroduced a bill that would authorize assisted suicide in New York State. Assisted suicide means that doctors could legally prescribe a deadly dose of pills at the request of a patient with a terminal diagnosis. Known as “medical aid to the dying” or “death with dignity.” While this is intended to sound compassionate, in reality this bill would authorize the direct and intentional taking of human life.
Instead of this, we can promote alternatives to assisted suicide – Doing everything possible to reduce suffering and promote the loving option of palliative medicine and hospice care. When we respond to the dying with Christ in our hearts, we are living our Catholic faith.
So now I ask you: please take a minute to sign petition letters opposing assisted suicide. Please sign a copy (found below) and bring it to church or any parish office. We will send a copy to both your Assembly member and to Governor Cuomo.
Thank you for your attention and your anticipated support. We need to be vigilant in prayer and action to protect those who are very sick, depressed and vulnerable, who need truly compassionate care.
The letter can be downloaded here: