The Connecticut General Assembly is considering legalizing a form of suicide in our state, commonly referred to as “aid-in-dying” or “physician-assisted suicide.” The legislation is House Bill 6425 “An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients.”
Modern hospice care and the proper use of pain medications render suicide unnecessary, and we need to be mindful of the threat that a suicide mentality poses to vulnerable people and to people with disabilities.
Catholic teaching condemns physician-assisted suicide because it, like murder, involves taking an innocent human life:
Suicide is always morally objectionable as murder. The Church's tradition has always rejected it as a gravely evil choice: To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so—called “assisted suicide” means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice that can never be excused, even if it is requested. Saint Augustine writes that “it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it. ”True “compassion” leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, no. 66)
We invite you to go to the website www.ctstopsuicide.org to read more on the issue and sign the petition to stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Connecticut.