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Assisted suicide ‘solution’ coerces the dying and families

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My father-in-law died this past month. He was a good, hardworking man, an immigrant, self-taught and self-reliant.

As is likely both the fear and the fate of many of us, he died in a hospital, tethered to a swarm of IVs. With various doctors weighing in on his various conditions, his family struggled to make the right decisions at a time of conflicting advice and great emotion. No one wanted him to go. No one wanted him to suffer.

All our lives, we’ve been trained to rely on doctors for advice. At this literally life-and-death moment, however, they often let us down. As Dr. Dhruv Khullar wrote in The New York Times recently, “For years the medical profession has largely fumbled the question of what we should do when there’s nothing more we can do.” Read more »

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Delaware HB160: Suicide, by any name, isn’t dignified

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Legislators in Dover are considering a physician-assisted suicide bill this month, HB160, that’s strongly opposed by the Diocese of Wilmington.

The difficult and heart-breaking decisions faced by families and patients during end-of-life care shouldn’t end in deaths of despair or “convenience.”

Both hospice care and palliative pain-killing measures can effectively eliminate suffering at the end of life.

This graphic, prepared by Maryland Against Assisted Suicide, highlights the dangers of assisted-suicide bills.

Please contact the Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network, at www.cdow.org/DCAN, to oppose HB160 and other anti-life bills pending in Dover.PAS-Infographic-2017_To-Print_Page_1

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