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Nov 23, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- Doctors in the Netherlands are now permitted to sedate patients without their knowledge or consent prior to euthanizing them if there is a chance the patient could “become agitated” as a doctor prepares to end their life. 
Oct 30, 2020 - 04:21 pm .- A strong majority of New Zealand voters approved the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia for the terminally ill Oct. 30. Foes of legalization said many voters appeared confused about the measure’s far-reaching effects and warned that the move will have consequences for the vulnerable.
Oct 8, 2020 - 08:00 pm .- A bill reintroduced by the Canadian government this month would expand access to euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country while eliminating important safeguards, Catholic leaders and other opponents of the bill have said.
Oct 8, 2020 - 05:43 pm .- Catholic politicians have an obligation to fight against abortion and euthanasia, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said this week.
Oct 7, 2020 - 06:00 am .- A Vatican representative told the United Nations Tuesday that the Holy See was “deeply concerned” by moves “to reinterpret the very foundations of human rights.”
Sep 24, 2020 - 07:00 am .- A Dutch cardinal has said that the Netherlands shows that once euthanasia is legalized safeguards are slowly but inevitably abandoned.
Sep 22, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Palliative care for the dying is important, but medical interventions are not enough; Catholics have a responsibility to be with the suffering and to communicate the hope of Christ, a new Vatican document on euthanasia said Tuesday.
Sep 22, 2020 - 03:45 am .- In a new document released Tuesday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching on the sinfulness of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and recalled the obligation of Catholics to accompany the sick and dying through prayer, physical presence, and the sacraments.
Sep 15, 2020 - 01:00 am .- In response to an assisted suicide bill that could soon be passed in Spain, the Spanish bishops’ conference called Monday for a palliative care law, saying that “there are no patients that cannot be cared for, even if they are incurable.”
Aug 19, 2020 - 12:10 pm .- A new survey of neonatal medical professionals in the Belgian region of Flanders has found that nearly nine out of ten approve of euthanizing newborn children diagnosed with serious, non-lethal, medical conditions. 
Jul 28, 2020 - 10:13 am .- A proposal in the Netherlands to allow assisted suicide for healthy individuals over the age of 75 has drawn criticism for offering death rather than social support to people who are lonely and depressed.
Jun 30, 2020 - 04:10 pm .- Michael Hickson 46, died on June 11, eight days after he was admitted to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with pneumonia. He had contracted the coronavirus from a staff member at his nursing home. 
Jun 16, 2020 - 11:00 am .- A doctor in the Netherlands who euthanized a woman with advanced Alzheimer’s, despite the woman saying she did not want to be killed, maintains that she made the right decision.
May 8, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- After the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the hospitals of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium can no longer be considered as Catholic, the religious order is seeking to prevent the hospital network from using its name.
Apr 23, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- A Dutch cardinal said that a recent supreme court ruling permitting the euthanizing of dementia patients creates confusion and raises questions about consent.
Apr 22, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday that doctors may euthanize patients with severe dementia, provided that the patient had expressed a desire to be euthanized while still legally capable of doing so. 
Feb 28, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- A hospice in Canada has lost its funding and is being forced to close after refusing to offer medically assisted suicide.
Feb 27, 2020 - 09:35 am .- The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning parliament’s efforts to further expand medically assisted suicide to those who do not have terminal illnesses. 
Feb 26, 2020 - 04:46 pm .- Despite his parents’ protests that he showed “signs of life,” a four-month old boy who was severely brain damaged was legally declared dead and has been removed from a ventilator in the U.K.
Feb 20, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr. James Martin, SJ, and about pastoral care and assisted suicide.

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