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Physician-Assisted Suicide is a Slippery Slope – Op-Ed – Cardinal O’Malley

OPINION

Physician-assisted suicide is a slippery slope.

By Seán P. O’MalleyUpdated April 15, 2024, 3:00 a.m.

Physician-assisted suicide does not just contradict deeply held religious convictions, but also violates principles held by many in the health care community.

It has been said that at the heart of the physician-assisted suicide debate is the moral-medical distinction between curing and caring for patients. The United States has an unmatched capacity for curing illness. But even here, there comes a moment when caring is the imperative because curing is no longer possible. Our collective responsibility is to address a person’s psychological, physical, and spiritual needs as they face the end of life or debilitating illness. To instead instigate death with physician-assisted suicide presents a moral and ethical threat to society, the medical profession, the disability community, and the common good.

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