Controversial Assisted Suicide Bill Sparks Strong Diocesan Condemnation in Delaware Amidst Senate Passage Debate

Diocese Condemns Senate’s Decision

In response to the Delaware state Senate’s recent passage of a controversial bill, the diocese issued a strong statement on Wednesday.

They criticized the bill, stating unequivocally that any measure allowing the taking of innocent life is unacceptable.

The statement emphasized a core medical principle of healing and preserving life, arguing that such legislation would compromise the role of healthcare professionals.

Legislative Maneuvers and Decisive Votes

Following an initial setback, majority leader Bryan Townsend retained the option to call for another vote before the session’s end on June 30.

State Senator Kyra Hoffner, a Democrat, ultimately cast the deciding vote on Tuesday, overturning her previous “not voting” stance during the June 20 roll call.

Moral and Religious Perspectives

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, euthanasia is condemned as morally impermissible (No. 2277).

Pope Francis reaffirmed this stance earlier this year, distinguishing authentic palliative care from euthanasia, which he described as devoid of hope or genuine concern for the sick and dying.

Regional and National Context

The close outcome in Delaware contrasts sharply with neighboring Maryland’s rejection of a similar proposal in March, as well as New Hampshire’s decisive vote against “medical aid in dying” in May.

Currently, physician-assisted suicide is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, highlighting varying legislative approaches across the United States.

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