The Maryland Catholic Conference opposes physician-assisted suicide because it seeks to legalize the intentional taking of human life.
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The Maryland Catholic Conference is a member of Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide (MAPAS). Physicians, mental health professionals, lawyers, elder care organizations, disability rights advocates and hospice providers are invited to join the MAPAS Coalition today.
Powerful out-of-state activists are trying to bring physician-assisted suicide to Maryland. Learn why it matters for you and your family. Sign up for “Deadly, not Dignified: Fighting Physician-Assisted Suicide in Maryland” a free webinar from the Maryland Catholic Conference on Oct. 5, 7-8 p.m. or, in Spanish, Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. Register at www.mdcatholic.org/pas
What actually happens in a physician-assisted suicide?
A doctor prescribes a lethal drug cocktail – up to 100 pills – that a person picks up at the local pharmacy, grinds up into half a cup of water, and drinks in less than two minutes. Sometimes, the person can take hours or days to die. Plus, there are no requirements for a witness or notification of family. Assisted suicide isn’t dignified, it’s deadly. Tell your Maryland legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Physician-assisted suicide incentivizes denying cancer treatment
In states where assisted suicide is legal, insurance companies have turned down coverage for cancer treatment but offered to pay for suicide drugs instead. Stop this from happening in Maryland. Tell your state legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Physician-assisted suicide urges suicide for elderly
Elderly in Maryland have a higher rate of suicide than any other age group - double the teen suicide rate. Yet a proposed physician-assisted suicide bill would not require any mental health evaluation to screen for depression. Assisted suicide isn’t dignified, it’s deadly. Tell your state legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Physician-assisted suicide tells people they’re burdensome
In Oregon, data shows people request suicide drugs not for pain, but because they can’t do the same activities that they could before, can’t control bodily functions, feel they’ve lost dignity or feel they are a burden. Suicide drugs aren’t the answer. Everyone deserves loving, supportive care, affirmation of their dignity, and to know that they are never a burden. Tell your state legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Physician-assisted suicide is dangerous for Maryland
If assisted suicide became legal, up to 100 pills would be prescribed to a person. These lethal drugs would then be dispensed at your neighborhood pharmacy. Data shows that where assisted suicide is legal, up to 40% of the drugs are never used – and there are no requirements for their disposal. They could end up in the hands of kids, in the trash or in a local creek or pond. We don’t need that in Maryland. Assisted suicide isn’t dignified, it’s deadly. Tell your legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Disability rights activists oppose physician-assisted suicide
Major disability rights groups including The Arc of Maryland and National Council on Disability oppose physician-assisted suicide. Disabled people already face prejudice from doctors and people who assume they’re “better dead than disabled.” Assisted suicide encourages this kind of prejudice. People with disabilities deserve care, not suicide. Tell your state legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Doctors oppose physician-assisted suicide
The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and dozens of other medical groups oppose physician-assisted suicide. The AMA says, “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.” Physicians are entrusted with saving lives, not ending them. Tell your legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
Marylanders deserve excellent pain management, not physician-assisted suicide
Maryland has excellent, modern palliative care programs to alleviate suffering – no one’s pain should be unmanageable in our state. Hospice care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Marylanders deserve the best in pain management and quality care, not suicide drugs. Tell your legislators: NO assisted suicide. Visit www.mdcatholic.org/pas
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Our state’s General Assembly creates laws that affect us, our church, families, and vulnerable neighbors. The Maryland Catholic Advocacy Network keeps you informed and gives you a voice. You will receive occasional email updates from the Maryland Catholic Conference, plus action alerts on topics you choose: www.mdcatholic.org/joincan or text CATHOLIC to 443-764-8765.
For all who are about to die: that through our love, care, and devotion, they might know the beauty of life, as they prepare for death; We pray to the Lord:
For all people in nursing homes: that we would be inspired to visit them, and remind them of their great worth; We pray to the Lord:
For those denied adequate care: that we might stand up for their God-given dignity and assist them in their needs; We pray to the Lord:
For all who are forgotten or thrown away, and especially for the poor, the sick and the aged: that God might change our hearts and move us to love them as the image of Christ; We pray to the Lord:
For those who have grown tired of life, and especially for those tempted to suicide: that God might grant them patient endurance and the support of loved ones; We pray to the Lord:
For those tempted to despair because of constant pain: that they might join their suffering to the Cross of Christ; We pray to the Lord:
For nurses and all professionals who care for the sick and dying: that they will be given the grace to love each patient with the love of Christ, and to never see those they care for as a burden; We pray to the Lord:
For those who have grown weak or infirm: that we might see God’s power in their fragility and experience a new revelation of God’s love for them; We pray to the Lord:
For elderly parents and godparents: that the love and respect of their children might sustain them and bring them joy; We pray to the Lord:
That the sick may find strength and courage in the cross of Christ and discover the redemptive value of their suffering; We pray to the Lord:
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