Why Assisted Suicide Laws Affect Us All

A California judge recently overturned the state’s physician-assisted suicide law, which allowed patients whose life expectancy was less than six months to receive end-of-life drugs from their physician. But damage has already been done – in the first six months after the law was enacted in 2015, more than 100 people made use of it to end their lives.

And while California’s physician-assisted suicide law has been overturned, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. still allow this practice. Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, stopped by Morning Air®  to discuss the state of these euthanasia laws, and why this is not just a private matter between doctor and patient, but one that affects us all.


Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.