Priests for Life Director on Court Decision:
Solution Lies Beyond the Court!
June 26, 1997
Priests for Life, an international association of Catholic clergy specially
dedicated to the protection of human life, welcomed the decision of the Supreme
Court today declaring that states have the right to forbid physician-assisted
suicide. The organization also recognized that the battle will continue, and
spoke of long term solutions. The International Director of Priests for Life,
Fr. Frank Pavone, stated, "We are happy that the Court acknowledged the State’s
right to ban physician-assisted suicide. Today, as moral teachers, we go further
than the Constitutional judgment that the state may ban such actions. We declare
also the moral truth that the state must ban such actions, because the
state exists to protect the lives of the vulnerable.
"We further affirm that the solution to the problem of assisted suicide lies
beyond court decisions and laws. The solution lies in a new way of life in which
we share one another’s burdens rather than casting off the burdensome....a new
way of life in which we stand with those who suffer and recognize their dignity
and value rather than pretending to give them dignity by helping them kill
themselves. Priests for Life will continue to work with the whole Church to
foster concrete, loving presence to the sick and suffering. Their rights,
dignity, and value are equal to that of the most healthy and vigorous among us."