Catholic New York
November 24, 1994
Priests for Life Organizing Anti-Euthanasia Campaign
In the wake of Oregon's passage of a physician-assisted suicide bill Nov. 8,
Priests for Life, a national organization that supports the clergy in advancing
the pro-life cause, is organizing a euthanasia education campaign.
Oregon voters approved a referendum by a vote of 51 to 49 percent, allowing
physicians to prescribe a lethal drug to terminally ill patients. When the law
takes effect Dec. 8, the state becomes the first jurisdiction in the country to
decriminalize physician-assisted suicide.
Father Frank A. Pavone, a priest of the New York archdiocese and the national
director of Priests for Life, said, "People who are suffering from terminal
illness deserve better choices than death. They deserve the care and love of
people around them and the full extent of pain management treatments." His
organization is trying to reach priests, he said, "so that they may educate
their people to reject death as a solution to suffering."
Priests for Life is offering a packet of material on euthanasia, including
bulletin inserts, handouts for adult education groups, articles about living
wills, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia and other topics. (Priests for Life,
P.O. Box 141172, Staten Island. N.Y. 10314.)