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Statement on the passing of the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act
April 15, 2019
Bishop James F. Checchio has issued the following statement on the passage of the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on April 12:
"The passage of the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was a sad day for our diocese and the Church in New Jersey, which has battled against its passage since 2012, when the bill was first introduced. The passage of this legislation follows a dangerous and frightening trend and is a brazen attack against the sanctity of human life. While we are facing dark times, we will not stop from advocating for the sanctity of human life, in all stages, and we will continue to educate our legislators, our fellow Catholics and the general public about the dangers of legalized physician-assisted suicide. We look to Our Blessed Mother in our fight to end the threats to human beings and a growing culture of death. She is our model and our example of how every human being should be treated as a gift at the beginning and end of life. Easter Sunday comes after the darkness of Good Friday, we know, so we will continue to work for Easter light to pervade our society."