A Pastoral Reflection on Medical Assistance in Dying (Revised version)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In our Catholic tradition we often refer to the Church as our Mother. We perceive her as a mother who lovingly accompanies us throughout life, and who especially wishes to support and guide us when we are faced with difficult situations and decisions. It is from this perspective that we, the Bishops of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly, wish to share with you this pastoral reflection on “medical assistance in dying”.
Federal legislation passed in June of 2016 has legalized “medical assistance in dying” in our country. This new legislation allows physicians and nurse practitioners to provide