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GOOD news: Commission rejects proposal to re-study assisted suicide

December 7, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

You made the difference 


Good news!  Yesterday, the Joint Commission on Health Care voted NOT to include assisted suicide as one of its study topics in 2022.  Thanks to your advocacy, the Commission chose NOT to waste any more time or taxpayer money on studies or workgroups on assisted suicide – a topic the Commission already studied for two years! Below are the seven topics that were considered. The Commission adopted the top four and rejected the bottom three. Assisted suicide (“Medical Aid in Dying”) ranked a distant last! 

Bottom line: This is a major victory for grassroots advocacy. THANK YOU for standing up for the disabled, elderly and other historically underserved Virginians who would be at greater risk of coercion, abuse and medical mistakes if our law against assisted suicide were repealed. We will continue to monitor the work of the Commission and any deliberations of the General Assembly on this topic.  

Would you like to help us keep Virginia free from assisted suicide?  The Virginia Catholic Conference is a founding member of an alliance that is working to protect the disabled, elderly and other historically underserved populations from suicide.  The Virginia Alliance Against Assisted Suicide (No Suicide VA) is an association of diverse organizations, institutions, agencies and citizens in the Commonwealth who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide.  If you would like to join our efforts, please send an email to with the subject line:  “No Suicide VA”.  


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The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.