There are no local pro-life organizations dedicated solely to the fight against euthanasia or mercy-killing (e.g., the abortion of handicapped unborn children, the withholding of nutrition or fluids from people at the other end of life), Catholic Hospice and Palliative Services, however, is an active pro-life hospice in the Pittsburgh area; in fact, it is the only pro-life hospice.

Lots of government money is pouring into so-called "hospices," many of which do not follow the principles of the original hospice movement. Their pursuit of profit shortens and diminishes the lives of their clients. For example, "Some hospices refuse to provide oxygen to patients who are short of breath or who need oxygen for other reasons. The staff tell the families it is not needed, even if the family make suggestions or inquire about it. The hospice saves money by not having to pay for the oxygen." Abuse is becoming more common. Patients are often drugged up unnecessarily, and so forth.

Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Catholic Hospice and Palliative Services provides a Christian alternative. Lori Heil and Beth Stroud and the staff are committed to seeing that patients are treated as they should be -- as made in the image of God and the object of His love. Contact them for care for your loved one, respite care, and so forth.

If you are looking for a speaker on the topic of mercy-killing, many local people who speak about abortion are versed in end-of-life and mercy-killing issues as well.

National and International Organizations

International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
"An international leader in the ever-increasing debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia. The goal of the International Task Force is to make certain that a patient's right to receive care and compassion is not replaced by a doctor's right to prescribe poison or administer a lethal injection."

Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
"A non-profit group dedicated to helping persons with disabilities, and the incapacitated who are in or potentially facing life-threatening situations."

Perinatal Hospice: A Gift of Time
"If you are here because of a prenatal diagnosis that indicates your baby likely will die before or after birth, we are so sorry. Perhaps you are considering continuing your pregnancy and embracing whatever time you may be able to have with your baby, even if that time is only before birth, while your baby is cradled safely inside of you. Please know that support is available (see the links on this site for perinatal hospices and other resources) and that you are not alone. Parents who have traveled this path before you have found that it can be a beautiful, profoundly meaningful, and healing journey."