Appeals court reinstates California euthanasia law

Ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal allows the controversial law known as the End of Life Option Act to remain in effect, giving patients who have less than six months to live access to lethal medications from their doctors

A California appeals court on Friday reinstated a law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives. The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal allows the controversial law known as the End of Life Option Act to remain in effect, giving patients who have less than six months to live access to lethal medications from their doctors. Opponents of the law have until … [Read more...]

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“The good news is the AMA did not change their position”

At June 11 meeting, American Medical Association’s House of Delegates rejects report recommending that the association continue its opposition to physician-assisted suicide

The American Medical Association voted this week to return to committee a report recommending continued opposition to physician assisted suicide - a move that commentators have called a missed opportunity to stand up for the value of human life. “For more than two decades the nation’s most prominent and largest association of physicians vocally opposed physician-assisted … [Read more...]

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Berkeley City Council calls for ‘humane population control’

Declares 'climate emergency,' invokes Pope Francis' comment that humanity is on the verge of global suicide and that God's creation is at stake

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night declared what it called a "climate emergency" with more global significance than World War II, and demanded an immediate effort to "humanely stabilize population" and "reverse ecological overshoot." The resolution, which invokes the global conflict between the Axis and Allies, charges that Americans bear an "extraordinary … [Read more...]

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The Church is for life

Pope Francis tells physicians they must defend human life "however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced”

 Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching on life affirmed, Pope Francis told a group of Catholic doctors Monday. “The Church is for life, and her concern is that nothing is against life in the reality of a concrete existence, however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced,” … [Read more...]

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The horror

"South California makes it easy for our business"

California Catholic Daily exclusive. Early this week (May 22) I was calling a Southern California business that recruits young women to carry fertilized eggs to birth. The woman I was calling had a name like Amber, but she spoke with a Chinese accent. She apologized for the accent. I told her not to worry about the accent, but that I, owner of a small company, could not … [Read more...]

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Appeals court won’t overturn ruling blocking California’s assisted-suicide law

California's Fourth District Court of Appeals has refused to stay last week's decision by the Riverside County Superior Court that state lawmakers should not have passed the law during a special session on health care funding

An appeals court has let stand a lower court ruling overturning a California law that allows physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill. California's Fourth District Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to stay last week's decision by the Riverside County Superior Court, which ruled that state lawmakers should not have passed the law during a special … [Read more...]

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California’s assisted-suicide law overturned

Judge rules that the California Legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act during a special session dedicated to healthcare issues

A Riverside County judge overturned California's physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place. California's law, which allows terminally ill patients to request lethal medications from their doctors, has been the subject of a fierce and emotional debate since it was approved in 2015. The … [Read more...]

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Whole Person Care Initiative developed to counter California’s assisted suicide law

Diocese of Orange has emerged as a state leader in moving the initiative forward

It is one of the more difficult problems in Catholic healthcare – to see parishioners suffering at the end of their lives and seeking surcease from the pain. While the Church teaches that each person has love and worth until the end, sometimes that last stretch can be the most difficult to manage, for the patients, their loved ones, caretakers and the Church. At such times, … [Read more...]

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AMA rebuffs advocates of physician-assisted suicide

Report from association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs rejected attempts to alter the terminology made by proponents to make physician-assisted suicide more palatable

Over the past few years, proponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have been pushing the American Medical Association (AMA) to amend its Code of Ethics as it pertains to the practice. In 2016, a delegation from Oregon asked the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to recommend that the AMA adopt a neutral stance on physician “aid in dying.” In 2017, Dr. … [Read more...]

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Alfie Evans has died

Pope Francis had prayed and advocated for the 23-month-old boy

Alfie Evans, a terminally ill toddler whose medical case set off a high-profile legal battle and international debates about health care, died early Saturday morning, his parents said on social media. Many activists believed his case raised ethical questions about end-of-life care and parental rights Pope Francis had been publicly praying and advocating for the 23-month-old … [Read more...]

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