Some bishops don’t like proposed federal budget, Obamacare repeal

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy says Republican proposals are "assault on the core principle of Catholic social teaching”

A handful of bishops offered impassioned pleas for Catholics to take a stand against both a proposed federal budget that critics say guts the social safety net and efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act with a law that could strip health care from millions of poor Americans. “Within two weeks we may see a federal budgetary action with potentially catastrophic effects on … [Read more...]

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504 suicide prescriptions written since June 9, 2016, in California

A year after it passed, California’s right-to-die law still faces challenges

Betsy Davis, of Ojai, diagnosed with ALS in 2013, was one of the first to take her life legally under the state law approved a year ago Friday, June 9. She began the process the day after state legislators passed it in what Gov. Jerry Brown called an “extraordinary session." It’s not known how many people have followed her. According to the national nonprofit Compassion … [Read more...]

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Supreme court exempts church-affiliated hospitals from pension law

California-based Dignity Health, which operates both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals, among three hospital systems that had been sued by employees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that church-affiliated hospital systems do not have to comply with a federal law governing employee pensions, overturning lower court decisions that could have cost the hospitals billions of dollars. The court ruled 8-0 that church-affiliated organizations are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a 1974 law that forces … [Read more...]

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“I don’t know why there’s controversy and criticism”

Abortion reversal therapy covered by the Sacramento Bee

On a spring afternoon in 2013, Rebekah Buell swallowed the first of two doses of her medical abortion treatment at a Planned Parenthood center in North Highlands. The then-19-year-old Roseville woman said she returned to her car with the second dose in hand. The four white pills in a bag taunted her from the passenger seat. “As soon as I got to my car I knew it wasn’t the … [Read more...]

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

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Affordable medicine that respects Catholic values

New ways to deliver Christ-centered health care discussed at Respect Life Conference on “Restoring Affordable Catholic Healthcare” in San Francisco

The state of health care in the U.S. is in flux, but no matter where the nation’s laws and regulations end up, a small group of Catholic health care innovators are plunging ahead with solutions aimed at offering individualized, affordable medicine that respects Catholic values. That’s a tall order, as speakers at the archdiocesan Respect Life Conference on “Restoring … [Read more...]

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US bishops unhappy with Obamacare repeal bill passed by House

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on Senate to strip out 'the harmful provisions of the bill'

The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for the vulnerable. Bishop Frank Dewane, chair of the domestic justice committee for the U.S. bishops' conference, said the legislation “still contains major defects, particularly regarding changes to Medicaid that … [Read more...]

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