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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Assisted suicide is not healthcare

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on court ruling overturning California's euthanasia law

Recently, a Superior Court judge in Riverside County issued a ruling overturning California’s assisted-suicide law. As expected, the ruling has been challenged. Still, I am grateful because it offers us an opportunity to revisit important questions about what constitutes healthcare – especially at the end of life – and about good governance. Acknowledging the strong emotions … [Read more...]

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“Rulings seem to be accumulating against this terrible piece of legislation”

Executive director of California Catholic Conference issues statement on appeals court's refusal to issue stay of ruling finding state's physician-assisted suicide law unconstitutional

The following statement was issued May 25 by Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the Fourth District Court of Appeal denying the California Attorney General’s request for an immediate stay of the ruling that determined the physician-assisted suicide law to be unconstitutional. “We are very grateful and encouraged that California … [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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California bishops add their voices to criticism of state’s assisted suicide law

In a strongly worded statement, the California Catholic Conference joins other opponents of two-year-old statute permitting physician-assisted suicide, express worries over coercion and care for the poor

The California Catholic Conference joined other suicide opponents in a strongly worded statement expressing deep concerns about the state’s two-year-old assisted suicide law.  “There is far too much still not known about how this law is put into practice — especially as it pertains to disabled, elderly and other populations,” the group stated following a Jan. 24 hearing in the … [Read more...]

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This terminally ill man is glad he rejected assisted suicide

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer three years ago, his doctors said he likely had about four months to live, but he's still alive today "enjoying the arrival of our second son and living life to the fullest”

Three years ago, J.J. Hanson received a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. He had terminal brain cancer, and doctors said his time was short – he likely had about four months to live. “The surgeon said my cancer was inoperable and three different doctors told me there was nothing they could do,” Hanson said. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same type of brain cancer … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit against California’s assisted suicide measure can go forward

Riverside County judge rejects motion by Attorney General Xavier Becerra to toss out challenge to End of Life Option Act

A Superior Court judge ruled June 16 that a civil rights lawsuit challenging California’s assisted suicide law will go forward. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Ottolia denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, which had asked the judge to decide the case against the plaintiffs without a trial. Five California … [Read more...]

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