California judge rules wife can end husband’s life support over sister’s objections

In dispute reminiscent of Terri Schiavo case, Los Angeles judge says state law makes spouse the presumptive healthcare decision-maker in absence of advance directive

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a spouse in California is the presumptive healthcare decision maker when the partner is in a persistent vegetative state. Ruling in the case of a San Gabriel Valley man, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House said that in the event that there is no advance directive for a someone in a vegetative state, their partner can decide … [Read more...]

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Trump Administration to shield health care workers who don’t want to perform abortions

New HHS rule under review by the White House would protect doctors and nurses from being forced to provide services to which they have religious or moral objections

The Trump administration is poised to overhaul the HHS civil rights office as part of a broader plan to protect health workers who don't want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients seeking to transition or provide other services for which they have religious or moral objections. Under a proposed rule — which has been closely guarded at HHS and is now under review by … [Read more...]

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Nursing board tells pro-life centers to stop offering training on abortion-pill reversal

In about-face, California's Board of Registered Nursing demands that pregnancy help network “cease and desist” offering continuing education units for abortion-pill reversal classes

If there was any doubt about California’s status as the nation’s standard-bearer for abortion, a letter sent Sept. 5 by the state’s Board of Registered Nursing should clear that up in a jiffy. Acting at the behest of abortion activists in the state legislature and online media, the Board of Nursing reversed its decision from just a month prior, sending Heartbeat International … [Read more...]

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The pro-life law that was killed in California

Richard Doerflinger warns Obama administration’s interpretation of Weldon amendment may have a “frightening consequences”

The following comes from a July 9 Angelus post: Churches and other organizations in California will be forced to buy insurance plans that cover abortions due to the Obama administration’s clear misinterpretation of a pro-life law, said prominent pro-life thinker Richard Doerflinger. In an essay, Doerflinger argued that the Obama administration “effectively overturned” the … [Read more...]

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Board of Supervisors set to again vote on the first Catholic senior living community in Orange County

Diocese of Orange project is in danger of not going forward

The following comes from a November 30 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange press release: For nearly 10 years, the Diocese of Orange has been planning a first-of-its-kind Catholic faith-based senior living community on a 7.25 acre site that it has owned for more than 50 years in north Tustin. This important mission of mercy to the elderly and infirmed is to be called the … [Read more...]

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The potential irony of a new health care non-discrimination rule

The following comes from a November 11 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Proposed federal anti-discrimination rules could threaten the religious liberty of health care providers and also infringe on the privacy of patients, lawyers for the U.S. Catholic Bishops have warned. “Everyone should have access to health care and health coverage,” stated the general … [Read more...]

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It begins

Government to pay doctors to tell patients to kill themselves

The following comes from a November 1 Economic Policy Journal article by RW: The federal government is about to pay doctors who speak with patients about the type of medical care they want when they are "near death." The rule announced on Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid service will reimburse, starting January 1, 2016, healthcare providers if they have … [Read more...]

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Firm sues California attorney general over bid for Catholic hospitals

Prime Healthcare says Kamala Harris wasn't impartial in review of sale

The following comes from a September 21 LA Times article by Stuart Pfeifer: Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Incorporated is suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year. Prime Healthcare agreed to buy the … [Read more...]

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Don’t be afraid of the nursing home

Judge strikes law that allowed doctors to make medical decisions for mentally incompetent residents

The following comes from a June 26 Kaiser Health News article by Anna Gorman. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit national health policy news service. A California law allowing nursing homes to make medical decisions on behalf of certain mentally incompetent residents is unconstitutional, a state court ruled this week. The law, which has been in effect more than 20 … [Read more...]

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Medical group no longer opposed to assisted suicide bill

California Medical Association president: "I'm surprised the organization had changed"

SACRAMENTO — The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the nation to drop opposition to what has long been known as “physician-assisted suicide,” it said, acknowledging a shift in doctor and patient attitudes about end-of-life and aid-in-dying options. The move comes as the doctors organization removed its opposition Wednesday to a … [Read more...]

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