Go west, old man! Go west!

How do you discourage suicide by assisting suicide?

The following comes from an October 6 Careful! blog post by Michael Cook: Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15 yesterday. Assisted suicide had failed in California six times since 1988. But exactly one year ago, on October 6, Compassion & Choices released a superbly-crafted … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church has mixed results in lobbying California lawmakers

Right-to-die bill seen as next big test

The following comes from a September 24 KCRA article by David Bienick: As Pope Francis spoke to members of Congress on Thursday, some of the issues he raised remained up for debate at California's state Capitol. Supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide held demonstrations on opposite sides of the state Capitol. Lawmakers approved the … [Read more...]

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Urgent action needed

California legislators resurrect assisted suicide bill for immediate vote

The following comes from an August 31 email from Life Legal Defense Foundation: Democrats in the California legislature are perverting the normal legislative process and bringing SB 128 (now called ABX2-15) – the Physician-Assisted Suicide bill – up for an immediate vote on Tuesday Even Governor Brown has harshly criticized the end-run around the Assembly Health … [Read more...]

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The dangers of assisted suicide

An open letter from Bishop Stephen Blaire to Assembly member Susan Eggman

The following appeared in an August 28 Modesto Bee Community Column. Stephen E. Blaire is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alpine, Mono and Tuolumne counties. Dear Assembly Member Susan Eggman: I have long respected you for the leadership you exercise in creating initiatives that have advanced justice in Stockton, where you … [Read more...]

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Legislators resurrect physician-assisted suicide measure

Because it was introduced in a special session, the proposed bill could bypass the Assembly Health Committee

The following comes from an August 20 Angelus article by J.D. Long-García: California state legislators introduced a measure that would legalize physician-assisted suicide during a special legislative session this week. The measure, AB 15, would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to individuals suffering from a terminal illness. Opponents of the measure called it … [Read more...]

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Ban on assisted suicide upheld

Kamala Harris says it's up to the legislature, not the court

The following comes from an August 14 CBS San Francisco article: A San Francisco Superior Court judge Friday upheld the enforcement of California laws dating back 141 years barring physician-assisted suicide after hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed by several terminally ill patients. Several plaintiffs including Christy O’Donnell and her Bay Area doctor, Robert Brody, … [Read more...]

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Orange County faith leaders join forces against suicide bill

Universalists: there comes a time when life is no longer usable

The following comes from an March 28 Orange County Register article by Roger Smith: Compassion and Choices, the nonprofit that has been advocating for the passage of the End of Life law, has maintained that terminally ill individuals should have the right to choose the time of their death. But faith leaders with significant followings in Orange County say the legislation … [Read more...]

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