A suicide survivor’s miraculous witness

Brandi Moore speaks to thousands at OneLife LA about the value of human life

The following comes from an October 25 Angelus article by Casey McCorry: Six years ago, 17-year-old Brandi Moore lay in a hospital bed after a 30-foot fall over a highway overpass onto concrete — an unsuccessful attempt at suicide. The woman who had found her sat in a chair beside Moore in the hospital. When Moore woke, the woman handed her a teddy bear smiling brightly and … [Read more...]

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Dealing with suicide of a loved one

Archdiocese of San Francisco offering support groups this fall for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child, sibling, parent, friend, school or work companion who has ended their own life

The following comes from an October 4 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: The Archdiocese of San Francisco is offering half-day support groups this fall for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child, sibling, parent, friend, school or work companion who has died by suicide. Mercy Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, bereavement coordinator for the … [Read more...]

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A signal of deep anguish

U.S. suicide rate soars to 30-year high

The following comes from an April 22 New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep … [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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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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Dolores Huerta endorses assisted suicide bill

Labor leader urges Latino legislators to vote for bill

The following comes from a June 25 Compassion and Choices story: On June 25, Latino labor leader and civil right activist Dolores Huerta publicly endorsed the End of Life Option Act (SB 128) and encouraged Latino legislators to vote for it. Her endorsement is critical because she is a leader in the labor, civil rights, and Latino communities. Several Latino legislators serve … [Read more...]

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Carmel senator to push assisted suicide

‘Important to have the conversation’

  The following comes from a Dec. 5 story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. State Sen. Bill Monning intends to introduce legislation that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with medical assistance. Monning, D-Carmel, announced his plan for a bill modeled on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act on Friday during an annual legislative meeting with … [Read more...]

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