Bishop Soto issues statement regarding failure of assisted-suicide initiative

156,000 signatures turned in out of 500,000 needed for ballot

The following is an excerpt from the statement of the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, on the referendum to overturn the physician-assisted suicide law (ABx2-15) in California: January 4, 2016 “Dear Fellow Catholics and Friends, “On behalf of my brother Bishops in California, I express my gratitude on your … [Read more...]

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...]

Claim of assisted-suicide safeguards has critics

British House of Lords rejected Oregon-style law in 2006

The following comes from an October 9 Calwatchdog article by Chris Reed: A key argument spurring Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent decision to sign a bill allowing physician-assisted suicide in California, and the Legislature’s desire to enact such a law, was that a similar law had worked well in Oregon after its 1997 passage because of its strong safeguards. The Oregon law, the … [Read more...]

Group wants to kill California’s assisted suicide law

But will they get enough signatures?

The following comes from an October 7 KPBS story by Kenny Goldberg: One day after California Governor Jerry Brown signed the right-to-die bill into law, a group calling itself Seniors Against Suicide filed papers to place a referendum to repeal the law on next year's ballot. The latest Field Poll reveals that effort won't be easy. The poll of 1,002 registered voters … [Read more...]

Governor Brown signs assisted-suicide bill

"I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death"

The following comes from an October 5 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevy: Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Approving the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic … [Read more...]

What Harvard wrought in California

Why we should be concerned about the university’s incoming class

The following comes from a September 17 Real Clear Religion article by Robert Barron. Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire. It was revealed this week that, for the first time in its history, Harvard University, which had been founded for religious purposes and named for a minister of the Gospel, has … [Read more...]

The most vulnerable will suffer

Archbishop Gomez on euthanasia sneak attack

The following comes from a Sept. 11 column by Archbishop Jose Gomez in the Angelus, the L.A. archdiocese online paper. I am deeply disturbed by the California legislature’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves. This is no way for our government to make policy on a life and death issue that will affect millions of individuals and … [Read more...]

Important dates and issues ahead for California

Your state legislator went back to work yesterday and is about to make some precipitous decisions

The following comes from an August 14 email from California Pro-Life Council: Let your state legislator know where you stand, and why, on the following issues: AB 775 (Chiu) Pregnancy Counseling Discrimination Rule -  Would require all pregnancy centers to promote reproductive rights i.e. abortion, to their clients. There is no conscience clause. Please immediately … [Read more...]

After failing in legislature, assisted suicide advocates turn to courts

Crucial case has first hearing in San Diego tomorrow

The following comes from a July 15 California Catholic Conference article: Having fallen short of winning the California legislature’s approval for physician-assisted suicide, advocates for the highly controversial practice are now are focusing on the courts.  Other end runs are probably also in the works. "Compassion and Choices," which has been working to legalize … [Read more...]

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...]