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...]

504 suicide prescriptions written since June 9, 2016, in California

A year after it passed, California’s right-to-die law still faces challenges

Betsy Davis, of Ojai, diagnosed with ALS in 2013, was one of the first to take her life legally under the state law approved a year ago Friday, June 9. She began the process the day after state legislators passed it in what Gov. Jerry Brown called an “extraordinary session." It’s not known how many people have followed her. According to the national nonprofit Compassion … [Read more...]

Christmas melancholy

December 21 will mark the fourth year for Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish’s 'Longest Night Prayer Service,' sponsored by the parish’s Bereavement Support Ministry

The following comes from a December 12 Valley Catholic article: December comes with conflicting feelings for many people. Shopping malls, workplaces, and our homes can be filled with Christmas songs that presume the season to be a joyful time for all. However, for those who have lost a loved one, the season often heightens the sense of emptiness brought on by that loss. … [Read more...]

CA bishops’ statement on decision by governor to sign assisted-suicide bill

Bill is example of what Pope Francis called the 'throwaway culture'

The following comes from an October 5 California Catholic Conference release: The Bishops of California have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act: “The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Governor Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill … [Read more...]

‘Lavender Life Coach’ to speak at Most Holy Redeemer

Peggy Green also spoke at Hemlock Society event

The August 9, 16, and 23 parish bulletins of San Francisco’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer Church promoted an event in the parish’s ongoing “Adult Education” series. The bulletin entry read “August 29th – Adult Education Speaker 10am to 12 noon in Ellard Hall. Topic is “’How to Be an Instrument of Peace in an Age of Strife.’ Speaker is Ms. Peggy Green, Author and Trainer.” As is … [Read more...]

Judge’s ruling stops assisted suicide lawsuit

CA law that prohibits a doctor from assisted suicide is constitutional, judge says

The following comes from a July 24 San Diego Union-Tribune article by Dana Littlefield: SAN DIEGO — A Superior Court judge’s ruling Friday effectively halts a lawsuit seeking protections for California doctors who want to help terminally ill patients end their lives. The lawsuit, filed in May on behalf of a San Diego physician and three people suffering from fatal … [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...]

Defending the devil’s children

Can you really be pro-life and pro-death penalty?

The following story is by Casey McCorry, a recent college graduate who has been working on documentaries in Los Angeles. Last week the Supreme Court ruled against death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of a controversial lethal injection drug they said risked causing excruciating pain. The Inmates had “failed to identify an available and preferable method of … [Read more...]

Win one for life

Call the 6 reluctant Democrats on the assisted-suicide bill today

The following comes from a July 6 email: Thanks to an ultra-liberal Los Angeles Times columnist, here's the inside scoop on how to defeat SB 128, the physician-assisted suicide bill up for a hearing Tuesday, July 7. As revealed by George Skelton's column, here are the 6 Democrats on the California Assembly Health Committee who don't like SB 128: 1. … [Read more...]

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...]