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Bioethics

Many find it difficult to understand why, with such noble goals and promises, embryos can't be used as a source of cells.

January 22, 2018 Bioethics, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Although physician-assisted suicide became legal in California in 2016, its advocates continue pushing to embed it deeply into the structure of California’s health care policies, to broaden its reach to non-terminal patients and to expand the controversial concept to other states.

The last two objectives have not made much headway, especially with many states rejecting the role of physicians in hastening the death of their patients.

January 19, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Health Care, Faith in the Public Square

WASHINGTON (from USCCB) - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following joint statement in response to the creation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and other related administrative actions:

January 11, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Death Penalty, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Health Care, Reverence for Life

Every year, near the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, people of faith around the United States gather to witness for life.  Several dioceses in California are planning major events or participating with other like-minded groups to promote a reverence for life:

One Life LA – Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20, 2018

Walk for Life West Coast – San Francisco, Saturday, January 27, 2018

November 28, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Health Care, Faith in the Public Square

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. 

The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been included in appropriations legislation that must pass this year to keep the government operating. The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.

June 15, 2017 Bioethics, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) failed by a single vote recently to move forward in the Nevada Legislature as PAS advocates press their legalization campaign across the country. When the Nevada Legislature adjourned last week, the measure also expired.

Courageous testimony from a California mother, Stephanie Packer, helped impact the debate in Nevada. Packer is a 34-year-old Orange County mother of four, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2012 and at that point told she had three years to live.

June 8, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Faith in the Public Square

Claiming widespread problems despite a complete lack of evidence, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) is once again targeting religious employers with a bill in the California legislature.

The latest effort is AB 569 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego).  She and NARAL are claiming that religious employers are consistently discriminating against women based on their reproductive choices.

June 8, 2017 Bioethics, Reverence for Life

With questionable accountability and therapy records, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will likely soon be coming back to California coffers for another bankroll.  One California lawmaker thinks the taxpayers should have a say in that.

May 14, 2015 Bioethics, Reverence for Life

August 15, 2013 Bioethics, Reverence for Life

AB 926 was vetoed by Governor Brown on Tuesday, August 13th.  If AB 926 had been signed into law, it would have allowed payment to women who donate their eggs for research. The California Catholic Conference opposed this bill  because it would have put women’s health in jeopardy and would have created a  marketing dynamic designed to exploit women who are most in need of resources—college students, immigrants and women with economic challenges. 

April 18, 2013 Bioethics, Reverence for Life

Proposed legislation to lift the ban on paying women for egg “donation” for scientific research was heard and passed by the Assembly Health Committee on April 16, 2013—over the objection of the CCC and of Jennifer Lahl, R.N. , founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture. Jennifer is the executive producer, director, and writer of the award-winning documentary, Eggsploitation, which examines the U.S. multi-billion dollar infertility industry, which uses young women’s bodies to produce a highly desired and valuable commodity—human eggs.

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