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End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues

If those who are dying are embraced by their family and their community, they will not seek death, but will live their last days well, and then accept death when it comes.

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Embracing Our Dying

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

November 2, 2017 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Since the California Legislature rushed into law the authority for doctors to provide lethal drug prescriptions to sick Californians, proponents hoped it would create a cascading effect in other states and jurisdictions.

It has not.

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.

January 5, 2017 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life
Bishops of Canadian Atlantic Provinces 
 
In our Catholic tradition we often refer to the church as our mother. We perceive her as a mother who lovingly accompanies us throughout life and who especially wishes to support and guide us when we are faced with difficult situations and decisions. It is from this perspective that we, the bishops of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly, wish to share with you this pastoral reflection on medical assistance in dying.
 
July 19, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Only one month after physician-assisted suicide became legal in California, a state agency is proposing to adopt emergency regulations that would transfer implementation and the potentially serious liabilities of the new law from state-run and funded agencies to the private sector. 

June 6, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

(Spanish) The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, comprised of Bishops from the two archdioceses and 10 dioceses of California, issued the following statement on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide on June 9, 2016:

June 2, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

On June 9, 2016, in what the Bishops of California have called a “travesty of compassion,” physicians in California will legally be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a patient.

Despite bi-partisan opposition and being defeated in the regular legislative session, the End-of-Life Option Act was passed in a special, abbreviated session with limited hearings and altered committee membership.

April 28, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

This past Monday, one of our Advocacy Day bills, SB 1002 (Monning) was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  SB 1002 would require the California Department of Public Health to post a toll-free telephone number on its departmental website, on or before January 1, 2017, for the purpose of receiving and responding to questions in multiple languages about the End of Life Option Act, which is scheduled to take effect on June 9. 

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