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Reverence for Life

We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.  We advocate for restrictions on the practice and public funding of abortion. We support stem cell research that does not destroy or clone human embryos. We support patient-focused, quality end-of-life care and oppose legalizing assisted suicide. We oppose the use of the death penalty.

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April 30, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Oregon's first-in-the-nation law empowers doctors to give life-ending drugs to people if they are judged to be within six months of death.  Oregon's law is widely used as the standard for similar measures proposed this year in at least 20 states.

Barely noticed, however, is the desire of a key Oregon physician-assisted suicide legislator to double the "likely-to-die" window for death medicine to a full year.

April 21, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

College freshman Lauren Hill, 19, died of inoperable brain cancer on April 10, surrounded by family and mourned by thousands.

Hill was a typical teen. She was a good student and good high school basketball player; colleges wanted her.

But three years ago she was diagnosed with a cancer that mostly strikes children. It is almost never survived.

April 1, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life
The following testimony was delivered before the California Senate Health Comittee by Aaron Kheriaty, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Program in Medical Ethics, UC Irvine School of Medicine:
March 26, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

On March 25, in a packed hearing room at the state Capitol, the Senate Health Committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of SB 128, California’s doctor-prescribed suicide bill. Democrats voted in favor, with the two Republicans opposed. Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and a physician, abstained. 

"Today's action by the Senate Health Committee to advance SB 128 is sad and disappointing,” said Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference.

March 25, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement today following a state Senate committee vote approving SB 128 (Wolk) a proposed law legalizing physician assisted suicide.  The bill must still be considered by the Senate Judiciary and Appropriations Committees before it reaches the full Senate.

"Today's action by the Senate Health Committee to advance SB 128 is sad and disappointing.

March 10, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a wheelchair, Ed Roberts could move only two fingers. A breathing tube draped from his mouth, Roberts slept in an iron lung.

For many who advocate assisted suicide, the challenges of Roberts’ life made him eligible for ending that life early.  Instead, Roberts lived a life devoted to promoting the rights and abilities of himself and others.

Robert fought to attend the University of California after it said he couldn’t because of his disability, earning his bachelor’s degree, then his masters.

March 4, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

March 4, 2015 Health Care, Reverence for Life

On March 4, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, King v. Burwell, claiming that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) are available only for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State,” as the law is worded. 

February 12, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Dying is just that, an art! According to leading experts in the newly formed medical specialty of palliative care, there is definitely an art to dying, a way to die well. This art, when practiced while alive and well, enables a patient to seamlessly, effortlessly, and spiritually make the transition to the next part of his or her journey.

February 3, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

“Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again,” Dutch doctor Theo Boer warned recently in Britain, where Parliament is debating its first assisted suicide.

“Don’t do it, Britain! Euthanasia is on the way to become a ‘default’ mode of dying for cancer patients,” he continued. Boer was an early advocate for assisted suicide, but is now strongly opposed.

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