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Public Policy Insights

September 4, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Physician-Assisted Suicide Hearing Lacking Balance

The latest hearing on physician-assisted suicide (ABx2-15, Eggman, D-Stockton) was a well-orchestrated stage play designed to minimize the voices of those opposed to the bill.  Although many “concerns” were raised by committee members, the softball questions were directed at proponents of the bill instead of the expert witnesses in opposition.

Even when supporting arguments were misleading and inaccurate, there was no opportunity to refute the misinformation.

August 28, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Physician-Assisted Suicide Hearing Next Week

A policy hearing on Physician-Assisted Suicide is scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Please make your voice heard on this important issue and urge this committee to vote “NO” on ABx2 15.  Since it is an extraordinary session, we will have little advance notice of the actual date and time for this hearing so it is imperative that your Assembly Member hears from you either via email or phone, that you do NOT support this bill!

August 21, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Desperate Physician-Assisted Suicide Advocates Conjure Up a New Bill

Revitalization efforts are under way to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  The original bill (SB 128) stalled in the Assembly Health Committee and is essentially finished for the year, but there was always a concern the bill could make its way back into this legislative session.   This week, proponents introduced it as a new bill, ABx2 15 (Eggman, D-Stockton) in a special session committee, Public Health and Development Services.

August 14, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pope Francis in the U.S.

With Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States a little more than a month away, preparations are under way at parishes all over California to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Parishes and schools are planning viewing parties and forming faith groups to talk about the Pope’s message of love.

July 31, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Court Rejects Physician Assisted-Suicide Lawsuit

With the physician-assisted suicide bill stalled in the California legislature, proponents took the issue to court last week but were dealt another major setback when a judge ruled that a law prohibiting doctors from assisting in a suicide is constitutional.

July 17, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislature Begins its Summer Break

As the legislature begins its summer recess, both houses are methodically moving bills from policy committees to appropriations committees. These measures will remain until late August when some may get called up to the floor for a vote.

July 10, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Lack of Support Stymies Assisted-Suicide Bill in California

With minimal support and scant votes, SB 128 (Wolk, D-Davis) was pulled for a second time in two weeks from the Assembly Health Committee and is most likely finished for the year. 

The bill would have allowed terminally ill patients to request lethal drugs to end their life.  Resistance to SB 128 increased after passage in the Senate.  Opponents continued to focus on the impacts and dangers this legislation would have on the vulnerable and those on subsidized health care. 

July 2, 2015 Public Policy Insights

Many of us will be enjoying a well-deserved three-day weekend so this edition of Public Policy Insights will be brief.  Mostly, we want to give you a quick update on important developments and what to expect for next week.

California Legislation

June 26, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Assisted-Suicide Bill Hits Roadblocks in CA Assembly

Authors of a bill aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California were forced to pull their bill from a scheduled hearing at the last minute because they did not have enough votes for passage.

June 19, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pope Invites World to Dialogue about Our Common Home and Its Ecological Future

In Laudato Si, a letter addressed to all the people of the world, Pope Francis presents a clear and compelling case for placing people at the center of a renewed commitment to caring for the planet.