Ignoring the Evidence, California Senate Advances Assisted Suicide
Public Policy Insights
Assisted Suicide Bill Moves to Senate Floor
Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide are nearing a vote on the Senate floor as SB 128 was cleared by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote. As with other legislation (see below), the bill must pass its house of origin by next Friday, June 5.
Lawmakers Hear from Catholic Advocates on Life and Dignity Issues
After becoming familiar with the issues and hearing last minute updates on legislative maneuverings, Catholics from around California spread out into the halls of the Capitol to bring a message of life and dignity to lawmakers.
Action Continues on Catholic Advocacy Day Bills
Catholic Advocacy Day legislation is moving right along through the Capitol. All bills have already cleared their policy committee(s) and are now in the Appropriations Committee. If the funds are available for the specific program(s) then a bill will move to the floor of its house of origin to be debated and voted on by members of that house. Then it will go through the process all over again in the other house.
Catholic Advocacy Day Delegates Shine
Nearly 150 delegates from dioceses around California traveled to Sacramento this week for the 2015 Catholic Advocacy Day.
They met with various members and voiced their opposition to SB 128 (Physician Assisted Suicide) and AB 775 (Reproductive FACT Act). They also discussed their support for SB 3 (Minimum Wage) and SB 124 (Juvenile Solitary Confinement). (See the background sheets here.)
Catholic Advocacy Day: Action Alerts and Updates
Catholic Advocacy Day is Tuesday and you can take part in this united effort to promote life and dignity in the Golden State by participating in Virtual Advocacy Day. Click here to send an email to your State Senator and Assembly Member saying you support the message of your fellow Catholics visiting the halls of the Capitol on Tuesday.
Controversial Legislation Brings Thousands to Halls of the Capitol
It is a busy time in the state legislature. Many bills are being considered that ignite the electorate. Rallies on the Capitol steps and crowds adorned with matching t-shirts have descended upon the city.
The controversial issues of physician-assisted suicide, undermining pro-life pregnancy centers and mandatory vaccines are three bills among those drawing the greatest opposition.
SB 128 Passes Committee, But List of Disability Rights Groups Opposing Grows
The controversial physician-assisted suicide bill (SB128) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The development was widely anticipated since four co-authors of the dangerous legislation serve on the seven-member panel. (See who has voted for or against the bill so far.) The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Emotional Testimony, Not Facts, Propels Passage of Assisted Suicide Bill in Senate Committee
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.
Maximum Family Grant Placing Subtle Pressure on Poor Women
Masked in political rhetoric, the image of the “welfare mom” pulses with stereotype. These stereotypes persisted even after the start of federal caps for assistance that were written into law when “welfare as we know it” was reformed in the 1990’s.
There are currently 15 states in the U.S. including California, that have maintained “family caps” - denying additional benefits to families who have more children and who have received aid in the previous 10 months prior to the child’s birth.