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October 30, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Roll-Back Assisted Suicide Before It’s Too Late

On Oct. 5 Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the so-called “End-of-Life Option Act,” authorizing physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to patients who are determined to have a terminal illness and less than six months to live.

October 16, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Concern for Poor, Vulnerable Paramount in Response to Assisted-Suicide Law

The Bishops of California have issued the following statement:

“The decision of California’s Legislature and Governor Brown to place Californians at risk by making it legal for a physician to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs makes a travesty of compassion for the sick, care of the poor and protection of our most vulnerable residents.

October 9, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

“This is not Compassion” -
California Places Vulnerable at Risk with Assisted Suicide

(En Español) The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:

October 2, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pope Francis in the United States

Whether you spent the night on the National Mall hoping to catch a glimpse of the motorcade, held a golden ticket for an event or watched the Pope on television, you probably experienced the grace and goodness of the Holy Father.

September 18, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Padre Junípero Serra – The Path to Canonization

On September 23, 2015, Pope Francis will preside over the canonization ceremony of Father Junipero Serra in Washington D.C.  Long considered the “Apostle of California,” Serra will be honored by the Catholic Church as a symbol of heroic sacrifice and evangelization.

September 11, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Assisted Suicide Clears Legislature

For their contribution to National Suicide Prevention Week, the California legislature approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  The fate of the bill is now in the hands of the Governor.

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.