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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.

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.