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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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January 5, 2017 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life
Bishops of Canadian Atlantic Provinces 
In our Catholic tradition we often refer to the church as our mother. We perceive her as a mother who lovingly accompanies us throughout life and who especially wishes to support and guide us when we are faced with difficult situations and decisions. It is from this perspective that we, the bishops of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly, wish to share with you this pastoral reflection on medical assistance in dying.
July 19, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Only one month after physician-assisted suicide became legal in California, a state agency is proposing to adopt emergency regulations that would transfer implementation and the potentially serious liabilities of the new law from state-run and funded agencies to the private sector. 

June 23, 2016 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life

The initiative to eliminate the use of California’s death penalty law has officially qualified for this November’s ballot.

The measure to revoke capital punishment in the state collected almost 405,000 signatures – well above the 365,000 verifiable signatures required for certification.

California, the most populous state in the country, has the largest population of death row inmates. Repealing the law would change the death sentences of almost 750 convicted inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

June 6, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

(Spanish) The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, comprised of Bishops from the two archdioceses and 10 dioceses of California, issued the following statement on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide on June 9, 2016:

April 28, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

This past Monday, one of our Advocacy Day bills, SB 1002 (Monning) was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  SB 1002 would require the California Department of Public Health to post a toll-free telephone number on its departmental website, on or before January 1, 2017, for the purpose of receiving and responding to questions in multiple languages about the End of Life Option Act, which is scheduled to take effect on June 9. 

March 31, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

On Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee passed SB 1002 (Monning, D-Carmel) – End of Life Option Act: telephone number. This bill would provide a toll-free telephone number that Californians can call in order to receive information on physician-assisted suicide.  It will now move to the Appropriations Committee.

March 24, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Expansion Begins Before New Law Takes Effect

Without fanfare or announcement, Governor Brown’s proposed 2016 Budget recommends $2.3 million dollars to allow California to purchase lethal drugs for Medi-Cal patients who want their physician to help them commit suicide. 

March 10, 2016 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on the close of the legislature’s special session and three months before the onset of physician-assisted suicide in California.

“In a few months, California will allow physicians to intentionally and legally assist people in committing suicide.  This fundamental change in the doctor-patient relationship will have long range repercussions for the people of California – especially those who are most vulnerable.

January 11, 2016 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The Washington March for Life began in 1974 on the first anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade decision.  About 20,000 people attended that first year but it has grown substantially.  In recent times the crowd has reached nearly 800,000.  Participants march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court and hear from speakers, elected officials and activist leaders during the day.