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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 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.

October 27, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

On Oct. 5 Governor 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 13, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In the continuing debate over abortion, Planned Parenthood (PP) has a unique associate that often provides credibility for the organization when its own statements have low credibility.

The Guttmacher Institute is generally viewed by politicians and the media as a neutral source of research data about pregnancy issues.

October 12, 2015 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

How many abortions occur each year in the United States, and in California?

It depends on whose data one finds.

The federal Abortion Surveillance Report for 2011, prepared by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says 730,322 abortions occurred in 2011.

Guttmacher Institute says the annual total is 1.1 million abortions.

Why the difference?

The CDC shows no abortions in California.

But each year 180,000 babies are killed by abortion in California, according to Guttmacher data, an average of 500 each day.

September 12, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

(En Español) Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement after the California Legislature passed ABX2-15, a bill that would legalize physician assisted suicide. The legislation passed out of the Assembly with just one vote to spare:

September 11, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life
Californians Against Assisted Suicide spokesperson Tim Rosales, responded to the AB2x15 (Eggman) passage in the State Senate with the following coalition statement: 
"As mentioned in both floor debates assisted suicide proponents circumvented the normal legislative process in passing this bill during a special session on health finance."
August 18, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Statement from Opposition Coalition Against ABx2 15

Responding to the introduction of ABx2 15 today the coalition Californians Against Assisted Suicide released the following statement:

July 15, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Having fallen short of winning the California legislature’s approval for physician-assisted suicide, advocates for the highly controversial practice are now are focusing on the courts.  Other end runs are probably also in the works

"Compassion and Choices," which has been working to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide medication for decades, has been employing a multi-prong approach this year, including legislation (which is failing passage around the nation), initiative campaigns and lawsuits.

July 8, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

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 effects this legislation would have on the vulnerable and those on subsidized health care.