Recently, the SFWire, an online news service, ran a brief story about an "empowerment luncheon designed to raise funds and awareness for patients' rights and end-of-life decision making," hosted by Compassion & Choices, at theSt. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Behind the slick presentation, however, lies a more ominous motive -- legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) in California
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.
On the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, under the leadership of Archbishop José Gomez, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched the Options United Pro-Life App.
The Options United App lists services such as free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and post-abortion healing. App users, including expectant mothers, their friends and relatives, are just a click away to send a call for prayers of support for pregnant women and girls in their decisions. The southern California region of the App includes 78 pregnancy centers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and neighboring dioceses.
While 39 states have some form of parental notification requirements to protect minors, a girl in California as young as 10 or 11 can receive an abortion without her mother’s or father’s knowledge. Nevertheless, earlier this week, the Assembly Health Committee voted down ACA 5 (Grove, R-Bakersfield) a measure that would require parental notification before a minor has an abortion.
While present in virtually every other area of a young girl’s physical, mental and spiritual health life, California parents remained locked out when it comes to these “secret” abortions.
AB 926 was vetoed by Governor Brown on Tuesday, August 13th. If AB 926 had been signed into law, it would have allowed payment to women who donate their eggs for research. The California Catholic Conference opposed this bill because it would have put women’s health in jeopardy and would have created a marketing dynamic designed to exploit women who are most in need of resources—college students, immigrants and women with economic challenges.
Sadly, on May 20, 2012, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill individuals—but the first in which it was by passage of legislation. In Oregon and Washington, assisted suicide was approved through public initiatives, and in Montana by judicial decree.
Proposed legislation to lift the ban on paying women for egg “donation” for scientific research was heard and passed by the Assembly Health Committee on April 16, 2013—over the objection of the CCC and of Jennifer Lahl, R.N. , founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture. Jennifer is the executive producer, director, and writer of the award-winning documentary, Eggsploitation, which examines the U.S. multi-billion dollar infertility industry, which uses young women’s bodies to produce a highly desired and valuable commodity—human eggs.
A 14-year-old Riverside CA girl whose health has made remarkable improvements after she began treatment with adult stem cell therapy three years ago was honored this week at a Vatican conference on adult stem cell therapy.
Elizabeth Lobato has gotten stronger and resumed growing since she began receiving stem cells from her father and another donor, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The girl’s “life has been transformed by an infusion of adult stem cells that strengthen her severely fragile bones,” the newspaper said.
SAN ANTONIO (October 29, 2012) –The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), a national organization of Hispanic business and professional people with chapters in Los Angeles and Orange County, today publicly endorsed Proposition 34--the Death Penalty Repeal Initiative.
The following, prepared by Andrew Rivas, Director of the Office of the Vicar for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, are some reflections on the death penalty and its history that might be useful in talks, homilies and presentations:
Reprinted with permission from California People of Faith.
Rev. Michael Carson, Pastor of Queen of Apostles Church in the Diocese of San Jose and member of the State Board of California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, recently interviewed Jeanne Woodford, executive director of Death Penalty Focus (DPF). DPF is the largest organization working to abolish the death penalty in California.