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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 28, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

In 2002 the Netherlands implemented a law giving individuals the right to end their own life with a doctor’s approval when they are suffering unbearably. Neighboring Belgium did the same.

To reassure the skeptical, advocates insisted that physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia would be rare.

But the reality since it became legal has been far different in the two countries. Most obvious is the reality that the number of people dying with medical assistance is rising rapidly and it only shows signs of continuing to increase.

January 23, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

California lawmakers are being asked to create a right to die in new legislation proposed this week. SB 128, by Senators Monning (D-Monterey) and Wolk (D-Napa), attempts to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in the Golden State.

August 28, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) - bowing to political pressure from Planned Parenthood and its supporters – has told health insurers that they cannot sell two Catholic universities any product that does not cover all abortions for employees.

The notice contradicts the Department’s own ruling earlier in the year that Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Santa Clara University are within the law by offering health plans that do not cover elective abortions.

June 27, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

On Thursday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a 2007 Massachusetts state law that required a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics to prevent pro-life counselors from talking to or handing information to patients entering abortion clinics. 

One of the key components of the pro-life movement is sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics. It is one of the few and sometimes the only way that some pregnant women seeking help receive information about alternatives to abortion. 

June 19, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference and Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, issued the following statement today upon word that the recently passed State Budget includes a 40 percent increase in rates paid to abortion providers, but continues a 10 percent cut in all other hospital and provider fees that endangers access to care for all women and families participating in the Medi-Cal Program. 

April 25, 2014 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

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

January 31, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

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.

January 17, 2014 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

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.

August 15, 2013 Bioethics, Reverence for Life

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. 

May 21, 2013 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

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.