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End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues

If those who are dying are embraced by their family and their community, they will not seek death, but will live their last days well, and then accept death when it comes.

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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.

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.

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. 

July 7, 2015 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Sacramento, CA - The No On SB 128/Californians Against Assisted Suicide coalition issued the following statement today from Marilyn Golden, No On SB 128 co-chair and Senior Policy Analyst for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund:

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