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.
Reverence For Life
This week, representatives from the California Catholic Conference testified at a hearing of the Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, supporting the Committee's May 2021 recommendation that the death penalty be abolished.
For the first time in 45 years, a U.S. president has released a budget proposal that excludes the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds in Medicaid and other programs from paying for abortions.
Physician-assisted suicide is sadly legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, which narrowly passed in 2015 with “safeguards” to ensure the law wasn’t inappropriately used. Now, lawmakers are trying to remove those “safeguards,” absurdly arguing that those measures prohibit too many people from using the method.
Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused on Medi-Cal funding.
The USCCB's response to the National Institute of Health is reversing limits on human fetal tissue research.
Learn More About Reverence for Life
End of Life
- To Live Each Day with Dignity
- Death With Dignity and the Gift of Palliative Care
- USCCB Physcian-Assisted Suicide Page
Letters & Statements
Stem Cell Research
Life Issues Forum
For on-going information on Respect Life issues, read the Life Issues Forum bi-weekly columns from the USCCB. (Click here.)