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End-Of-Life Decisions and Facts


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Meeting the needs of Patients - Post
Roe v. Wade



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CA Senate Health Committee SB 24 hearing on April 3, 2019.


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The Star of Bethlehem shines brightly on the newborn child, Jesus.


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This child doesn’t need Government mandated Pre-K schooling. Young John is the grandchild of a very fine Pro Life Family.


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Four month and six month old human fetal skeletons, displayed At the Federal Civil War Medical and Military history Museum, in Silver Spring, MD. Display can be found in new more current segment of the museum’s historical displays.


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Mary Catherine was an abandoned new-born, found in Antioch and buried by Ca. Right to Life and Birthright of concord, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, Ca. along with 24 other pre-born babies.


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Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the minds and hearts of your people!
July 4th, 2018






Legislative

Reports

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STATE OF THINGS - CLOSING SESSIONS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE
August 24th 2008 @ 8:20 am

OVERALL REPORT. There are a total of 32 bills that I have attempted to keep track of during this legislative session. Of that number the Governor has signed 8 bills, vetoed one, and one failed leaving 23 pending.

Prior to the Governor announcing a promise to veto any bill sent to him if the budget is not on his desk and signed, he did sign some Democrat bills that we believe expand and secure the right to die cause. The future of the pending bills is still a great uncertainty. Apparently the Democrats want to get out of town to attend their nominating Convention in Colorado so we can presume that nothing will get done this week.

But, that does not mean that we can or should stop writing or contacting our legislators.

One comment on the announcement of Attack dog, Joe Biden, as Barack Obama’s running mate; DON’T TAKE YOUR EYES OF OFF OBAMA. That’s one of the main reasons for the appointing Biden - distraction.
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SPECIFIC REPORT: There are three bills in the state legislature that are of great concern dealing with end-of-life issues. They, too, benefit from distraction. While everyone has been encouraged to keep their eyes on the Patty Berg Assisted Suicide bill, AB 374, the legislature has been busy passing other, equally threatening bills and/or holding pending a couple of bills. All of the bills to be mentioned have an interesting mix of the usual suspect groups interacting to sometimes support and some times appear to oppose.

SIGNED AND ENROLLED.

AB 2565 Mike Eng, (D), Hospitals: Brain Death. Amended 6 times before it was made palatable, but achieving its original goal. Requires hospitals to develop policies for acceptable time frames for notification of family members before terminating life support on presumably brain dead patients. Bottom line - Time, money and space will dictate amount of time family gets to say goodbye and or perform ethnic and religious end of life ceremonies in the hospital setting. Though there were few groups in support or opposition, California Church Impact is a major umbrella group, in support, representing numerous non-profit health and welfare supporting agencies. Catholic Health Care while listing itself as opposed claimed support for Ca. Medical Assn amendments.

AB 3000, Lois Wolk, Health Care Decisions: Life Sustaining Treatment. This bill has been labeled as the “glide path” to euthanasia. It creates a new medical directive type form called a Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, or POLST. This will very likely override all other forms of medical directives placing greater authority into the hands of physicians who desire to practice a little assisted suicide for their patients whom they have deemed unworthy of continued existence. Much of the force behind this bill hinges on the legal strength of the word “Shall.” Much like AB 2747, Patty Berg’s End-of-Life-Care final outcomes appear to be transferring over into the hands of the physician, and maybe not even the physician of record and also removes some authority from the Health Care Provider or person named by the patient as spokesperson for the patient. Much in these bills hinge on legal terms and how the regulations implementing the law are written. This may well be another long drawn out court battle. This fits in very well with AB 2565 and the other, pending bills.

The California Catholic Conference has aggressively opposed Berg’s End of Life bills, but fails to oppose this bill which is supported by the Alliance of Catholic Health Care which is a conglomeration of hospitals and associations including Catholic Health Çare West and the St. Joseph’s Health System of Orange County. Also amongst leading supporters is the Coalition for Compassionate Care which is the sponsor of Berg’s assisted suicide legislation.

To check out The Alliance go to www.thealliance.net. Its headquarters is at 1215 K St. Sacramento. California Assisted Living is also a supporter.
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BILLS PENDING.

AB 2747 Patty Berg. End-Of-Life-Care. Awaiting a Concurrence vote in the Senate. OPPOSE ACTION: Write or phone your state Senator. If you don’t know your state Senator click on www.leginfo,ca,gov and it will take you to a site where you type in your Zip code and locate your Senator or Assembly member.

“Provides that when a health care provider makes a diagnosis that a patient has a terminal illness, the health care provider shall provide information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life options and provide for the referral or transfer of a patient if the patient’s health care provider does not wish to comply with the patient’s request for information on end-of-life options.”

In other words, seriously ill patients will be required to listen to a sales pitch on ending one’s life. If the patient is elderly, frail, sensitive to outside influences he/she might feel that it’s most appropriate to deny themselves life sustaining medication and treatment.

Supported by Compassion in Choice, the ACLU, the Gray Panthers, Ca. Status of Women. Opposed by Catholic Health Care West.

SB 1440 Sheila Kuehl, (D), Health Care Coverage: Benefits. OPPOSE ACTION: Contact your Senator, urge a “NO” vote. “ Requires a full service health care service plan (health plan) or a health insurer to expend at least 85% of the aggregate dues, fees, premiums, and other periodic payments received by the plan or insurer on health care benefits.”

This is a further attempt to control the health insurance business diminishing their ability to protect overhead costs of doing business.

Assemblyman Chuck Devore gave an impassioned plea on the Assembly floor to oppose this bill, but to no avail. His point was that this continual assault on the Health Insurance industry drives Health Insurance companies to give up their non-profit status and turn to becoming For-Profit businesses. This, in turn, causes these For-Profit businesses to take their money and create non-profit foundations which then turn and create non-profit groups which are then funded and positioned as lobbying organizations for more government taxes. Assemblyman Devore wrote a 12–8-2005 editorial on this subject in which he names the Çalifornia Wellness Foundation, the California Endowment and the California Healthline as created by this manner. All of these organizations have given large amounts of money to Planned Parenthood and its myriad of affiliates.

A group I just learned about that is glowingly endorsed by California’s Planned Parenthood Director, Kathy Kneer, is Californians Allied for Patient Protection. Yet another lobbyist for subtle forms of assisted suicide, “Reproductive Rights” and more comprehensive sex education in the schools.

-Camille
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