California bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law

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October 6, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Oct. 5 allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. He is pictured in a Sept. 23 photo. (CNS photo/Matt Mills McKnight, pool via Reuters) See CALIF-SUICIDE-BROWN Oct. 6, 2015.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Oct. 5 allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. He is pictured in a Sept. 23 photo. (CNS photo/Matt Mills McKnight, pool via Reuters)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.”

“This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable,” said the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, in a statement soon after Brown’s action.

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