%PDF-1.7 1 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Outlines 2 0 R /Pages 3 0 R >> endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Outlines /Count 0 >> endobj 3 0 obj << /Type /Pages /Kids [6 0 R ] /Count 1 /Resources << /ProcSet 4 0 R /Font << /F1 8 0 R /F2 9 0 R /F3 10 0 R /F4 11 0 R /F5 12 0 R >> /ExtGState << /GS1 13 0 R /GS2 14 0 R /GS3 15 0 R /GS4 16 0 R >> >> /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] >> endobj 4 0 obj [/PDF /Text ] endobj 5 0 obj << /Producer (ž˙dompdf 1.0.2 + CPDF) /CreationDate (D:20221128183420+00'00') /ModDate (D:20221128183420+00'00') >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Length 5658 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 35.000 742.238 Td /F1 15.0 Tf [(California Crosses an Unwelcomed Threshold with Legalization of Physician-)] TJ ET BT 35.000 723.923 Td /F1 15.0 Tf [(assisted Suicide)] TJ ET BT 35.000 685.006 Td /F4 14.0 Tf [(Description)] TJ ET BT 35.000 655.816 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(SACRAMENTO, CA – )] TJ ET BT 156.356 655.816 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, comprised of Bishops from the )] TJ ET BT 35.000 641.164 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(two archdioceses and ten dioceses of California, issued the following statement on the legalization of )] TJ ET BT 35.000 626.512 Td /F5 12.0 Tf [(physician-assisted suicide on June 9, 2016:)] TJ ET BT 266.444 626.512 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Every human being possesses inherent dignity, which)] TJ ET BT 35.000 611.860 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(deserves our respect. Each of us should feel loved, worthy and cared for at every moment of our lives,)] TJ ET BT 35.000 597.208 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(especially when our earthly journey is nearing its end. What some mistakenly consider a newfound)] TJ ET BT 35.000 582.556 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(“freedom,” will inevitably become a duty for others. By allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of)] TJ ET BT 35.000 567.904 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(drugs to their patients, California is embarking on a dangerous course. This new law will place the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 553.252 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(disabled, the elderly and other vulnerable people at risk for abuse and mistreatment and will undermine)] TJ ET BT 35.000 538.600 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the healing professions’ venerable commitment to “first do no harm.” As Catholics, we have been)] TJ ET BT 35.000 523.948 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(called from the very beginning of our faith to care for the sick.   This commitment to care for life at all)] TJ ET BT 35.000 509.296 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(stages will not be deterred by this law. The Bishops of California and our partners in Catholic health)] TJ ET BT 35.000 494.644 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(care renew our promise to exceptional healing and compassionate care for those facing diagnosis of a)] TJ ET BT 35.000 479.992 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(terminal illness. Together, we vow to strengthen our palliative care and other health care services for)] TJ ET BT 35.000 465.340 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the chronically and terminally ill, so that no one we treat feels compelled to choose assisted suicide.)] TJ ET BT 35.000 450.688 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Through our health care professionals and the care and compassion of all people of goodwill, we will)] TJ ET BT 35.000 436.036 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(continue to lovingly attend, accompany and care for the terminally ill on their final journey. We have)] TJ ET BT 35.000 421.384 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(spoken – and will continue to speak – vigorously against this misguided law. It does not, for example,)] TJ ET BT 35.000 406.732 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(require a psychological assessment of people requesting assisted suicide. There are also significant)] TJ ET BT 35.000 392.080 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(concerns from the disability rights community about the lack of safeguards in the law, an absence of)] TJ ET BT 35.000 377.428 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(reliable information about its use and the growth of suicide in other states where assisted suicide is)] TJ ET BT 35.000 362.776 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(legal. Pope Francis has challenged us many times to care for those on the margins. In an address last)] TJ ET BT 35.000 348.124 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(year to medical professionals he addressed our responsibility to care for people at the end of life:)] TJ ET BT 35.000 333.472 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(“Palliative care is an expression of the truly human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of)] TJ ET BT 35.000 318.820 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(those who suffer. It is a testimony that the human person is always precious, even if marked by illness)] TJ ET BT 35.000 304.168 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and old age. Indeed, the person, under any circumstances, is an asset to him/herself and to others and)] TJ ET BT 35.000 289.516 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(is loved by God. This is why, when their life becomes very fragile and the end of their earthly existence)] TJ ET BT 35.000 274.864 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(approaches, we feel the responsibility to assist and accompany them in the best way.” We echo this)] TJ ET BT 35.000 260.212 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(commitment of our faith and take to heart the words of St. John Paul II: “respect, protect, love and)] TJ ET BT 35.000 245.560 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(serve life, every human life! 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