LOOP: Judge stops euthanasia in California

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
EUTHANASIA IN CALIFORNIA   A Riverside County judge overturned California’s physician-assisted “suicide” law, stating that the End of Life Act “does not fall within the scope of access to healthcare services.” READ
TWO MORE JUDGES  The Senate confirmed two more of President Donald Trump’s nominees to seats on the federal appellate courts. The Senate has now confirmed 21 federal appellate court judges in 480 days — 150 days faster than the last six presidents. One eighth of all the circuit judges in the United States have been appointed by President Trump. READ
KOREAN TALKS  North Korea is threatening to pull out of the U.S. summit if they are ordered to give up nuclear weapons. READ
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was appointed a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. READ
NEW HEALTH CARE PLANS COMING  The Trump administration is cutting through red tape to expedite new association health plans to bolster small businesses. When one last bureaucratic hurdle is cleared, as many as 11 million people will be eligible to sign up for employer-sponsored benefits as an alternative to Obamacare’s individual marketplace. READ
TRIUMPH OF HOPE AND LOVE  A priest’s powerful story about a newly married couple goes viral for all the right reasons. READ
CULTURE  There are many reasons to never read Teen Vogue. But here’s another: They are praising Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto. READ
IRISH VOTE ON ABORTION  Pro-life leaders are “cautiously optimistic” about the May 25 referendum on Ireland’s pro-life constitutional amendment. But as many as 18% of Ireland’s Catholic-majority population remain undecided. Pro-lifers held a final rally in Dublin on Saturday. READ
HUMANAE VITAE AT 50   Pope Paul said no. And he wasn’t alone. He had two millennia of Christian tradition, including his immediate predecessors, on his side. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  In 1277, three years after her conversion, St. Margaret of Cortona became a Franciscan tertiary. Under the direction of her confessor, who sometimes had to order her to moderate her self-denial, she pursued a life of prayer and penance at Cortona. There she established a hospital and founded a congregation of tertiary sisters. READ
DAILY MASS READINGS  “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.” (Ps 68:33)  READ
PRAY FOR IRELAND  The Irish will vote on a referendum on whether to keep Ireland’s pro-life constitutional amendment nine days from now. So let’s all pray a novena to Our Lady of Knock that Ireland remains pro-life! (You can even sign up to get email reminders to pray the novena). READ
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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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