The bishops of the United Methodist Church have called for a special session of its General Conference to settle questions of LGBTQ inclusion that have vexed the global denomination for years.
The House Health Committee of the Hawaii Legislature March 23 unanimously voted to defer a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
The move by the seven-member committee, which took place after hours of what new reports described as "intense debate," essentially means no further action will be taken on the measure this session.
The Hawaii Senate voted overwhelmingly March 7 to advance a bill permitting physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
Called the "Medical Aid in Dying" bill, S.B. 1129 passed with 22 votes in favor, three against. Two of the affirmative votes were cast "with reservations." The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives where it will be debated and voted on in committee before going before the full body.
Despite facing possible defeat by federal lawmakers, the nation's capital has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
The District of Columbia City Council Nov. 15 approved a bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
On the ballot: Voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control.
The media in particular have drawn false conclusions from the pope's apostolic exhortation on the family, Archbishop Alexander Sample wrote in a pastor letter.
United Methodists, voting at their General Conference, have called on their church's mission agency to withdraw from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Four states have legalized the practice of death assisted suicide or aid in dying through legislation. But opponents are determined to continue to battle aid-in-dying laws.
As armed activists occupy a federal building in an Oregon wildlife refuge, some find media coverage of the predominately white group inconsistent with that of past protests undertaken by minorities.