Shannon L. Grove

Aid-in-dying bill aligns with religious liberty

Aid-in-dying bill aligns with religious liberty

Pope Francis spoke last week about "religious liberty" being "one of America's most precious possessions."

No argument there.

Religious liberty, in fact, is one reason why Gov. Jerry Brown should sign a bill that has generated Roman Catholic opposition and intense argument for years in Sacramento.

The bill is the one that supporters call "aid in dying" and opponents label "assisted suicide."

Catholic leaders in California — especially Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez — assert it would violate God's will if terminally ill patients chose to end their painful suffering by taking a lethal drug prescribed by...