New Mexico Senate passes assisted suicide bill

CNA Staff, Mar 17, 2021 / 08:50 pm (CNA).- The New Mexico state Senate has passed a bill to decriminalize assisted suicide, which the state’s Catholic bishops had strongly opposed.

The bill, known as the “Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act,” allows licensed physicians, osteopathic physicians, nurses, and physician assistants to prescribe a lethal drug to people with a terminal illness and the ability to self-administer the drug.

The states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia, have already legalized assisted suicide.

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Japanese district court: Failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

CNA Staff, Mar 17, 2021 / 08:46 pm (CNA).- A district court in Japan has ruled that the government’s failure to acknowledge same-sex marriage is a violation of the constitution.

A Sapporo district court said the government’s definition of marriage was discriminatory and violated constitutional protections for equal treatment under the law, the New York Times reports.

However, the court ruling does not automatically change the country’s legal definition of marriage, according to NPR. To do so would require legislation by Parliament, which has previously refused to enact such legislation.

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Utah governor considering law that would block porn on phones by default

Salt Lake City, Utah, Mar 17, 2021 / 08:11 pm (CNA).- The governor of Utah is considering signing a bill that would make pornography filters mandatory and switched on by default on cell phones sold in the state.

The bill would require smartphone manufacturers automatically to enable filters on devices “activated” in Utah that prevent “the user from accessing or downloading material that is harmful to minors,” which includes pornography.

Adults would be provided a passcode to deactivate the filters if they choose.

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