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AZ Bishops’ Statement On Governor Ducey Signing Bill to Improve Religious Accommodations for Dying Patients

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The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) are grateful that Governor Doug Ducey has signed into law legislation (HB 2449) to better provide religious accommodations for dying and sick patients.

HB 2449 is similar to a beneficial law passed last year pertaining to hospital patients and extends these accommodations to other places where people die such as care facilities and hospice.

We remain extremely grateful for the dedicated health care providers who have done so much to assist people in need over the course of the pandemic. After all, patients typically need both great care for their bodies as well as for their souls.

Being able to have clergy present at the end of life is important to people of many different faiths. Their presence is not only important to the patient, but it also brings tremendous peace of mind to the surviving relatives.

Accordingly, the ACC appreciates Representative Quang Nguyen for sponsoring HB 2449 and all the elected officials of both parties who supported this legislation.

Declaración de los Obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona Acerca de la firma del Gobernador Ducey para aprobar el Proyecto de Ley para Proveer Acomodaciones Religiosas a los Pacientes en etapa terminal

Los Obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona (ACC) están agradecidos con el Gobernador Doug Ducey por firmar y convertir en ley el Proyecto (HB 2449) para proveer de mejor manera las acomodaciones religiosas para los pacientes enfermos y en etapa terminal.

HB 2449 es similar a una ley que se aprobó el año pasado, y que benefició a los pacientes de los hospitales, y extiende estas acomodaciones a otros lugares donde la gente llega para morir tales como los centros de cuidado y los hospicios.

Estamos sumamente agradecidos por la dedicación de los proveedores de cuidado de la salud que han hecho tanto para asistir a la gente en necesidad durante el curso de la pandemia. Despues de todo los pacientes siempre requieren un gran cuidado, tanto para su cuerpo, como para su alma.

El poder tener a miembros del clero presentes al final de la vida es muy importante para la gente de diversos credos religiosos. Su presencia es importante para el paciente y también trae una tremenda paz para los familiares de la persona agonizante.

Respectivamente, la ACC extiende su agradecimiento al Representante Quang Nguyen que patrocinó el Proyecto de Ley HB 2449 y a los oficiales elegidos de ambos partidos que apoyaron esta legislación.

Most Rev. Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup

Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

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