August 4, 2017

Dear Friends,

The New Zealand Health Committee, after two years of study, having received 22,000 submissions and facilitated 1,000 interviews, including one with myself, released their report whereby they did not recommend legalizing euthanasia. The Committee chair, Simon O’Connor, stated,

It is very difficult to see how there could be sufficient safeguards to actually protect vulnerable people in New Zealand…that’s been the overseas experience as well.

In the first year of legalized euthanasia, Canada experienced a massive promotion of euthanasia, while at the same time very few doctors were willing to kill. The doctors who joined together to protect their conscience rights have had their case heard in the courts and are waiting for the judgement, and the Compassionate Community Care (CCC) service (1-855-675-8749) continues to receive calls from people who are seeking advice and help concerning end-of-life decision making or issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

On July 19, the Newfoundland Northern Pen published a story about Candice Elson (25) who lives with multiple disabilities. Her mother complained to the local health authority about a doctor who urged her to agree to euthanasia for Candice. Candice was experiencing a significant health condition but pressuring her family to have their daughter lethally injected, based on the doctor believing that her life was not worth living, is simply wrong. The local health authority’s response was weak and shows how people with disabilities live with negative bias and discrimination.

Documentary film-maker Kevin Dunn, who is the co-producer of The Euthanasia Deception, is going to Newfoundland to film a mini-documentary about Candice. Canadians have been sold a lie that euthanasia concerns individual autonomy and personal choice. In practice, people will often feel social pressure to die by euthanasia. Further to that, the Canadian law cedes the power over life and death to doctors and nurse practitioners, not the individual.

While writing this letter, Compassionate Community Care received a call from a woman whose friend has ALS. She said that her friend was asked by his caregivers if he wanted euthanasia rather than live with his disease. She said he was forced to meet with all of his caregivers to tell them that he did not want euthanasia and to stop asking him.

It is a form of coercion for doctors and medical caregivers to urge people in their care to ask for euthanasia.

This mini-documentary is essential to dispel the myths about euthanasia, to counter the lie that there are no problems with the law and to emphasize the truth that Candice is a human person who deserves equality and respect. The cost to produce this mini-documentary will be at least $10,000. Please donate to this project.

At the same time, the next full-length documentary concerning the Netherlands’ “Completed Life” euthanasia debate was nearly completed until we came in contact with new stories from the Netherlands that will contribute to an even more powerful film. Kevin Dunn is traveling to the Netherlands for a few days to film these interviews.

Further to this, we have scheduled interviews in Oregon, California and Washington State for our documentary on the U.S. assisted suicide laws. All of these video projects are necessary in our strategy to create social and cultural change.

Australia is in the middle of a massive debate to legalize assisted dying and HOPE Australia is counting on us to produce a moving documentary to help them kill the killer bill. We need at least $40,000 to complete these important projects. Please earmark your donations to the new video projects.

The 2017 National Euthanasia Symposium is at the Best Western Toronto Airport Carlingview Hotel on Saturday, October 28. Among others, the Symposium will feature Dr. Mark Komrad, an American professor and psychiatrist who will speak about euthanasia for psychiatric reasons, Dr. Jacqueline Abernathy, Professor of Public Administration at Tarleton State University in Texas will speak about the defeat of assisted suicide legislation in the U.S., Taylor Hyatt from Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet, and Kevin Dunn who will talk about media for social change. You can register online or call EPC (519-439-3348 or 1-877-439-3348), email info@epcc.ca or print, fill out, and mail the registration form found here.

The cost to register for the Symposium is $50 which includes lunch. New this year, we are offering a live simulcast of the event that can be viewed from anywhere in the world. The reduced cost to register for this option is $30. EPC will send out the instructions and the code to all those watching remotely.

If you cannot attend the Symposium, please consider donating $50 or $30 to enable a student to attend/watch remotely at no cost.

Our latest resource is a USB flash drive containing the most important research and information on euthanasia and assisted suicide. This drive is the easiest and most comprehensive way to provide information to groups, individuals and students because it is organized by topic and completely accessible. It also contains my book, Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

The Research and Information Flash Drives are $30 each, $100 for 4 or $200 for 10 (shipping and taxes are included).

News & Information Update:

Many of you are aware that every five years, the Netherlands commissions a study into medical decisions and causes of death of people in their country. In June, EPC was the first to report on their findings which indicated that 431 people died by assisted death without request and 23% of all assisted deaths were not reported in 2015. Even though the 2015 study has not been published in a journal yet, the data was published on the Netherlands’ government website. EPC is a world leader in staying up to date and reporting on the most current research and information.

Dr. Jacqueline Abernathy, who will be speaking at our Euthanasia Symposium on October 28 in Toronto, has researched the successful campaigns that defeated assisted suicide bills in the United States. Her research shows that in 2017 every assisted suicide bill failed and 99% of assisted suicide bills in the U.S. have failed since 1994.

More good news! The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved an amendment to the budget that not only prohibits money for assisted suicide but also repeals the Washington DC assisted suicide law. Americans need to contact their federal elected representatives and urge them to support this amendment.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is the leader in protecting people from euthanasia and assisted suicide both nationally and internationally. We need you to donate to our documentary projects, attend the Euthanasia Symposium in October and/or become a regular (monthly/yearly) donor, thus enabling us to continue our life-saving work.

Thank you for your continued support,

 

 

 

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director / International Chair

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