Dear Friends:

Our work educating people across Canada, and throughout the world, on the dangers of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide has resulted in several recent victories:

1. The Qu├ębec government killed the euthanasia bill (Bill 52) by calling an election before voting on the bill;

2. The New Hampshire legislature overwhelmingly defeated an assisted suicide bill by a vote of 219 to 66;

3. The New Mexico Attorney General appealed a court decision that decriminalized assisted suicide;

4. The Massachusetts and Connecticut assisted suicide bills are likely dead.

EPC is a co-sponsor of the First National Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide on May 2 – 3, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis. This is an opportunity to become informed and part of a trained leadership base. American groups that oppose assisted suicide are encouraged to send delegates to this ground-breaking conference, and concerned citizens need to attend. For more information see www.imposeddeath.org.

EPC is also co-sponsoring the Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics on April 25-26, 2014 at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. This is an international leadership training seminar for disability rights advocates. More information can be found at www.notdeadyet.org.

The DVD set of the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is now available for $30.00. This DVD set includes presentations from Euthanasia Symposium 2013: Hope.

Court cases

The Supreme Court of Canada has established a preliminary time-line for the Carter case, a case that seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. EPC will seek intervention status at the SC in the Carter case.

The Bentley “spoon feeding” case, a case that correctly decided that normal feeding is not medical treatment but basic personal care, was appealed to the BC Court of Appeal. EPC successfully intervened in the Bentley case at the lower court and, if necessary, will intervene in the Bentley case at the BC Court of Appeal.

Great news! We have now paid our legal expenses from our successful interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Rasouli case, the BC Court of Appeal in the Carter case, and the BC lower court in the Bentley case. We now seek donations for our upcoming interventions at the Supreme Court in the Carter case and at the BC Court of Appeal in the Bentley case.

We are thankful for every donation we receive. We need your continued financial support to prevent the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. We have booked another flight with the EPC Air Miles collector card.

Thank you for all your support since our founding in July 1999. This is the 150th EPC newsletter!

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Thank you for your continued support.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

 

 

 

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director / International Chair