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February 6, 2020

Dear Friends,

This past month has been hectic as the Canadian government provided two weeks for people to respond to an online euthanasia consultation questionnaire that was disingenuous. We collected signatures on our online petition in support of the Delta Hospice Society. At least ten U.S. states introduced assisted suicide bills.

More than 18,000 people viewed my guide to answer the consultation questionnaire. Even though the questionnaire was intentionally flawed, we showed the government that a significant number of Canadians oppose expanding the euthanasia law.

Amy Hasbrouck, Taylor Hyatt and I attended a consultation in Ottawa with Justice Minister David Lametti. Minister Lametti’s comments to the group did not give us comfort as he appears intent on expanding euthanasia to people with psychological conditions and those with mental illness.

We have been working with the Delta Hospice Society since the British Columbia government ordered them to do euthanasia (MAID) or lose their government funding. More than 18,500 people have signed our online petition telling the BC government that hospices must not be coerced into doing euthanasia.

The Nipissing Serenity Hospice in North Bay (Ontario) is also being coerced into doing euthanasia.

There are several U.S. assisted suicide bills that employ language permitting euthanasia. The assisted suicide lobby is trying to expand the laws by using imprecise language in their bills and changing existing statutes.

We will always have reasons to hope. Thousands of people responded to the government’s questionnaire opposing the expansion of MAID and many are agreeing to visit those who are lonely and need a friendly visitor. Please e-mail Compassionate Community Care (CCC) if you want to establish a visiting program in your community:

Our success is due to your support. In the next few months we will be fighting the federal government’s expansion of euthanasia and the bills in the United States while working to protect conscience rights for healthcare workers. Please consider donating to us this month; please consider becoming a monthly or regular donor.

We are thankful for your continued support,

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director

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