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June 26, 2019

Dear Friends,

As we approach my 20th Anniversary as Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), I think of the many successes and the many people who contacted EPC for help concerning a death or an end-of-life decision that was being imposed. I think of baby Charlotte, who is alive and well, and others who were being pressured to death.

We were successful in the courts in the early days and central to the overwhelming defeat of the euthanasia bill in 2010. This year, we organized a conference in New Mexico that led to the defeat of the assisted suicide bill in that state. We helped in the American Medical Association campaign to uphold its opposition to assisted suicide. Just this week, a world-renowned ethicist thanked me for providing articles and studies opposing euthanasia.

The American Medical Association (AMA) voted 392 to 162 to uphold their opposition to assisted suicide. The AMA statement says: assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. The AMA vote was strongly influenced by a speech explaining what has happened in Canada since euthanasia was legalized.

I am very upset about the legalization of euthanasia in Canada and the people who now feel pressured to die. My solace is that I did not create the problem and I will continue working to protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

I delivered the petition opposing the euthanasia of children to Harold Albrecht MP. Nearly 15,000 names were gathered through the online and paper petitions. People are shocked to learn that Canada is considering extending euthanasia to children and people with psychiatric conditions alone. The debate on organ donation by euthanasia is another upsetting topic.

EPC is having a free online conference on Saturday July 20 (12:30 to 3 pm) to celebrate 20 years of service. The event will feature excellent speakers and you can watch it on your computer. We are also hosting a meeting on Friday July 19 to discuss the 5-year review of Canada’s euthanasia law.

At the same time, EPC continues to promote the Compassionate Community Care (CCC) charity to help people make difficult medical decisions and to provide direction for people who are trying to prevent euthanasia. Donations to CCC are tax deductible. Compassionate Community Care saves lives and protects people.

EPC is publishing a commemorative compilation of articles to recount the last 20 years of euthanasia developments. This is an excellent resource for understanding how these laws and ideas came to fruition. Order the Compilation from EPC by making a $50 (or more) donation.

Finally, I ask you to support my 20 years of service by donating to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. I offer my continued leadership. EPC maintains its role as the world leader, but most importantly EPC creates a push-back to the euthanasia lobby; we help other jurisdictions and work to protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Thank you for your continued support!

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director

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