August 31, 2018
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is celebrating 20 years of fighting against euthanasia and assisted suicide. When we began in 1998, we worked to expose what was happening in the Netherlands and in the State of Oregon and to build allies in the fight to protect people from being killed by lethal drugs.
Over the years, EPC has produced several videos and books, 199 newsletters and I have made presentations in nearly every community in Canada, in many US states and several countries.
Our first video (The Exit Bag) resulted in the arrest of an activist who was assisting suicides in Canada.
Kevin Dunn, the co-producer of Fatal Flaws, screened it in Guernsey during their assisted suicide debate in May. A sponsor of the bill attended the screening causing him to change his mind. After watching Fatal Flaws, he announced that he now opposes assisted suicide. The assisted suicide proposal was defeated 24 to 14.
Have you purchased a copy of the Fatal Flaws film or pamphlets yet? Can you or your group organize a screening in your community? Call the EPC office at: 1-877-439-3348 or email: email@example.com.
EPC has sold thousands of copies of my book Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that was also republished in Australia. We published the book by Phil Prins Elder Abuse, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, we re-published the book by Gerbert van Loenen, Do You Call This A Life? and we published the book Barrie concerning the life of our founding President Dr. Leverett (Barrie) deVeber.
We helped to start groups in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and in the USA. We started by standing up for “Caring and not Killing” in Canada and today we have become the world leader.
For instance, our blog (www.epcblog.org) that I initiated in 2008, has become the world’s most comprehensive source of information on euthanasia and assisted suicide with more than 3400 articles published and 3.2 million visitors.
Can you donate $20, $200 or $2,000 to commemorate our 20 years of leadership and commitment to protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide? We know that all has been made possible because of your support.
We have held national conferences every year since 2000. Last year, we provided the first live simulcast of the Euthanasia Symposium. We had more people attend by live simulcast than regular attendees.
This year, the Euthanasia Symposium is being held on Saturday October 27 (9 am to 4 pm) at the Best Western Winnipeg Airport Hotel. We will be hosting a screening of Fatal Flaws on the Friday evening at 7 pm.
Our keynote speaker is Hon Nick Goiran (Liberal MP Western Australia). The other conference speakers are: Kevin Dunn (Co-Producer of Fatal Flaws), Amy Hasbrouck (EPC President), Taylor Hyatt (researcher – Not Dead Yet), James Mahony (freelance journalist and former lawyer), Jen Romnes (painter and author of the books – Entangled) and myself.
The Symposium registration fee is $50 to attend and $30 to watch the live simulcast remotely. A registration form will be included in September’s mailing. You can register online here, or by calling 1-877-439-3348.
Please donate $30 to enable a student or a person with a disability to watch the live simulcast of the Symposium. If you donate online, make sure to indicate your intent in the area for notes.
Last September, the Compassionate Community Care (CCC) service received a call from a woman who was being pressured by the local children’s hospital to stop all treatment for her baby daughter. The woman explained that her daughter nearly died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but she was found alive and was being treated in the NICU.
The doctors were pressuring the mother to withdraw all treatment and allow her baby to die, but they withheld the fact that the baby was breathing on her own. CCC provided advice and emotional support for the mother and when the hospital refused to do life sustaining surgery on the child, CCC hired a lawyer ensuring that the surgery was done.
The baby has been home since late May, is breathing on her own, has had no relapses and is otherwise healthy. The other day I visited the family and noticed how the baby, who was diagnosed with neurological deficits, responded when her sister came into the room and proceeded to hold and play with her.
Compassionate Community Care became a registered charity last December. Online donations can be made to CCC or mail your cheque to 383 Horton St. E, London Ontario N6B 1L6.
Your financial support of our work remains essential. Can you make a donation to commemorate EPC’s 20 years of service?
Thank you for your continued support.
Executive Director & International Chair