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January 12, 2022

Dear Friends:

The year 2022 will be a challenging one but we have hope because of the many supporters and donors who continue to support us and stand up against euthanasia. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is a membership-based group. January is a good time to renew your 2022 Membership (click here).

In 2021, Canada’s federal government established a committee to examine further expansions of the euthanasia (MAiD) law and another committee to examine the rules for implementing euthanasia for mental illness in Canada. We received mixed news from the Québec government committee that also examined the expansion of euthanasia. This committee decided that euthanasia for mental illness should not be permitted but euthanasia by advanced directive should be approved. Bill C-7 already approved euthanasia for mental illness last March. I fear that the Québec report will encourage the federal committee to also support euthanasia by advanced directive, which would further allow euthanasia for incompetent people.

In the US, assisted suicide bills will be introduced in many states. The assisted suicide lobby is pushing bills in New York and Massachusetts with concern for Connecticut and Maryland. This week I spoke in New Mexico with a goal of beginning a campaign to reverse the New Mexico assisted suicide law, which is the worst in America.

The US assisted suicide lobby launched several court cases in 2021. I predict that, in 2022, more court cases will be launched to expand current laws or to legalize assisted suicide in more states. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA (www.epc-usa.org) is working with lawyers and allies to fight these legal battles.

This year, conscience rights will continue to be an important issue for healthcare professionals. Manitoba passed a bill in November 2017 to protect conscience rights. Ontario Premier Ford promised to protect conscience rights, but has not done so. Kelly Block, in the last parliament, introduced Bill C-268 to protect conscience rights, but due to the election, the bill did not go to a vote.

EPC is working with the Delta Hospice Society (www.deltahospice.org) as they build a “No Kill” hospice without government funding. We are also working with the Compassionate Community Care programs (www.beingwith.org).

January is a good month to renew your 2022 EPC membership ($25); it is also a good month to become a monthly donor by credit card or direct deposit (call 1-877-439-3348). We will continue to earn your support in 2022.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director

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