Dear Friends:

We are devastated by the Supreme Court assisted suicide decision on February 6. Our work has not ended, but it may change. EPC will continue to build a well-informed, broadly-based network of groups and individuals who support measures that will create an effective social barrier to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

On February 11, EPC intervened in the appeal of the Bentley case, a case that concerns feeding a woman normally.

If you don’t have the Life-Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care, you need to order it now. The Life-Protecting Power of Attorney will protect you and for the next few weeks we are selling it for $5 (normally $25).

Please write a letter to your Member of Parliament and/or Prime Minister Hon Stephen Harper and/or Justice Minister Peter MacKay. For those who do not write letters, we need you to participate in the post card campaign. A post card has been included in this mailing. Post cards can be ordered from our office for distributing in your community. EPC is not charging groups and individuals who order the post cards. Please consider making a donation to the cost.

The 2014 Euthanasia Symposium, in Ottawa, featured Gerbert van Loenen, a Dutch journalist, who wrote a book about what happened after euthanasia became legal in the Netherlands. Permission to translate and publish his book in English was obtained. This book is unique because it is based on van Loenen’s research and personal experience.

EPC is selling van Loenen’s book: Do You Call This A Life? for $20. We also recorded van Loenen’s presentation at the Euthanasia Symposium. We are selling the DVD of his Symposium talk for $10. You can purchase the book and the DVD for $25.

EPC ordered 400 copies of this book to send to every Member of Parliament and Senator. We need donations to cover the $4,000 cost to send out the books.

Last month, we began airing the EPC radio ad in London. We offered the radio ad for free to groups to air it on their local radio stations. The EPC radio ad is now airing on some local stations, including Woodstock and Kitchener. We also asked for donations to air the EPC radio ad in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax, etc. We raised less than $1,000. We decided to sign a contract with AM 1010 in Toronto anyway. We need $5,000 for this project.

EPC is communicating with members of parliament and other groups on how to effectively respond to the Supreme Court’s assisted suicide decision. We need your continued support during this difficult time. The establishment of Compassionate Community Care (CCC) is important. People are contacting CCC for advice and information about medical treatment decisions. People need to be protected from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We need you to continue donating to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, to donate towards: the EPC radio ad, the development of Compassionate Community Care, sending the book to politicians and supporting us generally.

 

 

 

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director / International Chair

 

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