We are very happy that Québec’s euthanasia Bill 52 did not go to a vote in mid-February. This is probably a temporary reprieve, but nonetheless it is positive. Many people wrote letters and lobbied the politicians in Québec and Ottawa, and since so many Members of the Québec National Assembly wanted to speak to Bill 52, time ran out.
If the minority separatist government in Québec calls an election, then Bill 52 will be dead, for now. Bill 52 is unconstitutional, imprecise and open to abuse, and Bill 52 is lethal. Thank you to: Living with Dignity; the Physicians for the Total Refusal of Euthanasia (Collectif); Toujour Vivant – Not Dead Yet; Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and the EPC members who have worked to stop euthanasia in Québec.
The CMA is seeking input from physicians concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide. Contact us for information.
The euthanasia issue may be temporarily on hold in Québec, yet the assisted suicide issue is heating up in US states. Assisted suicide bills have been introduced in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New Jersey. EPC is expecting that bills to legalize assisted suicide will be introduced in several other states. The terrible court decision that gave New Mexico doctors the right to prescribe suicide to their patients has not yet been appealed.
The good news is that a bill to make it easier to prosecute assisted suicide has been introduced in Arizona.
The assisted suicide issue is silently becoming the most important state by state issue in the United States. For this reason EPC has co-sponsored the First National Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide on May 2 – 3, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis. This is an opportunity to become informed and to become part of a trained leadership base. American groups that oppose assisted suicide need to send delegates to this conference and concerned individuals need to attend. More information
EPC co-sponsored the Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics April 25-26, at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. This is a leadership training seminar for disability rights advocates. More information
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