November 2, 2017
Last month we released the first clip from the Fatal Flaws film, featuring the story of Candice Lewis, a 25-year-old Newfoundland woman who was pressured by her doctor to die an “assisted death.” EPC sent Kevin Dunn (DunnMedia) to Newfoundland to interview her. Lewis’ story received more than 25,000 YouTube hits in the first few weeks.
In August, Kevin went to the Netherlands for a series of interviews for Fatal Flaws. One of the interviews was with a woman named Margreet who told him the story of her mother who died by euthanasia without request. Watch for the release of Margreet’s story in the next few weeks.
The Fatal Flaws film is a challenging venture enabling EPC to uncover powerful new stories but it has also created an incredible demand upon our limited financial resources. Even with the generous donations already received towards the film’s production, which we are thankful for, we still owe DunnMedia & Entertainment a considerable amount.
Fatal Flaws will be a game changer in the euthanasia debate. The material that has been filmed is powerful. If you support the film’s production then please help us by making a generous donation this month. You can donate online by clicking here.
The 2017 National Euthanasia Symposium went very well on October 28. This was the first time that we simultaneously broadcast our annual symposium, making it available throughout Canada and reaching viewers in Europe, America and Australia. The Symposium speakers gave incredible presentations and the live broadcast worked without problems.
I was upset to find out that when one of our conference participants returned home to the U.S., he discovered that the airline had shockingly destroyed his wheelchair. People with disabilities live with negative attitudes but to also experience callous treatment from a major airline is too much, especially since his wheelchair is a necessity.
There are currently court cases in British Columbia and Québec challenging the language of the euthanasia law that limits euthanasia to persons whose “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.” Both cases are based on persons who are not terminally ill but claim that the law infringes upon their “right to die.” EPC will intervene in these cases.
EPC continues to work with the Compassionate Community Care (CCC) helpline (1-855-675-8749) for those seeking advice, help and support concerning euthanasia, assisted suicide and end-of-life medical treatment questions. The CCC helpline is an accessible service being used by people across Canada and the U.S. Since euthanasia became legal in Canada last year, Compassionate Community Care has become an important life-saving service.
We know that many people choose to support groups that make a difference in their lives and we are grateful to everyone who supports us. We appeal to you now as we face a financial crisis with the cost of producing Fatal Flaws.