November 29, 2018
As we approach the Christmas season, we look back at what has been accomplished and we look forward to what needs to be done in the new year. Christmas is the season for celebration, family, faith, hope and renewal.
In January, we worked with Fabian Stahle, from Sweden, to uncover the fact that the Oregon Health Authority has redefined terminal illness to enable many more people to qualify for assisted suicide.
In the spring, EPC completed the Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death film which is being distributed world-wide. I have personally attended many screenings across Canada and the US, and recently in Israel. Last week, I travelled to Edmonton to speak to a seniors’ group in the afternoon and show Fatal Flaws at night. Then I flew to Regina for a screening and to Saskatoon for another screening. After returning home, on Saturday I travelled to Bowmanville. All this was only possible through the support we receive when you use our Air Miles card. If you need a replacement or additional cards, call us at 1-877-439-3348.
Last month, we re-edited Fatal Flaws to produce a 56-minute “classroom version”. We are working with a company to distribute it to schools. You can order this shorter DVD for $40 each or $100 for 3. Further bulk orders are available upon request.
Last month, we published the pamphlet Is Euthanasia Psychiatric Treatment? and we distributed bilingual post-cards to Members of Parliament stating: I oppose extending euthanasia based on psychiatric reasons alone. You can sign the online petition linked here.
This month, we published a new pamphlet Is Child Euthanasia Next in Canada? and we are distributing a printed petition opposing the extension of euthanasia to include children. We created an online petition with the same message. The article I wrote about The Hospital for Sick Children’s policy on child euthanasia has received almost 120,000 pageviews on our blog (www.epcblog.org).
Our work in Canada in the new year will focus on fighting the extension of euthanasia, promoting the conscience rights’ legislation that MP David Anderson has introduced, and promoting the new version of Fatal Flaws.
Our work in the US in the new year will focus on the Stopping Assisted Suicide In Your State Campaign Training Session and Conference (January 25/26, 2019) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We expect that more than 20 US states will be debating the assisted suicide legislation in 2019. Everyone in the US needs to be activated.
We recently received a call from a nurse who was feeling pressured to participate in euthanasia (MAID). I told her not to participate in euthanasia and, if she had a problem, we would help her. EPC has an email list of almost 40,000, thousands on our mailing list, a Facebook following of 13,000 and a purpose to protect you from euthanasia. We need your continued support, especially as the year comes to an end. We are making a difference!
May the Peace and Blessings of this Christmas Season bring you hope for the new year.
Executive Director & International Chair