November 25, 2020
As we approach Christmas, many of us are finding ourselves within a COVID-19 lockdown. You may be living with loneliness and despair but it is important to maintain a sense of hope.
A recent report by Avis Favaro, the CTV News Medical Correspondent, concerns Nancy Russell (90) a long-term care resident in Toronto who decided that she wanted to die by euthanasia rather than live through another COVID-19 lockdown. We understand the loneliness and emotional turmoil caused by the lockdown but question how an otherwise healthy woman was approved for death by lethal injection?
During the Bill C-7 debate, stories and concerns continue to percolate up. An article in The Canadian Press contains an interview of Dr. Derryck Smith who admits to lethally injecting two people for mental illness alone and he states that he knows of several other similar deaths. The government claims that Bill C-7 prevents euthanasia for mental illness alone, but like the current legislation, it lacks definition, therefore it does not prevent euthanasia for mental illness. This should not surprise us, considering that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) uncovered the story of Alan Nichols, who was not physically ill but living with chronic depression, and died by euthanasia in August 2019.
On November 23, Justice Minister David Lametti told the Senate Committee that he hopes euthanasia will expand to people with mental illness, but it would require more time to do so. All of this is happening while the government did not fulfill its legislated obligation to review the euthanasia law starting in June 2020.
Contact your Member of Parliament and say that you oppose euthanasia Bill C-7, you oppose the new same-day-death provision in the bill, and you oppose that the legislation does not define basic terms such as psychological suffering or natural death being reasonably foreseeable. Without definitions, the bill will open the door to expanded killing. Visit the EPC blog (www.epcblog.org) for Bill C-7 articles.
In the past few weeks, EPC has organized several excellent online events. On November 12, Dr. Bill Toffler from Oregon spoke about assisted suicide lethal drug experiments on humans in the United States, and on November 19, Psychiatrist and Ethicist Mark Komrad spoke about why psychiatrists should not participate in euthanasia. To view these talks and more, visit our YouTube channel (linked here).
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