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May 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

There are many signs of hope among our regular difficulties. On May 15, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided that physicians in Ontario will be required to do an “effective referral” for controversial procedures. At the same time, MP David Anderson’s conscience rights Bill C-418 was scheduled for debate today (May 29) and in America, the Federal Health and Human Services department announced an order to protect conscience rights.

What seems like an ultimate defeat helps us to focus on what we can do to support Bill C-418 and it encourages us to meet with our political representatives, urging them to legislate respect for conscience rights.

People speak about how conscience rights protect medical professionals; in reality conscience rights protect patients. Patients ask for death by lethal injection (MAiD) because they feel like their lives have lost value or purpose, they have become depressed by their circumstances, don’t want to be a burden on others, or fear future suffering. I want my physician not to fear saying, “I WILL NOT KILL YOU, BUT I WILL CARE FOR YOU”.

If physicians fear recrimination for refusing to refer someone to death, they are less likely to protect life. As a human being, I need my physician to say NO when I am at the lowest time of my life. Conscience rights provide patient protection.

On May 20, the media announced that doctors were heavily sedating Vincent Lambert, in Reims, France, as the beginning of the process of withholding his food and fluids. Lambert, who does not require medical treatment, only assisted feeding, has been living with a cognitive disability since surviving a motorcycle accident in 2008.

Later that day, Lambert’s parents received great news when a court of appeal in Paris ordered that his feeding must continue. The decision was based on an intervention from the United Nations Committee on Disability Rights.

Twenty years ago (July 15, 1999), I began working as Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC). Over the years I have experienced victories and set-backs but I have never focused on the negative. The EPC did not create the problem. We remain steadfast that killing people is never a solution to human difficulties.

Among our many successes, we produced The Euthanasia Deception documentary and the award-winning Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death film. We were instrumental in the overwhelming defeat of the euthanasia bill in 2010 and we are helping others and saving lives by working with the Compassionate Community Care charity and its 1-855-675-8749 helpline.

Our work remains more important than ever before. We are an effective voice opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide and we are helping other countries and States oppose legalization. When euthanasia or assisted suicide became legal, we continued to challenge the social current. Your donations and continued support have enabled us to serve you and protect life. Please remember us this month or consider a special donation to EPC for my 20 years of service.

Thank you for your continued support!

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director

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