As the Christmas season approaches we continue our work to protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Bill 52, the bill to legalize “Belgian-style” euthanasia was passed at second reading on October 29 in the Quebec National Assembly. The Quebec government held Bill 52 committee hearings and they are now considering amendments. It is likely that Bill 52 will go to a final vote this month.
Write to Justice Minister Hon Peter MacKay, asking him to: equally protect all Canadians from euthanasia & assisted suicide, and if Bill 52 passes in the Quebec National Assembly, the federal government needs to challenge the unconstitutional Bill 52 in the court. The contact information for Peter MacKay is on page 4 of the newsletter.
The Bentley “spoon feeding” case will be heard in a BC Court on Dec. 17 – 19. EPC attended a hearing on Nov 27 to request intervener standing, but the Judge failed to attend. A decision was made to hear our request to intervene at the beginning of the trial on Dec 17. The Bentley family has asked the court to define spoon feeding as medical treatment. If the BC court defines spoon feeding as medical treatment, it will threaten the lives of all incompetent people.
On Oct 10, the BC Court of Appeal overturned the terrible decision by Justice Smith in the Carter case, a case that seeks to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. The BC Civil Liberties Association appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. EPC asked the Supreme Court not to hear the Carter case because the record in Carter is insufficient to make such an important decision on an issue that parliament, and not the court, should decide.
The launch of EPC – Europe was very positive. The press conference was well received and the “Great Debate” went well. At the debate, using Belgium statistics, I proved that euthanasia is a threat to vulnerable people. It was cold comfort when euthanasia promoter, Jan Bernheim, admitted that there are problems with euthanasia in Belgium.
Under the leadership of Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, a disability rights’ leader and EPC Europe Director, and Dr Peter Saunders, its Chair, EPC – Europe will create a strong and effective push-back to the euthanasia lobby in Europe.
The Euthanasia Symposium (Nov 8 – 9) was a success. The purpose of the symposium, is to educate our leaders and supporters on how to oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide. The recent symposium also brought international leaders together (Nov 8) to discuss how to respond to the current trends. The leaders’ meeting was very effective.
The First National (USA) Assisted Suicide Symposium is May 2 – 3, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis. The symposium will feature national and international speakers to educate and train people to oppose assisted suicide.
EPC is leading the prevention of euthanasia and assisted suicide. EPC has recognized the need to represent you in court to protect you from euthanasia. Donations are needed for our Legal Fund. You can purchase the book Exposing Vulnerable People as a Christmas gift, make a Christmas donation or become a regular monthly EPC donor.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Executive Director / International Chair