October 25, 2018
We have sold almost 1500 copies of Fatal Flaws. People have said how powerful the film is and how it needs to be seen by as many people as possible. In response, we have produced a shorter version (55 min) designed for classrooms and shorter evening presentations.
The shorter version will be available in December. Pricing is $40 for 1 DVD, $100 for 3 DVDs or $150 for 5.
The stories featured in the Fatal Flaws companion pamphlet remain in the shorter version of the film. You can order 100 pamphlets for $40, 300 are $100 and 500, $150.
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) will release 3 reports in December concerning extending euthanasia to people who are incompetent but previously requested it, “mature minors” and people who request euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. These reports create a difficult problem for EPC since we oppose all euthanasia.
We created a pamphlet titled, Is Euthanasia Psychiatric Treatment? in response to the possible extension of euthanasia to people for psychiatric reasons. We also created a post card you can send to your Member of Parliament (no stamp required) that states: I oppose extending euthanasia based on psychiatric reasons alone. Both pamphlets and cards are no cost.
Earlier this month, we received a call from a woman who was mourning the euthanasia death of her grandfather. Her story is in November’s newsletter. Some people who are mourning the death of a loved one are being abandoned by friends, family and professionals. They are being told that they “should be happy and supportive”. This is an example of the culture of abandonment: abandoning someone to death and then abandoning the mourner(s) seeking help afterwards.
Compassionate Community Care (CCC) has a helpline offering advice, help and support: 1-855-675-8749.
We reported in last month’s newsletter that we were assisting a group of physicians who were working to uphold the World Medical Association (WMA) position against euthanasia. The physicians were successful! In response to the WMA opposition to euthanasia, the Canadian Medical Association withdrew its membership in the WMA. Recently, the American Medical Association Ethics Committee advised the AMA to remain opposed to assisted suicide.
There has been an overwhelming response to my blog article about The Hospital for Sick Children’s policy that, if euthanasia is extended to “mature minors,” they would approve euthanasia with or without parental consent. Clearly, most people oppose euthanasia for children.
Your financial support enables us to continue protecting people from euthanasia and assisted suicide, in Canada and around the world.
Thank you for your support!
Executive Director & International Chair