Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience
The Government of Canada is asking for input by January 27 on their proposal to expand the criteria for euthanasia in Canada so that more people will be eligible. We would like you to tell them what you think.
A Quebec Court declared in September that the clause in the federal euthanasia legislation that death must be “reasonably foreseeable” in order for a patient to qualify was unconstitutional. This clause was added to the law when it was passed in 2016 to protect people with disabilities, including those with mental health concerns.
Doctors know that often persons with disabilities or with serious mental health concerns consider suicide rather than to face life with a physical or psychological limitation. But with love, a strong support network and proper medical care, many do change their minds and lead their lives with dignity and self-respect.
What if that supportive community is not there? What if the government does not provide proper mental health or palliative care supports? (THEY DON’T) What about the stigma and attitudes that consider people with disabilities a burden on society? What about the barriers that currently exist in simple day to day living? Any normal person would get discouraged. Now our government is proposing to offer euthanasia rather than a helping hand.
All along, the 2015 legalization of euthanasia (also known as Medical Assistance in Dying) was sold as a solution for the elderly who were near death anyway and who were in intolerable physical pain. Those who were opposed to legalizing euthanasia argued that it was a slippery slope and that vulnerable people, children, those with disabilities, those with mental health concerns, and those with dementia would be put at risk. Now, less than five years later, what was predicted has now happened. And our government, is leading the charge to open euthanasia to more and more people.
We know from a report commissioned by the Federal government that they are looking into including children, people whose primary diagnosis is mental illness, and those with advanced directives to be able to be euthanized.
That is why we need people to complete this survey. When you read the survey form you will notice that you will not be asked whether or not euthanasia should be expanded to include persons with disabilities. Sadly, that is assumed by the government. The only real questions permitted in the survey are whether or not to go with euthanasia through advance directives or to add to existing “safeguards”.
While the survey is designed so that you aren't asked the critical questions about expanding access to euthanasia, there is room for you to speak up. You can use the open-ended comment boxes to point out that persons with disabilities (including those with new diagnoses) should be given the resources to live not the invitation to die. Parliament could legally overrule the Quebec judge's decision. You may also use this space to challenge expansion of the criteria to children, or to people who have advanced directives. You can also speak to the total inadequacy of the current so-called “safeguards” and to advocate that the safeguards be strengthened, beginning with the adoption of the Vulnerable Persons Standard: https://www.vps-npv.ca
If you would like to learn more about what doctors are saying about the dangers of the euthanasia expansion please refer to this article.
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Refugee Bag Project Items
For Members attending the next two Regional Workshops, the following are items needed for the Refugee Bag Project:
Personal Care Items:
The collection or purchase is of toiletries and other sundries:
Tooth brushes, Tooth Paste, hand soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant: for men and for women, razors and shaving cream for men only, hair brushes, finger nail kits, famine napkins, sometimes towels and face clothes are requested Also stationary items as pens to note books.
Children's items such as: Colouring books pencil crayons, small stuffed animals and playing cards.
Current calendars and reusable grocery bags.
They will also take monetary donations to purchase the items they require.
Thank you for all your donations
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Edmonton Diocesan CWL Regional Workshop
CWL Brunch “Just Because”
Catholic Women’s League
Brunch “Just Because”
Saturday, February 8, 2020
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Chateau Louis Conference Centre
11727 Kingsway Ave, Edmonton
Silent auction in support of Valour Place
Military Family Support House
“Home Away From Home”
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