Euthanasia Bill 52 is lethal

eb62ffa2-89e4-44ab-a212-0a67d1564e9cA press release from Life Canada:

Pro-euthanasia legislation in Quebec guts the soul of medicine

June 6, 2014

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON – Quebec has voted to legalize euthanasia in the province under the guise of “medical aid in dying,” giving doctors the power to lethally inject their patients with the intent to end their lives.

Tragically, this law, though designed to limit euthanasia to those at the end of life, neither clearly defines what is meant by ‘end of life’ nor protects those with psychological suffering who would seek euthanasia as a means of dealing with their problems.

“The passage of Bill 52 is a corruption of medicine, that will force doctors to abandon an age-old oath they took to protect the life of every patient, namely the Hippocratic Oath”, said Natalie Sonnen, executive director of LifeCanada.” This decision by the Quebec government has gutted the soul of medicine in that Province, and will have a lasting impact on the rest of Canada.”

The elderly and disabled are particularly affected by this legislation because Bill 52 states that those eligible must be in “an advanced and irreversible decline of function.”

Particularly galling is the way that the legislation has blurred the lines between palliative care and euthanasia, by referring to euthanasia as “continuous palliative sedation”. Palliative care is a vital service that truly helps patients die with dignity, and which is currently available to only 16% of the Canadian population.

“When a doctor kills a patient, implicit in that act is the notion that the patient’s life was not worth living, and that is a powerful and destructive message that is sent to the sick, elderly, disabled, and mentally ill of our society,” said Sonnen. “No safeguards can protect us against the message that some lives will be worth fighting for and some will not.”

Safeguards are a hollow promise especially in light of studies that have shown, again and again, that they do not work. A 2010 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is just one example. That study showed that fully one third of euthanasia deaths in Belgium were performed illegally and without patient consent.

The Quebec model for Bill 52 has been Belgium, which has received the Council of Europe’s condemnation for their decision to offer euthanasia to children. The Council wrote that the Belgian law “betrays some of the most vulnerable”.

Finally, public polling on the issue has failed to explain what has been meant by the term “medical aid in dying.” A more reliable study by Abingdon research in October 2013 showed that when the public understand that euthanasia is involved, support for the legislation drops to only 35%.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Natalie Sonnen at 1-866-780-5433.

LifeCanada/VieCanada is a national, not-for-profit organization working to ensure respect and dignity for all Canadians.

 

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Abortion in New Brunswick

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73% of Atlantic Canadians do not support public funding of abortion on demand according to an Environics Research Group 2011 survey . The Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton said that it would have to close this summer for financial reasons. The director of the clinic said that it could not remain open unless it received medicare funds. The Morgentaler clinic is a private facility. For years, Dr. Morgentaler sought to have abortions covered through public funds at his clinic in New Brunswick. The province of New Brunswick funds abortions in hospitals but not in private clinics and hence rejected Dr. Morgentaler’s demands.

As for the rest of Canada,  the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario Québec and Newfoundland pay for abortions  performed in hospitals and private clinics. Other provinces pay for abortions done in hospitals. Some provinces do not have private abortion facilities.

The Canada Health Act does not require that abortions be funded.  In fact the Canada Health Act does not mention abortion. It requires only that medically necessary services performed by a physician be provincially funded.

Does abortion qualify as a medically necessary service? Canadian Physicians for Life have said:

“Abortion is not an essential medical service. It is designated “medically necessary” for purely social and political, not medical, reasons. Pregnancy is not  an”injury, illness or disease.” There is no proof that abortion improves health.  In fact it disrupts a normal physiological process, poses a risk to the mother, and ends the life of her developing child. There is no “medical necessity” where no medical benefit or health risk exists.”

“To justify funding of a service, the medical necessity and therapeutic value of that service should be undisputed.”

Abortion advocates lobbied for abortion under the banner of “choice” but expect the taxpayer to fund this “choice”.

 

 

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Life before birth

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Caring not Killing!

euthanasia flyer - 2014Euthanasia and assisted suicide are the end of all care.  Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not “medical aid in dying”  but medical killing.

In a letter to the Montreal Gazette dated April 23, 2014, Dr. Balfour Mount, the founder of palliative care in Canada and Dr. Serge Daneault, Chief, Palliative Care Service, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, highlight the dangers of Bill 52. The Québec government’s Bill 52 would legalize euthanasia in the province. They write:

“It is impossible to legalize euthanasia without putting vulnerable patients at risk, as the experience in Belgium and other countries shows clearly. Bill 52, with or without the amendments, goes even farther than the Belgian law; it defines medical homicide as health care and requires that it be available to all patients who meet the exceedingly broad criteria set out in the bill.

The public, which seems to be clamouring for so-called death with dignity , is largely unaware that what is being proposed to them is a homicidal act and that skilled palliative care and wise management of end of life decisions are sufficient to address the fears leading to their request.”

Canadians need improved access to quality palliative care not medical killing.

 

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When does human life begin?

 

Human life begins at conception. This is a scientific fact not a religious belief.

In Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia, 5th edition we find:

“At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum(zygote) a new life has begun…”.

Signs4life.ca produced these bus shelter and interior bus advertisements which ran in Halifax in January. A simple caption reads: Luc was born today but his life began nine months ago.

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On abortion and equality

CELEBRATE-THE-MOM-TRF      The Radiance Foundation (www.theradiancefoundation.org) produced this timely poster in March. International Women’s Day is marked that month.  Action Life believes that all human beings are equal before and after birth. The most fundamental human right is the right to life.  Without it, true equality cannot be achieved.

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Canada’s First National Cord Blood Bank Opened

September 30th saw the opening of Canada’s first national cord blood bank and the first donations of umbilical cord blood, a rich source of stem cells.

This is good news. These cord blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells hence do not pose an ethical or moral problem. Embryonic stem cells however require the destruction of a human life at the embryonic stage.

As Elizabeth Payne reported in her October 1st Ottawa Citizen article “Cord blood bank opens with first donations,” the collection of cord blood donations began at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic and General campuses.

Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, director of the National Public Cord Blood Bank, explained that doctors of patients needing a stem-cell transplant can access international cord blood banks at a cost of $42 000 per unit; however, owing to Canada’s ethnic diversity, a close match for patients can’t be found in many cases. In fact, half of the 1 000 patients awaiting stem-cell transplants can’t find a match. Having a national cord blood bank will ensure Canada’s ethnic diversity is reflected and help more patients find matches.

The goal is to have 18 000 units of cord blood available in Ottawa and Edmonton, where the second phase will be opened. By the middle of 2014, umbilical cord blood will also be collected in Brampton, Edmonton and Vancouver. Dr. Elmoazzen noted these cities were chosen along with Ottawa because of their ethnic diversity and high birthrates.

Although private cord blood banks (where parents save their infants’ cord blood for their own possible use) already existed, Canada was one of the few G20 countries with no national public cord blood bank.

Canadian Blood Services will run the bank for the provinces and territories except Quebec, where Héma-Québec runs the provincial bank.

Dr. Elmoazzen said that more people would have access to stem cells to treat leukemia and lymphoma, among other diseases. Stem cells are more easily matched and these treatments result in fewer side effects than other options, such as bone marrow transplants.

In her October 16th Canadian Medical Association Journal article “National cord blood bank opens first sites in Ottawa,” Laura Eggertson reported that the bank had collected 40 units of cord blood within a week of its opening. Dr. Elmoazzen expected the bank to meet its goal of collecting 18 000 units in six years.

To inform expectant mothers about the donation process, more than 10 000 information booklets on cord blood donation have been sent by Canadian Blood Services to Ottawa physicians and midwives.
Umbilical cord blood can be donated as long as the mother is healthy, delivers at 34 weeks into her pregnancy or later, and gives birth to a single child.

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The cost of abortion in Ontario

At least, 30 million tax dollars pay for abortion in Ontario.

ON DEMAND    The cost of abortion has been estimated at 30 to 50 million dollars a year for the province of Ontario.

In 2010, 44,091 abortions (43,997 surgical abortions + 94 chemical abortions) were performed in Ontario according to data obtained from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through a Freedom of Information request submitted by Patricia Maloney at Run with Life blog.   If one uses the low estimate of $800.00 per abortion, the cost would be close to 36 million dollars for the year 2010.

Abortions are publicly funded in the province whether performed in hospitals or private abortion clinics.

There is much talk of scare health care dollars, of patients waiting for medically necessary procedures, yet when it comes to abortion which we are told is a woman’s choice, the taxpayer must fund this “choice”.

Indeed , the common refrain of abortion advocates, “My body, My choice” doesn’t speak of medical necessity.

On October 31, 2001, Marilyn Wilson, the then Executive Director of the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, told the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:

“Women who make the decision to abort a child at a certain point in their lives do so for socio-economic reasons. Sometimes, it is a desire to complete their education and become financially independent. In  many cases, couples with children wish to restrict their family size in order to provide adequate financial support.”

Health care dollars are used to fund abortions for socio-economic reasons while others wait for much needed medical services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abortion in Canada

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Over 100,000 abortions are performed in Canada every year.

Every unborn child who dies by abortion is more than a statistic. Every abortion ends the life of a unique human being, a human being of infinite worth.

 

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The slippery slope of euthanasia and assisted suicide

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The Québec government’s Bill 52 does not restrict euthanasia to the terminally ill. It would allow people who have a serious and incurable illness, who “suffer from an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability” or those who are in “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain, which cannot be relieved in a manner the person deems tolerable” to avail themselves of euthanasia. Multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease are  incurable illnesses but usually patients live with these illnesses for many years. Medicine has more to offer patients than abandonment to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Euthanasia would involve the physician giving a lethal injection to the patient. Euthanasia is not medical care it is killing.

Proponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia attempt to convince us that the slippery slope does not exist and that effective safeguards could be enacted which would guarantee that all euthanasia and assisted suicide deaths would be voluntary, this despite an abundance of data which proves otherwise. Legalizing euthanasia has consequences. In jurisdictions where it is legal safeguards have not protected patients.  32% of euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium from June to November 2007 were done without the patient’s explicit request according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal of June 2010.

In the Netherlands, patients have also been euthanised without request or consent. According to Dutch government statistics, 310 individuals had their lives ended by euthanasia without explicit request. The Netherlands also permits euthanasia of infants with disabilities through the Groningen protocol. 23% of euthanasia deaths were not reported in the Netherlands in 2010. (Lancet July 2012)

Canadian palliative care consultant and nurse educator Jean Echlin said “that one person’s autonomy could be another’s death sentence.”

Euthanasia and assisted suicide fundamentally alter the role of the physician from one of healer to killer. Euthanasia and suicide advocates would have you believe that death with dignity can be achieved by a lethal injection or a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.  Killing the patient is much cheaper than offering quality end of life care. There is a better way to handle patient needs and fears than to propose that doctors become death dealers.

 

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