Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 3, 2005
Bishops ready to fight assisted suicide
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"Our legal system should be inspired by a culture of life in which each person feels responsible for the well being of others until their natural death."
- Canadian bishops
"I don't think there is any public desire to open the floodgates to Dutch-style assisted murder, which is what it is, legalizing the killing of human beings," Kenney told CCN Sept. 26. "That's a taboo that I don't think a liberal democracy that respects the right to life should cross."
Kenney is not the only one who has raised concerns about the Netherlands in relation to Lalonde's bill.
"The situation (in the Netherlands) has now deteriorated to the point where they euthanize numerous babies born with spina bifida," Dr. Will Johnston, co-chair of the Euthanasia Coalition of B.C., recently told Today's Family News, (TFN) an outreach of Focus on the Family Canada.
"It's (Bill C-407) is "so generally worded as to be a virtual licence to kill in almost any circumstance and offers no reassurance at all to people who are looking for safeguards," Johnston told TFN.
In a Sept. 26 news release, the Catholic Civil Rights League urged its members to voice their concerns to political leaders about assisted suicide.
"We want this dangerous bill stopped," said CCRL President Phil Horgan.
"In looking back over the legislative initiatives, generally, we have reason to be fearful of what this Parliament will do in response to euthanasia," Horgan said in a telephone interview.
Horgan pointed out that the Liberal government has criminalized religious speech against homosexual behaviour by passing Bill C-250 and redefined marriage.
Horgan expects the re-definition of marriage will become an issue again in the next election, but in the meantime Parliament will be dealing with a number of issues of concern to Catholics in addition to assisted suicide, such as raising the age of consent for sexual activity and decriminalizing marijuana.
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