Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 25, 2009
'Right to die' means right to kill, say pro-life groups
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA — Life-affirming groups are mounting an offensive against a Bloc Quebecois’ MP’s third attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.
MP Francine Lalonde introduced her private member’s Bill C-384, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity), on May 13, the day before the National March for Life. Her previous bills died when elections were called.
A coalition of organizations hope to defeat the bill on second reading, which could happen early in the fall. The organizations include Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), Catholic Civil Rights League and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies (CFCPS).
“It’s not about your choice, it’s about doctors and medical practitioners having the right to take someone else’s life if they follow the rules properly,” said EPC executive director Alex Schadenberg.
“Let’s remember that the so-called ‘right-to-die’ goes hand in hand with the ‘right to kill,’” said COLF director Michèle Boulva. “We cannot let this happen in our country.”
Lalonde told the House of Commons it was time for Parliament to “decriminalize medical assistance in dying,” for those “whose suffering can no longer be relieved except by this ultimate compassion.”
Dr. Tim Lau, president of the CFCPS said the passing of such a bill would devalue life and send a message to vulnerable people they are “better off dead.”