A dark day in Canadian history: the Government’s Bill C-14 received Royal Assent and became Canada’s new law on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, June 17th. Competent Canadians who are at least 18 years of age and have a "grievous and irremediable medical condition" may legally obtain the assistance of a doctor or nurse to end their own lives.
A good thing is that the House of Commons refused to include a key Senate recommendation to expand access to those for whom death has not become "reasonably foreseeable”. This particular amendment would have opened the door for many more assisted suicide deaths in Canada.
But there is nothing good about Bill C-14. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition defines Bill C-14 as "the most wide-open bill in the world," and "even worse than the Belgian law," since "no [other] jurisdiction in the world offers legal immunity to anyone who does anything for the purposes of assisting death."
This excellent article was taken from a LifeSiteNews blog by Jonathon Van Maren
20 reasons why euthanasia corrupts everything it touches, and must be opposed
There are many in-depth analyses of assisted suicide and euthanasia flying about the Internet as the debate heats up in the Canadian Parliament and Senate. I’ve written several myself. Today, however, I want to give twenty summarized reasons for why people should reconsider euthanasia. Canada’s media - with notable exceptions like the National Post’s Andrew Coyne - have consistently promoted assisted suicide, with the result that many of the consequences and implications have not been adequately considered:
1. Assisted suicide suggests that for people to “die with dignity,” they must die faster. The underlying insinuation of the “Death with Dignity” movement is that those who do not opt for an expedited exit are not dying with dignity. (Go here to read more on LifeSiteNews)
(Re-print from an e-mail from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - Alex Schadenberg)
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Living with Dignity and the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia have organized a rally on parliament hill on Wednesday June 1 (12 noon - 1:30 pm) (Link to the rally information).
If you cannot attend the rally then please share this email with your contacts or on your facebook page. You can also donate towards the cost of the rally (Donation Link).
The rally may be our last opportunity to challenge Canadian society concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide and the dangerous language contained within Bill C-14.
You can still contact the Senators concerning Bill C-14. (Link to article). An explanation of Bill C-14 is attached to the email.
Thank you again for all your continued support.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Box 25033 London ON N6C 6A8
1-877-439-3348 or 519-439-3348
Fr. Jeffrey Stephaniuk, SPLA Blog Editor
As with calls to remove prayer from the Legislature, those who demand and defend abortion will need to seek election themselves in order to effect their changes, and also to call a constitutional summit.
There is no human right to abortion, not at the United Nations, and not in Canada. Justice Wilson in Morgentaler 1988 spoke of both timely access to abortion and the role of legislators in defending the human fetus as fetus “somewhere in the second trimester”, which means earlier than the “20 weeks gestation” of which the protesters with the change.org account are critical.
Further, Abortion is not health care, neither for the mother not the pre-born. The phrase, "changes to reproductive status", used in the petition calling for an apology for the flag, when referring to real pregnancy, that is post-conception, requires the same acceptance of the dishonest use of language as the migrant who defended his action of raping a boy in Austria as a “sex emergency.” The euphemism, "changes to reproductive status" after pregnancy has begun can only mean the will and consent to end the life of a pre-born human being, just as "sex emergency" can only mean the inexcusable action of violating an innocent child.
The protests over the flag at the Prince Albert City Hall are similar to a Super Bowl 2016 television ad about an ultrasound and a pre-born child and Doritos chips. The criticism centred on “humanizing fetuses” in a commercial with computer generated effects of a pre-born child on ultrasound. “The commitment” of abortion groups “to denying the humanity of the unborn child is in conflict with basic common sense,” wrote Jay Nordlinger for National Review Online, the possibility that he or she is something other than “a meaningless blob of protoplasm.”
The reaction of the protesters in Prince Albert is to a flag with the phrases "Please let me Live" and "Celebrate Life Week". The flag also features a cartoon, Umbert the Unborn, “the comic strip by Gary Cangemi that has been charming people of all ages with its gentle humor and pre-natal antics since 2001,” according to Cangemi’s website.
Very often pro-life groups shy away from the graphic abortion imagery of real human beings who have been beheaded and dismembered during the pre-born time of their development by abortionists, precisely because they do not want to offend anyone. As Jonathon van Maren with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform explains about the graphic imagery, they “show what happened when that human being was mutilated during the abortion procedure… a very small human being has been violently evicted from the womb he or she needs to continue developing.” Herein lies the real human rights abuse.
With 125,000 abortions around the world every day, the threat to the protesters’ one-world government and the existence of a “global so-called ‘Pro-Life’ and Anti-Abortion movements” is a conspiracy theory one could only wish would some day in the future be true, and is most definitely furthest from the truth today. The reality is that our own Canadian government has once again started to use tax payer dollars for abortions around the world where Canada provides maternal and other assistance, just as provinces continue to use taxpayer funds to pay abortionists here.
From the language used of "pregnant person" and "choices about their own bodily autonomy" these protesters sound more like gender identity ideologists than debaters grounded in reason and reality. In June, their rainbow flag will be flying on that same spot as this pro-life flag. Identity really is the issue, but not of those who "self-identify" as a pregnant person, but what a woman, who is already a mother after conception has occurred, is already pregnant with, namely a real, live, independently developing human being, her very child.
Fr. Jeffrey Stephaniuk,
SPLA Blog Editor
ACTION ALERT: I OPPOSE BILL C-14 Medical Aid in Dying Bill
Wed. May 4, 2016 the Liberals shut down debate on Bill C-14. They are trying to push Bill C-14 through. We must push back.
We need to keep telling our government officials we oppose Bill C-14.
PLEASE phone, email or write your MP (House of Commons, Ottawa ON K1A 0A6) and the following government officials.
When phoning you may be asked to leave a message, listen closely to the instructions. If you talk directly to a person they are required to document your statements and be polite.
Phone Script Sample:
Hi, my name is______. I live in ______. My phone number is______.
I oppose Bill C-14, the Medical Aid in Dying Bill. This is a dangerous bill; if it passes many vulnerable Canadians lives will be at risk. I agree with Liberal MP Robert Falcon Quellette who opposes Bill C-14 when he states it will increase the spirit of suicide. Suicide, especially among our youth and native Canadians, is already a huge problem. Bill C-14 will kill hope and many Canadians. I support Palliative and Hospice care, not killing. Bill C-14 does not protect “Conscience freedom” so that is another reason I oppose Bill C-14. Thank you for listening.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: Constituent Office-514-277-6020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon Jane Philpott Health Minister: Health Issue Hotline: 1-866-225-0709 Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca
Hon Jody Wilson-Raybould Justice Minister: 613-992-1416 Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca
Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Committee Chair Senator Bob Runciman: 613-943-4020 or 1-800-267-7362 email@example.com
Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Committee Chair Anthony Housefather: 613-995-0121 Anthony.Housefather@parl.gc.ca
Colette Stang (R), President of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association, is pictured here with Stephanie Gray (left), who was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, Calgary, AB; and is now the President of: Love Unleashes Life, Maple Ridge, BC. Stephanie was the guest speaker at the North Battleford Right to Life banquet on May 1st. Stephanie, besides being an excellent speaker and Pro-Life warrior/advocate, recently wrote a book : "Love Unleashes LIFE".
"Love Unleashes Life" offers a fresh approach to pro-life apologetics. It is designed to equip people to reach not only peoples’ minds but also their hearts, on the controversial topic of abortion. Through the use of sample dialogues and proven strategies Stephanie equips you with the confidence to truly communicate while changing hearts and minds. 136 pgs, paperback. Canadians or Americans can purchase her book by going here.
From her biography: "... Much of Stephanie’s media experience was generated when she spent 12 years as executive director and co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, a ministry that took her to Alberta and Ontario. In 2014, she returned to her home province of British Columbia and now speaks on behalf of her ministry Love Unleashes Life."
"Stephanie is Faculty at Blackstone Legal Fellowship where she trains law students from around the world about conversing persuasively on abortion. She is author of Love Unleashes Life: Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth as well as A Physician’s Guide to Discussing Abortion. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC in Vancouver, and a Certification, with Distinction, in Health Care Ethics, from the NCBC in Philadelphia." Read more here.
If you want to hear her testimony, click on video below or go here: https://youtu.be/DUM95Ezi6bU
Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide will cause a culture shift so great that many vulnerable lives will be threatened. We will enter an era of the wide spread acceptance of suicide, assisted suicide, elder abuse and the killing of vulnerable Canadians. PLEASE OPPOSE: GO TO: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition www.epcc.ca sign the on-line petition and the Declaration of Hope. Then, GO TO: Parliament of Canada Official E-petition http://petitions.parl.gc.ca and sign petition e-263 (Assisted Suicide) Harold Albrecht and sign.
Make plan to attend presentations in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina on the following dates.The Scriptures teach that life is a precious God-given gift. Our society's acceptance and potential normalizing of physician-assisted death and euthanasia are worthy of reflection. This presentation will explore the dangers these practices pose to all Canadians, providing participants with the necessary tools to engage in
this discussion. Come deepen your understanding of the political situation in Canada, share your stories and questions, and learn more about how you can approach suffering with the compassion of Christ.
7:00-9:00 pm Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Forest Grove Community Church
502 Webster Street, Saskatoon
| 7:00-9:00 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Mont St. Joseph Home
777 - 28th Street East, Prince Albert
|7:00-9:00 pm Monday, June 20, 2016
Parliament Community Church
4011 Pasqua Street, Regina
Presenter: Mary Deutscher, Ph.D.(c)
Mary is a member of the Diocese of Saskatoon’s Justice and Peace Commission, and a Board Member for the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan. She holds an M.A. in Public Ethics (St. Paul University, Ottawa); a B.A. in Philosophy (St. Thomas More College, U of S); a B.Sc.-3yr in Biology (U of S): and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Mary has served as a Roman Catholic Chaplain at Pasqua Hospital in Regina (2010-2013). She also writes a monthly column for the Prairie Messenger titled, “Building a Culture of Life.”
This session is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.
Catholice Health Association of Saskatchewan
1702 - 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Z9 P: 306-655-5330 F: 306-655-5333 www.chassk.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
An Easter message from Colette Stang, President of SPLA
Will I be like Simon and have to be compelled to help Jesus to carry the cross, or will I open my heart to someone in need and pick up the cross with a willing heart?
We are immersed in the Lenten season and will we make a new commitment to carry the cross with those who need our help? We do not have to look far. Our families certainly have needs that may overwhelm us.
The Saskatchewan Pro-Life association Inc. carries the cross against countless threats to life and family. We are willing to bear the cross (read the rest of the newsletter here.)