Interventions by Bishops against Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Over the past few weeks, during the hearings of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, the following Bishops intervened by means of a public statement or a letter to the elected representatives of their region. These interventions are in addition to the written submission by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, on January 29, 2016, to the Joint Parliamentary Committee by means of a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott. In addition, in his message for Lent 2016, the President of the CCCB invited "our community of faith and all its members to ponder deeply on this important and crucial juncture which our country is facing. Will we prefer palliative and home care, or assisted suicide and euthanasia?"
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Canada's Minister of Justice asks Supreme Court for extension on assisted suicide legislation.
By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Hon Jody Wilson-Raybould, yesterday, asked the Supreme Court of Canada for a six-month extension to enable the government to legislate in response to the Supreme Court of Canada Carter decision. Read more
Conservative Government Appoints a Consultation Panel
On July 17, 2015, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada's lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide. Click on the picture to read more on the CCCB website and for the link to the Consultation website.
With the support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has launched a National Campaign for Palliative and Home Care, and Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, inviting all people of good will to answer Christ’s plea: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:40). Click on the picture to read more on the COLF website.
On August 26 delegates at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) annual meeting rejected a motion (79%) to respect the conscience rights of physicians who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide./ Click on the picture below to read more on the Euthanasia Prevention website.
Palliative Care: the Canadian Medical Associations Call to Action
This document provides examples of innovative care delivery models, training opportunities and physician leaders in palliative care. Click on the picture below to read the document.
Read the Canadian Medical Association's member consultation report on end of life care by clicking on the picture below.