Bill C-14: “Medical Assistance in Dying”
On April 14, 2016, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-14 to legalize assisted suicide. The government bill using the term ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ seeks to allow assisted suicide under certain conditions for “persons who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes them enduring and intolerable suffering and who wish to seek medical assistance in dying.” Read the bill here.
Archbishop Miller and the CCCB released the following statement regarding Bill C-14:
Read the full report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying:
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING: A PATIENT-CENTRED APPROACH
Joint Chairs: Hon. Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie and Robert Oliphant
Government is drafting legislation
The Government of Canada is now drafting assisted-suicide legislation. It is essential that the law include conscience protections to ensure that individuals who ethically cannot participate in assisted suicide suffer no harm to their career or any other form of discrimination.
Download, print and mail the postcard (here) to let your voice be heard.
Interested in doing more? Sign the petition!
A petition calling for a national palliative care strategy is available at your local parish! Please consider signing it! You can also print out the petition here, sign it and mail postage-free to MP Mark Warawa, who is organizing the campaign.
Resources and Materials
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
To educate parishioners on the Church’s teaching on End of Life issues, the CCCB has produced a campaign and special website.
This website has been created to give dioceses, parishes, movements, associations and families as well as individuals easy access to all the campaign materials.
A National Campaign for Palliative and Home Care: Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, download campaign brochure here
Catholic Organization for Life and Family
Resources to download on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Archdiocese of Vancouver: Life, Marriage and Family Office
Respect Life Office Church’s teaching on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
End of Life Decisions – Advance care planning documents and articles on ethical end of life decisions.
Answering Assisted Suicide
These videos from B.C.’s Advokate Life and Education Services do an amazing job responding to the principle arguments for assisted suicide. They’re short, convincing and suitable for church presentations. Please share them.