By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Queensland
Canadian Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher intends to introduce two private members bills to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Based on the order of precedence, Mr. Fletcher’s euthanasia bills will not have time to be voted-on in parliament this session. Mr. Fletcher has introduced these bills to create a debate on the issues in Canada.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) welcomes an open and forthright debate that provides all information and facts concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide. We are not interested in a one-sided debate. The more facts and information that Canadians have about euthanasia and assisted suicide, the more they oppose it. For example
In Belgium, where euthanasia was legalized in 2002, studies indicate that as many as 32% of the assisted deaths are done without request and many of the assisted deaths are not reported. In January, Belgian euthanasia doctor, Marc Cosyns admitted that he does not report the euthanasia deaths that he does, even though reporting is a requirement of the euthanasia law. Recently Belgium extended euthanasia to children.
In February 2014, the Netherlands Health Minister stated that there were 45 psychiatric euthanasia deaths. One was of an otherwise healthy woman who was going blind who died by euthanasia because she was “obsessed by cleanliness and could not stand being unable to see spots on her clothes.” Recently the former leader of the euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands stated that the Netherlands euthanasia law has derailed.
The fact is that legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide is lethal and not safe.
Editor’s note. This appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com.