With the court proceedings on the legality of euthanasia in Canada currently under way in British Columbia, I found the following three news stories insightful, in addition to the one appearing on our own site (see November 14), to contextualize the issues of euthanasia and assisted-suicide.
The first two are commentaries, appearing in yesterday's Journal de Montréal. First, Richard Martineau is critical of the recent study released by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) advocating for the decriminalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. According to Martineau, the RSC study lacks "encadrage" - i.e., properly defining the circumstances permitting end-of-life decisions. Abuses are inevitable, he writes, drawing examples from the United States and Switzerland.
Yet what worries Mr. Martineau the most is euthanising persons for economic rather than humanitarian reasons.
Second, Jean-Luc Mongrain, in "La vie à quel prix?", raises both philosophical and theological questions concerning end-of-life issues. So, unlike his peer who favours euthanasia, Mr. Mongrain is indeterminate.
The third article covers the release on Wednesday of a bi-partisan Parlimentary ad hoc committee report advocating for an improved emphasis on palliative care. In addition to delving into the report, Peter Baklinski at LifeSiteNews weaves together the events in British Columbia, the study of the RSC, and a couple of interviews, including quotes from Jean Vanier, in his article.
I hope these three stories prove helpful to better understand current events and the issues involved.
Hear Mr. James Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, and others involved in the Canadian Pro-Life movement interviewed and learn about the history of the pro-life movement in Canada at Priests for Life Canada website.
I found the interview with Mr. Hughes quite informative. After treating about his early days in the pro-life movement, he spoke about his association with Quebec Life Coalition founder, Mr. Gilles Grondin, introduced me to a youth group operating at the UN - World Youth Alliance - started by a Canadian, gave a quick overview of the Canadian political scene that has led to the vacuum of legislation protecting the unborn child, and, lastly, dealt with euthanasia, in Canada and abroad.
These interviews are an hour or so long, without any commercials, safe for a pro-life song.
I was interviewed this morning on CTV's Canada AM about the Dying with Dignity Committee's work so far and the fact that this committee's work is now resuming.
Go here for our main arguments for why we at Quebec Life Coalition agree with the Canadian parliament's recent decision to keep euthanasia off the table when it comes to caring for patients and concern for end-of-life dignity.
Here's a news report about the 40 Days for Life in Montreal (in French) (see here for the accompanying video).
And below are some pics from last night's spaghetti dinner to celebrate the conclusion of this successful 4th edition of the 40 Days for Life in Montreal. Marc-Albert Bélanger, the director of l'Alliance Ressources Grossesse presented some new projects that he will be undertaking to help pregnant women in need, and I spoke about the great graces we all received from these latest 40 Days for Life in Montreal.