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Euthanasia: Canada’s ‘dreadful’ court ruling

Euthanasia: Canada’s ‘dreadful’ court ruling

Christians in Canada have reacted with horror to the Supreme Court’s decision on February 6 to overturn Canada’s prohibition on physician-assisted suicide.

The plaintiff’s in the case were Lee Carter, above left,  and Hollis Johnson, right, who traveled with Kay Carter, Lee’s mother, for her suicide in Switzerland in 2010.

A petition against the ruling has been launched by LifeSiteNews, and has so far gained over 17,000 signatures. It is addressed to Canada’s Members of Parliament and Senators:

I urge you to stand up for vulnerable Canadians and oppose the Supreme Court’s dreadful ruling overturning Canada’s prohibition on physician-assisted suicide.

Canadians pride themselves on being a caring, welcoming nation, a country that defends the vulnerable, yet this ruling sends the message to the weak and infirm that their lives are not worth protecting.

This Supreme Court ruling is merely the first step down a slippery slope that leads to the heinous practices we’ve seen increasingly in places like Belgium and the Netherlands. In Belgium, euthanasia is now permissible even for children. Please don’t let that happen to our country.

I urge you to use your parliamentary authority to invoke section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “notwithstanding clause”) and overrule the Supreme Court decision. Canada needs a law that will protect all Canadians.

In Carter v Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling allows Canada to join the ranks of Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as Oregon and Washington, in allowing assisted suicide.

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Jim Hughes, above, National President of Campaign Life Coalition said:

In striking down Rodriguez, our highest court told Canadians today that the lives of the weak, infirm, and vulnerable are not worth protecting. The court in essence decided that some people are better off dead than alive and gave power to those who are strong to end the lives of those who are weak. This is a terrible day of shame for Canada.

We as a country have entered into utter moral blindness if we honestly believe that killing someone in the name of ‘compassion’ or ‘mercy’ is a solution to the problem of pain or debilitation. All life is a gift, and no one has the moral right to take that gift away from someone else. This law used to be called: ‘You shall not kill.’ It is always a false compassion to kill someone who is suffering. There is no dignity in killing the patient instead of the pain.

He added:

People say that ‘safeguards’ and strict eligibility for death will offer protections. You can see just how unsuccessful this idea proved in Belgium where the categories of the killable have now expanded to include children.

There’s even a booming suicide tourism now happening there. Mark my words, the same slippery slope will occur here in Canada. It’s been said before and it’s as true now as it was then: ‘Once you start looking at killing as a means to solve problems, suddenly you’ll find more and more problems where killing is the only solution’.

Some people say there’s no such thing as a ‘slippery slope.’ Once a line has been crossed that allows one person to kill another in some instances, the qualifying criteria will just keep on expanding in the name of ‘equal rights.’ Pretty soon anybody who wants to die for any reason will be able to do so.

In Belgium, people are being euthanized without requesting it and the list of those eligible for death has expanded to now include children. Switzerland, known worldwide as the setting for the best-loved children’s book Heidi, has seen its ‘suicide tourism’ double in the past five years. Over 600 non-Swiss residents traveled to the country between 2008-2012 to be killed.

Our court today said that strong people can kill weak ones as long as the weak ones want it. What Saint John Paul II called the ‘Culture of Death’ has like a hideous monster reared its ugly head on this day and is roaring voraciously for victims to consume.

Campaign Life Coalition declares:

We defend the sanctity of human life against threats posed by abortion, euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide, reproductive and genetic technologies, cloning, infanticide, eugenics, population control, and threats to the family.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, called it a “terrible decision.”

Legalizing assisted suicide will create new paths of abuse of elders, people with disabilities and other socially devalued people. The scourge of elder abuse in our culture continues to grow.

Rosalind English, writing for the UK Human Rights Blog, gives an in-depth background to the case, and argues Britain should now follow a similar path.

Hat tip: John Dowdle

21 responses to “Euthanasia: Canada’s ‘dreadful’ court ruling”

  1. Angela_K says:

    Not the old “slippery slope”fallacy and suffering is better than dying nonsense again. The religious have a curious and hypocritical track record when it comes to life being precious, bombing abortion clinics, killing Gays and those of a different religion, and recently killing cartoonists.

    I hope our Government will ignore the specious objections of the religious and enshrine the right to die with dignity into law; I can’t see it happening though, too many religious loons in both houses of Parliament.

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    And let’s not forget their gleeful support of foreign wars, torture and the death penalty in the U.S.

  3. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    In Belgium, people are being euthanized without requesting it

    And does he actually have anything to back up this astounding claim?

  4. sailor1031 says:

    A study was done in Flanders, the dutch-speaking part of Belgium, in 2007 which found euthanised patients were 1.9% of all deaths. A total of 118 that year out of 6000+ deaths.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32759186/ns/health-more_health_news/

    “does he actually have anything to back up this astounding claim?” If he does I can’t find it anywhere. If it is happening it’s completely against Belgian law.

  5. dennis says:

    life is a beautiful thing, but when you see a loved one suffer (no matter age) you understand why they want and need to go. this is a decision between their doctor and the individual not some religious quack.

  6. Caute says:

    The pious are a disgrace. They need to learn true compasion and humility.

  7. Caute says:

    I watched my helpless father die a lingering agonising death. He was willing himself to die for days and he suffered terribly. He had been a very strong durable hard working determined resolute man but was reduced pleading the doctors to end the pain and torment inflicted by the disease that eventually took him. The doctors did nothing…they were not allowed because contemptable busy body godbothering fools had the veto on compasionate termination. I loath these people with a vengeance … when one of them is enduring an agonising lingering death will that person then still be convinced that god’s will is being done and not wish for intervention and relief. I think not… and I hope their agony is multiplied 10 fold by the realisation that the existence of god and the afterlife is all a myth. How strong is their faith in the face of total oblivion….

  8. Peterat says:

    Happy and sad to be Canadian! I will pray to help me out of my current conundrum! I’ll get back to you.

  9. Lonbo says:

    The guilt ridden pious are terrified of death because they know that their faith based concepts of heaven, purgatory, limbo, hell, paradise, etc.,are no more than delusional bullshit and they’ve wasted their lives pretending to believe. They are even more terrified to admit that they know what they know.

  10. Cali Ron says:

    “There’s even a booming suicide tourism now happening there.” These people are delusional. Isn’t it enough that they choose to let their fairy tale beliefs dictate their life and death-they insist on imposing it on everyone else.

    My father had a slow, painful death from cancer. We had him home on a hospice program and the last few days were agonizing, and unnecessary. My mother-in-law is dying right now, in early stages of dementia with MRSA on top of a host of other problems. And we wait while she suffers. And the family suffers. No dignity, no relief, no closure.

    California is trying to pass legislation right now to allow assisted suicide, but it won’t be in time for us. These so called christians don’t seem to have a clue what compassion is. STAY OUT OF MY LIFE AND MY DEATH!

  11. Broga says:

    Both my mother and mother-in-law pleaded for release. Neither was granted the quiet end of suffering which my mother said “would be no more than is granted to a dog.” They both died at home and the emotional pain for the close relatives was great. My mother made me promise to have no clergy at her funeral. Making that promise was the easiest aspect of the entire distressing and lengthy terminal illness.

    What right have religious bigots to insert themselves into these so personal and loving relationships?

  12. Har Davids says:

    My Dutch aunt chose her time of death after a year spent in various hospitals. We were all invited to visit and say our last good-byes. It was a bit weird, talking and laughing with her in the knowledge that she would be dead the next day, but she was fine with her decision.

  13. L.Long says:

    Ya see the xtians and the others are totally afraid of death because they KNOW their BS is actual BS!!! So suffering and extending the life is more important than finding out that gawd is BS.
    AND to find out that others are scare spitless by death just makes them angry just like the existence of atheists make them angry.
    And kid suicide is bad??? Why??? You phucking make believe gawd lets thousands die for no good reason every single day!!!!!!

  14. Angela_K says:

    The religious idea of protecting life is by prolonging death. Like many here, I watched the “death of thousand cuts” that is Alzheimer’s slowly claim my Mother, an atheist, Nurse and optimist that she would be able to die with dignity before things got too bad.

  15. Broga says:

    The religious are terrified of death. They know their own imperfections and despite its “official” abolition the terror of hell hangs over them. Priests used that terror for centuries to keep them subservient and the fear is ingrained.

    Christopher Hitchens said something along the lines of believers being atheists regarding every religion except their own. He asked if it was not reasonable to go one step further and and disbelieve them all.

  16. paul says:

    Canadians have the option to get a cop assisted suicide just across the border.
    And there is still the messy option to go to the foot of a steep road and step in front of the bus or lorry barreling down.

  17. paul says:

    My grand pa hanged himself on a doorknob during chemo.

  18. Cali Ron says:

    @paul:
    Sorry for your loss and for your grad pa not being able to go with dignity on his own terms. Laws have been successfully passed that safeguard against abuse while allowing terminally ill people to decide when their life is effectively over already and the pain too much to bear. Sadly, these christians have allowed their belief in an imaginary being to cause them to try and make others who don’t share their beliefs to suffer needlessly. It’s ignorant and selfish.

  19. Robster says:

    Those silly, noisy Christians insist we all follow their stone-age dogma. If they don’t want assisted suicide, don’t do it, let your terminally ill loved one relish all the joy of suffering, all the fun in anticipation of pandering endlessly to that nasty genocidal god fantasy and the decomposed Jesus.It’s all supposed to be good, isn’t that the whole point of the charade?

  20. Ex Patriot says:

    Good for the Canadian Court. I live just a short distance from either Belgium or the Netherlands if the need arises when the time comes. I have also left strict instructions that there is to be no funeral and no god bothering babbling idiot is to come near me at that time. Most of my friends are non-believers so I really don’t have any worry about it

  21. jay says:

    I don’t know about Canada, but here in the US, disability advocates (who otherwise might be thought of as ‘liberal ‘ ) make many of the same claims. It will be a tough fight.