MONTREAL, March 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Euthanasia is a prescription for
premature deaths of Quebecers and must not be legalized in Quebec. It
is clear that in the few countries or states where euthanasia is
legalized, safeguards and controls do not work and euthanasia is
extended to include:
Depressed individuals, a group that is now being euthanized in the
Netherlands and Belgium.
Children where the law was recently passed in Belgium and is tolerated
in the Netherlands. This practice is currently being recommended by the
Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission.
Moreover, euthanasia causes the premature deaths of people in the
following circumstances because of:
Errors in predicting how long people will live
People whose illnesses are considered too complicated, may be euthanized
on the initiative of either the patient, family members or the medical
No system of monitoring can prevent abuse. In Belgium there is a
commission to oversee abuses. It is clear that this commission has
failed since no remedial action has been taken despite:
In Belgium, 32% of patients did not give consent (Canadian Medical Journal Association, 2010) and 47% of cases of euthanasia went unreported (British Medical Journal, 2010).
Depressed people and those who are tired of life without any physical
illness are euthanized.
Euthanasia should not be an option for any person.
For those who are in the terminal phases of life, good palliative care
is an effective and compassionate way to care for our loved ones. The
problem is that in Quebec as few as 20% of people have access to
In the video: http://youtu.be/Z1a2tsk_jZI "Quebecers call to stop euthanasia,"
16 year old Nadine described how she survived leukemia and a bone marrow
transplant when she was 14 years old. She described how young people
need love and support to live and do not need euthanasia.
Dr. Sylvia Baribeau, a family physician emphasized the need for medical
treatment and support. "Euthanasia is not medical care, it is the
cruelest abandonment and abuse of our fellow human beings."
In the video letter "Plea from a child to a King", 4 year old Jessica
and her family describes the dangers of child euthanasia for the
children of the world. Jessica's mother warns that a pediatric
euthanasia law might encourage parents of sick or handicapped children
"to give up too early" and states "what families need is loving, caring
social support and not euthanasia." Video available at: http://youtu.be/ESQljzA3GB8
Dr. Paul Saba who is President of the Coalition of Physicians for Social
Justice reminds us that "over 9 million doctors in over 100 countries
represented by the World Medical Association reject euthanasia and
advise physicians not to euthanize people in countries or jurisdictions
where it is permitted. It also is contrary to United Nations
conventions and agreements to which all member countries including
Canada are bound." Video with caption: "Video: Plea from a child to a
King : Stop Child Euthanasia by @CoalitionMD ". Video available at: http://youtu.be/ESQljzA3GB8
Image with caption: "SOS...Quebecers from Canada call out to the world for help to stop euthanasia. Photo credit: coalitionmd.org. (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140331_C7879_PHOTO_EN_38618.jpg
Image with caption: "Four-year-old Jessica Saba from Canada pleads with the King of Belgium not to sign the euthanasia law for children. Photo credit:coalitionmd.org (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140331_C7879_PHOTO_EN_38619.jpg
SOURCE: Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
For further information:
Dr Paul Saba 514 886-3447 / firstname.lastname@example.org / coalitionmd.org