MONTREAL, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - As Quebec prepares to become the
first province in Canada and the first place in the Americas to enact a
law permitting euthanasia without a referendum, Quebecers call out to
the world to ask their help to influence the government of Quebec not
to pass the legislation. In this video different citizens from a cross section of Quebec society share their
personal stories and explain the dangers and abuses that would follow
if such a law is enacted.
Unable to guarantee adequate medical care for its citizens, the Quebec
Government is turning to euthanasia. Nadine who is currently 16 years
old and has conquered an aggressive form of leukemia including a
harrowing experience with a bone marrow transplant, describes how she
would have refused lifesaving chemotherapy when she was only 14 years
old if the proposed law was in force. The law would allow 14 year olds
to refuse treatment without the consent of their parents. Thankfully
the law was not in place and Nadine is alive and well. Her mother
Claude testifies to the importance of family and love in supporting
young people through the most vulnerable time of their lives.
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Other people describe the dangers and abuses that would happen to people
of all ages if euthanasia is passed in Quebec. In the French version of the video, Christiane, who is in her 40s is impacted by the battle of her mother
who lost the fight against breast cancer in the past and her sister who
survived the same battle in recent years because of the remarkable
improvement in recent medical care. What if her sister had given up too
early and had decided to be euthanasized instead of fighting the cancer
based on previous experiences of her mother? What if her doctor had
painted a grim prognosis and future? What if?
Also in the French version, other witnesses including Luc describe the
potential abuses by politicians, hospital administrators, the medical
profession and families in a money driven society where certain lives
would be deemed less worthy to live because of financial pressures.
Dr Sylvia Baribeau, a family physician and Dr Pierre Faubert, a clinical
psychologist describe the unfair disadvantage a person is placed in
emotionally and psychologically to make a decision to be euthanasized.
These witness videos follow the heart moving story of 4 year old Jessica
born with a severe cardiac malformation and her appeal to the King of
Belgium not to sign the legislation for euthanasia of children in the video released on February 2.
The Quebec legislation on euthanasia is scheduled to be tabled soon. The
Quebec Human Rights Commission is recommending extension of euthanasia
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Image with caption: "16 year old Nadine is happy to be alive after surviving leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. She is grateful for the love and support of her mother Claude. Both oppose Quebec's euthanasia law. Photo credit: coalitionmd.org. (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140220_C5832_PHOTO_EN_36933.jpg
SOURCE: Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
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