VALLEYFIELD, QC, May 22, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - People with disabilities
who oppose euthanasia are deeply troubled at the reintroduction of a
bill by the Couillard government on "Medical Aid in Dying."
Bill 52 received unanimous support when it was filed by motion in the
National Assembly on May 22, since the Liberal leader Philippe
Couillard forbade his MNAs from opposing its reintroduction.
Bill 52 promised palliative care to Québecers and would have allowed
euthanasia under the euphemism of "Medical Aid in Dying."
Many activists with disabilities believe the new bill will be disastrous
in combination with the budget cuts announced by the liberal
Health services, palliative care and home care will be reduced by the
cuts. More and more people with disabilities will find themselves
sick, desperate and without any choice other than to die, according to
Amy Hasbrouck, Director of Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet.
"Medical Aid in Dying will divert resources from services necessary for
people's lives, toward the bureaucracy needed to manage a euthanasia
program," said Hasbrouck. "If the national assembly were to remove the
sections allowing euthanasia from the bill, these resources could be
directed toward the urgent need, palliative care to all Québecers."
Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet is a project of the Council of Canadians
with Disabilities to unify, inform and give voice to the disability
opposition to assisted suicide, euthanasia and similar discriminatory
ending-of-life practices. The CCD is an intervener in the Carter case which is currently before the supreme court of Canada.
SOURCE: Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet
For further information:
Amy Hasbrouck - 450-921-3057