TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Quebec government seems intent on
decriminalizing euthanasia through the back door. If Quebec goes
through with this, it will affect all of Canada.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is a national coalition of
groups and individuals who oppose killing through euthanasia while
supporting measures that improve the care and protection of everyone.
Euthanasia is not a progressive idea, but rather the abandonment of
people at the most vulnerable time of their life.
Constitutional Lawyer and EPC Legal Counsel, Hugh Scher stated:
"Euthanasia is regulated in the Criminal Code as a form of homicide.
Euthanasia is a direct and intentional act to cause the death of
another person. Euthanasia is not healthcare."
Alex Schadenberg, the executive director of EPC recognizes that:
"When euthanasia is legal abuse will happen. In Belgium, where
euthanasia was legalized in 2002, a recent study found that 32% of all
assisted deaths were done without consent. Quebec's proposed list of
"safeguards" mirror those within the Belgian legislation."
Amy Hasbrouck, the leader of the disability rights group Toujours
Vivant-Not Dead Yet stated that: "People with disabilities, elderly
people who are dependent on others, people living with chronic
depression, among others, are medically vulnerable. Prohibiting
euthanasia is an effective way to prevent the abuse of people with
disabilities and elder abuse."
The Quebec government needs to withdraw its plan to legalize euthanasia
through the back-door and to renew its commitment to improving
end-of-life care and the care of other vulnerable citizens and to
commit to prevention of elder abuse and the abuse of people with
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario
For further information:
Hugh Scher, Constitutional Lawyer & EPC legal counsel, Toronto, (French & English): 416-816-6115
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, London, (English): 519-851-1434 or email@example.com
Amy Hasbrouck, Montreal, (French & English): 450-921-3057