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Canada’s Senate passes euthanasia/assisted suicide bill in time for summer break

by | Jun 23, 2016

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Editor’s note. This is an edited version of a post that first ran at alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca.

EPC AdvertisementLast Friday Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-14, the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill.

The day before, the House of Commons removed a controversial amendment–along with a protective amendment in the Senate version of the bill –and then sent it back to the Senate for approval.

Once back in the Senate, on Friday morning, the Senate considered an amendment (as CBC News phrased it) that would “expand the scope of who qualifies for a doctor-assisted death.” But that amendment was defeated.

The controversial issue was the requirement that a medical or nurse practitioner could approve a lethal injection if the person’s “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.” The House of Commons insisted this requirement remain in the bill while the Senate argued that in its 2015 decision the Supreme Court of Canada did not state that a person must be “terminally ill.”

The final bill maintains that “natural death must be reasonably foreseeable.”

The Senate passed Bill C-14 by a vote of 44 to 28.

The bill that determines how Canadians will kill Canadians was passed on the last day of the parliamentary schedule in time for the summer recess.

I was disappointed that House of Commons withdrew the amendment that prohibited a beneficiary from participating in a person’s assisted death or signing the person’s request for assisted death. This was an amendment that protected people from a greedy beneficiary or an unscrupulous family member.

The final bill allows a beneficiary to participate in the act, even to lethally inject.

Bill C-14 now goes to David Johnston, the Governor General, to be signed.

No attempts were made to amend the most grievous parts of Bill C-14.

Bill C-14 is the most wide-open bill in the world. It is even worse than the Belgian law.

Recent studies from Belgium indicate that more than 1,000 assisted deaths occur without request each year.

I cannot understand why people remain so blind about the implications of the language of Bill C-14.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition will resist the cultural acceptance of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Categories: Euthanasia