Government Committee Pushes Patient-Killing

Reading the pro-euthanasia recommendations of the Quebec National Assembly’s Select Committee on Dying with Dignity, I was reminded of Martin Luther’s oft misunderstood proposal to “sin boldly.”1 Euthanasia is illegal in Canada. A more typically Canadian middle-of-the-road approach to changing the status quo might have been more “thin end of the wedge” style: first call for a little decriminalization, then see if the door opens wider. Not here.

If we’re going to use a wedge, the committee seems to say, thick end is fine. If we’re going to cross the Rubicon to kill the elderly, sick and disabled, let’s do it with gusto! Sin boldly or not at all.

A Member of Parliament and founding board member of a crisis pregnancy centre in Saskatoon is concerned that CTV‘s ‘investigative reporting‘i on crisis pregnancy centres in BC may be in violation of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Code of Ethics, to the ultimate detriment of vulnerable pregnant women.

“It is CTV‘s duty, as a Canadian broadcaster, to treat fairly all sides of a controversial issue,” said Maurice Vellacott, MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin. “It is no secret that abortion is a controversial issue. Relying almost exclusively on views espoused by abortion providers and abortion advocacy organizations for a story about pregnancy options is like relying solely on the views espoused by tobacco companies and smokers‘ rights groups for a story about whether to take up smoking or not,” said Vellacott.

The Right to Life and Canada's Democracy

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312, to set up a committee to examine the definition of when a child becomes a human being within the homicide provisions of the Criminal Code, has been debated in Parliament and will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

The Royal Society of Canada’s Report on Euthanasia

For anyone who still believes that human beings have inherent dignity, the Royal Society of Canada’s recent report End-of-Life Decision Making makes for chilling reading. Published in mid-November by an “expert panel” of the prestigious academic body, the report calls for overturning Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. That position is noteworthy enough.

What is stunning is how radical the proposal is, and how readily the report’s euthanasia rationale would lead to killing those considered “not worth living” even without their consent.

In a world where moral relativism has firmly taken root, doctors and medical practitioners struggle to remain true to themselves while at the same time meeting the needs of their patients and hospital administration boards.  But recent victories, such as the one in Illinois for nursing student Anne Marie Dust, is a step forward in the effort to gain conscience protection for doctors in both Canada and the US.

Now a practicing nurse, Ms. Dust assists expectant mothers who have been put on bed-rest at an antepartum unit. At one time she thought that she may never be able to enter her chosen profession.  Before she had even begun her program, the application form for the Nurse Residency Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee required students to declare in writing that they would agree to participate in abortions.