Thaddeus Baklinski


Anti-euthanasia ‘Springtime March’ to be held in Quebec City on May 18

Thaddeus Baklinski

QUEBEC CITY, April 5, 2013 ( - “Euthanasia, in our province? No thanks!” That's the theme of the "Spring March" being hosted by the Rassemblement québécois contre l’euthanasie (The Quebec Rally Against Euthanasia—RQCE.

RQCE held simultaneous press conferences yesterday morning in Quebec City and Montreal announcing a large-scale citizens’ mobilization against euthanasia to take place May 18 in Quebec City.

The event has been organized to oppose the Quebec government’s intention to open the door to euthanasia under the moniker “medical aid in dying.”

The gathering will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, May 18 on the Plains of Abraham, outside of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts (National Fine-Arts Museum). The March itself will begin at 1:45 p.m. and proceed towards parliament along Grande-Allée Street.

The organizers indicate that speeches will be delivered throughout the day, which will end around 4:30 p.m.

They reminded the media gathered at the press conferences, “Euthanasia kills the patient rather than the pain. We don’t want it!”

The spokespeople of the RQCE are exhorting all members of society, and most particularly politicians, to ensure that “all can be put in place so that the security, the dignity and the comfort of all suffering people at the end of life can be assured by universally accessible and high-quality palliative care.”

During the press conference held outside of the Quebec National Assembly in Quebec City, Dr. Claude Morin, principal organizer of the March and an emergency-room doctor, as well as Dr. Marc Bergeron, a hematologist-oncologist, and Mr. Louis André Richard, professor of philosophy, presented what they called a “citizens’ initiative open to every person who is conscious of the dangers that euthanasia presents for Quebec society.”

At the Montreal press conference held at the Hospitalières museum of Hôtel-Dieu hospital, Dr. Patrick Vinay, unit chief of a palliative care team and interim president of Living with Dignity, said, “Killing is not medical care, it’s the sudden end of all medical care. We must instead provide care for, relieve, help and appease all suffering.”

“Let us come out in large numbers this May 18th to clearly show our elected representatives that there exists no real Quebec consensus on the topic of ‘medical aid in dying’” he and Dr. Catherine Ferrier, a member of the Physicians’ Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia, said.

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The RQCE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter any attempt to introduce, whether overtly or otherwise, euthanasia and assisted-suicide in the Quebec health care system. Sensitive to end-of-life issues, the RQCE advocates for the establishment in Quebec of a quality palliative care network.

Video recordings of yesterday’s press conferences may be seen here.

Further information on The Springtime March is available on the Quebec Rally Against Euthanasia website:

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