Commentary by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

November 25, 2009 ( – The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has just learned that Francine Lalonde has once again traded-back to delay the second hour of debate on Bill C-384, the bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The new scheduled date for the debate on C-384 is Tuesday, February 2, 2010 with the vote taking place on February 3.
This is the third time Lalonde has traded-back the date for the second hour of debate. Originally C-384 was scheduled for its second hour of debate on November 16, 2009 with the vote on November 18.
We are convinced that Lalonde is trying to delay the debate and the vote on C-384 because she knows that the bill will be defeated. By delaying the vote she is gaining time to create a national debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is still hosting a media conference on Tuesday, December 1 on Parliament Hill at 1:30 pm (Charles Lynch room 130s) and Steven Passmore, the disability advocate who was born with cerebral palsy will still be protesting C-384 and doing media interviews on December 1 at 4pm.
Remember: C-384 gives medical practitioners the right to directly and intentionally cause the death of their patients, if the patient “appears to be lucid,” and is suffering chronic physical or mental pain or is terminally ill. That means that a person who is not terminally ill but “appears to be lucid” and is living with chronic depression can be directly and intentionally killed by a medical practitioner.
We need to maintain the political pressure on every MP in Canada. We need you to send hand-written letters to your MP or to every MP.
For more information go to the following links:
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