Vote on Quebec bill to allow euthanasia expected Tuesday

‘The hour is extremely serious.’ Catholic bishops’ organization appeals to Canadians to speak against bill.
Mon Oct 28, 2013 - 5:57 pm EST

MONTREAL, October 28, 2013 ( - Quebec Bill 52, which would effectively legalize euthanasia in the French-language province of Canada, is expected to be voted on in the Quebec National Assembly Tuesday.  The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is urging Canadians to write to Justice Minister Peter MacKay, demanding that he “uphold our federal law that equally protects all Canadians from euthanasia and assisted suicide.”

Alex Schadenberg, director of the EPC, told LifeSiteNews that the bill is deceptively worded, calling itself “An Act respecting end-of-life care.”  In an analysis of the bill, Schadenberg points out that while it speaks of providing a right to ‘palliative care,’ it includes terminal palliative sedation and medical aid in dying in the definition of palliative care. 


The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), which functions with the support and backing of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a call to Canadians to speak up on the issue.  

“The hour is extremely serious,” says the letter released today. “This is a question of life and death. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we cannot remain indifferent.’ 

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“We must reach out to our family, parish, social and professional networks to discuss these pressing issues and share our Catholic perspective. Today, the Lord is counting on each one of us, as full-fledged citizens, to defend life by intervening actively in the social debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.” 

Meanwhile, the publicly-funded broadcaster CBC is launching a series tonight which according EPC says promotes euthanasia and assisted suicide. In a complaint letter EPC says the series “Last Right” is not balanced and uses the terminology of the movement to promote euthanasia and assisted suicide.  EPC is encouraging pro-life Canadians to complain to the broadcast regulator about the CBC bias.

COLF concludes their message urging Catholics to speak out on the issue with this quote from Pope Francis: “The future of a people is in the elderly and in the children. A people that does not care for their elderly and their children does not have a future, because it will not have a memory and will not have a promise!”

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