An analysis of Bill C-384 from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Alex Schadenberg has a great analysis of Bill C-384 over at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition blog. It’s very detailed for anyone interested in the specific problems with the bill, but I’ll just post the summary:
Society cannot legislate autonomy and choice in relation to acts that intentionally and directly cause death. No safeguard will ever protect vulnerable people from the subtle pressure to “choose” death.
Legalizing euthanasia and/or assisted suicide is always wrong because:
- It directly and intentionally threatens the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. The lives of people with disabilities and chronic conditions, people who live with depression and mental illness, and others are directly threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
- It establishes euthanasia and assisted suicide as a treatment option for problems that are properly solved by effective and compassionate medical care.
- It changes the trust relationship between the medical practitioner and the patient.
Canadians need to tell their member of parliament to vote against Bill C-384 because it promotes a concept of choice and autonomy which is based on false principles and safeguards that are simply an illusion.