Update: Bill C-384 was defeated 228 to 59, April 21, 2010.
While much of our advocacy as a club focuses on abortion, we also deal with other life issues, including euthanasia. We believe that effective and compassionate palliative care is essential. The World Health Organization defines palliative care as follows:
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
- offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.”
We believe that euthanasia and assisted suicide are wrong because they involve the intentional killing of human beings, and further because if they become common practice, they pose a risk to those with disabilities or long-term illnesses, who may feel pressured to choose death.
In the past year, Bill C-384 has been making its way through the House of Commons.
The Canadian Medical Association has stated it’s opposition to the bill.
The Council of Canadians With Disabilities is also opposed.