“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, May 1, 2016

RECOMMENDATIONS ON CANADA'S ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL C-14

Canada's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is studying Canada's bill C-14, to legalize physician assisted suicide euphemistically labelled "medical assistance in dying". The bill has received the 1st of 3 readings in Canada's Parliament. The Standing Committee invited input for recommended amendments before 2nd reading. Most MPs have bought into the false compassion of medically assisted suicide.  Barring a miracle, Canada is going to legalize assisted suicide. My two recommendations below focus on protection of religious liberty of Christians medical professionals not to be forced to participate.

See below. They restricted input to 750 words that must be submitted by May 2nd 2016. If you wish to give input, don't feel you have to abide by this artificially imposed time-frame. Contact emails can found at the end of this post

Mark
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Mike MacPherson                             Sent as email attachment
Committee Clerk
Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights
House of Commons
OTTAWA, ON, K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. MacPherson:
                                  
Recommendations for C-14

I wish with all my heart things had not come to this point where medically killing is being legalized for suicidal sick and disabled people whose deaths are "reasonably foreseeable" (whatever that means). Let me begin by registering my outright opposition to Bill C-14 or any other law that weakens protections for vulnerable life, like mine.

As I mentioned earlier, I live with advanced multiple sclerosis (MS) and meet virtually all the criteria of “grievous and irremediable medical condition” – as defined in 241.2 of Bill C-14: I have a serious and incurable illness that has severely disabled me (241.2(a)). After thirty-two years with aggressive MS, I am in an advanced state of irreversible decline (241.2.(b)). My disease has caused enduring physical and psychological suffering (241.2.(c)), for more than 3 decades. There have been times when my state seemed intolerable. If C-14 had been available back in the mid-1980s when my grief was at its height, and if I had not been surrounded by the love of my wife and family, my faith community, and my God, I might have opted for assisted suicide. Things were that horrible. But they lifted up my value as someone worth protecting and cherishing, even when I doubted my own value. I am so happy today I did not opt for suicide. I never would have known my five beautiful grandchildren.

Medically assisted death is called palliative care – not help with suicide. Assisted suicide is a profound abandonment of people at the very time they need a most tender care. There are two deaths that occur in helping someone killing themselves: The first death happens in the suicidal person when you agree their life is unworthy of living. The second death occurs with the deed. (In actual fact, there is also a third death. It is the death of conscience in the person who assists in the suicide.) Canada does not need more suicide. Canada needs the best palliative care available to all Canadians at their point of need. That brings me to my first recommendation for amendments to the proposed law.

Recommendation #1: Include an amendment to C-14  to recognize and fortify Charter guarantees of freedom of conscience and religion and their expression. Physicians, nurses and pharmacists who have profound conscientious or religious objections to participating, in any way, with euthanasia or assisted suicide must not be forced into it or required to refer patients to doctors who are willing to kill. This must be unequivocal in the legislation! Such emphatic recognition of religious freedom is a hallmark of a pluralistic society.

There are forces at play to force this on them.[1] Imbed in the legislation recognition of the supremacy of Charter guarantees of freedom of conscience and religion, and its expression (CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, Section 2, (a,b)).

From a Christian point of view, the Canadian Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide legitimized something that is intrinsically evil. Any Christian medical professionals can not comply. Recognize this by exempting medical professionals with conscientious objections and curtail provincial or professional associations from imposing participation in assisted suicide or forcing them to refer for assisted suicide. Mitigate the extent of this moral evil by endorsing conscience rights for doctors, nurses and pharmacists who have deep moral objections to participating in any way with medically assisted suicide.
       
Recommendation # 2: Ensure places of safe haven exist for people like me and my family, such as Catholic healthcare institutions, where we know euthanasia and assisted suicide are not practised. 

My family and I need to be able to rest assured the only medically assisted death I will receive is palliative care that rejects assisted suicide and euthanasia. The structure you are setting up will make people like me fear hospitals and nursing homes.

There are plenty of doctors and nurses willing to euthanize patients in secular health care situations. I don’t want them. My family and I need to know I can go someplace to receive care that will not acquiesce to euthanasia or assisted suicide – even if I request it because of depression, feeling I am a burden, or multiple sclerosis has affected my mental state.[2]

Thank you for considering my recommendations.


Mark Davis Pickup




[1] See Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted  Dying, Recommendations 10 & 11. Also see Michael Cook, “Canada’s euthanasia Leviathan”, MercatorNet.com, http://www.mercatornet.com/careful/view/canadas-euthanasia-leviathan/17961 
[2] See A LETTER TO MY DOCTOR NOT TO KILL ME. I placed the text of that letter on my blog. See http://www.humanlifematters.org/2016/04/a-letter-to-my-doctor-not-to-kill-me.html

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Contacts:
Mike MacPherson, clerk to the Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights email: JUST@parl.gc.ca

- Anthony Housefather, Chair, Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights, email Anthony.Housefather@parl.gc.ca
- Ted Falk, Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights, Ted.Falk@parl,gc,ca
- Murray Rankin, Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights, Murray.Rankin@parl.gc.ca

Other committee members include: Chris Bittle - Chris.Bittle@parl.gc.ca, Michael Cooper -Michael.Cooper@parl.gc.ca, Colin Fraser - Colin.Fraser@parl.gc.ca, Ahmed Hussen - Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca, Ron McKinnon - Ron.McKinnon, Rob Nicholson - Rob.Nicholson@parl.gc.ca    



Friday, April 29, 2016

"SAFEGUARDS ARE AN ILLUSION": BELGIUM WARNS CANADA

Another short clip from the new vitally important documentary "Vulnerable" produced by Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's (EPC) in association with Dunn Media.  After 14 years of legal euthanasia in Belgium, there experience is that Safeguards are an illusion. Why would we think it will be different here? See clip below.


(Contact EPC for more information on the online video series and the upcoming documentary film, Vulnerable – The Euthanasia Deception at  info@epcc.ca or call: 1-877-439-3348 or 519-851-1434.)

WARNINGS FROM BELGIUM TO CANADA ABOUT EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE

A 3 minute clip from a new critically important video "Vulnerable", by Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Dunn Media. Citizens in Belgium warning Canada not to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. Will we listen to the warnings?


(Contact EPC for more information on the online video series and the upcoming documentary film, Vulnerable – The Euthanasia Deception at info@epcc.ca or call: 1-877-439-3348 or 519-851-1434.)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

BLOG HAS THOUSANDS OF PAGE VIEWS MONTHLY: 450,000 TOTAL

The HumanLifeMatters blog is now receiving thousands of
Media interest rises
as blog numbers soar.
hits each month, to a total of 450,000 page views to date. It's beginning to raise eyebrows of interest and surprise with the media, community leaders and policy makers. Nobody is more surprised than me! Who knew that anybody would be interested in a blog written by an incurably ill and disabled nobody publishing commentaries from his little house way out on the Canadian prairies?! 

I'll keep up my commentaries on faith and life issues as long as people want to read them. Many of my posts have been republished elsewhere

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A THOUGHT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONE TO ALZHEIMER'S




Commit you loved-one to the tender care of Jesus. Memories lost will be restored. God has them in safe-keeping. All that was held dear will be held close again. Comme au premier jour. 




Monday, April 25, 2016

DO NOT BE SILENT IN THE FACE OF EVIL

Do not be silent in the face of state-sanctioned medical murder of euthanasia and assisted suicide.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

ALWAYS CHOOSE LIFE!

A number of years ago, my wife and I were contacted by the mother of a sixteen year old girl who had a positive pregnancy test. I will call the teenager Katie (not her real name) and her mother Joanne (not her real name).
                       
Katie was obviously in a crisis pregnancy:  It was a crisis because Katie is so young, still in high school, and unmarried.  It was also a crisis pregnancy because she intended to have an abortion to solve her “problem.”  

Katie was ignorant to well established yet unpopular objective knowledge about prenatal life. Poor Katie, she is a victim of modern public school education that’s been ravaged by the emotions of political correctness. This political correctness has even invaded the former objectivity of many biology classes. Katie only knew the unscientific yet fashionable propaganda of the so-called “pro-choice” mindset so prevalent in today’s culture that refuses to recognize well-established knowledge of the unique humanity of life in the womb.

What’s the choice?

In such a climate, the choice remains unstated because it is the choice of death for another life, through abortion. No matter how it’s packaged or presented, abortion is offensive.

The stark choice in ‘pro-choice’ is far too visceral to articulate in polite or fashionable company. Choosing between life and death for one’s offspring is hardly the mark of a civilized or enlightened society. The “pro-choice” mindset rarely identifies the choice. Instead it directs the chooser away from the stark reality of what they are choosing between. Situational ethics reigns supreme and moral absolutes have been banished from the culture.

Fortunately, the banishment of former moral absolutes has not been complete, other than in the secular media and academe.

Many ordinary people can still feel the tug of conscience from the
residue of a previous time when the culture knew some things were absolutely right and other things absolutely wrong. We know that taking human life is absolutely wrong. For some of us, the memory of a Judeo-Christian moral consensus still burns deep within our chests. We are beneath the snobbery of academe. We are unwelcome in the lofty corridors power and ivory towers where modern philosophers, sociologists and bioethicists mingle far away from us common folk.

Like the 17th century adulteress banished from the town with her illegitimate child, the object of insults and contempt, and branded with a scarlet letter ‘A’, we wear a scarlet ‘A’ too. It stands for Absolutes. And like the adulteress of old, we are unfaithful. Our unfaithfulness is to the 21st century’s culture of choice and moral relativism. We, too, are subjects of contempt.

Katie’s mother, Joanne, wore a scarlet ‘A’. Joanne knew what was at stake in making the wrong choice. She was acutely aware of the threat to her unborn child and then, years later, her grandchild. There was nothing relative about their situation. The threat was real and absolute! Katie was in danger of making a terrible mistake and the new human life within her was in grave danger.  

When Joanne was in the same position as Katie. The authority figures in Joanne’s life advocated that Katie’s brother be aborted (He’s a full-grown man now). Joanne was told ― like so many other women facing crisis pregnancies ― that she was too young to be a mother. A baby would ruin her life and aspirations!  Joanne was told abortion would solve her problem. Joanne knew instinctively that her “problem” was a human being portrayed as a blob of tissue, like a tumor.

Before Joanne gave herself over to an abortionist, my wife and I
had the opportunity to show her the stunning photography of prenatal life taken by renowned Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson, during the 1960s.  Nilsson was ahead of his time, using the emerging technology of endoscopic photography to capture images of a developing child before birth. 

The images spoke for themselves. Joanne realized that the life within her was not a ‘blob of tissue.’ It was not ‘potential life’ … it was actual life. It was the life of her child! She rejected the naysayers and cynicism that would have led her down the dark path to an abortionist’s door. Joanne needed someone to hope and believe in her life and the life of her baby. My wife and I tried, in our pale and uncertain way, to show Joanne there was always hope wherever there is life. Joanne canceled her appointment at the abortion clinic.

We found ourselves in a similar position with Joanne's daughter Katie. Once Katie was given the full information about prenatal life and life-affirming alternatives available to her through a local crisis pregnancy centre, Katie cancelled her abortion too.

Today her happy child runs and plays, skips and peddles her bike in the fresh spring air, with the sun warming her shoulders. That little girl will grow up to be her own person and take her rightful place in society.

What’s my point? Never give up on any life. Do not listen to the pied pipers of choice who lead the parade of North America’s procession for the new culture of death. 

Always choose life that you and your descendants may live! Click image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX4fC4WFCIU For Big Tent Revival "Choose Life".