|Participating in a news conference|
against Canada's state-sanctioned
physician assisted suicide:
From let to right: Me. Dr. Magdalene
Michalska, Austin Mardon &
emergency physician Dr. Matthew
I call upon the leadership of various Christian denominations across
Canada to issue similar public statements. Catholics and evangelicals must put aside their differences and stand together in a show of Christian unity against euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada of the most vulnerable people in society.
Work to provide community-based life-affirming alternatives that support sick or disabled people prone to consider suicide. Lobby governments and medical professional organizations not to pressure or force physicians to participate or refer for assisted suicide. Start networks of Christian hospice in communities across the country, and other palliative care services that do not include euthanasia or assisted suicide. Christians did this with pregnancy counselling and care centers, we can do it again to address assisted suicide of the disabled and sick.
We must not back down on the issue of the sanctity and care of all human life. This is a hill upon which followers of Christ must take a stand. Why? Because Jesus took a stand at Calvary for the value of you and me. He loved us with a self-sacrificial love. Jesus said:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
We serve a God of life and love and hope not death, abandonment and despair. It is time to take a stand for life and not back down, regardless of the consequences. Pray for Christian unity and moral courageous.