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 be found at the end of this post
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.
I do not understand you keep referring to those that are specifically vulnerable. We are all vulnerable when we are sick.
Also about doctors, they are great at referring patients. We already has a good death clinic in Vancouver. Dr. Ellen Weibe called her clinic HEMLOCK AID. To date two have died there by lethal injection. There might be more but how would we know as such deaths need not be made public. After a few months who dies will not be a good news story any more. Safeguards will deteriorate and who would know or who would care.
You're right. Everyone is vulnerable when they are sick. You'e also right about safeguards: They are an illusion. See my earlier post where Belgium warns Canada about this very point after their bitter experience with safeguards. Safeguards aren't.
Nearly nineteen years ago, we had to fight back a push for euthanasia at a Canadian hospital when our son suffered a devastating spinal cord injury during a trip to Canada. We were able to bring him back to the States with the help of the wonderful people of Canada. He regained significant recovery and has lived at home for nearly two decades. He serves God daily in his broken body and has taught me much about faith.
We stand with you on this side of the border in the fight for life and dignity for the medically vulnerable. I would be interested in interviewing you and your family for the Unstoppable series on my website. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregiver, nurse, author, and speaker
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