July 4, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4 July 2012
CCCB statement: http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/statements-a-letters/3378-cccb-statement-regarding-the-appeal-of-the-british-columbia-supreme-court-decision-on-assisted-suicide
Euthanasia and assisted suicide : COLF calls on families,
parishes and movements to enter into the public debate
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is calling on families,
parishes, movements and associations to enter into the public debate on end-
of-life issues. In a short reflection just made public, COLF cautions that two
recent events are leading Canada in a dangerous direction.
“It is impossible to remain silent following the June 15 decision by Justice
Lynn Smith of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the Carter case, says
COLF Director, Michèle Boulva. As citizens of a country which claims to be
civilized, Catholics and all people of good will have the right and duty to
counter any attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, and also to
promote palliative care and true compassion.”
The recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia comes months
after the worrisome recommendation of the Select Committee on Dying with
Dignity who, last March, asked the Quebec Government to legalize “medical
assistance in dying”, considered as “appropriate care at the end of life”.
“No matter how hard one tries to conceal reality by playing with words,
laments Michèle Boulva, “medical assistance in dying” stands for euthanasia
and assisted suicide. This is about killing.”
COLF emphasizes the incoherence there would be for our country to put so
much energy in preventing suicide while at the same time legalizing assisted
suicide. Similarly, it would be contradictory to rightly condemn elder abuse,
while legalizing euthanasia – the ultimate abuse.
In fact, says COLF’s Director using the words of the President of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops following Justice Smith’s decision :
“We stand before a fundamental option, the response to which reveals the
true nature of our society's heart. Do we show concern for the sick, the
elderly, the handicapped and vulnerable by encouraging them to commit
suicide or through deliberating killing them by euthanasia? Or, instead, do
we fashion a culture of life and love in which each person, at every moment
and in all circumstances of their natural lifespan, is treasured as a gift?”
COLF encourages Catholics to contact their Members of Parliament to ask
them to oppose any attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. It
also gives links to two networks that are actively involved in end-of-life issues:
the “Euthanasia Prevention Coalition” and “Vivre dans la Dignité”.
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family is co-sponsored by the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the
Knights of Columbus.