Bill C-7, an act to amend the criminal code to further expand euthanasia, has passed 3rd reading in the House, with no amendments, and is now in the Senate. This proposed Bill is among some of the most dangerous legislation ever to be debated in the Senate and House of Commons.
What can you do?
- Support conscience protection for physicians. They can sign the following statement.
- Please contact Senators HERE.
Please email or call a Senator and ask for the following amendments (these points are recommended by physicians working on this case.):
- Ask that only patients initiate MAiD discussions with their doctor. Physicians should never be bringing it up as a treatment option (to avoid subtle patient coercion in the context of despair or suicidality).
- Ask for stronger conscience rights for physicians, protecting them from participating directly and indirectly in MAiD
- Ask for meaningful care to be accessible and provided for including medical, disability, home and social supports."
- Read LifeCanada's Brief that clearly outlines the problems with this legislation and it's repercussions HERE.
- Watch and share these excellent testimonies of physicians fighting for the rights of Canadians HERE.
How will Bill C-7 affect Canadians who are ill, disabled, elderly or suffering?*
Bill C-7 expands the euthanasia law in Canada, without any recourse to studying what has actually happened in the last 5 years since it was legalized. A government review had been scheduled but has not been done. How is it that we are now considering fast tracking these major expansions?
- Bill C-7 removes the requirement in the law that a person’s death be reasonably forseeable.
- It permits a doctor or nurse practitioner to lethally inject a person who is not capable of consenting, if that person was previously approved for MAiD. This contravenes the Supreme Court of Canada Carter decision which stated that only competent people could die by euthanasia.
- It waives the ten-day waiting period when a person is deemed to be “terminally ill.” A person could request death by euthanasia on a "bad day" and die the same day.
- It creates a two track law. A person who is deemed to be terminally ill would have no waiting period while a person who is not terminally ill will have a 90 day waiting period before being killed by lethal injection.
- If Bill C-7 is passed, a future court decision will strike down the 90 day waiting period for people whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable because, this provision represents an inequality in the law.
- It reduces the number of independent witness from two to one.
- It falsely claims to prevent euthanasia for people with mental illness. The law permits MAiD for people who are physically or psychologically suffering in a manner that is intolerable to the person and that cannot be relieved in a way that the person considers acceptable.
- Bill C-7 permits anyone who believes that their physical or psychological suffering is intolerable to die by lethal injection, even if effective medical treatments for their condition exists, after a 90 day reflection period.
*The breakdown of the legislation offered here has been taken from Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and used with permission.