Bioethics centre lends voice against Bill C-407

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  • October 12, 2005
The Canadian Catholic Bioethics Centre (CCBI) has added its voice to the growing chorus of those opposed to federal Bill C-407, which would make euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide legal in Canada.
Bill C-407 "should be a wake-up call for every concerned citizen," the CCBI said in a press release Oct. 6.

"Legislation such as this threatens the old and infirm, handicapped newborns, and all members of society who are unable to look after their own interests," the release said. "As Canadians, we all have a duty to speak up for the rights and dignity of every citizen. One need not be Christian to appreciate the meaning of the scriptural words: 'Whatsoever you do to the least of my children, that you do unto me.' "

The CCBI is a Toronto-based think tank focusing on end-of-life issues and new reproductive technologies. It argued that euthanasia cannot truly meet the needs of the sick and infirm for recognition, respect, friendship, community, a sense of worth and a feeling of belonging.

Instead of ending life medically, Canadian society should be helping people through better palliative and end-of-life care that is accessible to all, the release said.

Bill C-407 is a private member's bill introduced into the House of Commons last June by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde. It is scheduled to be debated in the House in early November.

Other voices, including Canadian Catholic bishops and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, have already called for MPs to oppose the bill.

For more information, contact the CCBI at (416) 926-2335 or access the web site www.utoronto.ca/stmikes/bioethics .

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