Let's talk about euthanasia

  • September 10, 2008

It's unlikely you'll hear political candidates talking about doctor-assisted suicide or euthanasia in this federal election campaign. But that doesn't mean it isn't a serious issue, or that federal politicians have a duty to deal with it.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is holding the candidates' feet to the fire in this campaign. It has started an on-line questionnaire for politicians in which it asks them to state up front where they stand: Check yes or no if you support legalizing euthanasia. Check yes or no if you support legalizing doctor-assisted suicide.

Coalition executive director Alex Schadenberg is asking concerned Canadians to help his group confront the candidates with this important issue.

Why is it important to talk about it during the federal campaign? In the last Parliament there were two unsuccessful attempts, through private members' bills, to legalize both possibilities. Currently, they are prohibited by the Criminal Code and are opposed in Catholic teaching. Though no political party has legaliization as part of its official platform, quite a number of MPs — like many Canadians generally — agree with it.

The EPC wants to flush them out. It's up to you now.



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