December 1, 2022
As I approach Christmas, I think about the year that is almost passed, the challenges, the accomplishments and what is happening in the world. Twenty-twenty-two was a difficult year as governments continue to push for the expansion of killing and the topics of euthanasia for infants and for people with dementia have entered the public discourse.
We are a people of hope. Hope can be expressed as a hope for better things to come or as a change in the attitude of people. Our hope and commitment are for a change that leads to caring, not killing.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has several important projects in 2023, including a video compilation of euthanasia stories. One sign of hope has been the exposure of stories that reveal how euthanasia is out of control in Canada. In order to gain a greater social rejection of euthanasia, we require a greater awareness of how euthanasia abandons people at their time of need. The many sad stories from Canada have affected the world-wide euthanasia debate. While speaking at a recent leaders’ meeting in Austria, the resounding comment from the participants was: What is going on in Canada? The awareness of the tragic consequences of Canada’s killing policy is slowing the growth of euthanasia world-wide.
EPC is the world leader opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide. Leaders at the meeting in Austria depend on us for our arguments and research. At the recent Euthanasia Symposium we co-hosted at the European Parliament, Parliament members and symposium participants depend on EPC for our information, updates and leadership.
In March 2023, lethal injection for people with mental illness alone will become a reality. It appears that Canada will be permitting this based on a 90-day waiting period. Most psychiatrists are refusing to participate as they recognize that suicidal ideation is often a symptom of the condition.
Our work with Compassionate Community Care (CCC) is making a difference. The toll-free help-line regularly receives requests for help (1-855-675-8749) and CCC is there. EPC is directly helping people by working with CCC on the many calls for help.
We oppose killing. I was recently on a bus returning from the airport, and a young athletic man was sitting beside me. We were having an interesting conversation about life and he asked me what I did for a living. I told him that I am Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. He was silent. He then asked me several questions about euthanasia and I responded, “I oppose killing people.” He was silent. He then said, “I think I agree with you.” I am not suggesting that this is a perfect formula for changing the culture but it is good to keep it simple. To continue opposing the killing of people requires your support. Christmas is the season of hope and renewal. As we share hope with our families and friends please share your hope by donating to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
We are thankful that many people support EPC at Christmas. Your donation saves lives!