November 1, 2023
Thank you to the many supporters who donated to our film project. The topic for the first short film is euthanasia for mental illness. We still need at least $30,000 to fund it but we trust that more of our donors will donate to this important project. A promo of the film will be available for my UK speaking tour in early November. I am speaking at the parliament in London, England, in Jersey, the Isle of Man and then completing the tour by speaking at a HOPE Ireland conference in Dublin on November 11. My presentations will focus on the stories and reality of Canada’s euthanasia law.
Bill C-314, the bill that would have prevented the implementation of euthanasia for mental illness, was defeated on October 18 by a vote of 167 to 150. Before the vote, the Liberal government announced that they will reconvene the Special Joint Committee on MAiD to consider further oversight of euthanasia for mental illness. We are convinced that the pro-euthanasia Committee will not offer substantive changes to the euthanasia protocols.
Health Canada’s annual euthanasia report was finally released for 2022 (see this link) indicating that 13,241 people were killed by euthanasia last year. An article on the data is published in the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) November newsletter. Québec has the highest euthanasia rate in the world.
EPC has published a new pamphlet titled: Canada’s “MAiD” program has gone mad. The pamphlet features stories of Canadians who requested or died by euthanasia based on poverty, homelessness, disability, an inability to receive medical treatment, and other social concerns. You can purchase the pamphlet from EPC: $50 for 100 pamphlets or $30 for 50 plus $20 for shipping and handling. Further bulk prices are available upon request (call 1-877-439-3348).
We had a successful EPC-USA conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 21. We expect that Michigan will need to defeat an assisted suicide bill in 2024. Our conference enabled people to attend in-person and online. The recording will be made available on the EPC YouTube channel.
Thank you to those who sponsored my September 30 half-marathon run for CCC. It was our most successful run with Marcel Lemmen; I raised approximately $20,000.
EPC is making a difference nationally and internationally. Last month, more than 229,000 blog articles were opened (www.epcblog.org). We constantly receive information requests and I am regularly interviewed by foreign media. Please help us with a generous donation to the film project and if you have not already done so, consider becoming a monthly donor.
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