The Editor: Members of Parliament should vote against Bill C-14. Clearly, this bill is morally wrong. As well, similar euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legislation enacted in other countries has proven over time to decrease an individual’s end-of-life choices and to give doctors more autonomy in these matters. (See: http://www.patientsrightscouncil.org)
The worst that will happen if MPs vote against Bill C-14 is that the existing law will be struck down. Better to have no law, than to have a law that is intrinsically evil.
To increase end-of-life choices, the federal government needs to provide the leadership needed to implement the recommendations of the three Senate reports on palliative care which date back to 1995. According to the 2005 Senate report entitled Still Not There, it is estimated that “no more than 15 per cent of Canadians have access to hospice palliative care.” This is unacceptable. End-of-life choices require viable options.
Members of Parliament need to be aware that if they vote in favour of Bill C-14, they will be condoning the killing of the weakest members of our society. As well, they will be contributing to the corrupting of the patient-doctor relationship. Is this the legacy that MPs want to leave to their children? Do they want to go down in history as having contributed by their vote to the weakening of the moral fabric of Canadian society?
Two choices are set before the members of Parliament. I pray that they make the right choice. — Mary-Ellen Robinson, Edmonton