CWL urges government to create a national palliative care strategy

By Deborah Gyapong

Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA (CCN) — Days before the Supreme Court of Canada was to hear arguments Oct. 15 in the Carter case on assisted suicide, the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) urged the creation of a national palliative care strategy.

In an Oct. 9 news release the CWL, Canada’s largest women’s organization, said it had reviewed and reaffirmed its position against both euthanasia and assisted suicide.

“The League calls upon the federal government to demonstrate compassion, love and dignity for every human life by providing a national, comprehensive palliative care strategy and urges the federal government to continue to resist calls to legalize the abandonment of vulnerable people facing challenging life circumstances.”

The CWL also threw its support behind the Catholic Organization for Life and Family’s National Campaign in Favour of Palliative and Home Care: Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide under the theme of “Life-Giving-Love.” Canada’s Catholic bishops are supporting the COLF effort. More information can be found at

The campaign “calls for securing compassionate palliative care options for all Canadians, through informing Christians about issues surrounding this subject, supporting involvement with those near death and the terminally ill, and urging the federal government to create legislation aimed at life,” the news release said.

“Canada must take a stand for life and allow the country’s most vulnerable to live and die surrounded by love, called home by God alone,” the CWL said.

“Time is of the essence,” the CWL said. “League sisters are urged to have conversations with their loved ones, become informed on the impact of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and palliative and home care and pray for the Supreme Court of Canada to make the right decision in choosing life and love.”

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