Monday, November 14, 2011

Backdoor Push To Overturn Euthanasia Laws - Court Case Begins Today

Euthanasia supporters didn't get what they want from the Parliament, so they look forward for unelected, unaccountable judges to rule their way:
Canada’s Parliament had rejected a bill introduced by Bloc Québécois MP Francine Lalonde to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2010, by a vote of 228 to 59. Subsequently, Canada’s Justice Minister, the Hon. Rob Nicholson, stated that the Conservative government will not reopen the issue in Parliament.

However, BCCLA lawyer Joe Arvay, representing the family of Kay Carter and co-litigant Gloria Taylor, argues that the courts rather than Parliament have the “last word” in the creation of laws.

“Parliament obviously has an important role to play in the political process, but when it comes to determining what our fundamental rights and freedoms are, the court has the last word because the constitution is the supreme law of the land and not Parliament,” Arvay told the media in August. “Obviously [Mr. Nicholson] knows Parliament does not have the last word.”
Actually, the Parliament does have the last word. I'm talking about the notwithstanding clause. The MPs didn't have the guts to use it to protect the unborn, let alone - to preserve the true marriage. But now, when it's obvious that should euthanasia or "assisted suicide" (e.g. direct actions that intentionally cause patient's death) become legal, their lives too will be at risk - I doubt they'll be willing to let someone else have the last word. Way too much is at stake:
"All the protections (in Oregon's law) end after the prescription is written. (The proponents) admitted that the provisions in the Oregon law would permit one person to be alone in that room with the patient. And in that situation, there is no guarantee that that medication is self-administered."

Elder abuse includes physical, psychological and financial abuse. Financial abuse is the most commonly reported type. Elder abuse is, however, largely unreported and can be difficult to detect. This is due in part to the reluctance of victims to report.

Elders' vulnerabilities and relative wealth have led to murder, with the perpetrators often being family members. An example is Melissa Friedrich, the Internet Black Widow. She killed her first husband and is accused of poisoning her second husband and another elderly man to get their money.

If assisted suicide were to be legalized via Carter, new paths of abuse would be created against the elderly...
Well, before the court hearing has even started, we already have some "experts" "admitting that organ donors are often alive when their organs are harvested" and arguing that "the medical community should not require donors to be declared dead, but instead adopt more “honest” moral criteria that allow the harvesting of organs from “dying” or “severely injured” patients". Imagine what it will be like if the official ban on euthanasia is overturned.

So let's make sure it doesn't come to this. Please sign this petition and support the Attorney General's strongest possible opposition to the legalization of euthanasia and/or assisted suicide.

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