New assisted-suicide law not deadly enough
Supporters of euthanasia in Canada obviously aren’t happy with the doctor-assisted suicide bill passed recently by Parliament – because they’re already petitioning the court to change it.
Less than two weeks ago, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of assisted suicide, ordering Parliament to approve a bill to facilitate it. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, which filed the original lawsuit to overturn the nation’s laws against euthanasia, has now filed suit against the approved bill.
Alex Schadenberg, who heads the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says the BCCLA is “using” a woman to further its agenda.
“They have found this young woman named Julia Lamb. She’s 25 years old [and] she has spinal muscular atrophy, which is a degenerative condition,” he explains. “… They have used her as a plaintiff – and I must say using her as the plaintiff – in order to attempt to strike down the language of the new law, which says their death must be ‘reasonably foreseeable.'”
Lamb, according to Schadenberg, isn’t terminally ill – nor will she be for the foreseeable future.
“So what this case would do – if it were accepted by the courts – is … not only strike down [the requirement] that you have to be terminally ill, but would also make it an accepted understanding that someone only has to be in fear of possible future suffering in order to qualify for euthanasia,” laments the EPC leader.
The potential result, he explains, is that with a court victory, aging people who are fearful of aging might possibly qualify.
Schadenberg says the euthanasia lobby wants to defeat the bill by attacking one element at a time in court. Several more lawsuits, he adds, are expected to “gut what little good is in the bill.”