My name is [name] and I am calling from [your hometown]. I’m calling today because Bill C-7 (medical assistance in dying) is coming for final vote in the House of Commons.
I am opposed to the expansion of euthanasia because expanding euthanasia and assisted suicide sends a message to suffering Canadians that suicide is a solution to suffering.
I believe that treating everyone equally, without ableism or ageism, means offering suicide prevention and supportive care for everyone with equal enthusiasm. Expanding assisted suicide, on the other hand, encourages a culture of neglect for suffering, elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable people and devalues their lives.
As my MP [name], I have a couple of requests or recommendations that I would really appreciate you considering and passing along to your colleagues [focus on one or two of the following recommendations]:
- Please oppose Bill C-7’s proposed expansion of assisted suicide beyond the end-of-life context, which would make assisted suicide available to persons with disabilities and chronic but non-fatal illnesses.
- Please oppose Bill C-7’s legalization of “written arrangements” to waive consent once one has lost capacity to give consent, which places an incredible responsibility on a doctor when to kill a person who cannot consent at the time of death.
- Please propose an amendment to make it very clear that a doctor can never suggest MAiD; the initial request for MAiD, or even information about MAiD, must always be made by the patient themselves.
- Please propose an amendment that would reinstate the mandatory 10-day waiting period. By cutting this requirement (which was in the original MAiD legislation) a person with Lou Gehrig’s disease who is having a very difficult day to ask for MAiD and be euthanized the same day or hour, with no time for reflection or even the chance to see a family member or friend again.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my concerns. I hope that you will take them to heart.