09 Oct 2007 Physician Assisted Suicide
Background: There is an increasing push for the legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Canada. A Today’s Family News article notes that “One year ago, MPs debated a private member’s bill introduced by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde to legalize physician-assisted suicide. A federal election was called before it could come to a vote but Lalonde has since vowed to resurrect her bill.” Instead of being reactive, we can be proactive. So here is a simple action plan:
1) Check out the news article that tells the story of a husband from Nova Scotia who brought his wife over to Europe to be euthanized. A very sad part of the story (not really talked about in the CBC version) is that he is a retired Anglican minister.
2) Read a brief article prepared by EFC about the issue so that you are better informed and have some arguments in mind. Also, notice the articles on the right side of the page if you are looking for more information.
3) Write a letter and send it (via snail mail, not email) to your local MP or the Justice Minister Robert Douglas Nicholson or the Prime Minister. Make two copies of it (if possible) and CC it to the two people that it is not directly addressed to.
4) Pray that God blesses these letters and works in the hearts of our government to uphold the value of life.
Here are some points to help you out:
Contact information for MP is here (Remember that all mail to Parliament does not need a stamp).
Contact information the Justice Minister is here.
And contact info for the PM is here.
Remember to be encouraging and respectful. You don’t need to write a lengthy letter or have a lot of good arguments. You just need to let them know what you believe and why. Be sure to be specific and ask for a response.
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