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09 Jan 2014 Death with Dignity – A Priority Issue for 2014

Update: The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear the Carter case, revisiting the euthanasia issue and making a final decision. Please pray! By Mark Penninga (French version available below as an attachment). Although we originally published this article some years ago, the issue is more alive in 2014 than ever before. Quebec is pushing to allow euthanasia regardless of the Criminal Code. And an appeal of the law against euthanasia is likely going to be made to the Supreme Court of Canada. Words can pack a punch. As such, they can be used for both noble and crafty purposes. Advertisers, political spin-doctors, and even Supreme Court judges know this well and take full advantage of the power of words. One example is the concept of dignity. Because dignity seems to be such a favourable word it is being used, and exploited, for purposes as far ranging as Hillary Duff’s latest pop album to the push for legalized abortion in third world countries. But the movement that has most exploited the concept of dignity is the political effort to legalize euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. The term “death with dignity” is being used by right-to-die advocacy groups because they know that associating dignity with euthanasia will soften the public perception of what they are really demanding– state condoned death.
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16 Dec 2013 Editorial: Finally, some common sense on abortion

The director of our WeNeedaLAW.ca campaign Mike Schouten has been published in a national newspaper yet again. We're very thankful for the continued exposure we receive in reputable news sources.  It's been 50 years since Andy Williams recorded the Christmas hit, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." And, as Canadians get set to key it up once again,they should know that they received an early Christmas gift last week — a healthy dose of common sense from one of our elected representatives. In what seems to be a...

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09 Dec 2013 Two New Pro-Life Motions in Parliament!

It's been 50 years since Andy Williams recorded the Christmas hit, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". And, as Canadians get set to key it up once again, we learn this week that we have been given an early Christmas gift - a healthy dose of common sense from one of our elected representatives.In what seems to be a pattern of independent thinking from Members of Parliament, Maurice Vellacott has announced today that he is filing two motions in advance of his name being added to the Order...

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18 Oct 2013 Two Very Encouraging Court Decisions about End of Life Care

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released their decision in the Rasoulie case about end-of-life care. They ruled that physicians are required to get consent from a patient or their substiute (if they are unable to make a decision) before they may remove life support.  Last week the BC Court of Appeal reversed the BC Supreme Court ruling which had declared that our euthanasia laws were unconstitutional. Combined, these two cases are a much needed encouragement in the face of growing pressure from provincial governments and activist organizations to promote euthanasia and assisted suicide. ARPA tips its hat to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for their exemplarly leadersship on both cases. They are still looking for funds to cover their legal expenses.
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24 Sep 2013 ARPA signs Joint Statement to withdraw Quebec’s Bill 52

As Quebec seeks to flout a federal ban on euthanasia by adopting its own law legalizing the practice, national organizations across Canada have banded together to oppose such a move through a Joint Statement. The Statement, released by LifeCanada, has been signed by 15 organizations, calling on Quebec to rescind Bill 52. The Statement asks lawmakers not only in Quebec, but also throughout the rest of Canada to attend to their duty of caring for the most vulnerable in society. It says Bill 52 would signal "a momentous shift in medical ethics and public policy." "We know that with the acceptance and legalization of [euthanasia] comes an immense loss of commitment to people's lives, a loss of incentive to provide quality end of life care, a weakening of the resolve of the health care profession to truly work for the benefit of patients, and an opening for abuse of the vulnerable who have no one to advocate for them," the Statement reads.
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04 Sep 2013 Friday: Day of Prayer & Fasting for Quebec’s Decision on Euthanasia

LifeCanada is inviting various churches, organizations and individuals across Canada to join in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the upcoming debate on euthanasia that will be taking place this fall in Quebec. The Province is set to vote on a bill that would legalize euthanasia in the province under the term "medical aid in dying". The Day of Prayer and Fasting will be held on September 6th. People are invited to join us in their own way, according to their own faith tradition. This issue concerns all Canadians....

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18 Jul 2013 Blogger Takes Ontario Government to Court over Suppression of Information about Abortion

ARPA salutes Patricia Maloney for her courage and leadership in challenging the Ontario government in their suppression of the truth.  OTTAWA , July 18, 2013– “In January 2012, the Ontario Liberal government amended its freedom of information law to exempt any abortion-related data from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. As a blogger and a member of the new media, I’m taking on the government and challenging them over this undemocratic move. Tax-payers should know how their tax dollars are being spent,” explains Patricia Maloney.
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17 Jul 2013 Over 100 crosses Remind Southern Alberta that WeNeedaLAW!

July 17, 2013  Lethbridge, AB - This summer people living in Southern Alberta will be exposed to a powerful message displayed by area residents on their front lawns. An educational campaign with the purpose of bringing awareness to Canada’s lack of protection for pre-born humans, has seen over 100 crosses distributed throughout Lethbridge, Coaldale and Taber. The freshly painted crosses have the words “weneedaLAW.ca” and “theTRUTHis.ca” printed on them and already they are getting noticed by passersby. Paul Vanderheide of Coaldale says shortly after he stuck one in his front lawn his neighbour wandered over to inquire. “He couldn’t believe Canada had no law restricting abortion and because of the sign on my lawn he is better informed,” said Vanderheide. “The groundswell from across the country is remarkable,” said weneedaLAW.ca director, Mike Schouten. “Canadians are increasingly becoming aware of the reality that Canada is the only democracy in the world without abortion laws, and conversations such as the one Mr. Vanderheide had with his neighbour are common.” Mel Harthoorn, one of the local volunteers with the Southern Alberta ARPA, said a friend of hers came up with the idea. “We got about fifteen volunteers out to give a fresh coat of paint to the existing crosses we had and to spray paint the words on. There were so many people who were eager to display a cross on their lawn that we quickly ran out of crosses. We hope to have them up all summer.”
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20 Jun 2013 Quebec is trying to legalize euthanasia by calling it something else. It’s still wrong

Margaret Somerville, Globe and Mail, June 19 2013: So, you call your pet duck, which lives with you, a dog, because the law prohibits keeping a duck in your apartment, but allows dogs. A court will convict you for breaking the law. Now you are the Quebec provincial government and you table a bill in which you call euthanasia, which is prohibited as murder under the Canadian Criminal Code, “medical aid in dying” (MAD) and claim it is medical treatment. You define “end-of-life care” as including MAD and you pass...

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