Bill C-7, which will expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide, passed in the Legislature and was sent to the Senate for approval. In the Senate further changes were made that would allow MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) to occur more often by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code. It will also allow MAID for those who are suffering from mental illness.
While it will be challenging to stop the proposed changes now, it is not too late for Catholics to make a difference. Contact your Member of Parliament and let them know that the changes proposed to Bill C-7 go too far, beyond what the courts called for and now put at risk all persons suffering from mental health or disabilities, the very people we should be most want to protect.
This information was shared with us by Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Family Ministry Office in the Diocese of Hamilton.