Yesterday, Bill C-14 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts [medical assistance in dying]), was introduced by the federal government. If passed, it will become legal, on request, to kill a person who meets the legal criteria.
From time immemorial, the act of taking the life of another person has been considered a wrong punishable by law. Now, early in the twenty-first century, some would have us believe that this is a good. Killing remains a grave ill - even if it is disguised as “medical aid in dying”. In fact, at issue here is the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide – something the federal government readily recognizes in its document presenting Bill C-14. According to the draft bill, it will not be necessary to be at the end of life in order to have a right to this “care”.
Legal does not mean moral. The opinion of the majority has no power to determine what is good; an evil remains an evil. This proposed legislation makes legal a moral wrong. By giving us the Ten Commandments, God has been very clear: “Thou shalt not kill.”
Bill C-14 is morally unacceptable. We all need the Risen Christ to walk with us and give us strength and courage. As we continue to speak out in defense of life, let us not neglect the spiritual practices recommended by the Church: fasting and prayer, especially the Eucharist, where Christ, who has vanquished death, gives himself to us so that we may carry Him to a world that desperately needs His love.
Once again we call upon the baptized to speak to their MPs in opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia, in support of the protection of conscience rights, and in advocacy for increased access to palliative care. The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience provides an easy way to contact your MP.
April 15, 2016