The Church’s Role in the Fight Against Assisted Suicide

Parliament clearly expressed its will in 2010 when Members of Parliament voted resoundingly against a bill which sought to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Supreme Court of Canada plainly ruled against the practices in the 1993 Rodriguez case, in which it found Parliament’s jurisdiction and legislation in this area to be sound.

Democratic process and our highest court’s findings seemingly insufficient, a B.C. lower court judge decided to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide with her 2012 Carter v. Canada decision, which is currently under appeal. The government of Quebec is now arguing that it can permit the practices as well, under its constitutional power to regulate healthcare.

As the Carter case winds its way through the appeal process, Evangelicals will be represented. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is intervening at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and has filed its written legal arguments. The EFC is arguing that the sanctity of human life is a valid Parliamentary consideration under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that ethically, morally, and legally, dying and killing are drastically different things. As stated in the factum, “There can be such as a thing as a good death. There is never such a thing as a good killing.”

The case will be heard in March. The lower court decision needs to be overturned not only to ensure the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens and to prevent the abuses that have occurred in jurisdictions where these practices have been legalized, but to affirm Canada’s life respecting ethos.

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