Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
On June 5, the Québec National Assembly passed euthanasia Bill 52 into law.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) is convinced that euthanasia Bill 52 is imprecise, open to abuse and unconstitutional. EPC is working with groups in Québec to launch a court case to declare Bill 52 as unconstitutional.
The Toronto Sun reported that Canada's federal Justice Minister opposes Québec's euthanasia law that was passed on June 5. The article also stated that a court challenge to the euthanasia law will be launched soon.
The Toronto Sun reported that federal Justice Ministry released the following statement concerning Bill 52:
"It is our government's position that the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia are in place to protect all persons, including those who are most vulnerable in our society," Paloma Aguilar said. "Furthermore, in April 2010, a large majority of parliamentarians voted not to change these laws, which is an expression of democratic will on this topic."Michael Racicot, a lawyer with the group Vivre dans la Dignité - Living with Dignity told the Sun that:
"I will not say when we will go to court, but we are going to go to court,"Racicot also told the Sun that:
euthanasia violates the constitutional right to life, liberty and security of the person.Euthanasia Bill 52 gives Québec doctors the right, in law, to lethally inject people who have asked for euthanasia and who are living with physical or psychological suffering.
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