CBC News Canada reported a few days ago that assisted suicide legislation will soon be introduced in the Quebec parliament in spite of the fact that the National Government not only opposes assisted suicide but is moving in the courts to override a recent judgement that sought to strike down the existing prohibition.
The National Government, based in Ottawa has full powers over the Canadian Criminal Code. Provincial Quebec cannot alter these laws through their parliament. But this has not stopped those whose bent it is, by hook or by crook, to see assisted suicide on the agenda.
The Quebecois refer to assisted suicide by the euphemistic term medical aid in dying which should give us a clue to how they intend to bypass national laws; by redefining assisted suicide as a form of medical treatment.
The CBC article discusses the situation as follows:
“I think most people are concerned about suffering. They don't want to suffer, and that's a real concern. We need to address that,” said Paul Saba, president of the Coalition for Physicians for Social Justice and a vocal advocate against euthanasia.
|Dr. Paul Saba|
Saba and his patient Frank Humphrey spoke out Wednesday against the controversial decision some make to end their lives with the assistance of doctors.
In the final stages of ALS, Humphrey’s can’t move or breathe on his own, but he is pain free, he said he wants to live and feels he still has plenty to give.
After months in the hospital, Humphrey is now at home, using a respirator and sleeping in his own bed for as long as he has left.
“Our 35th wedding anniversary is in August and that will be a wonderful time because we'll be together,” said Daria Humphrey, his wife.
“No matter what the College (of Physicians) says, what the government says, it's wrong morally and it's wrong medically and there's going to be abuse,” said Saba