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disease, disability and mental illness.
The government has argued legalizing
assisted suicide is too risky for people who
are “decisionally vulnerable.” These include
people living with cognitive impairment,
depression, coercion, undue influence,
psychological manipulation, systemic
prejudice and misdiagnosis.
Can safeguards be put in place
to mitigate these risks? The Supreme Court argues yes, but
frankly the few jurisdictions that
permit assisted suicide or euthanasia show no safeguards are
Allowing exceptions will place
people at risk of wrongful death.
Assisted suicide and euthanasia are not private acts. By
definition they involve more than one
person, and if the health care system and
legal profession are involved, they become very public acts – to the point they
are state sponsored and facilitated.
Such acts affect us all. They compromise
the government’s ability to promote – and
our society’s commitment to – respect for
life. Legalizing them places vulnerable
people at risk – at some point, all of us.
These two purposes – promoting respect for life and protecting the vulnerable
– are consistent with Christian
teaching. Christians base our
objections on the belief it’s
wrong to kill God’s image bearers. We are called to defend
human life and care for the
vulnerable and sick among us.
Canada’s laws and public
policies are shaped by social
norms, principles and values
which together contribute to a
social and political consensus.
For a democracy to work well, citizens
must contribute to the consensus and at
times challenge or defend it.
No one community can impose its
morality on others. That’s the govern-
ment’s role through mechanisms like the
Criminal Code. However, we have the
freedom, and I believe the responsibility,
to participate in the shaping of the con-
As Christians we bring the wisdom we
find in Scripture to these discussions. We
believe adherence to its principles will
bless Canada. On the issue of assisted
suicide, we do not seek to impose morality, but to champion respect for life and
care for the vulnerable.
Our participation shouldn’t end there.
These principles mean we must show
respect for all human life, treating all
with dignity and respect, and demonstrate our love and caring for vulnerable
persons, including those suffering and in
the shadow of death.
May this be what we are known for. /FT
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