A study is underway to as- sess whether access to euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada should
be expanded in three possible ways:
to mature minors, to those with a
psychological illness as the only
underlying medical condition, and
to those who can no longer consent,
but have an advance directive requesting hastened death.
The assisted dying law enacted in
June 2016 included a requirement
for independent review of these
three areas within two and a half
years of the bill passing. The federal government has asked an academic nonprofit organization, the
Council of Canadian Academies, to
complete the study and review.
“The EFC is committed to promoting respect for life and care of
the most vulnerable among us. Our
society’s commitment to life and
the duty of care we owe to one
another are impacted by these decisions,” says Bruce Clemenger,
President of the EFC. “We are
deeply concerned about any expansion of the categories of people
legally eligible for hastened death.
We oppose intentionally ending a
person’s life. We continue to advocate for the strongest possible
“We are deeply
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but the limits are being pushed wider
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protection and safeguards.”
The EFC will make a written
submission to the Council of Can-
adian Academies in September and
will participate as fully as possible in
“We are deeply sympathetic to
the suffering of individuals, and
know these questions have deeply
personal implications for many
Canadians,” says Julia Beazley, the
EFC’s Director of Public Policy.
“But they also have profound impli-
cations for our society, particularly
for our most vulnerable citizens.”
At the same time, in B.C. and
Quebec, court challenges have
been launched against the current
law’s requirement that a person’s
death be “reasonably foreseeable”
to be eligible for hastened death.
The B.C. challenge was launched
just after the legislation passed in
2016, while the Quebec challenge
is more recent.
The EFC is requesting intervener
status in the B.C. case and would
argue against expanding access to
euthanasia and assisted suicide.
A bill to protect the conscience
rights of health care workers will be
debated this fall in Manitoba. The
Manitoba minister of health introduced Bill 34, The Medical Assist-
What you can do . . .
• Pray for the expert panels at the Council of Canadian Academies reviewing the expansion of
access to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
• Pray for the judges hearing the legal challenges and for those making arguments in favour of the
sanctity of life and protection of the vulnerable.
ance in Dying (Protection for Health
Professionals and Others) Act, in
May. As a member of the Coalition
for HealthCARE and Conscience,
the EFC will support this legislation.
The EFC and others argued for
conscience protection in a court
challenge against the forced referral policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
(CPSO) this past June. A decision
in that case had not yet been released by press time. /FT