The CLC National News, the monthly newsletter of Campaign Life Coalition Canada, reports,
The legislatively mandated “Third Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying” reports that there was a 30% increase in euthanasia deaths in the second half of 2017 (the period which the report covers). In just over 18 months since euthanasia was legalized in June 2016, more than 3,700 people have availed themselves of a doctor’s assistance to kill themselves. Alex Schadenberg, the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, said, ‘Euthanasia is being promoted; it is being pressured upon doctors to do it to alleviate the conscience rights problem, doctors are being told they are going to have to refer.’ Schadenberg compared the figures to European countries that have legalized the practice, and it is growing faster in Canada that it did in those nations. CLC warned that there would be tremendous pressure on doctors to take part in euthanasia, as well as pressure on patients and families to accept assisted suicide. At the same time, we are concerned at the lack of genuine palliative care, without which the some patients would rather face a hastened death than prolonged, insufficiently treated pain.” (CLC National News, August 2018, p. 1)
Providing love and support to families facing end of life issues is something that every Christian and congregation can provide. Our living Lord can provide strength and hope for individuals and families facing the reality of chronic illness and death itself. How might you and your congregation help provide palliative care? You are encouraged to talk with the agencies providing palliative care in your community!