Alberta: Stop Assisted Suicide!

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Alberta: Stop Assisted Suicide!

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Alberta: Stop Assisted Suicide!

Three MLAs are gathering input from Albertans on new guidelines for assisted suicide, which the Supreme Court imposed on Canada in February 2015. The troika must promulgate their recommendations for legislation by June 6.

Please encourage the decision-makers to reject assisted suicide in Alberta, using the "notwithstanding clause" in Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the protection of the right to life contained in Section 7.

Laws prohibiting assisted suicide protect people with disabilities, the elderly, and other people. They also help ensure that a doctor’s oath – to do no harm – could be upheld. Permitting assisted suicide strips the "duty of care" which doctors owe to their patients of all meaning.

This is extremely urgent! One Calgary woman was killed by physicians two weeks ago, simply because she faced serious illness!

One bioethicist at McGill University, Margaret Somerville, says that assisted suicide “legaliz[es] the intentional infliction of death on our most vulnerable citizens — those who are old, frail, disabled, depressed, mentally, physically, or terminally ill…”

Alberta should be known for its welcoming hospitality, friendly people, and beautiful landscape, not for assisted suicide.

Please sign the petition to stop assisted suicide in Alberta. Your petition signature will be emailed immediately to Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne, Liberal Leader David Swann, and Edmonton NDP MLA Bob Turner.

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Don't allow assisted suicide!

Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne, Liberal Leader David Swann, and Edmonton NDP MLA Bob Turner,

Assisted suicide goes against the lives and dignity of vulnerable Canadians. It also puts doctors—whose first duty is to "do no harm"—in a hostile and adversarial situation, setting up future clashes between doctor and patient rights. Inevitably, assisted suicide puts disabled persons and vulnerable elders at risk.

This is a bad social policy that ultimately causes innocent people to be killed. Everywhere else that assisted suicide has been legalized, marginalized individuals who lack community support slip through the cracks and are manipulated into suicide. This is a Pandora's Box that cannot be narrowly tailored: the categories of individuals affected by assisted suicide will slowly include more and more people.

I encourage you to reject assisted suicide in Alberta using the "notwithstanding clause" in Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the protection of the right to life contained in Section 7.

Alberta should be known for our welcoming hospitality, friendly people, and beautiful landscape—not assisted suicide.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Alberta: Stop Assisted Suicide!

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