Isabelle and Ward O'Connor of the Vivere Group offer questions to ponder about Quebec's new Euthanasia legislation.
1. Do euthanasia and palliative care go together?
The palliative care philosophy is based on respect for the natural process of death. Matching induced death by euthanasia ("medical aid in dying") with palliative care in a "continuum of end of life care" is it logical? Doing so risks creating conflict and confusion. This is the view of, among others, le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), as recorded in its deposition regarding the subject legislation. The RSPQ affirms that "Euthanasia is not a treatment." Further, it is important to know that the Fédération du Mouvement Albatros of Québec (FMAQ) adopted unanimously a resolution in support of the RSPQ position.
2. Is End of Life Care Legislation valid?
It is important to know that induced death, either by euthanasia or assisted suicide, is a crime in Canada, although the authors and promoters of the legislation on end-of-life care categorically deny that "medical aid in dying" means "euthanasia", hoping that their semantic game will evade Canada’s Criminal Code. You should know that Canada’s Attorney General announced that he will challenge the
validity of this legislation, pending the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case Carter-Taylor case heard October 5, 2014, with a decision expected within six months – i.e., no later than April 2015. The Carter-Taylor case challenges the validity of criminalizing death induced by euthanasia or assisted suicide.
3. Would government induced death jeopardize the right to personal security?
Consent and intent are difficult to prove, and the weak, vulnerable, disabled, elderly, depressed, illiterate or otherwise physically or mentally vulnerable are very easy to manipulate. Their consent can also be difficult to interpret. Substituted consent is another important issue, appearing in the Quebec law (Articles 47, 48, 55) as does presumed consent (Articles 57 and 58 ). The mistreatment of these large segments of the population, especially from relatives and institutions, being widely and well documented, as are discrimination and other social exclusionary pressures of exclusion, is such a precarious secure environment in our health care facilities acceptable?
The Quebec legislation in no way restricts euthanasia for people diagnosed with terminal illness. It is applicable to anyone with a chronic degenerative disease, whether that person is dying or not.
In addition, each year in Quebec, more than 350,000 medical errors are reported, the vast majority of which are injection errors (Ménard report). As euthanasia is done via an injection, do not the number of medical errors argue against the practice of euthanasia?
Finally, the end-of-life care legislation leaves it to the physician to ensure that consent to euthanasia is not the result of undue pressures arising from different sources. What training in psychology and police detection methods will the doctor receive for this purpose? What budget he will have to conduct the needed investigation? Abuse is both pernicious and very clever thing to detect for he seeks to detect it.1 reaction
Blessed New Year greetings,
I trust that in 2015, God will richly bless you and your loved ones as he has with us here at the Quebec Life Coalition.
First, many of you have remembered us with your prayers and financial support. Thank you.
Second, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, we were blessed to welcome a few distinguished guests to our office.
These had come from across the country – Quebec City, Toronto and one as far away as Smithers, BC. No surprise, we discussed the fate of the unborn and how best to act to protect them, from a political perspective.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY
Among these guests was Mr. Rod Taylor, newly elected leader of the Christian Heritage Party.
2015 is an election year. The Federal Conservative Party was elected in 2011 - May 2, 2011, with a majority government. The next federal election will be no later than October 19, 2015 – “the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the polling day for the last general election.” It may be sooner.
As the Quebec Life Coalition works to promote the Culture of Life, the political process is an important tool for championing the plight of the unborn. So several of us gathered on this winter afternoon are considering becoming candidates for the Christian Heritage Party in the next election.
WHY THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY?
The CHP is the only pro-life federal party in Canada.
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Federal Liberals, made headlines this past May 2014 stating that anyone vying to become a liberal party candidate in a federal election MUST be pro-abortion.
The Bloc Québécois and the NDP likewise endorse the pro-abortion position.
Finally, what about the party of Stephen Harper? Haven't a few of its elected members - Stephen Woodworth, Mark Warawa, among others, presented pro-life motions in the House of Commons? Hasn't the federal conservatives subtly promoted internationally right to life measures for developing countries?
On the surface it appears that the federal conservatives are the voice for the unborn.
Yet, Mr. Harper has time and time again refused to open debate on the rights of the unborn. As such Canada is the only democratic nation in the world without any law protecting unborn children for the full nine month term. In fact, Canada shares this distinction with only two other nations worldwide - China and North Korea; a infamous fellowship if ever there was one.
So, we respectfully ask your support, in both prayer and financially, as we plan to run and/or support candidates in the forthcoming election. We wish that the voice of the unborn be heard loudly and clearly not only by the Conservative Party of Canada but also by all citizens of our ridings.
May the seven of us gathered on this January day be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we deliberate on what exactly is our role in the year ahead.
May our Lord bless all those considering becoming candidates in the next federal election with a wisdom to speak up, debate, and defend the right of the unborn.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
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In 2001, drug trials for the abortion inducing drug RU-486 was halted after protests and the death of a woman from septic shock.
Renewed efforts to make this drug available in Canada began this past November. At this time, the Canadian Medical Association Journal featured an article critical of the lack of surgical abortion facilities in rural Canada, a slight that can be alleviated via chemical abortions such as RU-486.
Then Society of Family Planning chimed in, announcing that based on a 2012 survey, increasing availability to chemical abortions would save women from travelling and from undergoing surgical abortions, and would increase accessibility to abortion services.
Yesterday, the Journal de Montréal, in two separate features, sung a similar tune. Isabelle Maher and Lise Ravary argued separately that since this abortifacient is available in well over 60 countries, why then is it not available in Canada?
What these articles fail to note is the harm that RU-486 has had on women. According to the Campaign Life Coalition, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there have been 14 deaths associated with this drug. Further, the FDA notes that there have been 2000 cases of adverse side effects including hospitalization, significant blood loss, severe infection and blood transfusions.
Corroborating much of this information about RU-486 is a fact sheet published by the group Real Choices Australia. Based on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists study, the fact sheet notes the extent of excessive bleeding, the pain, and other adverse effects after using this abortifacient.
Let's pray that Health Canada does not give in to this new wave of pressure, but rather contributes to ensuring the health integrity of women.
p.s. See a couple of recent stories on this topic. First, the National Post published a letter by Mike Schouten entitled "Another skipped abortion debate." Also, the CBC reports that Health Canada will delay its decision until the Fall 2015 as additional information is sought from the manufacturer - "Abortion drug decision pushed back by Health Canada."Be the first to comment.
As we enter December, the month of Our Saviour's birth, four events are scheduled in support of the most vulnerable period of human development, vulnerable for both mother and her unborn child.
First, on Monday, December 1, an evening of prayer and testimonial is set for the church Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore - 1465 De Sève Street, in ville Émard, across the street from the Jolicoeur Metro station on the green line.
Featured on this evening, in addition to the recitation of a rosary and an Eucharistic celebration, will be a personal story of a near tragedy. A young mother will share about the pressures she faced to carry her child to term simply because her physician thought the child may be born with a congenital disorder and should be aborted. The child was eventually delivered without any abnormality. Her story begins the evening at 6:00 p.m., this Monday, September 1, 2014.
The prayers and the testimony will be French, though, simultaneous translation into English will be available if warranted.
The following day, Tuesday, December 2, at the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart and of Padre Pio in east end Pointe-aux-Trembles, an evening of prayer for the defense for the unborn child will be held beginning at 7 p.m. At that time a rosary will be recited with an Eucharistic celebration to follow at 7:30 p.m.
The sanctuary is more familiarly known as the Chapelle de la réparation - 3650 de la Rousselière Street (514-642-5391), and is run by the Franciscan community.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Next, an evening of prayer and fellowship for the unborn child and the victims of abortion is being planned for Saint-Sylvain church in Laval - 750 Saint-Sylvain Blvd., on Thursday of the same week.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an hour-long period of Eucharistic adoration, during which time a rosary will be recited. After reposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Eucharistic mass will be celebrated. Fellowship follows. This mass will be celebrated in French.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The fourth and final commemoration for the unborn child and the harm that abortion does consists of a full afternoon of activities, set at Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore church in ville Émard, the same venue as our first event.
The afternoon begins at 1 p.m. with a conversion story. Ms. Carole Arsenault will share the story of John Bird, film producer who specializes in Marian history, and researcher and photographer the Tilma - the outer garment worn by Juan Diego, a poor Mexican peasant of the 16th century that is on display at the cathedral in Mexico City.
This rough outer garment has confounded scientists throughout the years for two reasons. First, it has outlasted its 40-year life expectancy by several centuries and second, it is emblazoned on one side of the cloth, and one side only, with the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The latter is particularly vexing to scientists as they are unable to explain the origins of the image and the materials that have left its mark.
Mr. Bird's film is entitled as "River of Light."
The presentation is particularly timely as the Church commemorates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe every year on December 12.
Prayers will follow the talk - namely, rosary and Eucharistic celebration.
The afternoon will end with a turkey dinner for the modest cost of $8. RSVP by calling (514) 595-6732.
There you have it: Four events in a span of two weeks spread across the region in order to better prepare ourselves for the most important arrival mankind has been waiting for.Be the first to comment.
Here's a beautiful story of a mom who decided to give the life growing inside of her a chance rather than choose abortion as she was advised.
Jessy Girard was alarmed when she noticed that she was losing amniotic fluid at 23 week of her pregnancy. Advised to abort, she refused, believing that had she abandoned her child, she would then regret this decision for the rest of her life.
Her courage was rewarded this past February 18, 2014, when she gave birth to Léthicia at 28 weeks.
Jessy and her miracle baby is seen here (photo courtesy of the Journal de Québec). Read the full story here.
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Close to a hundred abortion mills dot our country a mari usque ad mare.
A National Post story reveals that about half of these are located in Quebec (46) because governmental so-called "health policies" included expansion into the rural areas as early as the 1970s.
As for the other regions of Canada, in descending order of quantity, we have British Columbia with 16, Ontario 16, the prairie provinces 8, and the Atlantic provinces 4. I suppose the balance of the 94 cited in the article are found in the three territories.
Also, a revealing graphic accompanying the story shows that there is not an insignificant number of late term abortions. Often scoff by pro-abortion advocates met on the streets of Montreal as minuscule, the graphic indicates close to two thousand unborn children are aborted after 21 weeks of gestation every year in Canada.Be the first to comment.
I’m fresh back from another 40 Days for Life prayer vigil (see some pictures of the vigil here) for the end of abortion – our twelfth, and guess what? A life was saved!
First, from Wednesday, September 24, 2014, through to Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, in rain or shine, accompanied by the faithful brave, I stood across the street from the Morgentaler abortion mill to pray for the lives of unborn children and their families.
I wasn’t alone. A stalwart threesome – Charlotte, Yves, and John, made daily appearances for two to three hours if not longer! Seen here at left to either side of Charlotte and Yves are Claude and Rosina.
And our prayers were answered in a tangible way! An abortion minded young lady, thought again after passing our vigil site. Seeing our toll free phone line, she called and after speaking with our staff person, was directed to an agency that concerns itself with adoption services.
Praise be to God for these victories. I’m looking forward to our next vigil beginning February 18.
In addition, several other activities kept us busy in October. Our annual life chain gathered close to thirty participants on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. For an hour along Decarie Blvd., near the intersection of Jean-Talon street, in silent prayer holding signs advocating for the end of abortion, or the promotion of adoption individuals and groups gathered alongside our perennial participants and organizers - Mario Richard, Andrew Horwood, and Marc Vincent.
Else, on October 14. QLC president, Mr. Georges Buscemi was privileged to confer our first Defender of Life award to Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine. His grace has long been a promoter of the culture of life, attending the annual National March for Life in Ottawa for one and promoting various related issues since his elevation from parish priest to archbishop a little over two years ago. On this day, His Grace received a handsomely crafted Defensor Vitae ceramic.
Another October activity gathering much interest was our annual conference (see some pictures here) - October 11 in Granby.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Quebec Life Coalition, close to a hundred persons came to listen to six speakers on the topic of promoting a culture of life in the Quebec. The two first– pastor Stephane Gagné and M. Robert Gendreau, spoke of their spiritual approaches to this issue. Next M. Jean Renaud, director of the periodical Égards, offered his reflections on the roots of the euthanasia movement.
Next it was the turn of the keynote speaker, Mr. Tugdual Derville, a French citizen, active in the culture of life movement in France. He spoke of the work he does including the promotion the rights of handicap children, his battles versus euthanasia and abortion.
The next two speakers, Mrs. Dominique Morin and Mr. Dominique Boily, shared their experience on the importance of faith-based education. Mrs. Morin, the mother nine children, spoke on how church teachings have been pivotal in her and her husband’s rearing of their children. Mr. Boily, also a parent of nine children, argued how faith-based education is beneficial to both societal culture and virtue.
The final person to address the assembly was Ms. Caroline Roux, also a French national, sharing her experience of counselling pregnant women and post-abortive and other vulnerable persons.
A busy October! I wish to thank everyone who contributed to the success of these events through prayer and financial aid. In so doing, together we are building our society into a culture of life. Your help is appreciated !
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition
p.s. Over the 40 day period of the vigil, 685 lives were saved from abortion in the near 300 locations in which a vigil was held. Glory and praise to our God!Be the first to comment.
A highly interesting lecture on Bill 52 and palliative care (vs. Euthanasia) will be given by Dr. Manuel Borod on November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm.
5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3W 1L5
Dr. Manuel Borod is vehementlt opposed to Bill 52, the bill which has passed earlier this year and proposes to legalize euthanasia in Quebec.
Dr. Manuel Borod practiced family medicine for 20 years prior to embarking on a career in palliative medicine.
He developed the home care program at Mount Sinai Hospital prior to coming to the MUHC on a full-time basis. He served as Clinical Director of Palliative Care there from 2003-2009 and since then has been the Division Director.
He has been very active in improving and developing different programs such as out-patient services which include a palliative care day hospital, cancer rehabilitation and a multidisciplinary program on cancer pain. He has long been a dedicated teacher and mentor to medical students, residents, and colleagues.
Dr. Borod has given many presentations at local, national and international conferences on a number of subjects including cancer pain, ethics, palliative sedation and euthanasia as well as the role of humour in palliative care.
The event is $12, payable at the door.Be the first to comment.
Dear Friends, of Life,
I have some exciting news.
This past Wednesday, September 24, 2014, we began our twice annual 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion, the other occurring in the springtime.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., we meet to pray across the street from the Morgentaler abortion mill on Saint Joseph Blvd., encouraging young families to keep rather than destroy the young life that God has blessed them with. (Considering that one in five Canadian couples is infertile, becoming pregnant is indeed a blessing.)
Please pray and fast for the stalwart ones who are manning this prayerful and peaceful outpost.
Though beginning on the 24th, this vigil was inaugurated the previous Sunday. On September 21, we met at Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius church to kick-off this our twelfth vigil –twice a year since the spring of 2009. This evening was characterized by hymns and adoration, beseeching Our Lord to help end this slaughter.
In addition, the program included an invited speaker – Mr. Steve Karlen, Outreach Director for North America of the 40 Days for Life organization, the international agency coordinating the over 279 vigils occurring simultaneously worldwide this fall.
Having travelled from his home in Madison, Wisconsin, via Ottawa, Steve shared his journey from a slumbering pro-life believer to ardent advocate, criss-crossing Canada and the U.S., encouraging groups for the cause of life. Steve is married to Laura and they are raising two children.
On this evening, Steve shared about the precarious battle for life raging in our midst. He and his wife have witnessed firsthand how vulnerable women can be pressured to abort their child, how men also can be wounded by a woman’s decision to abort a child, and how communities that come together can thwart the plans of large institutions planning to open late-term abortion facilities.
(Pictured is Mr. Steven Karlen, on the right, receiving a hooded fleece sweatshirt with the 40 Days for Life logo in French at the end of his presentation from your author.)
His first example sounded eerily familiar. I met Sandra (alias) during the spring vigil. She came to the Morgentaler mill to abort her child but had a change of heart, crossed the street to speak with us, and has welcomed our supportive presence ever since.
As in Steve’s example, Sandra faced pressures to abort. The child’s father, her ex-boyfriend and father of her son, her mother and her grand-mother, and even her social worker have all at one time or another and in varying degrees coerced her to abort. In fact, two of us have even been present when these cajoled, shamed, begged, and threatened her to commit this crime!
Fortunately, differing from Steve’s example, Sandra has withstood the pressures and is set to deliver on October 19, a girl. Please keep her in your prayers over these final weeks.
In summary, we are very grateful for the support you have given us and are giving. In turn we can hold such event as the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils, bringing not only the culture of life message to the streets of Montreal and Quebec, something our government and media fail to do, but also occasionally helping persons like Sandra in their decision to choose life.
Thank you for making the Quebec Life Coalition possible to exist in our society, through your prayers and financial support.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition
p.s. Sunday, October 5, 2014, was a busy day at the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil site as upwards of 50 people and many families came out. Have you thought of passing by to say “Hi”? The vigil runs through to Sunday, November 2, 2014.Be the first to comment.
Dear Friends of Life,
You are all welcomed to join us to kick-off off our 12th prayer vigil for the end of abortion.
This event will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius church - 7187 2nd avenue - corner Jean-Talon east, three blocks east of the Iberville metro station (blue line).
- 6:00 p.m.: Doors open
- 6:30 p.m.: Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- 7:15 p.m.: Benediction and reposition
- 7:30 p.m.: Speakers - Fr. Pierre Desroches, pastor of Saint Enfant Jésus church (French) and Steve Karlen, Director of North American Outreach, 40 Days for Life (English)
- 10:00 p.m.: evening ends.
PRAYER & FASTING - OUTREACH - PEACEFUL VIGIL
The vigil begins on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and runs through to Sunday November 2, 2014.
The vigil location has not changed from the previous times - across the street from the Morgentaler abortuary (30, Saint Joseph Blvd. East).
Over the 40-day period, a peaceful, prayerful presence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be conducted every day, rain or shine.
Our prayers will be offered for the young couples struggling with the decison to keep or abort their child, as well as for those who have already made the tragic and irreversible decision.
Our prayers will also be offered up for the conversion of the abortionists and other facility workers who mistakenly perform this procedure.
Finally our prayers will be offered for the young and vulnerable who will die rather than have a chance to be born and live their lives.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As we wish to maintain a peaceful, prayerful presence, the following code of conduct is offered to further this end:
- I will show compassion and reflect Christ’s love to all.
- I understand that acting in a violent or harmful manner immediately and completely disassociates me from this vigil.
- I will not obstruct the driveways or sidewalk while standing in the public right of way.
- I will not block the abortion facility's entrance nor the path of anyone, including passersby, on the sidewalk; I will remain on the north side of Saint-Joseph Blvd.
- I will not litter on the public right of way.
- I will closely attend to any children I bring to the prayer vigil.
- I will not threaten, physically contact, nor verbally abuse anyone.
- I will not vandalize private property.
- I will cooperate with local city authorities.
- I will not picket nor carry any signs, pictures, displays, nor wear clothing bearing any words or images, without the consent of the organizers.
- I will maintain a spirit of prayer and refrain from judgments, debates and quarrels.
- I will refrain from unnecessary discussion with the public and with the other prayers.
- I will maintain a physical distance from others at the site whose tactics would be considered contrary to these guidelines.
HOW TO SHARE THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE
What is the pro-life message?
At its most basic level, the pro-life message is this:
- An unborn child is a human person
- whose life has value and deserves to be protected by our society.
But we also have an important message to share about how abortion harms women – and men – and about how committed the pro-life movement is to helping women face untimely pregnancies and choose life for their babies.
Ultimately, our message is a message of hope. We believe that, working together, we can transform our society into a place in which no mother will ever resort to abortion, where every child, regardless of the circumstances of his or her conception, will be welcomed and loved.
10 Guidelines for sharing the pro-life message
1. Listen – and pay attention;
2. Take time to think – and pray;
3. Always be respectful;
4. Seek common ground;
5. Make it personal;
6. Give the benefit of the doubt, and never take offense;
7. Don’t interrupt others’ conversations;
8. Pick your battles and keep it simple;
9. Admit when you lack information; and
10. Always leave the door open.
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