Alex, I only wish there was something I could do to get people’s enthusiasm around me, to both support EPC financially, attend the Symposium, and to become vocal. However, all I get around here, is laughed at. There are times I asked a worker in this hospital to read the EPC Newsletter I’d give them, and the next day their boss or the receptionist would dump it back on my table, as if I’m supposed to get-the-point. A local outsider who comes to see me occasionally is starting to take copies I have available, and put it in a restaurant or other place where reading material is avalable for customers.
Being honest, if hospital workers across the country are similar to half the nurses and PA’s are here, they could not care less. The Terri Schiavo finished execution immediately showed its effects in this concentration camp. Fifteen years ago, and even ten years ago most people were saying, ‘oh, that will never happen here; Canadians would not let that happen’. Since the Terri Schiavo execution, workers say, ‘well, it should be legalized for the people who want it; and people in other countries can’t afford to keep people alive on life-support’.–This is the general mental baggage they carry around on the job. I think that maybe you should consider telling any political leaders and judges you are involved with, that this constant stage the Evangelists of Death are on, facilitates patient and elder abuse across the country.
Doctors, here, however, are much different. They are standing their ground to not just let people be terminated, unless they go through strict protocols to be sure that patients are not being pressured into it, and that they are terminally ill. All the doctors of the MUHC are united, and following the law. One day there was a presentation about euthanasia/assisted-suicide by a select theatrical group composed of medical staff, and it was good. They made it funny, but it really got the point across that it’s important to live with dignity, instead of thinking so much about dying.
There are several patients here who need life-support to live, and they are pretty well cared for, which is really good.–But there is one ALS patient who has been here for two years now, and a few of the nurses and PA’s have acted pretty rotten to him at times, like they were to my wife until she died. Recently, he wrote a letter to several top medical authorities he knows in other cities; and he feels like they might be able to sort out his battle.
Telling people what the statistics are after the KILL-BILLS become LAW, does not change how they think at all. They doubt everything, and think that opponents of euthanasia/assisted-suicide are just paranoid for nothing. They feel like they are invincible, and that everything is cool until they are finished their life. Then, their dream is to get their lethal-injection, and everything will be hunky-dory.
Unlike any other minority, people with disabilities and senior citizens are not equipped for a militant pay-back. African-Americans got their civil-rights, because they were plenty equipped and willing to take down everybody around the U.S. The Black Panthers were not a bunch of well-behaved, politically correct citizens. When the Crips and the Bloods had had enough, they got enough guns and fire-power necessary to burn down Watts in 1965, and half south L.A. in 1991.
If this country follows all the other social-climbers to legalize euthanasia when I’m still alive, I’ll do anything I can to hunt down not just "peaceful protestors", but a war-machine.
On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM, Alex Schadenberg <euthanasiaprevention> wrote:
As the organizer of the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that is in Vancouver BC – June 3 – 4, 2011; (http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/symposium.pdf) I would like you to know why I have given my life to protect vulnerable people by opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide.
My wife and I are parents of several children including one, our second son, who is autistic. Autism is often refered to as a condition but it is more accurately understood as a way of experiencing the world.
Many years ago, Robert Latimer killed his daughter Tracy, who had Cerebral Palsy, under the guise of "mercy killing." Latimer stated that he had to kill his daughter to "end her suffering", that it was a compassionate act. The Canadian media promoted Latimer as a caring father and he was described as the "Salt of the earth." Link to an article about Latimer: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2008/07/tracy-latimer-some-of-facts.html
In July 1999, I decided to leave the work that I had been doing to work full-time as the founding executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC). My goal was to prepare people for the approaching battle by the euthanasia lobby to legalize euthanasia and/or assisted suicide. This was a very difficult decision and resulted in many lean years for my family.
Over time we faced several bills in parliament. On April 21, 2010; private members Bill C-384, that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada was overwhelmingly defeated in parliament by a vote of 228 to 59. Link to an article on Bill C-384: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2010/04/we-won-bill-c-384-was-defeated-228-to.html
EPC has also offered our expertise to other jurisdictions to defeat similar bills concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide in their jurisdictions.
Now, more than ever, people need to work with us to turn the tide on the euthanasia lobby. This is why we have organized the Third International Symposium in beautiful Vancouver BC on June 3 – 4, 2011. Symposium information: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2011/05/third-international-symposium-on.html
Due to our overwhelming political victories, the euthanasia lobby has turned its attention to the courts. In the past few months there have been two cases that are being brought before the court to overturn Canada’s laws that protect vulnerable people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The Farewell Foundation is a group that was founded in British Columbia to assist the suicides of their members in a similar manner to the Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland. The Registrar of Companies refused the Farewelll Foundation request for incorporation since the group exists to break the law. The Farewell Foundation is using this to ask the Courts to declare that the law that protects Canadians from assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Link to an article: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2011/05/bc-group-challenging-canadas-assisted.html
The other case is the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) case. The BCCLA is representing the Carter family. Kay Carter died at the Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland in January 2010. The BCCLA case states that Kay Carter should have been allowed to die by "Assisted Death" in Canada and that the laws preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide infringed upon her rights. The case also contends that since her adult children went with her to Switzerland and her daughter arranged the trip, therefore her adult children technically broke the law. The BCCLA case is attempting to have Canada’s laws that protect Canadians from euthanasia and assisted suicide declared unconstitional. Link to an article: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/search/label/BC%20Civil%20Liberties%20Association
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is following the Farewell Foundation case and we intend to intervene in the BCCLA case.
In the meantime EPC intervened in the Rasouli case. Last Wednesday I was in court witnessing the lawyers for the Rasouli family, the doctors and our lawyers argue legal points concerning – Who has the right to decide to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment? The doctors claim that they have the unilateral right to withdraw life-sustaining treatment that the doctor deems futile. We argued that consent must be obtained before life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn. EPC has now intervened in both precedent setting withdrawal of treatment cases. Link to an article: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2011/05/rasouli-case-who-has-right-to-decide-to.html
Winning political battles and winning court cases are unbelieveably expensive. Please consider donating to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Donations.htm
We need to do more than win political and legal battles, we must also win the hearts and minds of the people. Giving physicians the right to cause your death by euthanasia (lethal injection) or be involved with causing your death by assisted suicide (lethal dose) should be considered unthinkable by the public.
Among other concerns, euthanasia and assisted Suicide is a threaten to the most vulnerable in society, it opens new avenues to elder abuse and the abuse of people with disabilities, and it gives the power over life and death to physicians making them a new class of people in society, the perveyors of who lives and who dies. Link to article: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2011/02/physician-assisted-suicide-recipe-for_17.html
We need more people to effectively respond to the threat of euthanasia in society. By attending the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide you will become capable of effectively responding in society.
We need you to help protect my son and all those who would lose their voice if euthanasia and/or assisted suicide becomes legal.
We need you to register for the Third International Symposium. http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/symposium.pdf
We need you to become a member of EPC. http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Membershipinformation.htm
We need you to donate to the interventions in these impending legal cases. http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Donations.htm
Thank you for supporting our work.
Link to a recent Symposium article: http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/25/annual-symposium-focuses-on-building-euthanasia-opposition/