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Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide - Doctor advising patient on Euthanasia

Canada has legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide under certain circumstances. These practices deliberately and intentionally cause a person’s death.

All human life is precious. Life is a gift from God for us to respect and protect through all its stages. Each person’s life has worth, regardless of their age or ability, because they are made in the image of God and loved by him. This belief in the sanctity of all human life compels us to completely oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

God calls us to care for those who are vulnerable , including those who are ill or near the end of life. The EFC supports palliative care as a compassionate response that supports and cares for those who are suffering or terminally ill.

UPDATE: Bill C-7 on euthanasia became law March 18, 2021. It expands the euthanasia law so that people who aren’t dying can be eligible. Visit TheEFC. ca/C-7 to learn more.

RELATED CONCERN: For issues around protecting medical professionals from being forced to participate in euthanasia, see TheEFC. ca/Conscience.

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Media releases

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Articles

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Official statements

The EFC laments the passing of Bill C-7

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Podcasts

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Outgoing letters

Letter to MP Kelly Block in Support of Bill C-268

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Letter to MPs on Senate Amendments to Bill C-7

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Court cases

Lamb v. Canada [2019]

Canada has legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide under certain circumstances. These practices deliberately and intentionally cause a person’s death.

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CMDS et al v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario [2017-2019]

Canada has legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide under certain circumstances. These practices deliberately and intentionally cause a person’s death.

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Videos

Urgent Action Needed on Euthanasia Bill C-7

There is an urgent need right now to pray and to act about changes already made -- and...

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Rise to the Defense of Human Rights - Bill C-7

Compelling testimony of disability advocates on Bill C-7 before the Justice Committee

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Government

Bill C-268: Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

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Bill C-7 to expand Medical Assistance in Dying

This bill, which became law March 18, 2021, allows euthanasia for people who aren't dying, incl. those with disabilities.

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Documents

Declaration Against Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

We affirm the sanctity of all human life, and the equal and inviolable dignity of every human being. (Oct. 2015)

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EFC Declaration on Human Life

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